Quick has mixed day vs. Panthers
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
CHARLOTTE – There is no other tougher critic of Brian Quick than Quick himself.
The former Appalachian State receiver had his first homecoming Sunday when his St. Louis Rams fell 30-15 to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Quick's day was loaded with some good, some bad and some ugly, which could also be said for his teammates.
“It was tough out there,” Quick said. “Things didn't go well for us as a team. We didn't play our best. I just feel like I can't say anything else about it. It was just tough.”
The good for Quick included a 73-yard reception from Sam Bradford that set up the Rams' first touchdown, a 4-yard completion to Zach Stacey on the Rams' first drive of the third quarter. Quick ran a post pattern and, after catching the ball around the Panthers' 40-yard line, ran the ball to the Panthers' 7-yard line before he was dragged down.
Quick also had a 24-yard catch in the first quarter that gave the Rams a first down at the Panthers' 4-yard line. Carolina's defense kept the Rams out of the end zone, but Carolina fullback Mike Tobert was stopped for a safety on their first play on the Panthers' ensuing drive.
Quick finished the game with two catches for 97 yards. One week earlier he scored on a 4-yard touchdown in a Rams victory over Houston.
But Quick would rather have a win over the Panthers than anything else that happened on the field, especially in Charlotte. Quick is from Columbia, S.C., and played just one year of football at Ridge View High School before signing with Appalachian State.
He was drafted in the second round with the 33rd overall pick by the Rams in 2012, the earliest of any Mountaineer in the program's history.
Still, he was disappointed in his play and in the loss to the Panthers.
“Coming home and you're not playing very well, it's hard,” Quick said. “I just have to stay positive and keep working.”
The bad was not so good. Quick was targeted six times, which included two drops, including one in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
The bad for the Rams was the first play of the game when Captain Munnerlyn intercepted a Bradford pass and raced 45 yards for a touchdown to put the Panthers in front 7-0.
The ugly was when game deteriorated in the fourth quarter into a situation that involved several scuffles, one that included the ejection of Rams defensive end Chris Long.
Quick was also flagged for a personal foul after he got into an altercation with one of the Panthers.
He knows that he has to keep his poise during those situations. His penalty came during a time in the game when both teams were pushing and shoving each other well after the plays were over.
“It's something that is not tolerated,” Quick said of his altercation. “I let my emotions get involved, which I shouldn't do.”
Rams guard Harvey Dahl was also furious at Panthers safety Mike Mitchell after Mitchell tackled Bradford while the quarterback was going out of bounds in the fourth quarter. Dahl was called for a personal foul penalty, while Bradford was injured on the play and did not return to the game.
The Rams were not the only team that let its emotions get the best of them. Running back Mike Tolbert was flagged for a personal foul penalty on the Rams' 1-yard line, which left the Panthers with a third-and-goal from the 16.
The Panthers had to settle for a field goal instead of a potential touchdown.
“Don't hurt the football team,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “And that's what (Panthers coach) Ron (Rivera) is telling his team right now, too. They got third-and-inches on the goal line and it ended up third-and-15 because of an unsportsmanlike penalty and they kicked a field goal. That's exactly what happens when those things happen. When Quickie lost his poise and Harvey lost his poise, we gave the three points. We're backed up, punting and field position cost us three points.”
Quick said he's getting used to the professional game after catching 202 passes for 3,148 yards and 31 touchdowns at Appalachian State. He stressed that he has to trust the fundamentals that the Rams coaching staff has taught him and don't go back to any bad habits he may have brought with him.
“I'm very comfortable,” Quick said. “I'm moving a lot faster and I'm a lot more confident. You have to use your fundamentals. You have to look at things right.”
Quick finished with 11 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. He has caught nine passes this season for 196 yards and a score.
He said his playing time has increased, but cautioned that he had to avoid mistakes like he made against the Panthers.
“It's going great,” Quick said. “I have to make sure that I learn from my mistakes and deal from here. You can't take two steps back and I feel like I took one of them back. I can't afford that. I have to stay positive and I have to do the right things to help my team.”