It would be an understatement to say that Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks was “disappointed” at the poor tackling by his defense in a 31-21 loss to New Orleans on Sunday night. But it would also be an understatement to say that the team only missed a few tackles. Carolina’s defense, which entered the game second in the NFL in yards allowed per game, missed a season-high 12 tackles (according to Pro Football Focus and confirmed Monday afternoon by Wilks). Those whiffs helped the Saints rack up 400 yards of offense, including 148 rushing yards. Carolina had previously ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW So it might be more accurate to say that Wilks was “furious.” “When I say I take ‘full responsibility,’ when you see so many guys across the board missing tackles, not just one guy, I’m not saying we weren’t prepared but evidently we need to have a little bit more consistency in most important details,” he said. “And that starts with me. “I always say this: There are three reasons why a player is not doing what you want him to do. One, he doesn’t know. And if he doesn’t know, it’s our fault, my fault, as coaches. No. 2, it doesn’t mean anything to him. He doesn’t take pride in the details. And then No. 3, he can’t do it. Lack of talent, lost his step, not strong enough. “Well, we all know it’s not No. 3. And it’s not No. 2 because guys don’t go out there to miss tackles. So therefore, I’m putting the focus back on myself and the coaches.” Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (24) reaches back to try to tackle New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) during the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The Saints led, 21-14, at halftime. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com Head coach Ron Rivera summed up his evaluation of the defense’s tackling succinctly. “Bad,” he said. “There’s no other word for it.” Rivera added that not only were players failing to wrap up, but they weren’t aligning their bodies well and allowing gaps to widen where they