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Panthers— Building An Identity

Moving the Offense; Learning to Get It Done; Chasing the Feeling of Winning
Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rivera indicates that the excitement is spreading around the team with the recent victory in achieving a win over the NY Giants. It indicates that the mood has changed and the Panthers are charged going into the bye-week, which will also allow the Panthers to re-charge their batteries as they get set to tackle two away games and the rest of the season. However, players aren’t ready to look that far ahead. Cam: “This is a marathon, it’s not a sprint.”

It is also apparent that Rivera is undergoing changes and learning more about the team as a whole and his players in particular. Coaches also need to learn what it takes to succeed in this league, as do the players themselves. Rivera appears to be learning this team by his recent comments following the latest win.
Panthers v Saints
Rivera is a former player himself and understands what makes a team great—camaraderie and building friendships plays its part in that process. Many only get to see what happens on the field but what is also important in a team is what happens off the field. Rivera: “Guys that come in together, can play a long time together and develop a friendship that a lot of people don’t understand.” Rivera’s future hope is that there can be those types of friendships fostered and can develop into a core of 12 or 14 players for next five or six years, “Who knows what can happen here,” said Rivera optimistically.

Associated Press- Bob Leverone

Associated Press- Bob Leverone

DeAngelo Williams has had success on the ground so far this season, putting up good numbers. Ron Rivera credits the offensive approach to how they want to do things. “DeAngelo finished very strong last year”, said Rivera, “especially against the Saints.” “This year we continued to pick up where we left off” said Rivera, “trying to make an impact with our running game…”
“Cam’s ability to run the ball and throw it is tied in to DeAngelo’s ability to run it”, said Rivera.
Byron Bell: “Guys were on the same page. If we continue to do that we could be more explosive and we can win a lot more games around here.” “We know we’re an explosive offense. The first two games probably didn’t show it…we attacked the problem, we got it fixed, and we[sic] explosive.”

The Panthers are learning who they are as a team. One of the only ways to do that is to establish it on the field with a performance that equates in wins.
Cam: “We have to steadfast to what we believe in and who we really are.”

Panthers vs. Falcons
Cam is also learning more about himself as a player in the NFL and how to step-up his game. Cam: “It’s my job to get into a rhythm early, rather than late.” Players arose to the opportunity and capitalized to get a win. Cam attributed the win to “being focused and staying on pace.” Winning is sweet and “its something we want to get accustomed to,” said Cam.

Written By: Phillip Boyce
Twitter: phillipjboyce

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