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PANTHERS- Being Ready. Setting the Tempo.

Panthers have a new swagger—humility; level-headiness. The new approach of taking it a day at a time is doing a world of difference for the players’ mentality. It is a Team sport and a 16-game season.

Players are “coach able.” Held to a standard and accountability. “When the opportunity presents itself, the player has to make the play.”

With the coaching philosophy that Shula brings, players are able to give their input and have their voice heard. Newton: “I think that is where the success has been coming from (in regards to the offense). Newton: “On the field we know where we stand…with that you get a lot of guys playing extremely hard for each other and it shows.”

Panthers are looking for consistency. Each play. Each down. Minimize mistakes. Maximize opportunity.

Newton sees a “countering” of the offense and defense of the Panthers. Great teams are balanced. When the offense has a setback, the defense picks it up and vice versa. The defense “boosts our morale,” said Newton. “We’re expected to increase our level of performance and score touchdowns.”

For Cam he can say it is the “little things” that has made the most impact in strengthening his level of performance and development on the field (i.e. being more efficient in play calls, verbiage, etc.) It is the things that may not be seen so much on the stats like accuracy or consistency. However, Cam recognizes that he had to go thru the stages to be at the level he is now. Both Newton and Rivera think the best is yet to come.

PUTTING IN THE EXTRA WORK- Cam notices the team doing the little things staying after practice, asking questions, etc. “It is the players being professional, rather than just calling this a job,” said Newton. “Those things tend to be contagious as far as winning as well.” “We trust each other and realize that we all have the capability to be great.”

When putting a microscope to winning formulas, it can be the small things that have the most impact (i.e. showing up on time, being focused in meetings, etc.) Other players hold players accountable and that type of discipline should carry over to wins. “At the end of the day we want to do things the right way, which has a way of showing itself on Sundays,” said Newton.

Written By: Phillip Boyce
Twitter: phillipjboyce

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