Panthers third-year head coach Ron Rivera said Monday his Panthers team is beginning to feel like a playoff team, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Rivera was quick to point out the Panthers (5-3) still have plenty of room for improvement, and acknowledged the schedule gets tougher, beginning this weekend at San Francisco.
But Rivera, always pretty candid with the media, did not shy away from playoff talk.
“I’m confident in who our guys are. And I’m an optimist,” Rivera said. “But the thing I want to stress is this is the next most important game we play because it’s the one we’re about, and that’s the 49ers.”
“It feels like a team that has an opportunity, has a chance to go forward and be better. We’re not anywhere where we need to be,” Rivera said. “There is a lot for us to do — and a lot for us to learn.”