Posted November 06, 2013 on AP on Fox
John Madden gave Panthers coach Ron Rivera some advice this offseason: You need to reduce the wear and tear on Cam Newton's body. Rivera said he sought out Madden during a trip to California this offseason. The two met over coffee and Rivera said Madden, who had studied film on the Panthers before the meeting, ''was a little concerned about us giving the ball a little too much to the quarterback.'' Rivera has taken the advice to heart. Newton is on pace to carry the ball 110 times for 502 yards, down from an average of 128 carries for 724 yards in his first two NFL seasons. Newton is also doing a better job of avoiding contact by getting down or going out of bounds before tacklers arrive. Less, it turns out, is more for the Panthers. Carolina (5-3) has a winning record at the midway point in the season for the first time since 2008 as they prepare to travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers on Sunday. The Panthers are one game behind the New Orleans Saints ...
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