Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/11/14
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn't buying into the idea the season is over. Rivera believes the Panthers (1-4) are close to turning things around, and that coaches and players need to improve if they're to make a run at the playoffs. Rivera said the coaching staff spent a portion of the bye weekend self-scouting and acknowledged that coaches need to do a better job of ''putting players in good position to make plays'' and players need to ''step up and make plays.'' ''It goes hand in hand,'' Rivera said. The Panthers (1-4) face an uphill climb the rest of the way after three straight losses. They already trail Atlanta (6-0) by 4 1/2 games in the NFC South. Players returned to practice Monday after four days off and began preparing for a home game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys (2-3). Rivera said players practiced with good energy and a sense of purpose. ''I thought mentally they were into (preparing for) this week a...
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