After blowing fourth quarter leads in each of their last three games, it'd be easy for the Carolina Panthers to start moping around Bank of America Stadium. Coach Ron Rivera is trying to keep that negative attitude from setting in, reiterating to players better times are ahead - and soon.
The Panthers may be 1-5, but they've been in every game late, although they haven't quite figured out how to finish. Rivera said it's inevitable the wins will come.
''There is a mountaintop and we're climbing to it,'' Rivera said. ''I want to believe we see it. We see what's up there. We see the possibility and we see the potential. Like they say though, the problem with potential is potentially you're good enough and potentially you get fired.''
Rivera, in his first year with the Panthers, is in no danger of getting fired. He's done an impressive job of turning an uncompetitive team that went 2-14 last year into one that legitimately could be 6-0.
His biggest mission now may be keeping up the ...