Found July 23, 2013 on Fox Sports:
If the past two seasons have taught Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera anything, it's the importance of starting fast. The Panthers stumbled out of the blocks the last two seasons, going 1-5 in 2011 and 1-6 last year. The slow starts cost general manager Marty Hurney his job. By midseason the Panthers have been out of the playoff hunt, so it hardly matters that they've gone 9-3 in post-Thanksgiving Day games during that span or that they won four straight to close last season. Rivera told Cam Newton and the rest of his players that they need to arrive at training camp with a sense of purpose, focused on being ready to go out and win the season opener at home against the Seattle Seahawks. On Sept. 8. ''I'm going to talk about starting strong,'' Rivera said. ''Because if you don't start fast, you have to make it up anyway.'' Five things to watch for: 1. CAN CAM IMPROVE? Newton has put up all sorts of impressive statistics his first...
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