Ron Rivera understands coachspeak. He's just not always fluent in it.
And with the Panthers beginning a four-week stretch featuring three home games and a bye, Rivera recognizes this is an opportunity for a young, 1-5 team to get on a roll.
After going winless in a three-game stretch against 2010 playoff teams, the Panthers now face three opponents that failed to make the postseason last year – Washington (3-2), Minnesota (1-4) and Tennessee (3-2).
“You always talk about one game at a time. (But) I told the players on Wednesday I'm not just looking at one game. I'm looking at where we can be at the bye. And then where we can go from the bye,” Rivera said Friday. “It is one game at a time. We want to win this one because to get a winning streak, you've got to win one. You've got to win two. That's where we've got to be.”
The Panthers are pretty healthy entering Sunday's game against the Redskins. Outside linebacker Omar Gaither (sprained knee) and safety Jordan Pugh (post-concussion ...