Coming out of their bye week as they prepare to face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Carolina Panthers have been able to reflect a little on their season.
Standing at 1-4 right now, it hasn’t gone the way they had hoped. That much is for certain. With the Atlanta Falcons standing as the only remaining unbeaten in the NFL, the Panthers are 4 ½ games back in the NFC South.
But quarterback Cam Newton, who has been scrutinized during the rough start, says all of the team’s goals are still attainable.
“I think it's a big challenge for everybody to see what we can do because everything is still possible,” Newton said, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “The season is far (from) a wash. It's time for us to prove it. There's a lot of expectations going into this season. And for us to get the vibe going and pick up the vibe for this whole season, it's just going to have to start this game.”
If the Panthers are going to rebound and turn this season into something special, the quarterback is going to have to lead the way. That is paramount. Coach Ron Rivera said Newton was pressing some to make plays and the staff wants him to start taking what is there more instead of fighting to make plays downfield all the time.
“When you look at his play there’s been some inconsistency,” Rivera said, according to the report. “He can get hot and you see those flashes of him doing those things and then something will happen that won’t be as consistent or right along the lines of what you need.
“That’s what we’re really looking for, not just from him but from the team as a whole.”
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