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Panthers (1-4) Know Turnaround Needs To Start Now

7:29 AM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- 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."

The Panthers (1-4) face an uphill climb 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).

Associated Press

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