Panthers know turnaround needs to start now

Panthers know turnaround needs to start now

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CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 07: Josh Thomas #22 of the Carolina Panthers tackles Leon Washington #33 of the Seattle Seahawks during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 22 at 10:34 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says coaches and players need to do a better job if they plan to turn things around this season. 

Rivera says 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 the rest of the way after three straight losses. 

Players returned to practice after four days off and began preparing for a home game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys (2-3). Rivera says they practiced with good energy and a sense of purpose. 

Defensive end Charles Johnson says "If we want to do something special, we've got to win now."
 

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