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Ron Rivera: Bye week comes at perfect time

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 10:  Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers watches on from the sidelines during their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers’ season continued to unravel on Sunday when their comeback effort against the Saints fell short in a 41-38 loss that left the defending NFC champs with a 1-5 record on the year.

That makes four losses in a row for the Panthers, but they’ll have at least a one week reprieve from the losing. The Panthers have a bye in Week Seven, something that coach Ron Rivera said comes at the “perfect time” for a team that’s hurting physically and mentally six weeks into the season.

Rivera said he wants his players to “come back refocused and ready to roll” by getting away from football as much as possible.

“I’m going to bring the guys in and we’re going to work the first two days next week and then we’re going to get them out of there,” Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. “I told them I want them to get away from it, don’t read anything, don’t watch anything, don’t listen to anything. Just get yourselves ready to come back focused in and start right back to work the following Monday.”

The Panthers will hope to get players like cornerback James Bradberry and tackle Michael Oher back from injuries and clearer heads can’t hurt, but the issues that have plagued the team so far this season aren’t likely to disappear when they get back to work ahead of a Week Eight visit from the Cardinals.

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13 Responses to “Ron Rivera: Bye week comes at perfect time”
  1. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Oct 17, 2016 1:29 PM

    Give it up. Your season’s over.

  2. pastabelly says: Oct 17, 2016 1:41 PM

    The only thing perfect about their bye week is that nobody has to watch that stinking hot mess of a football team on tv next week.

  3. sandersmarcus10 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:51 PM

    956 yards from 2 QB’s is shameful! The DB STINK, gets some free agents in there because the secondary is getting roasted weekly. Guess J Norm was right you get what you pay for!

  4. Dont Vontaze Me Bro!! says: Oct 17, 2016 2:22 PM

    I tend to think that “at the perfect time” is over stating it. I can imagine a better time than now for the bye week. The first thought it, Cam Newton missed 1 week because of concussion symptoms, maybe if the missed week was the bye week, it would have been a better time? No? Or maybe if the by week came when you were 5-1 instead of 1-5, might that be a better time?

  5. dickshotdogs says: Oct 17, 2016 2:52 PM

    I was gonna shred them in this post, but since they’ve been instructed “don’t read anything”, oh well.

  6. boisestatewhodat says: Oct 17, 2016 3:14 PM

    Your season is done and your quarterback is a child.

  7. nhpats says: Oct 17, 2016 3:47 PM

    The Panthers will still find a way to lose. 1-6.

  8. porkchopmoon says: Oct 17, 2016 3:53 PM

    Right Titanic Ron. Gives you a chance to rearrange the chairs on the sinking ship.
    Richardson should use the break to tell you and Gettleman

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 17, 2016 4:04 PM

    Panthers could call it Bye Bye Week.

  10. unclediddles says: Oct 17, 2016 4:07 PM

    956 yards from 2 QB’s is shameful! The DB STINK, gets some free agents in there because the secondary is getting roasted weekly. Guess J Norm was right you get what you pay for!

    Our D line is the real problem….they were getting run on in preseason. What was supposed to be our strength to cover up the back end, is our weakness. We knew the DB’s would bend, we just hoped they didn’t break.

    A safety is leading this team in sacks through 6 games.

  11. hawksfansince77 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:15 PM

    I’ve heard of a Super Bowl hangover….these guys have a coma!!! #Don’tMissDancingKam

  12. nard100 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:20 PM

    Bye week comes at a perfect time… to make January post season plans. Last year they were the clear beneficiaries of a weak schedule and a weak division. Neither of which they have this year. Back to the basement and images of “sulky Cam”

    You know what’s great? When Cam brings a “victory” outfit replete with a fancy hat and then be forced to give his concession speech. hahahaha

  13. laserw says: Oct 17, 2016 9:29 PM

    I don’t think the Carolina Paper Tigers could beat the bye week if they had to.

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