After Sunday’s 41-38 loss to New Orleans, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he plans to practice for two days and then give his team an extended break, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Rivera said the bye is coming at “the perfect time.”
“We have a chance to get away from it, shake it off and then come back refocused and ready to roll,” he said. “That’s the only challenge that we have left.”