Save Money in this Sunday's paper

comments

Hot Spartanburg weather helps Carolina Panthers prepare for September

PANTHERS_BILLS_009
Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
After an unseasonably cool training camp in Spartanburg so far, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera finally got the hot weather he had been seeking on Monday.

SPARTANBURG Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera kept asking for hot weather.

He finally got it Monday. Now Rivera wants his team’s intensity to match the heat index.

After two weeks of mostly, unseasonably cool weather, the sun broke through – along with the accompanying humidity – on the penultimate day of training camp.

Rivera was pleased with the effort during the first half of the two-hour practice in full pads, but thought the intensity waned as the weather warmed closer to noon.

Rivera talked to his team for about five minutes afterward, encouraging them to finish strong during Tuesday’s final session at Wofford.

“I know it was tough. I know it started getting hot and muggy. You could feel the humidity,” Rivera said. “But you’ve got to fight it because that’s probably what we’re going to face when we go to Tampa Bay.”

The Panthers open the season Sept. 7 in Tampa, with kickoff scheduled for 4:25 p.m.

Rivera has expressed concern over whether the cooler temperatures have adequately conditioned his team for the Florida sun.

“This is all part of the training camp and all part of why you would love to have hot, muggy days,” Rivera said. “Because you build up that feel where you can handle it.”

Veteran defensive back Charles Godfrey said he doesn’t want players using the weather as an excuse.

“We have to overcome that as a team. We’ll have that in games. We can’t be a team where weather determines our outcome (or) our play,” Godfrey said. “Coach Rivera harps on, ‘Play through it.’ You have to. You can’t let that be a factor.”

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more



Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more


Quick Job Search
Salary Databases
CharlotteObserver.com