Carolina Panthers

James Dockery part of Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera’s playoff ritual

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has gotten into playoff rhythm.

He has kept the same tempo on the first practice of the week for the past three weeks.

He’s had benches on the sidelines for players to get off their feet and rest late in the season.

And since the start of Carolina’s five-game winning streak, he’s had cornerback James Dockery breaking the team huddle before each practice.

It started after the loss at Minnesota, when former Vikings player and current Carolina right tackle Mike Remmers got to break the team down following a solid performance in his first start.

Dockery jokingly told defensive backs coach Steve Wilks that he had never broken the team down in his three seasons with Carolina, and Wilks informed Rivera, who allowed Dockery to break the huddle the following day.

“I was just giving him a hard time,” Dockery said. “Ever since I started doing that we got on this streak and people get superstitious. I’m the official team break downer.”

After the team stretches and before they go to individual drills, Dockery screams “win on me, win on three. One, two, three, win” with the team. He has no intentions of changing that this week.

“Not going to change it up at all. There’s no point,” Dockery said. “That’s the main thing we’ve focused on – winning. I haven’t changed it up, and the guys don’t want me to change it up.”