On Tuesday, Carolina Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera discussed a number of topics from the Super Bowl to the criticism of Cam Newton. He also talked about what the plan is going forward and what they may be doing different this offseason.
With the Panthers making it to Super Bowl 50, they had five extra weeks of playoffs and games and played more football than 30 of the NFL teams. This extra work could have a lingering effect and carry over into next year if the players are not able to get enough rest during the offseason.
Rivera said during his press conference that the team had already reached out to the league, who came to an agreement with the NFLPA, to adjust offseason work, most likely referring to OTAs and mini-camps.
"I want to make sure to give them the same amount of time off that they had last year, so I am going to try and structure it that way" Rivera said.
According to the league's offseason calendar, the Panthers would be able to start offseason workouts for players on April 18th. However, the Panthers' will most likely not be rushing to get back on the field based on what Rivera said Tuesday.
While the thought process may be that a long playoff run could linger into the following season, since Super Bowl XLIII 11 of the 14 teams to play in the Super Bowl made the playoffs the following season. Of the seven teams that lost the Super Bowl, they all made the playoffs the following season.