Ron Rivera: 'Rapport vital in every team sport'

Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers watches on against the Seattle Seahawks during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 8, 2013
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Carolina Panthers head Ron Rivera believes that having a rapport between players is vital to the success of any team.

Carolina Panthers head Ron Rivera believes that Nascar and the NFL have similar team-building philosophies.

Rivera spent time with crew chief Chad Knaus and feels that having a good rapport is just as important between the pit crew as it is in an NFL team.

Rivera told ESPN: "This guy may jack the car up a 10th of a second faster, but he doesn't work as well together with others, while this guy may be a 10th of a second slower, yet he works well with everybody.

"We're the same way. It's about, 'How does this guy fit in the locker room?'"

The Panthers finished with a 12-4 record in the 2013 season.

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