SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The Carolina Panthers are setting the bar a little higher this season after leading the NFL in sacks in 2013.
Defensive tackle Colin Cole says one of the team's goals is to break the NFL's single-season sack record of 72 set by the 1984 Chicago Bears - a team that included current Panthers coach Ron Rivera at linebacker.
The Panthers are coming off a franchise-record 60-sack season and return all seven starters and most of their reserves from their front seven, leading to high expectations.
Cole says Carolina set the bar pretty high last year but "the goal is to surpass that and get up there with the big dogs of the past years and set records."
Rivera says he'd love to see the Bears' long-standing record fall.
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