Panthers Are Less Hiss And More Purr Now
November 12, 2010 at 11:22am by Scott • 4 Comments »
Everyone knows the best rivalry in the NFC South is the Bucs/Panthers. There’s a level of animosity and ill-will there that just isn’t present in any other combination, even Falcons/Saints. Even the pregame interviews are usually kind of chippy and overflowing with subtle acrimony, except this year when the Panthers are 1-7 and aren’t in a position to say shit. They’re so sweet they sound like they’re buttering up their parents to ask for a Christmas present.
Eric Norwood, a rookie from South Carolina, played against the bullish Tim Tebow several times in college but called Freeman “a different animal.”
“He can run it. He can throw it. He can sit there and take a hit,” Norwood added. “Watch film (of Freeman), he’s a beast.”
Better than Tebow? IS THERE SUCH A THING?
Cornerback Richard Marshall said the best way to get Freeman down is with a little help from your friends.
That’s true, because every time I hear that song I want to curl up and die. Joe Cocker‘s version, not Ringo’s. Ringo gets a pass like most retarded people do.
“You’re just not going to hit him and he goes down. You’ve got to grab and hold him until the cavalry comes,” he said.
He just described my sex life.
“You look at Tampa, we’re in the same mold,” Panthers linebacker Jon Beason said, looking ahead to Sunday’s rematch. “We’re a young team. The difference is they were able to get some wins early and get some confidence. I think it’s carried on throughout the season.”
Isn’t it funny how just a couple years ago, the Panthers were running the ball down everyone’s throat and playing good defense and were the kings of the NFC South. Now they want to be just like the Bucs. The next step is for them to can their head coach, which seems inevitable at this point. After that, watch for a sudden surge in the unemployment rate in Charlotte of men over the age of 24.
Oh look, they want to keep talking about Freeman.
“His rookie year, I can remember a game right here where I think it was a learning experience for him,” Fox said. “It was a rough day. But he’s a fine, young player having an outstanding season and actually playing as good as most quarterbacks in the league right now.”
Beason said the Panthers relish the chance to try to jump-start their season against the 6-foot-6, 248-pound passer who reminds him of quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Daunte Culpepper because of his size, strength and mobility.
“The difference is those guys had big-time proven playmakers. He’s out there doing it with a very young receiving corps,” the linebacker said. “The things he’s done with a team that’s very youthful is amazing. I think the sky’s the limit for him.”
“A beast”, “amazing”, “the sky’s the limit”… these are not things you would have heard any Panther say about any Buc even a year ago. Nothing like a 1-win season to keep you humble. They really should do this more often. Lose a lot of games, I mean.