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Panthers showing support for Ryan Kalil on their backs

Cam Newton,  Ryan Kalil AP

Panthers center Ryan Kalil made quite an uproar this offseason when he took out an ad in the Charlotte Observer touting the Panthers as the winners of Super Bowl XLVII long before the game will be played in February 2013.

Coach Ron Rivera said at the time that he was “right behind” Kalil. Now the rest of the Panthers are sharing Rivera’s position. The coach had t-shirts made for every player on the team with the Panthers logo on the front and “I have Ryan Kalil’s back” on the back. Kalil said Thursday that he appreciates what Rivera did.

“Coach had them there. I believe it when he says that,” Kalil said, via the Charlotte Observer. “We’ve just got to make sure we’ve got his back, and get done what we’ve got to get done.”

The Panthers didn’t do much in Week One to back up Kalil’s bold prediction. Their 16-10 loss to the Buccaneers featured little of the offensive explosiveness the team will need to make that kind of run. With Jonathan Stewart looking likely to play this week against the Saints, the Panthers will have another chance to get that unit going against a defense that got shredded by the Redskins last week.

If they can’t get their first victory on Sunday, the Panthers might need to try a different t-shirt.

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11 Responses to “Panthers showing support for Ryan Kalil on their backs”
  1. cakemixa says: Sep 14, 2012 10:04 AM

    Saints, Giants, Falcons in the next 3 weeks? What is the new shirt going to say once they are 0-4?

  2. sb44champs says: Sep 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    If they can’t get their first victory on Sunday, the Panthers might need to try a different t-shirt.
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    They better order them now or they might not get them before Week 3…

  3. blacknole08 says: Sep 14, 2012 10:17 AM

    As a Panthers fan, I have my boys backs. But we should burn those shirts for now and focus on the Saints and Giants in the next 7 days.

  4. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Sep 14, 2012 10:43 AM

    as a die-hard panthers fan, i would like for this team to put down the t-shirts and the newspapers and start practicing, getting prepared, and focusing on just winning a game.

    they looked terrible sunday. that o line was a joke on sunday. they need to worry about there not being 3 guys on cam or deangelo’s back behind the line of scrimmage every play.

    wake up!!!

  5. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 14, 2012 10:58 AM

    Get the offensive line to block and the defensive line to finally start applying pressure, the rest will sort itself out.

  6. EJ says: Sep 14, 2012 11:31 AM

    Things will be different this week with the Offensive line and Newton. Expect Newton to have a big day through the air and on the ground. Look for the Saints to play tight on Newton in the first half, where he will shred them with his arm. In the second half the Saints will loosen up on Cam and get run all over. Its gonna be a Panthers day. Brees can’t do it all on his own.

  7. bcfalcon says: Sep 14, 2012 11:52 AM

    3 weeks

  8. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 14, 2012 12:06 PM

    The funniest part of Kalil’s story was when he said he specifically didn’t tell anyone about his plan to put the newspaper ad because he was “worried someone might try to talk [him] out of it.”

    In any case- the t-shirts are a nice gesture, but the Panthers’ best way to save Kalil’s credibility is to start, you know, winning.

  9. nfloracle says: Sep 14, 2012 12:21 PM

    Brees is going to chew up the Panthers and Cam’s going to spend most of the game looking sad and downcast while sitting on the bench with a towel on his head.

    Rivera needs to be cracking the whip and studying film to make sure the Saints aren’t going to “show him more looks” he’s never seen before instead of printing up t-shirts.

    If the Cats go 8-8 this year, it’ll be a miracle on the order of the bread and fishes during the sermon on the mount.

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 14, 2012 12:42 PM

    Just take out the duct tape and add another digit to Bowl XLVII making it XLVIII. It ain’t happening this year.

  11. matthewcarlson1 says: Sep 14, 2012 12:46 PM

    Never a good idea to put that out there…nothing to gain from it.

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