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Greg Olsen on avoiding Super Bowl hangover: “We take this very seriously”

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17:  Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers looks on from the sideline after an inury during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers reported for training camp today, and their veterans are clearly sending a message that last year’s over.

Though the bulk of a 15-1 team which went to the Super Bowl is back (and they might actually be better on offense), the Panthers want to emphasize they’re back to 0-0 like everyone else.

We have a lot of work to do, we take this very seriously,” tight end Greg Olsen said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “This is too hard to come out and just half-ass and find ourselves 1-4 asking, ‘What’s going on?’ We’re not going to allow that to be the problem and that all starts with our preparation here at camp.”

We’re certain that backup quarterback Derek Anderson agrees with Olsen about the gravity of the situation, but the reality is that while no one’s laughing, no one’s crying for a team which had so much success a year ago.

For Olsen it’s a familiar feeling, as he joined the Bears in 2007, the year after their Super Bowl loss. But he was younger then, and now has a better understanding of how a hangover happens.

“It’s not just the players — the team, the community, the fans — it’s human nature,” Olsen said. “I think everyone just assumes, ‘Hey, you’ve got the same guys back. Why would it be any different?’ I think the answer is every game is different; every season is different. Every season has its own kind of history, its own storyline. . . .

“I think from a human instinct perspective, you kind of rest on your laurels. We’ve identified that from Day 1. That can’t be the case with us. We’re going to start from one, and we’re going to build that platform starting with OTAs to minicamp and now to training camp. If we’re not willing to do those things, and if we think we’re just going to show up Week 1 and rattle off 14 wins in a row like we did last year just because we’re the same guys in the same uniforms, you’re going to find yourself in a bad spot. That’s just not the way this league works.”

Of course, that kind of talk is going to crop up in every camp this week, but the Panthers have clearly emphasized it this offseason. Coach Ron Rivera has been harping on it since the spring, and his players have clearly heard the message.

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14 Responses to “Greg Olsen on avoiding Super Bowl hangover: “We take this very seriously””
  1. factschecker says: Jul 27, 2016 3:27 PM

    LOL! Picture and headline combination. LOL!

  2. baselman1974 says: Jul 27, 2016 3:33 PM

    This year there is no dominating team. Panthers are SB contenders, but have weaknesses. The O-line is still questionable, and loss a very good CB. Cam has to stay healthy and play as good or better than last year. Also avoid injuries to key players. Even then, a bad matchup in playoffs can doom them.

  3. ditkainyourbutkus says: Jul 27, 2016 3:43 PM

    id bet big money they dont even make it to the NFCCG

  4. lapantherfan86 says: Jul 27, 2016 3:50 PM

    ditkainyourbutkus says:
    Jul 27, 2016 3:43 PM
    id bet big money they dont even make it to the NFCCG

    But not nearly as much as you would have put on the same bet this time last year.

  5. skawh says: Jul 27, 2016 4:17 PM

    Don’t they have like one of the easiest schedule’s this year for a playoff team from last year? Like the Patriots always do! And again Seattle has one of the toughest roads based upon their schedule, and all the cross country trips to the Jets, NE, New Orleans. The Panthers make it to the playoffs based upon their schedule and soft conference. Repeating last years performance is a question mark. They’ll not be surprising teams like last year, so we’ll see.

  6. nhpats says: Jul 27, 2016 4:18 PM

    Did they find away to imbue Cam with some courage?

  7. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jul 27, 2016 4:19 PM

    ditkainyourbutkus says:
    Jul 27, 2016 3:43 PM

    id bet big money they dont even make it to the NFCCG

    ———————————————

    Only 2 out of 16 teams do, so …

    They should at least win their division and make the playoffs. Bucs look like the second best team right now, although I’m sure Falcons and Saints fans would disagree.

  8. skittlesareyum says: Jul 27, 2016 4:19 PM

    I don’t think there is a Super Bowl Hangover. Just because it’s rare for a team to win one twice in a row doesn’t mean it’s because they were partying too much or became too confident. The fact is it’s really hard to win consistently in this league, regardless of how good you are or how seriously you take it.

  9. iamkillerfin says: Jul 27, 2016 6:21 PM

    Get over it already!!! Panthers are NOT going back!!!

  10. finfansince68 says: Jul 27, 2016 7:59 PM

    Unless Cam Newton has been taking Humility Therapy – Chances are Carolina isn’t going back ESPECIALLY
    with him as their QB.
    He may go – but as a backup on another team,
    not with the Panthers.

  11. pantherpro says: Jul 27, 2016 8:39 PM

    Hope they win it all in spite of Carolinas being backwards racist states

  12. skipperclt says: Jul 28, 2016 11:00 AM

    Backwards … racist?? No. That’s a silly and ignorant generalization.

  13. pftmaniac says: Jul 28, 2016 1:01 PM

    The Panthers have to play the NFC West and AFC West along with the NFC South this season. They’ll be lucky to win 10 games.

  14. lapantherfan86 says: Jul 28, 2016 2:27 PM

    skawh says:
    Jul 27, 2016 4:17 PM
    Don’t they have like one of the easiest schedule’s this year for a playoff team from last year? Like the Patriots always do! And again Seattle has one of the toughest roads based upon their schedule, and all the cross country trips to the Jets, NE, New Orleans. The Panthers make it to the playoffs based upon their schedule and soft conference. Repeating last years performance is a question mark. They’ll not be surprising teams like last year, so we’ll see.

    So many wrong and contradictory items within this statement. Where do I begin?

    1. The NFC South and NFC West play each other this year, so calling the South soft and then saying the Hawks have the toughest schedule is hilarious. #seattlelogic
    2. The Panthers have road games in the West against Denver, LA, Oakland and Seattle, so don’t act like Seattle’s the only team who’s hitting the road this year.
    3. This will be the third year that the Panthers have to play all the other NFC division winners. The Seahawks don’t have that issue this year.
    4. Yes, we snuck into the playoffs 2 years ago bc the division struggled, but the last team before that to win their division with a losing record…Seattle. You shouldn’t apologize about that fact and neither will we.
    5. By midseason last year the Panthers weren’t “surprising” anyone, but we were getting everyones very best shot. We might have caught Seattle off guard in October, but they were fully aware of what Carolina was capable of by the time the playoffs rolled around.
    BONUS: You didn’t mention this, but plenty of people have said the Panthers had an “easy” road to 15-1 last year. Well I have good news for Seattle fans! Because NEXT YEAR you guys will get to show everyone how easy 15-1 is when you play the NFC East and the AFC South yourselves!

    Panthers, KEEP POUNDING.
    Everyone else, keep talking.

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