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Former Panther Captain Munnerlyn: Panthers “don’t play well when they’re down”

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 2: Captain Munnerlyn #24 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the game against the Washington Redskins on November 2, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Redskins 29-26. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said he knew the Panthers were beaten when they gave up the lead in the second half of their Week Three matchup.

And that perspective is interesting, since Munnerlyn used to play for the Panthers and still has some friends there (or maybe he used to).

“When we took the lead, . . . I know those guys. I knew it was over,” Munnerlyn told Alex Marvez of the Sporting News. “I’ve been in that locker room before so I knew. Those guys really don’t play well when they are down.”

The Vikings cornerback began his career with the Panthers, a former seventh-round pick who played five years there before signing with the Vikings in 2014. But a fair number of guys he played with are still in Charlotte, and he specifically mentioned talking to linebacker Thomas Davis recently.

Munnerlyn said the Panthers are still very confident they can turn things around after a 1-3 start, which they probably should be after winning the NFC South three straight seasons.

“I’ve still got friends on the team and I still talk to those guys almost every week. They definitely are a confident group of guys,” Munnerlyn said. “I talked to [Panthers linebacker] Thomas Davis and he’s like, ‘It’s okay, man. We’re going to be all right.’

“They feel like their division is not that good. They feel like they still can win their division. They won it before at 7-8-1 (in 2014) so they feel like they have just got to punch their ticket.”

Of course, that confidence could be a little shaky, since the Vikings ended their 14-game home winning streak.

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54 Responses to “Former Panther Captain Munnerlyn: Panthers “don’t play well when they’re down””
  1. riderspantherssk says: Oct 7, 2016 10:44 AM

    The Panthers have won twice as many Division titles since Captain left as they did when he was there…

  2. twcham67 says: Oct 7, 2016 10:47 AM

    that is strange captain. the packers play poorly when they are down too. just look at the pouting rogers does when facing that nasty defense you are a part of………lolololololol

  3. mogogo1 says: Oct 7, 2016 10:54 AM

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens if they don’t get things turned around. There’s no way there can’t be some some underlying dissent on that team after watching Cam’s antics all of last season. Plenty of guys must have been thinking to themselves “You get that we have to play these teams again next season, right Cam?”

    The Super Bowl teams always get opponents’ best efforts the next year because it’s a measuring stick. But it goes way beyond that in this case. Teams cannot wait to get at Cam for some payback.

  4. Seprix says: Oct 7, 2016 10:54 AM

    The Panthers are the personification of Cam Newton. The team follows his example. When they play well, they go and blow people out. When the Panthers look like they might lose, Cam Newton puts the towel over his head and walks to the sideline, peddling on his exercise bike.

    I saw the game against the Vikings. Cam didn’t hurry. Cam didn’t try to go out and win. He accepted that he lost. This is on Cam Newton. He needs to better himself and have a better attitude when he loses games.

    Yes, the secondary is bad, but the offense should be much much better with Kelvin Benjamin in the mix.

  5. obsessedvikingfan says: Oct 7, 2016 10:55 AM

    He isn’t saying anything that isn’t true. The problem is that with today’s liberal society, the truth hurts too many people and there aren’t enough safe spaces for all the hurt.

  6. dhandevidt says: Oct 7, 2016 10:55 AM

    Captain “obvious” munnerlyn. Can’t tell by cam’s actions lol.

  7. thisistheonlygame says: Oct 7, 2016 10:58 AM

    Losing to the Vikings doesn’t make you a bad team. Good teams do it all the time.

  8. sb44champs says: Oct 7, 2016 10:58 AM

    Not playing well when down has everything to do with effective leadership… Cam will just put a towel over his head and pout the rest of the game.
    #keeppouting

  9. minnesotamuggs says: Oct 7, 2016 11:03 AM

    obsessedvikingfan says:
    Oct 7, 2016 10:55 AM
    He isn’t saying anything that isn’t true. The problem is that with today’s liberal society, the truth hurts too many people and there aren’t enough safe spaces for all the hurt.

    ========================================

    Is this relevant to anything being talked about right now?

  10. feelnsavage says: Oct 7, 2016 11:04 AM

    He is right… i always get that feeling when were down… alot of it because of i feel like offensive coaching has failed… there is no adjustments to whats failing so players lose confidence in what theyre being told to do . Which isnt working… and other words Shula…WTF???

  11. Bizzareslantpass says: Oct 7, 2016 11:09 AM

    Everyone can thank Denver for putting an end to that annoying show. “Oh, but look how much fun they’re having?!” Not anymore.

  12. vonmillertime says: Oct 7, 2016 11:12 AM

    After the Super Bowl Manning talked about how important it was to get up on the Panthers by a couple scores early because they play differently when they are behind. He and Kubiak said that once they had gone up 10-0 they knew they had a good chance of winning the game.

    Boy were they right.

  13. vonmillertime says: Oct 7, 2016 11:15 AM

    obsessedvikingfan says:
    Oct 7, 2016 10:55 AM
    He isn’t saying anything that isn’t true. The problem is that with today’s liberal society, the truth hurts too many people and there aren’t enough safe spaces for all the hurt.
    —————————————————-

    You sound fussy. Maybe you need a safe space.

  14. allight59 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:19 AM

    They’ll bounce back, no shame in losing to Denver and Minnesota…they are just better teams.

  15. purpleguy says: Oct 7, 2016 11:33 AM

    I don’t know if what Captain said is accurate, but Olsen and Kuechly sure whined a hell of a lot in the second half of the Viking game after they were down.

  16. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 7, 2016 11:36 AM

    The Panthers weren’t behind very often during their 15-1 season so they aren’t used to it. I remember when the Vikings were 15-1 in 1998 and almost every game was a blowout. When things got tight in the NFC championship game, they didn’t know how to handle it.

    I think there’s a lot to be said about facing adversity and the lessons you can learn from losing. The Patriots were 16-0 and lost the Super Bowl. No 15-1 team has won the Super Bowl since 1985. No 14-2 team has won the Super Bowl since 2004.

    The Vikings had to come from behind in their first three games. I’m sure they’ll lose some games along the way and they will learn from those losses. That seems to be the recipe for postseason success these days.

  17. firecracker87 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:41 AM

    Any week I don’t have to endure that showboating by CAM is a good week in my book.

  18. nhpats says: Oct 7, 2016 11:44 AM

    When are the Panthers going to start “pounding”? Have they started yet? Did I miss it?

  19. sb44champs says: Oct 7, 2016 11:47 AM

    Not playing well when down has everything to do with effective leadership… Cam normally just puts a towel over his head and pouts the rest of the game.

  20. richc111 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:47 AM

    That’s ok, how you play the game when you winning is what counts. Just keep on dancing up a storm when you play those weak teams that what everyone will remember when the good teams are beating you.

  21. saundersspencer2 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:52 AM

    Sweet, let’s get another former Panther’s opinion of the ’16 team. I’ll call Munnerlyn next time I have insomnia to save a sleeping pill. Last time the Panthers started 1-3 they went 12-4.

    Keep Pounding

  22. zack2482 says: Oct 7, 2016 11:54 AM

    They don’t win when they are down because it requires Cam Newton to pass, which he isn’t good at. He needs to have a great running game, in order for him to be successful throwing the ball. Again, he’s a great RB, just an average passer and that is why they are losing.

  23. charliecharger says: Oct 7, 2016 11:56 AM

    Captain you’re telling us something that is very obvious already. Cam Newton is great with a big lead and no pressure. He’s not the only QB doing this, but he’s the most glaring example. I hate to say it, but Steve Young was a lot like Cam in many ways. The running ability, the physical style of running, the concussions that go with it, the awesome throwing ability, and the greatness when leading. Both had trouble in pressure situations. They’re both HOFers too, so it’s not all bad.

  24. medialovesthecowboys says: Oct 7, 2016 11:57 AM

    Seprix says:
    Oct 7, 2016 10:54 AM
    The Panthers are the personification of Cam Newton. The team follows his example. When they play well, they go and blow people out. When the Panthers look like they might lose, Cam Newton puts the towel over his head and walks to the sideline, peddling on his exercise bike.

    I saw the game against the Vikings. Cam didn’t hurry. Cam didn’t try to go out and win. He accepted that he lost. This is on Cam Newton. He needs to better himself and have a better attitude when he loses games.

    Yes, the secondary is bad, but the offense should be much much better with Kelvin Benjamin in the mix.
    ——————————————————————–

    I honestly think that [sadly] a lot of criticism on Cam is racially motivated. However…this assessment right here is bang on. Personally I think part of Cam’s problem is…he’s not a great quarterback. I’d still rather have him than a guy like Matt Ryan (who is never going to a Super Bowl, mark it down.) Or even at this stage in his career Drew Brees. But Cam has yet to show that he’s a lights out QB.

  25. granadafan says: Oct 7, 2016 11:59 AM

    minnesotamuggs says:
    Oct 7, 2016 11:03 AM
    obsessedvikingfan says:
    Oct 7, 2016 10:55 AM
    He isn’t saying anything that isn’t true. The problem is that with today’s liberal society, the truth hurts too many people and there aren’t enough safe spaces for all the hurt.
    28 12
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    Is this relevant to anything being talked about right now?

    18 23
    =====================================

    I’ts clearly evident that PFT is full of Trump-voting conservatives.

  26. nhpats says: Oct 7, 2016 12:00 PM

    saundersspencer2 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 11:52 AM
    Sweet, let’s get another former Panther’s opinion of the ’16 team. I’ll call Munnerlyn next time I have insomnia to save a sleeping pill. Last time the Panthers started 1-3 they went 12-4.

    Keep Pounding

    ————-

    Have the Panthers been “Pounding”? Pounding what exactly?

  27. theashleyguy says: Oct 7, 2016 12:02 PM

    Front runners.

  28. finleye says: Oct 7, 2016 12:06 PM

    Hey Captain,

    One way to piss your friends off is to go blabbing to the media things that are said to you in confidence. Good luck with that.

  29. skol4life says: Oct 7, 2016 12:12 PM

    No shame in looking bad against the Vikings

  30. jackedupboonie says: Oct 7, 2016 12:15 PM

    Vikings now have won 3 Super Bowls in a row. If your team has to play them, look out….gonna be 30 point loss with lots of injuries.

  31. kingpel says: Oct 7, 2016 12:17 PM

    I think that is the problem with being an emotional football player/team. Sure, everything is great when you are celebrating scoring tds and getting first downs but that same emotion that compels you to behave in this manner can also work against you when things don’t go your way.

  32. leatherface2012 says: Oct 7, 2016 12:20 PM

    IT’S BECAUSE THEY ARE LIBERALS

  33. saundersspencer2 says: Oct 7, 2016 12:28 PM

    nhpats says:
    Oct 7, 2016 12:00 PM
    saundersspencer2 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 11:52 AM
    Sweet, let’s get another former Panther’s opinion of the ’16 team. I’ll call Munnerlyn next time I have insomnia to save a sleeping pill. Last time the Panthers started 1-3 they went 12-4.

    Keep Pounding

    ————-

    Have the Panthers been “Pounding”? Pounding what exactly?

    @nhpats

    Keep Pounding to the Panthers is what “Do Your Job” is to the Patriots. It’s the team’s slogan, rallying cry. It is reference to a speech Sam Mills gave to the team during their first super bowl run when he was fighting cancer, there, now you know.

  34. toddc612 says: Oct 7, 2016 12:33 PM

    It’s probably true. Did you see Cam Newton in the sideline during the 2nd half of the Vikings game? He looked like a pouty two-year old..

  35. whenwilliteverend says: Oct 7, 2016 12:33 PM

    They had a last-place schedule last year which meant their schedule was full of cupcakes. Now they have a first-place schedule so no cake-walk.

    Munnerlyn is probably right though. When he can’t dance around like a princess he mopes around and they lose.

  36. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 7, 2016 12:34 PM

    I’ts clearly evident that PFT is full of Trump-voting conservatives.
    _______

    That’s an oxymoron. No true conservative would vote for Trump. I’m writing in Zimmer.

  37. The Almighty Cabbage says: Oct 7, 2016 12:48 PM

    twcham67 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 10:47 AM

    that is strange captain. the packers play poorly when they are down too. just look at the pouting rogers does when facing that nasty defense you are a part of………lolololololo
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hey, thanks a lot for that. Seriously. I was beginning to worry that you people might finally try to get past your “little doggy on the porch, yapping at the big dog walking by” mentality but you’ve made it quite clear that the Packers still own you in every conceivable way.

    Yip-yap, little doggy, yip-yap!

  38. stairwaytoharvin says: Oct 7, 2016 12:51 PM

    I honestly think that [sadly] a lot of criticism on Cam is racially motivated.

    ——————————————————-
    You’re right. It has nothing to do with his legal issues/getting paid in college, his showboating when down in games during their losing seasons, showboating harder when winning last year, not jumping on a fumble in the biggest game of his life, not answering questions after said game, showboating at the start of the Vikings game then not even shaking hands afterwards, then having to miss a game while his team is on life support because he was so excited to showboat that he got his bell rung in the field of play. Definitely not any of that, probably just because he’s black.

  39. ragnarthemagnificent says: Oct 7, 2016 1:08 PM

    It takes good coaching and strong will to be able to play and win from behind.

  40. steveincny22 says: Oct 7, 2016 1:12 PM

    Newton is a great athlete but has no heart, no guts.
    Look to Elway, Favre, Montana, Manning, and many others who played their best when behind.

  41. morbidtaint says: Oct 7, 2016 1:22 PM

    Panthers came back to win several games last season, they played worse when they were way up on teams. If you’re referring to this season, well it’s a small sample size but no one is playing well with that O-line and D-line playing like it is. What teams succeed when they cant get to the quarterback without rushing 6, or when their QB get sacked 8 times and hit 20 plus? When you’re down you have to air the ball out to catch up, makes you predictable, most teams don’t play well when they’re down if they’re against a good defense. Water is wet.

  42. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 7, 2016 1:24 PM

    vike players are as bad as they’re fans. Sticking their nose in when they have no business.

  43. Purple People Eaters says: Oct 7, 2016 1:29 PM

    Zim needs to nip this kind of talk in the bud. Let’s just keep our focus on what we can control. This has been an awesome season, let’s not start showing the kind of hubris we saw going into the 2009 NFC championship game.

  44. pancaketaco says: Oct 7, 2016 1:30 PM

    The Broncos gave the NFL the blueprint on how to beat the Panthers O, the panthers did not adapt, did not address the OLine, are shaky at RB and too young at CB.

    Also as a Panther fan I’ll pitch in to help pay for a QB coach for Cam…looks like he had regressed. Please stop throwing off your back foot…

  45. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 7, 2016 1:31 PM

    whenwilliteverend says:
    Oct 7, 2016 12:33 PM

    They had a last-place schedule last year which meant their schedule was full of cupcakes. Now they have a first-place schedule so no cake-walk.
    __________

    They finished first in 2014 so I don’t know why they would have played a last-place schedule in 2015.

    Also, first-place schedules and last-place schedules are the same except for two games.

  46. blowfishes says: Oct 7, 2016 1:39 PM

    This is simple. The Panthers want to be a run first offense. That becomes difficult if you fall behind. Against my Vikings they were without their first choice back, and Newman hurt his ankle/leg more than he was willing to admit on that Joseph sack.

    After that, the Vikings line had their ears pinned back and took over the game.

  47. joetoronto says: Oct 7, 2016 1:41 PM

    That’s because they have a clown for a QB.

  48. dayglo80 says: Oct 7, 2016 1:52 PM

    Captain as a Viking fan – why talk about someone else’s team. Stay focused who cares what’s going on in Carolina or anywhere else. Focus on Houston they have some good receivers and Capt’ the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl last year.

  49. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 7, 2016 2:12 PM

    Not so fun anymore is it Cam?

  50. bert1913 says: Oct 7, 2016 2:14 PM

    Cam Newton is too emotional. When things are going right, he gets really excited…high fiving etc., but when things are going bad he gets really low

  51. jackedupboonie says: Oct 7, 2016 3:04 PM

    Purple People Eaters says:
    Oct 7, 2016 1:29 PM
    Zim needs to nip this kind of talk in the bud. Let’s just keep our focus on what we can control. This has been an awesome season, let’s not start showing the kind of hubris we saw going into the 2009 NFC championship game.

    —————————-
    This comment is exactly what I’ve been talking about. The Viking fans already think they are a shoe-in to play for the super bowl…..4 games into the season with no offense.

  52. The Almighty Cabbage says: Oct 7, 2016 4:08 PM

    jackedupboonie says:
    Oct 7, 2016 3:04 PM

    Purple People Eaters says:
    Oct 7, 2016 1:29 PM
    Zim needs to nip this kind of talk in the bud. Let’s just keep our focus on what we can control. This has been an awesome season, let’s not start showing the kind of hubris we saw going into the 2009 NFC championship game.

    —————————-
    This comment is exactly what I’ve been talking about. The Viking fans already think they are a shoe-in to play for the super bowl…..4 games into the season with no offense.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    They can’t help themselves. What’s worse is how they went from “Teddy’s the face of the franchise and the long-term solution at QB” to “Sam is better than Teddy ever was anyways” in 4 short weeks.

    And let’s not kid ourselves… the way they’re loving on Zimmer is the same way they loved on Childress and then Frazier. So far, Zimmer hasn’t even taken them as far as Childress did. If he doesn’t take them at least that far, and soon, they’ll throw Zimmer under that same bus.

    They’re already turning on Teddy…

  53. dynalee10 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:21 PM

    STHU Capn and play your game . I don’t like Boone or Capn shooting their pie holes off . All we need is to fire up teams playing us when we have a weak ass offense that struggles to score points .

  54. vikingfan23 says: Oct 7, 2016 4:29 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Oct 7, 2016 1:24 PM
    vike players are as bad as they’re fans. Sticking their nose in when they have no business.

    ——————–

    Please define either “irony” or “hypocrisy”, if you can.

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