Only three Panthers remain from Super Bowl team

Things have changed in Carolina.  Dramatically.

Though the same head coach that took the team to Super Bowl XXXVIII, which they nearly won, only three players remain from seven years ago:  receiver Steve Smith, tackle Jordan Gross, and kicker John Kasay.

So, basically, only two players remain.

Smith welcomes the transition, especially since it hasn’t included him.  Yet.

That’s a good thing,” Smith told Skip Wood of USA Today.  “I’m not trying to take
away from anybody who was here in the past, [but] I’m also not trying to
take anything away from anybody coming in.  I’m really just looking at
it like, ‘Hey, it’s a clean slate for everybody, for myself . . . for Matt
Moore, for everybody.’  It’s just a different dynamic.

“We might not have a lot of recognizable names,
but when Jake [Delhomme] came here, he wasn’t recognized, either. . . .  So just because
you don’t have a lot of ‘name’ guys, that’s not necessarily a negative. 
I think it’s a positive.  You can reach for the stars; you don’t have
last year’s disappointments stuck to you.”

The other positive?  Expectations are low, because no one expects much from a team with a depleted defense and a passing game that may or may not have any punch and a coach who may soon be out the door.

22 responses to “Only three Panthers remain from Super Bowl team

  1. Come on PFT, you’re acting like this is a shock. The average career of an NFL player is four years, and most NFL players play for two or three teams in their career; almost none play for just one team.
    Why is it surprising that a team that is rebuilding has only three players on its roster from seven years ago? How many players are on each of the 31 other teams from seven years ago? Unless you put it in that context, that number is almost meaningless.
    How many Bucs or Raiders remain from their 2002 teams? How many Eagles from their 2004 team?
    How many players do you expect to be on a team from seven years ago?

  2. It’s like that with the Eagles, too. David Akers, Jamal Jackson, and Quintin Mikell. Akers is the only one of those three that was a starter

  3. there are only 2 eagles, quentin mikell(who was a rookie on special teams) and david akers, who were on the superbowl team in 2004

  4. You do realize that was 6+ years ago right? 2/04
    And that the only players from last years roster on the sb team were Hoover, Delhomme and Peppers? So they kept Smith, Kasay, and Gross and got rid of these three.
    I’m unsure how this is news. or relevant. or interesting.

  5. Here is why the WR spot is going to surprise you. Jarrett is 23-turning 24. He is big and has great hands. WRs take time. Lafell is a player, Edwards will amaze people, and David Gettis is 6-3 216 and runs a sub 4.4. Kenny Moore is also coming around.
    Now they have a QB who will find the secondary WRs and throw to them. Jake looked for Smith (or called a hot route to Moose) and then forced a pass to the TE. Arguably supported by the best OL and the best RB duo in the NFL, there is reason for optimism.
    Defensively, there is reason for concern. But adding J. Williams was huge, and now Beason can run the WLB spot and Connor is a natural middle LB. I think Tyler and Leonard are underrated when healthy.

  6. Only one SuperBowl prior XXVII how many are left from the winning team?
    I’ll Wait for Florio.
    The Turn over in the NFL if a team isn’t a freakin Dynasty is astounding.

  7. That’s 3 more players than the Packers have from their last SB yet they still talk about it like it was last year. Sorry bunch of guys those Packers are.

  8. That was 2003. How many players have the Patriots left? Probably not many either.

  9. The Panthers looked poised for a major collapse. I expect them to struggle not to post double digit losses while the Bucs reverse their fortunes and not get double digit losses.

  10. The Eagles went to the Super Bowl only five years ago, and have two players remaining; and one of those is a kicker, Akers (Mikell is the other).

  11. Though the same head coach that took the team to Super Bowl XXXVIII, which they nearly won, only three players remain from seven years ago: receiver Steve Smith, tackle Jordan Gross, and kicker John Kasay.
    _______________________
    Though the same head coach that took the team to Super Bowl XXXVIII, which they nearly won, IS STILL HERE, only three players remain from seven years ago.
    OR
    Though THEY STILL HAVE the same head coach….
    You can’t just leave “though the same head coach that took the team” hanging like that.

  12. It always makes me laugh when people who aren’t even near the athlete kickers are make fun of kickers and act like they don’t count as football players. Sure they aren’t as muscular and athletic as most of the other football players but they are still far more athletic than Florio will ever be.

  13. BroncoBourque says:
    July 6, 2010 8:17 AM
    It always makes me laugh when people who aren’t even near the athlete kickers are make fun of kickers and act like they don’t count as football players. Sure they aren’t as muscular and athletic as most of the other football players but they are still far more athletic than Florio will ever be.
    __________________
    And influence/decide games far more often than most guys on the field.

  14. Faulk, Brady, Neal, and Light are all that are left from the 2001 Patriots.
    6 new teams make the playoffs every year. Hurray for mediocrity.

  15. Man I hope all this Florio/Panther hate gets blown up in the face… Kind of like the Redskin superbowl pick last year.
    The Panthers lose Jake Delhomme and Julius Peppers and now its like they shouldn’t even show up on Sundays.
    They will be competetive this year and surprise a lot of you.

  16. @34swtns
    Tell that to Tampa Bay, New England, Minnesota, and NYG – from weeks 13-16.
    Wait – weird. That was when they benched Delhomme and Moore started throwing to Smith. All of a sudden its weird its like he got better or something.
    Weird. One more time….Weird.

  17. Is that second “paragraph” english? Are you guys looking for an editor? Pull your heads out . . . you guys are supposed to be professionals.

  18. Pilot…those two guys were hated and hated ON by a lot of Panthers fans a lot of the time (a lot of it was unjust but I digress). Just as SS says about the Panthers being better off now those two may also be better off elsewhere. Losing Thomas Davis is what’s gonna hurt you big time. He was by far IMO their best defensive player last year consistently (until he got hurt in NO of course)and probably their best in 08. If you don’t have an good/elite DL (and you have mostly solid/unproven guys) your LB corps and secondary better be ballers. Beason and whoever else have a lot of making up to do. Were it Beason, DAVIS and a newer/less experienced option @ starting SOLB (Anderson??)you’d be more able to make up for the DL IMO.
    The fact that your team is younger and less experienced may come through like it did for the Pats last year. In other words the lack of experience,leadership and maturity could hurt them a lot in games and in the lockerroom. Playing for a HC who is in the last year of his deal isn’t an ideal situation either when you have a young less mature team.

  19. Panthers will be legit this year. Our problem last year was QB play, and that problem should be fixed now.

  20. @Hooby
    Not true, read my first comment.
    @Voxy Moron & fritztastic
    Jamaal Jackson was on the team, too, but he was on IR and was a backup to Hank Fraley anyway.

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