Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman, in case you’ve not heard him speak, did not grow up in the Carolinas.
But the Boston-born Gettleman has caught his fanbase’s attention with some smart patchwork and some new catch-phrases, and introduced another one Tuesday.
Gettleman said he wouldn’t hesitate to take a “blue goose,” at a position other than the ones the Panthers needed the most, presumably meaning “a really good player.”
“You can look at me like I’m nuts, but if there’s a blue goose pass rusher there, or a blue goose defensive tackle sitting there, I’m not going to be afraid,” Gettleman said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “If there’s a great player there, we’re going to take him. If there’s a guy we feel can help us right now, the guy that we feel is going to play immediately and help us.”
A blue goose. Of course.
The man who introduced “hog mollies” to the Carolina lexicon last year when they doubled up on defensive tackles knows he’s tapping into a deep draft of receivers and offensive tackles, at a time when those happen to be the things he needs the most.
“I’m not going to insult your intelligence, you all know it’s a heck of a wide receiver draft and there’s a solid tackle group,” Gettleman said. “But when you reach, when you’ve made up your mind and you’re going to take a position because you feel you need to fill that spot, more often than not you’re going to make a mistake. . . .
“We’d like a left tackle. The guys we have that are competing there, we have confidence in them, but again, it’s a matter of reps. You’d like a young wide receiver. I wouldn’t be mad if a corner was there. You guys are going to get tired of me saying this, but when you reach, you get screwed.”
Maybe so, but not finding some protection and some targets may leave Cam Newton as the one getting goosed next season.