Luke Kuechly: We have to keep same mindset we had entering last season


During Pat Riley’s run as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980’s, he wrote a book that featured a concept he called the “Disease of More” to explain why it is hard for teams to remain at the top of the mountain after attaining success.

Riley’s theory was centered on the idea that players start wanting more playing time, more money or more of something else the next year and that works against a team’s chances of staying at a high level. Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly didn’t describe it exactly that way during an appearance with Alex Marvez and Ovie Mughelli of Sirius XM NFL Radio, but he was in the same ballpark when talking about the team’s need to keep the same mindset they had before last year’s run to the Super Bowl.

“It’s even more important that we believe in the same mindset that we had after the ’14 season of, ‘This is where we are, this is where we’ve got to get to,'” Kuechly said. “We can’t have the mindset of, ‘Well, we went to the Super Bowl last year, we’re already here, we don’t have to get that far.”

The Panthers didn’t win the Super Bowl, of course, and that untaken step should be a significant piece of motivation. In addition to keeping the right frame of mind, the Panthers will also have to keep an eye on any toll that their extended 2015 season and the resulting shorter offseason has on players as they try to do what the Broncos did in February.

17 responses to “Luke Kuechly: We have to keep same mindset we had entering last season

  1. But the reality is that history has been very unkind to the loser of the SuperBowl the following year.

  2. I like Luke. He is a great player and someone who deserved to win the SuperBowl. Unfortunately he was on a team quarterbacked by someone who had a limit beyond which he would not participate. And maybe, Luke was exactly the reason why Cam refused to jump on the fumble. Cam may have thought that if a well trained, physically fit and disciplined guy like Luke could suffer a multigame concussion, it can happen to him as well. And he wasn’t going to take that chance.
    So while Cam may be in a better place in terms of dealing with adversity, I’m not so sure he is willing to jump on a fumble. And that’s what it takes to win a SuperBowl.

  3. You lost the SuperBowl, your mindset(s) cannot and will not be the same. It’s an impossibility.

  4. Luke Kuechly is a class act.

    But the Panthers will not have the 31st easiest schedule in the NFL this year, so they are not going 15-1 again. That kept them at home for the playoffs and that won’t be the case this year. You have a 59% completion passer in Newton so that won’t get you far against a tougher schedule.

    Clearly, Newton did have the mindset that he “was in the Super Bowl and that’s good enough” which is why with the game on the line in the Super Bowl he wouldn’t dive on a fumble.

    I like you, Luke, but I think your team is a one hit wonder.

  5. Super Bowl Champs although not all in until Cam comes clean that he was a punk at the press conference following loss. I can’t get behind them until I get an apology. He killed the buzz over Panthers with one sorry press conference

  6. Only one team in history has lost the SB then returned the following year to win. I don’t see that changing this year.

  7. “Only one team in history has lost the SB then returned the following year to win. I don’t see that changing this year.”

    Actually there were two. The 1970 Cowboys and the 1971 Dolphins.

  8. It won’t help that the Panthers have to travel to Denver for their opening game. Then the schedule doesn’t get much easier. Starting 0-1 make 0-2 and 0-3 much more likely.

  9. 31st eaisest schedule but still included 3 of 5 NFC playoff teams, and they dominated the number 2 seed in the playoffs, not to mention the AFC South playoff team during the season. I understand the Panthers don’t have a solid history of success, but they have made the playoffs 3 years running thanks in no small part to a lackluster division. But Cam continues to get better each year his QB rating has gone from 86 to 99 in four years and his TD to INT ratio was 3.5:1 last year. For comparison sake Luck’s best year saw a 2.5:1 TD INT ratio and a 96 QB rating. The man is a baller but he doesn’t handle the press well.

  10. They’ve kept the same mindset as last year? That means they won’t repeat. The other 31 teams have evolved and hopefully progressed, while the Panthers are stuck in 2015.

  11. Anyone who’s scared of the Panthers keep talking trash on our blogs. Everyone else stick to your pathetic team.

    Keep pounding.

    Haters. Keep pretending.

  12. Hilarious, any mention of the Panthers and the idiot trolls come out of the woodwork talking about Cam and the Super Bowl fumble. The Panthers resign Charles Johnson. “They should sign someone that will jump on a fumble” The Panthers don’t sign Josh Norman- “I bet he would jump on a fumble.”. The Panthers install new trash cans in the stadium- “They should install a new QB that will jump on fumbles.”. Come on people try something relevant, intelligent and original.

  13. I think our mindset will be fine. We have a number of players who didn’t play in the Super Bowl (Benjamin, Benwikere, the 3 new CBs), rookies and new players that haven’t been to the Super Bowl, and the returning players who have the bad taste in their mouths of the Super Bowl. I think we will still be hungry.

    And toryn424 is right. If you hate the Panthers, at least try to come up with an original insult. The “he didn’t fall on the fumble” and “the schedule was weak” and “Cam is evil because he does end zone dances” jokes have gone so old and stale they have mold on them. At least try for something new.

  14. The weak schedule argument is actually invalid and untrue, considering that including the postseason the Panthers played every NFC team who ended with a winning record except the Vikings. So…who in their conference besides the Vikings could they have played to make the schedule harder?

    Everyone gets the NFC East/AFC South matchup once in a while, yet this is the first time I’ve ever heard so much backlash from it. If it’s so easy, then why haven’t more teams gone 15-1?

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