2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Panthers Kalil: No Super Bowl talk this year

By STEVE REED - AP Sports Writer
    2013-07-24 14:38

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carolina's Ryan Kalil isn't about to say anything that can be construed as a Super Bowl prediction.

Not after last year.

The Panthers three-time Pro Bowl center created a stir days before the start of training camp last year when he took out a full page advertisement in the Charlotte Observer and wrote about the Panthers being ``Super Bowl XLVII champions!''

That didn't happen.

The Panthers started last season slow and finished 7-9, failing to reach the postseason. Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl.

Like his team, Kalil's season didn't turn out as planned.

He broke his foot in the fifth week of the season and spent the final 11 games watching helplessly from the sidelines.

Kalil doesn't regret taking out the ad, saying he meant it as a rallying call for fans - not as a prediction.

``I know a lot of people chalked up my ad to a Super Bowl prediction, but I try to think of it as something more than that,'' said Kalil, who still has the advertisement framed at home. ``It was something that was from the heart to the fans that we do care about winning and want to be the team that they want us to be.''

Kalil said regardless of Carolina's record last year he still feels just as strongly about this year's team.

``I think we're still on the right track,'' Kalil said. ``It's a great group of guys and very talented core of players. So my expectations haven't changed.''

Cam Newton is back for a third season as the Panthers franchise quarterback looking to improve on a 13-19 record as a starter.

The team also returns a formidable running back tandem in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, along with a defense that improved markedly last season behind rookie middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, and defensive ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy, who combined for 23.5 sacks in 2012.

Now the task will be winning close games. They're 2-12 in games decided by seven points or less in two seasons under coach Ron Rivera.

Kalil said he thought last year's team was on the verge of a breakout season following a 6-10 campaign in 2011. When he took out the ad last July 25, he didn't tell anyone of his intentions, calling it an ``impulse decision'' to motivate fans and teammates before the start of camp.

In the ad Kalil talked about a ``one-hundred percent, sterling silver victory. The Lombardi Trophy. And it reads: Carolina Panthers -- Super Bowl XLVII Champions!''

At the time, it was well received.

Rather than lecture Kalil for putting pressure on the organization, Rivera backed Kalil's sentiments. Rivera even ordering t-shirts for players that read: ``I've got Ryan Kalil's back.''

Kalil said he took a lot of grief nationally from those outside of the organization after the Panthers started the season 1-6.

But he said ``I don't have any regrets about doing it.''

``The one thing I wish we would have done a better job of is focusing on the task at hand and taking it day by day,'' Kalil said. ``Early on we got caught up in the end goal. And maybe that's my fault. ... If there is a lesson to be learned it's making sure to worry about is to take care of the business at hand and not worrying about the end goal. That's something we have to work on this year.''

The Panthers, who've not been to the playoffs since 2008 and not appeared in the Super Bowl in a decade, report to Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. for the start of training camp Thursday. The first practice is scheduled for Friday.

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Adrian PetersonApr 16 02:22p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed that he will be reinstated from the commissioner exempt list starting Friday, April 17.

Sammy WatkinsApr 15 11:33p

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) is able to work out in some capacity during the team's offseason program, although head coach Rex Ryan indicated Wednesday, April 15, that [ More ]

Kai ForbathApr 15 10:53p

Washington Redskins restricted free-agent PK Kai Forbath posted on social media Wednesday, April 15, that he has re-signed with the team. The club has not yet confirmed the signing.

George JohnsonApr 15 08:33a

Detroit Lions DE George Johnson was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, April 15. Tampa signed Johnson to an offer sheet that was disputed by Detroit, but the [ More ]

Philip RiversApr 15 12:13a

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is under contract for one more season, and he has expressed a desire to play out his deal. However, the Chargers might be [ More ]

Josh GordyApr 14 06:03p

Free-agent CB Josh Gordy (Colts) signed a veteran minimum deal with the New York Giants Tuesday, April 14, according to a source.

Ricardo LocketteApr 14 05:23p

Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette signed his exclusive-rights tender Tuesday, April 14.

Ike TaylorApr 14 09:32a

Free-agent CB Ike Taylor (Steelers) announced his retirement Tuesday, April 14.

Wade SmithApr 14 02:12a

Free-agent OG Wade Smith (Eagles) announced his retirement after 12 years in the National Football League.

Michael CrabtreeApr 14 01:13a

The Oakland Raiders are giving free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) a one-year, $3 million deal with another $2 million in incentives, a source said Monday, April 13.

Eben BrittonApr 14 01:03a

Free-agent OT Eben Britton (Bears) has been suspended four games by the NFL for an unspecified violation.

Matt ForteApr 13 08:02p

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was not present for the start of the offseason workouts Monday, April 13, according to sources. Forte is entering the final year of his [ More ]

Cody LatimerApr 13 08:02p

Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer, who is expected to line up across from WR Demaryius Thomas in 2015, has been praised by WR Emmanuel Sanders, who figures to move [ More ]

Joe MaysApr 13 04:32p

Free-agent LB Joe Mays (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Monday, April 13.

Zackary BowmanApr 13 02:22p

Free-agent CB Zack Bowman (Giants) signed an undisclosed deal with the Miami Dolphins Monday, April 13.

Sean RichardsonApr 13 02:02p

Green Bay Packers restricted free-agent SS Sean Richardson will remain with the Packers after the team decided to match the one-year, $2.55 million offer he signed with the Oakland Raiders, according to a source.

Sean RichardsonApr 12 10:02a

Green Bay Packers restricted free-agent SS Sean Richardson signed an offer sheet with the Oakland Raiders, and the Packers have until Monday, April 13, to inform him if they [ More ]

Jason CampbellApr 12 07:02a

Free-agent QB Jason Campbell (Bengals) is considering retirement, according to sources close to the team. Campbell has rejected multiple opportunities to sign a contract for 2015, including offers from [ More ]

James CaseyApr 11 01:02p

Free-agent TE James Casey (Eagles) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos Saturday, April 11. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Johnny ManzielApr 11 12:22p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been released from his rehab facility.

Victor ButlerApr 10 03:22p

New York Giants LB Victor Butler has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Anthony SpencerApr 10 01:12p

Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Friday, April 10. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Charles TillmanApr 9 04:02p

Free-agent CB Charles Tillman (Bears) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Thursday, April 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Rob HouslerApr 9 12:42p

Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals) has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Le'Veon BellApr 9 09:52a

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended three games and fined an additional game check after violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to league sources. He has appealed.

Stevan RidleyApr 8 07:53p

New York Jets RB Stevan Ridley signed a one-year deal with the team.

Amobi OkoyeApr 8 04:53p

Dallas Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye was released Wednesday, April 8.

Emmanuel LamurApr 8 03:43p

Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur officially re-signed Wednesday, April 8, to a one-year, $2.356 million deal.

Adrian PetersonApr 8 01:33p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 'highly unlikely' to face more suspension from the league when he's finally off the Commissioner's Exempt List, according to a source. Peterson's next [ More ]

George JohnsonApr 7 10:23p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed restricted free-agent DE George Johnson (Lions) to a three-year offer sheet Tuesday, April 7. Financial terms are undisclosed. The Lions have five days to match the offer.

Le'Veon BellApr 7 05:23p

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of next season, according to sources. Bell is being suspended following an arrest last [ More ]

Erin HendersonApr 7 05:13p

Free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Vikings) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Tuesday, April 7, according to a source. Henderson didn't play last year [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group