Monday, December 27, 2004

Foxhole: Secret of our success

from the officail site of the Carolina Panthers
On injuries: Keary Colbert: ankle. It was not a concussion on Ricky (Proehl), just a hard hit that (caused) him to sit out a little bit.

On the extent of Colbert's ankle injury: I don't know any more now that I did yesterday. We'll just evaluate him come Wednesday.

On Colbert's production this season: Keary has played very well for us. I think he's a mature young man that really prepares himself like a professional. I think that's a big reason for his success. He's been well schooled. He runs excellent routes. He knows a lot of different positions for us. He's a very smart football player and a very competitive guy. He's somebody that we're glad we selected and look for many more good years to come.

On the Panthers not giving up when their record was 1-7: I think everybody involved had their hand in it. The young guys getting schooled up quickly. The veterans helping them along the way. The coaching staff remaining encouraging. Just trying to get better. I think it's been a lot of hard work by a lot of people.

On the chemistry between quarterback Jake Delhomme and wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad: When you have success, that kind of thing has to develop. We made some adjustments early in the season as far as different people in there. They've got something special going, and I think that's an important reason why we're having the success we are and the success we had yesterday.

On defenses not being able to take Muhammad away: Moose is a very high-level competitor. He challenges himself every week. I think our coaching staff does an excellent job of not allowing that to happen as much as possible. They either design ways to run or design ways to get the ball to other people when that occurs. The combination of Jake and Moose being pinpoint in what they're doing as well as the coaching staff of doing a nice job of not letting that happen.

On disguising Muhammad as a blocker: If they put eight men in the box, then they are in some kind of one-deep coverage, so it's hard to double. They have to double the running game.

On Delhomme's improvement over the last eight games: Other than get better, his decision making has sped up. I think our protection has been better. We are executing better. It's 11 guys being on the same page, so you look more like a well oiled machine than a clunker. This is his second year as a full-time starter. He just keeps getting better. There was a lot of talk early in the season when we struggling, wondering if he was a one-hit wonder. I don't think anybody here, both players or coaches, ever doubted his capabilities. I think he's showing everybody that now.

On if he wishes he could have back any players that are on injured reserve: You can't look back. You can't look ahead. You've got to deal with the present. I would like to have them all back. The reality is you can't have any of them back, so I don't spend much energy on it.

On taking things one game at a time: All of our focus is on the last regular season game. You could almost view that as a playoff game. None of those other things are possible unless we take care of business this Sunday, so all of our focus will be on this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

On New Orleans: They beat Tampa last week. They've won three in a row. They are playing good football right now, and it will be a tough contest against a division opponent here at our place. We expect their best, and I expect our best.

On the Saints turning their season around: They've been similar to us. They were at a low spot, and every team in this League goes through that, believe it or not. It's no fun coming in on Monday after a loss. You put a lot of time and effort into it. It's no fun for anybody, the fans, players, coaches or owners. You've just got to keep swinging the sword. They have done that and have fought themselves back into it. We expect it to be a very, very competitive game come Sunday.

On his friendship with New Orleans head coach Jim Haslett: We coached together (in Oakland). Jim's a good friend and somebody that I respect. Except on Sunday, he's going to be trying to beat our brains out and we're going to be trying to beat his brains out. That's what we do. But I have a lot of respect for Jim and a lot of respect for what they've done this year.

On the death of Reggie White: It's very tragic. I didn't know Reggie real well, but the times I talked to him and the times I was around him, I have a lot of respect for him, both on and off the field. I know he impacted this organization and players that are still on this football team. Our heart and prayers go out to his family. I know this is hard this close to Christmas. But he's in a better place, and we just hope that everybody's doing fine that's here with his family.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Panthers pick on Rams

The Carolina Panthers continued their rampage by recording a team record six interceptions against St. Louis quarterback Chris Chandler in a 20-7 victory Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The victory, Carolina's fifth straight, improves the Panthers record to 6-7. They travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons December 18.