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April 01, 2008

Shanahan compares Colbert to former stars

Colbertkeary_hs07PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Carolina Panthers officials and fans gave up on wide receiver Keary Colbert.

Denver coach Mike Shanahan hired him to be a starter and on Tuesday dared to compare him to two of the most successful receivers in Broncos history.

"I can't speak for what he did (with the Panthers)," said Shanahan. "All I speak about him is how we evaluated him and how we see him. We saw a competitor play hard every week."

Shanahan sang Colbert's praises Tuesday morning at a media breakfast with AFC coaches at the NFL owners' meetings. He said Colbert reminds him of Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey, highly-successful receivers who starred on the Broncos' two Super Bowl championship teams when they caught passes from Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.

"I like the type of person he is," Shanahan said of Colbert. "You can see the way he plays -- I don't care if it's the running game or the passing game -- it's what we look for in a player."

The Broncos surprised many around the NFL last month by signing Colbert to a three-year, $7.5 million contract that included a $2.5 million signing bonus.

Like Colbert now, there was a time when Smith and McCaffrey joined the Broncos without much fanfare. Smith was an undrafted free agent who went on to catch 849 passes and score 68 TDs during his 13-year career. McCaffrey was cut by the New York Giants in 1993, two years before joining Denver, where he set a team record with 101 catches in 2000.

"There's a lot of guys like that who make it when they get the opportunity to play," said Shanahan.

Colbert caught 47 passes and scored five touchdowns as a rookie in 2004, but never returned to that level of production with the Panthers. He scored two TDs in his next three seasons, including none last year.

The Panthers didn't attempt to re-sign him when he became an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 29.

Shanahan sounded like a coach confident that he can help Colbert achieve a level of success never attained with the Panthers.

"If you talk to all his coaches, the accolades these coaches have given him at the collegiate level (at Southern California), the pro level, there's not a negative," said Shanahan. "If you get a guy like that on your football team, I believe he can help you win. -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer staff on April 1, 2008 at 10:08 AM | Permalink


Either Shanahan or Richard Williamson is apparently living in a fantasy world. I wonder which one it is? If Colbert turns out to be as good as Shanahan thinks he is, then we really need a coaching change in Charlotte.

Posted by: Authority on Everything | Apr 1, 2008 10:16:36 AM

'"There's a lot of guys like that who make it when they get the opportunity to play," said Shanahan.'

Well, we know for a fact that Colbert's not one of them, since he got plenty of opportunities as a starter over the past 3 years and wasted all of them.

Posted by: J. | Apr 1, 2008 10:21:59 AM

I really want a guy on my team to grin from ear to ear after dropping a ball when down by 20.

Posted by: LeeL | Apr 1, 2008 10:49:36 AM

This is coming from the same guy that drafted Mo Clarett. Go figure.....

Posted by: rhackney | Apr 1, 2008 11:20:37 AM

This is an April Fool's joke right? I mean it has to be...

Posted by: Andrew | Apr 1, 2008 11:23:29 AM

Colbert will be the next Rod Smith in Denver? What next, David Carr overtakes Eli Manning as the starter in New York and leads them back to the Super Bowl? Good luck with that Shanahan...

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Apr 1, 2008 11:35:23 AM

I don't know, I have a feeling that Colbert will all of a sudden start living up to his potential. I'm glad he's gone from Charlotte but I think he, deshaun and Drew Carter are going to have their best seasons yet this year.
We'll see.

Posted by: rawjem | Apr 1, 2008 11:44:41 AM

It's kind of like what we're hoping for from Tyler Brayden. The talent was there, but for some reason he was unable to flourish in Oaktown. All of us want to believe that was just b/c the enviornment didn't fit his game and he will show who he really is in a Panthers Jersey.

Posted by: rawjem | Apr 1, 2008 11:46:57 AM

Shanahan has officially lost his mind - i think he lost it when he drafted Maurice "4.8-40" Clarett

Posted by: James327 | Apr 1, 2008 11:55:16 AM

DeShaun won't have his best season this year, he's stuck behind Frank Gore in San Fran. DeShaun won't get more than 10 carries a game.

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Apr 1, 2008 12:03:24 PM

I see possibly colbert having a good season.. hes really not that bad of a reciever, hes not extremely slow, he runs good routes; hes not a bad worker, he doesnt give up.. he just dropes passes and he isnt very flashy.

TO drops passes but hes flashy he will make up for them.. Colbert just leaves you wanting more.. hes not that bad just more average then anything. IMO Rod Smith was average in a lot of ways.. he wasnt going to kill you with his speed, same with ED but they where consistent.. Colbert is consistently inconsistent at this point so I have hope for him in the future.

Deshaun Foster will not have a great year unless gore goes down.

Out of all the free agents my favorite and the one that I didnt wanna see go was Drew Carter. Hes the fastest.. the tallest... between him and colbert; and he is more physical.

Posted by: lc67831 | Apr 1, 2008 12:43:59 PM

Ha.....ha......ha......hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.....hahahahahahahahahaha! This guy sucks!! Too many dropped balls. No passion, either Shanahan has lost his mind or we need to get rid of Williamson. Supposedly, Williamson is the official voice of confidence in having a reciever on the field.

Posted by: Thisistoomuch!! | Apr 1, 2008 1:03:49 PM

No, no, no! What Shanahan meant was that Colbert reminds him of how Smith and McCaffrey would play if they were on the team RIGHT NOW!

Posted by: resident jenius | Apr 1, 2008 1:04:13 PM

How many of us wasted at our first jobs and then flourished when you found out what life is really all about. A change in scenery is good for some. Maybe expectations there will take a load off the mind. Maybe he will flop. Maybe he will not. Football is a game of inches and 100ths of seconds. The space between the head and the heart is what separates the greats from the mediocre.

Posted by: panfanintex | Apr 1, 2008 2:00:04 PM

Is a backup and maybe I should have said that he will have his best season as far as ypc, a few more good plays per carry, less fumbles. He may even extend his job to be part of a platoon system.

Posted by: rawjem | Apr 1, 2008 2:09:59 PM

Authority on.... It was the same coaching staff that took a PR called Steve Smith and turned him into a household name. But you already knew that, of course. Therefore you obviously are basing your statements on personal bias and support them with hunches/unfounded facts. If I were you, know-it-all, I would think before I speak. And that goes for the rest of you that share his sentiments.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Apr 1, 2008 2:26:16 PM

Now that the smoke has cleared, it is painfully obvious that Fox's "Do or Die" season was created outside of the organization. It was cretans like Pat yastinksas and Scott (couldn't be more) Fowler that proliferated a toxic atmosphere in the stands & inside the locker room. It is the wretched sheeple-like fans that perpetuated it. Collecively, it is these people that are as much to blame for what transpired last year as it is injuries, player and/or staff. Now grow some integrity, take some responsibility for your own actions, and do what is right for once. NO MORE PANTHER BASHING!!!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Apr 1, 2008 2:34:22 PM

I am not sure about this Colbert thing. Shanahan is not the best at picking talent, but Colbert has been a major disappoint. He has had opportunities here and he would not have gotten cut if Fox and Hurney didn't feel like they were in trouble this year. Carter has potential, but we shall see if they are able to be better than they were when they were here.

Posted by: Panthers2003 | Apr 1, 2008 2:34:56 PM

Colbert sucks at life and the Panthers are a better team with out him or his partner in crime Drew Carter.

Posted by: GBizzle | Apr 1, 2008 3:14:28 PM

New start.....New team.....Let's just wait and see...if he is as good as those Broncos think, then maybe a coaching change will be due... We just don't seem to develop our young talent...This my friends is the true death of a team.... When other teams can beat you with your old team mates... Fear Jenkins, FEAR him NOW....

Posted by: Panther90 | Apr 1, 2008 5:54:36 PM

If Keary Colbert could catch a football that hits him between the 8 and the 3, he would be a good receiver. But he drops everything and there is no explanation for that.

Posted by: James327 | Apr 1, 2008 7:05:51 PM

Who cares, he's off the team. If he has a good year in Denver's system, congrats to Kerry. Other than that, bring on the next news Stan.

Posted by: JDK | Apr 1, 2008 8:55:38 PM

Sypris, No offense hopefully taken. However, every time you respond to a blog I have a hard time understanding what the hell your talking about.

Posted by: JDK | Apr 1, 2008 9:01:59 PM

You never know what can happen.

Then again, it's April Fools. Unless Colbert does something to change it, he remains a ball dropping panzy.

Posted by: Revshawn | Apr 1, 2008 9:35:56 PM

SYRPIS, what is it? LSD or mushrooms? You are definitely on some type of mind altering drug when you post on these blogs.

Posted by: Mr. Brownestone | Apr 2, 2008 3:48:34 AM

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