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July 25, 2012

Rivera, Panthers players like confidence of Kalil

Far from being upset with Ryan Kalil's public promise of a Super Bowl victory this year, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he hopes all of his players focused on that same goal.

Kalil, the Panthers' Pro Bowl center, took out a full-page ad in Wednesday's Observer telling fans their loyalty would be rewarded with a championship this season.

Rivera didn't flinch when asked about it after the team's final rookie camp practice.

“If we don't have 53 guys with that same attitude walking in that building, we've got to find 53 guys that do,” Rivera said. “And what he did, he put how he feels out there. I think that's great.”

Kalil's teammates felt the same way.

Linebacker Jon Beason, a defensive captain, reminded reporters that he's been talking about the Super Bowl as a realistic goal for this team since February.

“That's the first part of it – confidence. You've got to believe in the goal,” Beason said. “First you set the goal, and then what you do day to day to work for it is what makes it come true.”

Beason Tweeted a picture of Kalil's 178-word message Wednesday morning.

Defensive end Charles Johnson hadn't seen or heard of the ad until a reporter mentioned it after practice.

“He put that in an ad?” Johnson asked. “I can't disagree with him. I agree with him. People don't say it publicly, but I agree with him. I don't have any disbelief. It's all good with me.”

Johnson and Rivera both downplayed the idea that Kalil's prediction would put a target on the Panthers this year.

“We already have a target on our back. It's not like we've not been out there. People are going to be out to get us. Just like we're out to get everybody else,” Johnson said. “We're hungry just like everybody else. We haven't won nothing, really. So we're trying to get everything we can.”

Johnson said the Panthers have the potential to end the season in New Orleans, site of Super Bowl XLVII.

“We've got everything we need I think to win it. It's all about us,” Johnson said.

“A lot of things have to come together for us to win a Super Bowl. A lot of stuff has to happen. Everything has to be on point. Defense has to be on point, offense has to be on point. We need a big boost from special teams. Other than that, I'm all with it.”

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on July 25, 2012 at 01:06 PM | Permalink


I like the way Rivera summed it up.

“If we don't have 53 guys with that same attitude walking in that building, we've got to find 53 guys that do,”

Posted by: wes.mantooth | Jul 25, 2012 1:40:36 PM

Agreed, Wes. Rivera put it perfectly!

Posted by: Curry | Jul 25, 2012 2:57:39 PM


Posted by: PANTHERSFAN4LIFE | Jul 25, 2012 3:21:30 PM


Posted by: BofA Fan | Jul 25, 2012 3:42:22 PM

Once again the point is missed. The players can have all the confidence in the world...but that does not substitute for talent. The front office continues to "whiff" on draft picks & trades, latest example being the Otah exit. A 2008 first round pick nets you 1 good season and a 7th rd conditional pick, wow! One of too many examples to name. We need a change in our GM, quickly !!!

Posted by: ScottS | Jul 25, 2012 4:11:58 PM

The point is, we've never had that attitude here in charlotte before. whether we win it or not, this is a good thing.

Posted by: tj | Jul 25, 2012 4:30:35 PM

Is this article really about Rivera or what Johnson had to say??? LOL

Posted by: BoneHead Rick!!! | Jul 25, 2012 4:49:00 PM

@ScottS Dude, Otah was one of the most talented O lineman that we had he just couldn't stay healthy... The reason he was traded for a 7th round pick was because we traded a 7th round pick for Louis Murphy, the way Hurney saw the trade was like a 3 team trade. The draft pick was to replace the one we gave up for the WR. So please explain the draft picks that Hurney has 'whiffed' on... Every GM makes mistakes, it's not an exact science. 95% of our team came from the draft, not free agency, not trades and that's how it should be. Our team has plenty of talent. If your going to sit here and bitch then go cheer for the Saints. The Panthers are about to go on a tear and they ARE playoff bound this year and all you can talk about is how we traded Jeff "Emergency Room" Otah who hasn't played a game in 2 years

Posted by: wilyanish | Jul 25, 2012 4:59:19 PM


Posted by: nasty704 | Jul 25, 2012 5:40:59 PM

Oh yes, I believe!.I know the Carolina Panthers are hungry for a superbowl ring and I believe they can and will make it happen.LETS GO CAROLINA PANTHERS. I'm ready for some football.

Posted by: Howard | Jul 25, 2012 6:01:45 PM

I love it!!! Go Panthers!!! We just need our fans to show the same support and faith at games. That means buy tickets, and don't allow opposing fans to dominate our stadium. When our defense is on the field be LOUD, not just on third downs (be loud every damn down), and for the love of god shut up when our offense is on the field. Don't leave the game early if our team is losing, because they might make a comeback and they could use our help by making noise. You paid for the ticket, might as well enjoy the entire game. As fans, lets do our part to support the team a 100%. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Jul 25, 2012 6:47:31 PM

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Posted by: Career in animation | Jul 26, 2012 7:08:30 AM


Posted by: xcalibur | Jul 26, 2012 7:55:50 AM

Stupid, you cannot dash the hopes and confidence of the Panthers and their fans now. We are going to be very competitive with all the teams we play. That was not so in the last few years. Kalil and his team mates have caught the winning fever. All hail Kalil!!!!

Posted by: Camfan | Jul 26, 2012 8:42:42 AM

Nothing about Otah failing his Physical!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Jul 26, 2012 10:35:50 AM

I'm not one to complain about the CO but that is ridiculous.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Jul 26, 2012 10:40:57 AM

Don't be jealous because nobody is talking nor cares about the Bengals. You guys have a decent chance at becoming relevant... but nobody will care outside of that rust bucket you call home. So don't come on to our websites making comments about your jealousy towards teams on the rise and wishing you had one.

Posted by: Tim | Jul 27, 2012 9:15:17 AM

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