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September 12, 2012

Bad blood brewing between Panthers and Saints

The Panthers looked flat and played with little emotion early in last week's game at Tampa Bay.

That shouldn't be a problem Sunday when the Saints come to Charlotte.

Panthers' players say they haven't forgotten last season's games against New Orleans. In the first meeting in Charlotte, Saints safety Roman Harper blindsided Steve Smith after a touchdown catch, setting off a fight involving players from both teams.

In the Saints' 45-17 win in Week 17, the Saints rolled up 617 yards and left quarterback Drew Brees and the rest of their starters in to chase individual records. Brees entered the game having broken Dan Marino's single-season passing yardage record, but wanted to hold off New England's Tom Brady to keep the mark.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he would not keep starters in late in a game to pursue records, as Sean Payton did last season.

“It's a philosophy. It's an attitude. And that's what his is,” Rivera said of Payton. “So he coaches that way and they play that way. My attitude and my philosophy is win the football game, and then be smart about your next week. That's just the way I look at it, a difference in philosophy.”

Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn was on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and didn't make the trip to New Orleans. But Munnerlyn remembers watching the game on TV and seeing the Saints continue to throw with a big lead.

“They broke a lot of records. I think they broke like 10 records against us. I'm fired up about that,” Munnerlyn said. “It's in my mind still and I know some guys on defense, we don't like that.”

During the offseason, the Panthers learned quarterback Cam Newton was among those targeted in the Saints' bounty program.

“You never want to go out there and have in the back of your mind that they're trying to hurt someone, let alone your teammate, your quarterback,” Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell said. “So that was kind of disappointing.”

Newton declined to comment on being on the Saints' bounty list.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 12, 2012 at 03:30 PM | Permalink


They're going to do the same thing to us again. We stink.

Posted by: Dan | Sep 12, 2012 3:34:30 PM

Too bad they didn't have some bulletin-board material last week to get up for Tampa Bay.

Posted by: The Magic Bunny | Sep 12, 2012 4:09:30 PM

Bunny, they play in the NFL and shouldn't need that.

I would expect the offense too look alot better because they know they're capable of more than that. Unless last year was just an incredible fluke that lasted 16 weeks...

I think the big key will be pressure on both sides.

Posted by: Mike P | Sep 12, 2012 4:14:51 PM

Shut up and play

Posted by: Thugnificent | Sep 12, 2012 4:16:37 PM

I love that Rivera is talking about his different coaching philosophy than Payton's.

Payton's philosophy: win Super Bowls

Rivera's philosophy: wear sunglasses at night, never use the headset, look clueless on the sideline.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Sep 12, 2012 4:23:08 PM

We still are not getting to the QB nearly enough. I haven't heard from Greg Hardy since he was driving around Charlotte at 200mph. Then we have Division 2 Josh Norman still learning the ropes, I just don't see how we can stop Brees from scoring any less than 35.

Posted by: Smitty | Sep 12, 2012 4:25:54 PM

Isn't Payton coaching high school ball this year? Pretty hard to win a Super Bowl down there.

Posted by: Mike P | Sep 12, 2012 4:28:52 PM

I would like to see some turnovers this week by the other team! Our DBs never seem to grab interceptions.

Posted by: buckshot jenkins | Sep 12, 2012 4:33:09 PM

We welcome coming to CLT to play your Pussy Cats. They instill fear into NOBODY in the NFL. That is right, we targeted you, and your team laid an egg. It quit. That is the Panthers in a nutshell, quitters. The MIGHTY SAINTS 46 Feline's 7

Posted by: Who Dat? | Sep 12, 2012 4:42:05 PM

yea well Thomas Davis is happy either


Posted by: kenneth Picklesimer | Sep 12, 2012 4:42:44 PM

Oh look at the "Who dat" nation coming out from the gutters. You've been relevant in the NFL for what, 4-5 years? That's after having oh...40 years of losing seasons. Now I realize it probably feels good to be relevant at something, but it took the Panthers a whole years to get to where it took you half a century. Don't worry, get you licks in again this year, but by the looks of it, it won't be as easy as it has been.

Posted by: Bringin the thunder | Sep 12, 2012 4:54:05 PM

Yup how long you losers been around before Brees finally brought life into that Town!

You two idiots don't recall how many guys were hurt on The "D" side last season. TD, Beason,Edwards who else??

Pain is a coming "DREW"!!!!!!!!!!!! Complete idiots too even be flapping!!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Sep 12, 2012 4:58:49 PM

Why is it that these Who Dat Nation guys can't even type in coherent English sentences? Are you guys actually Philly fans who have come over to stir up some stink? Get a touch of class already, you cheating losers. RG3 made you look like a high school team, and you know Cam can do you even better than that.

Posted by: Insider | Sep 12, 2012 5:32:56 PM

saints are still loosers..a few winnings seasons out of 40 is terrible..this will be a great game between 2 0-1 teams...

Posted by: pantherworld | Sep 12, 2012 6:12:49 PM

Captain isn't a great CB, but Norman was terrible against Tampa. Captain played much better then Norman game #1. I double Norman starts vs. Saints.

Posted by: PSL OWNER | Sep 12, 2012 6:22:14 PM

The dirty Saints are coming to town. Pay back is a bitch Drew.

Posted by: Primetime | Sep 12, 2012 6:24:11 PM

cry baby brees is gettin old vilma gettin old all you fake d-bag aints fans are gettin old!cam is young keuchly is young beason is a young vet the saints time is coming to an end real soon and our boys are on the rise!so all you "who dat nation fakes can go find another bandwagon team!just dont come here when we are the next great team. your fake bandwagon saint(or patriot or steelers or cowboys whoever is convenient for you to pull for)ARE NOT WELCOME HERE!!!HOW LONG U BEEN FANS? HUH? TELL ME DAMN IT!!!SINCE 1967? DIDNT THINK SO.MAYBE SINCE 2009. HOW CONVENIENT.U SUCK!!!YOURE FAKE!!!!!!! F*** YOU.

Posted by: matt sorrells | Sep 12, 2012 6:39:22 PM

Gonna be bad if TD does a "Joe Theismann" on Brees. Poetic Justice?

Posted by: 10-4!! | Sep 12, 2012 7:29:39 PM

I do not remember any games last year that coach took out the starters.

Was he doing same thing as Payton?

Posted by: Bystander | Sep 12, 2012 8:26:08 PM

To Mike P: uh, they are men. NFL players aren't some kind of Gods with different emotions than the average human being.
I think the Panthers should be reminded about how the Bourbon Street Butt-wipes have played the last few years. And put a smack-down on them Sunday. Amen. Go to bed and have good dreams.

Posted by: Fanther Pan uh ther | Sep 12, 2012 8:40:12 PM

Are you a cry baby or what Ron Rivera? Shouldn't you be more concerned about the performance and coaching of YOUR team rather than the coaching philosophy of another coach? After all, wasn't it you that thought the whole full page ad by Kalil proclaiming that the Panthers were going to the Super Bowl spoke volumes? Shut up and coach your team, man. How many Super Bowl Championships do you have?

I don't think any Saint player is shaking in their shoes because of the Panthers. The same hateful things some of you are throwing around about the Saints fans can be said of you Panther fair weathers, too, cause I have lived around you for 10 years and have seen you in action ( or not). And by the way,Primetime, I have been a Saints fan since 1976. We WILL be seen Sunday. WHO DAT!!!!

Posted by: C.B. | Sep 12, 2012 9:15:16 PM

I say we play, ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE and after the Panthers blow all over you, we notify George Bush to be sure and send FEMA relief to drag your lifeless football players out of the stadium. WHO DAT? WHO CARES.....YOU ARE THE 'Aint's.....guess you forgot that little tag line that stuck with you for so many years. Welcome back .... get out your brown bags 'Aints Fans.

Posted by: Bountyman | Sep 12, 2012 9:35:53 PM

Well damn...

I attended a saints game at BofA last year and loved the saints fans. The best fans of any other team I've ever been in company of. We all cheered a great game and great plays by both teams. Very cool experience. Surprised by these comments, but then again, observer is troll frickin heaven. Hope none of ya'll are there sunday. Panthers and saints fans- if you want to be an ahole, do it at your own house. I didn't save up to go to a game to hear this whining and chest beating. Damn!

Posted by: erin | Sep 12, 2012 10:29:49 PM

Now philly fans on the other hand...

Posted by: erin | Sep 12, 2012 10:33:53 PM

Bountyman, what happened in your life that you want to use a tragedy that killed 2000 people, 2000 Americans, for trash talk for a football game? Many of the dead were elderly that drowned in their attics. I guess you find that funny.

Posted by: JSpear | Sep 12, 2012 10:54:45 PM

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