May 02, 2013
Florence wants to help Panthers make playoffs
Spoke to Panthers cornerback Drayton Florence for about 15 minutes Thursday night about his role with his new team and a charitable trip he's making to Haiti next week.
Besides learning about the initiative in Haiti – more on that in Sunday's editions – here's what I came away with: Florence seems like a wise, level-headed guy.
He wasn't braggadocious. He talked about the young talent he sees in the Panthers' secondary, and helping Carolina become a playoff contender by pushing the young corners in practice and games.
In short, Florence sounded like an 11-year veteran who's itching to get back to the postseason after three playoff appearances with San Diego early in his career.
The Panthers' coaches and front office think the 32-year-old Florence can still play, but they also like what he'll bring to the locker room.
A short sampling of the interview:
(On whether he expects to start)
“My expectation is to win games and get in the playoffs.”
(On the Panthers' secondary)
“I've been watching (free safety Charles) Godfrey for a while. He's been a very productive player for a while. He's a guy that stuck out to me on film.”
(On the defensive tackles Carolina drafted in the first two rounds)
“I think it was a pretty good draft. You really can't say how well or how bad you did until guys get out there and show something on the field. … On paper, those guys are beasts.”
Look for much more on Florence on Sunday in the Observer.
Posted by Observer Sports on May 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM | Permalink
If you liked Chris Gamble, then you will equally enjoy the on-field contributions of Drayton Florence. If you were to analyze Florence's stats from 2011 and compare them to Gamble's last healthy season in 2011, they were EXACTLY the same...except Florence scored a touchdown.
The Panthers will be sufficient in the Secondary, so long as their is a huge improvement at the line of scrimmage. The Defensive Line's performance will allow the Linebackers to help out more in coverage, get more creative in their schemes, and even install more blitz packages. This is all dependent on a strong front 4. If that front line of Defense is a hole, like it's been in the past, all bets are off.
No playoffs for the Panthers, but 9-7 or even 10-6 is attainable, although injuries could render all of this moot.
Posted by: Panther Fan since inception | May 3, 2013 9:57:47 AM
if he was watching Godfrey he can count every time he gets passed over top by the WR, and blown past by the running backs. He makes one play for 10 he misses. HE SUCKS, they should cut that clown also.
Posted by: Pat Daddy | May 3, 2013 10:46:36 AM
Hopefully the Panthers can upgrade when another team cuts a CB in the pre-season. CB is the glaring weakness this team has on Defense. Also could use a new Safety.
Posted by: Charlotte Guy | May 3, 2013 10:53:57 AM
I beat him in words with friends when he was a Bill...
Posted by: Dan Rogers | May 3, 2013 2:18:50 PM
safety is way more glaring than corner.
norman, thomas, and munnerlyn were all competent last year and I expect better of all as they have another year to improve. florence gives you depth and experience on top of them. we should be fine there.
safety is a huge question mark. I'm hoping campbell works out but not a lot of faith in the other guys.
Posted by: charlottean | May 3, 2013 2:44:58 PM
Definitely proud of Drayton and his accomplishments as a Tuskegee alum.... and now with Cam - Auburn and Tuskegee are represented extremely well...Panthers have a good shot at competing for the playoffs in 2013-2014 season.... exciting times!!
Posted by: Phyl | May 3, 2013 5:53:10 PM
I feel like we have a decent secondary with mitchell signed at safety and Godfrey is going to be average but signing Florence and D.J. Moore add good depth.. With our front 7 looking to be the best in the league we have nowhere to go but up in the secondary. IF Gettis comes back strong AND we play like we're SUPPOSED to then we can go deep in playoffs
Posted by: Already | May 5, 2013 6:34:33 PM
No one liked Chris Gamble except, perhaps, Marty Hurney. Gamble was unable to remember his position in defensive schemes. He was slow. He refused to tackle. He could not stay with a potential receiver. His only interceptions came when he was out of position and the ball was badly thrown to his location or was deflected into his hands.
Posted by: Ernie B | May 14, 2013 11:49:08 AM
Hope the Panthers will enter the season ready to play for a change. The last four or five seasons the players have entered the season out of shape, with very poor arm and leg strength to a man.
Also, the players have started the season without knowing the plays. Players must run through plays until they are 2nd nature. That has not been the case. Defense or offense. The coaches constantly find reasons to shorten or cancel practices due to heat or whatever. Perhaps they need to relocate to a cooler climate for the preseason.
Posted by: Ernie B | May 14, 2013 12:01:19 PM
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