Panthers playing down Super Bowl expectations
Posted December 30, 2013
Atlanta — It was interesting to get a chance to be in the Panthers locker room following the win over the Falcons. It was definitely a celebration. Guys were dancing, music was playing and the players truly embraced the chance to wear the "NFC South Champion" hats.
I'll compare this to another big win. I was at the game when the Panthers beat the Patriots on Monday Night Football in dramatic fashion. All of us media types rushed to start asking how big a win it was. The players were not that overwhelmed. They kept saying it was just like any other win. Sunday was different. The players were excited and ready to take a little credit for what they've been able to do this season. No one but the guys in that room seemed to believe they could get to this point.
Offensive lineman Jordan Gross is a guy who has been around this team for a long time. He's been there for the really down times and now he's watched the turnaround. He used the word "special" when describing this year's team. It's really easy to see why when you watch them play. There is a certain confidence on that field; A belief that they will find a way to win the game somehow.
We've all seen this in sports. There are just certain teams that seem to have a swagger. Those teams usually win some championships.
Defensive back Captain Munnnerlyn wasn't shy about what he thinks will happen in the next few weeks. "We're going to the Super Bowl," he said.
Not a far off goal any longer.