Curt Menefee From NFL On Fox Talks Panthers: “This Is A Franchise To Get Behind”

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The Drive Friday 1-27-12- Curt Menefee Talks with Taylor and Marc about Cam Newton’s effect on the Carolina Panthers nationally, if this is the best possible match-up for the Superbowl, and his upcoming UFC broadcast.

The Carolina Panthers have long been a source of frustration for North Carolina, but this season with Quarterback Cam Newton and the relocation of Head Coach John Fox to Denver, Panthers fans saw a glimmer of hope, destroyed by a measly six-win season.  Menefee thinks that is a sign of great things to come for the Panthers, nothing worthy of frustration.

“Big difference between two wins and six wins…Simply because of the way that Cam plays, he brought Steve Smith back to life, the way that offense plays, it got more attention.  Especially down the stretch, when they got their little win streak and you could see, ‘man, this is an offense in particular that is going to be scary for years to come’.  I think that people [in Charlotte] have something to be excited about…this is a team that you look at and there is plenty of reason to pay attention to it.”

He feels strongly that the Panthers are a team to get behind for the future, ” [Poor former seasons] wasn’t a reflection on [former head Coach John] Fox.  He did a great job in Denver, sometimes there is a just a need for change…This is a franchise you better watch out for.” 

Menefee looked forward to the upcoming Super Bowl, discussing the Quarterback match up between Eli Manning and Tom Brady.  Neither QB is a first timer in the Super Bowl, and both have Championship rings-so really, who gets more out of a win?  Ultimately, Menefee said, it comes down to legacy, and the legacy that needs the win more is Brady’s.

“[A win means more] for Tom Brady.  Eli has one championship, this is his second Super Bowl.  If he loses, he goes 1-1, and is once again, with a team nobody expects to be there.  I think a lot of people, myself included, thought the Patriots were the best team in the AFC.  So, they were supposed to be here…this is [Brady’s] fifth Super Bowl, which ties the record, but if he wins, he’ll be 4-1.  If he LOSES, all of a sudden, he’s 3-2…I think people will look at him slightly different.  This game from a legacy standpoint, matters more for Brady.  [You don't want to be remembered at 3-2 over 4-1 in Super Bowls].”

You can see Curt Menefee every Sunday during football season as a regular on NFL on Fox.

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