Panthers OL Jordan Gross And Ryan Kalil
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The Drive Wednesday 8-8-12- Jordan Gross and Ryan Kalil talk about the chemistry that is forming in camp, Ryan takes takes about his full page ad in the Charlotte Observer and they talk about Cam’s progress in his first camp.
Ryan Kalil explained that his advertisement in the paper was all about showing Panthers fans that they had something to believe in this season.
“I felt pretty strong about the response I would get from my teammates. I think you have to before you do something like that,” said Kalil. “Really, the big reason for that letter was the fans—that was first and foremost. The last few seasons, we haven’t given them much to cheer about, and we’ve had tremendous support. We were talking about how the Panthers haven’t had a hard time selling out the stadium in the last few years. Really, the culture has changed here and the big idea was to kind of let the fans in on it.”
Jordan Gross said he completely supported Kalil’s declaration of faith in his team.
“The uniqueness of doing it in the paper was that nobody could twist his words,” said Gross. “Whatever he wrote down that’s exactly what it was, and I think it was outstanding how it came across not as a boastful thing or a brag, but as a statement of belief. I thought it as outstanding. It gives people something to be excited about.”
Kalil expressed a great deal of pride in what the Carolina offense has developed under Rivera.
“For the first time since my rookie year, when we go into games I feel like teams are going to have to deal with us instead of the other way around and that’s a great feeling…I would hate being a defense getting ready to play us in only a week’s time because this playbook—it’s taken us a month to even learn half of it so far.”