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The Drive Tuesday 4-30-13 -Bill Polian the former Panthers General Manager talks with The Drive about the decisions new General Manager Dave Gettleman made during the draft, how he feels about the players the Panthers choose, and what his philosophy was when he was running the Panthers and later with the Colts.
Former Colts and Panthers G.M. Bill Polian talks with The Drive first about the Panthers drafting two defensive tackles in the first 2 rounds.
“It’s obvious that he was trying to shore up the defensive line…And he was also trying to create interior rush which is one of the hardest things to do in the NFL”
After not taking a safety or a cornerback at all in the draft we get Bill’s thoughts on the Dave Gettleman’s thinking of not addressing the secondary at all.
“Well first of all we’re not in training camp yet, number 2 there are plenty of other moves you can make and number 3 Dave went for the best players that were there”
“No matter what your needs are you have to take the best player…We’re saying that the secondary is a problem for the Panthers, but Dave and his staff must feel they have players that can do the job”
Everyone likes to grade their team on how they did in the draft. Bill Polian doesn’t subscribe to that sort of thinking.
“I don’t do grades, see me in three years. To me its always been superfluous. Every year they gave us a C and I would say give us a C and we’ll C you in the playoffs”
Next we talk about Cam Newton and how this next year will shape his career.
“This is a pivotal year for Cam, he’s gone through two years of growing pains which is to be expected only playing two years of college football. Now its getting near the time to deliver”
“I wouldn’t say the playoff are the determinant there, but if we don’t see the kind of growth that we saw over the last 6 games then you take a hard look at things”
Bill Polian is always a wealth of information for us and always gives great insight when he joins The Drive. Look for Bill this off-season on ESPN.