Reporting Frank Garcia
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Bustin’ Loose: 5-30-13-Bucky Brooks: NFL Network Analyst Bucky Brooks joined the guys to talk about the state of the Panthers and what needs to be done to take the next step. Can Cam Newton be the leader he is supposed to be? “The quarterback should be the captain of your football team.” “He should earn the respect the players by being the first in and the last out.”
Cam Newton held a press conference here in Charlotte yesterday and expressed his desire to become the Panthers’ captain, so Bucky addressed those comments.
“I think at some point your quarterback should be the captain of your football team… It’s time for him to carry that mantra. He should earn the respect of his peers by being the first in and the last one out. His performance speaks for itself, but he has to ingratiate himself to his players.”
The Panthers offense struggled at times last year, so what changes need to be made.
“I think the big thing for the Panthers is playing the right way. To me, the right way is run the ball early, use the play action early with Cam, and let that running game be the driving force of that offense.”
We’re in the introductory stages of the offseason workouts, so each time has plenty of holes, so we wondered what Bucky thought the Panthers biggest hole was heading into the season.
“I think at some point they have to find another explosive weapon to help them out in the passing game… [Other than Steve Smith and Greg Olsen] I don’t know if they have any other credible threat and they have to hope one of the younger guys develop.”
The Panthers have been the victim of incredible slow starts the past two seasons, so how can they correct that?
A lot of really depends on their opening schedule… But really what you try to do is develop that chemistry in training camp and preseason games… A lot of people think those game don’t matter, but they have to be used to see how that first unit plays together.”
Finally, looking at a couple different QBs who are currently out of work in the league, we wondered who has a better chance to make a roster this season: Tim Tebow or Jamarcus Russell?
“I think Jamarcus Russell has a better chance of being on an opening day roster. And the reason is, Jamarcus Russell is immensely talented… He was the number one overall pick for a reason… When you really look at him throw, it’s hard to find guys that can throw the ball like that… If he’s gotten his life in order, there will be plenty of teams kicking down the door to take a look at his talent, because of the physical tools he possesses.”