Eugene Robinson: Panthers Don’t Feel Respected As Underdog
Mac Attack January 7, 2014 12:39 PM
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Panthers radio analyst Eugene Robinson joined Mac and Jim to discuss the Panthers upcoming playoff bout against the San Francisco 49ers.
On combating Colin Kaepernick: First thing the Panthers have to do is take care of the edges. That’s what Green Bay didn’t do. They let him get to the outside and when he got to the outside, there’s too much for a running quarterback to beat you with his feet. If you don’t take care the edges and force him back inside, he has the ability to beat you. That’s what people fall in love with, when he makes plays with his feet. Well, Cam is the same type of guy that can make plays with his feet, but Cam is a little better in the pocket as a quarterback, because he throws the ball extremely well. If you can take care of Kaep, you can take care of business.
On the Panthers being motivated by being an underdog: It does matter, it’s almost like you don’t get the respect you deserve. The first time we went up to San Francisco, the panthers were going to get their heads busted by San Fran, so nobody gave us a chance and we end up winning 10-9. The people started saying maybe the Panthers are for real, but now you have the same sort of diss. Its not that the Panthers aren’t favored, but that the media expects the 49ers to beat the Panthers, because of the Green Bay game.
On the Panthers offense: They have to hit on the plays they’ve missed. Some times the receivers have been open and Cam has to hit those receivers, some times Cam has hit the open receivers, they have to catch the ball. The other thing is the offensive line. They have to keep the San Francisco defensive line at bay. They have to open up some holes. To jump start this offense, it starts with the line. We’ve missed on plays that we had an opportunity to make and we have to make those plays in the playoffs.