There are people who say that the Carolina Panthers talk too much, that Cam Newton dances too much, that the Panthers don’t respect their opponents because they take pictures on the sideline during games.
But is that a fair assessment? Are the Panthers truly disrespectful to their opponents?
“I don’t look at it that way,” NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I look at those guys as a very youthful, fun bunch. They enjoy the game. They enjoy the atmosphere, having a good time and just hanging loose out there. I think when they get out there between the lines, that’s where the game is won or lost and they play a very intense football game. They play very good. They play very well. I don’t look at it that way. I think things have changed a lot over the years, and Cam is obviously a very outstanding young quarterback. It’s just a new day. Things change. These guys are younger guys. They do things in a different way than the old-school guys used to do it. Get used to it, man. Get over it.”
Of course, Dorsett’s former coach, Tom Landry, probably wouldn’t have wanted or allowed his players to take photos during games.
“Well, picture-taking on the sidelines is a little much,” Dorsett allowed. “It tells me a little bit that your head’s not in the right place. You need to be concentrating on the game and what’s going on. If you’re the offensive guy, you got to be supporting the defensive guys and vice versa. The picture-taking and all that stuff, I’m not for that. I would think that you didn’t have your mind on the game, and that would definitely be pretty upsetting to me as a teammate. But like I said, things have changed. These guys do it different ways. But they still play a great brand of football out there. It’s a lot of hard-hitting and tackling and great catches and great throws.”
Dorsett, 61, is one of the most accomplished players to ever pick up a pigskin. He won the Heisman Trophy, he won a Super Bowl and he was a three-time All-American and four-time Pro Bowler. So if Dorsett is impressed with Cam Newton and the Panthers, well, that’s saying something.
“Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, boy, they were bringing it (on Sunday),” Dorsett said, referencing Carolina’s 49-15 win over Arizona in the NFC Championship. “This looks like it’s going to be a pretty interesting Super Bowl matchup.”
Carolina will face Denver in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. The Panthers have outscored the opposition 55-7 in the first half over their last two games.