Ryan Kalil predicts Carolina Panthers as Super Bowl XLVII champions
No, that’s not part of a prophecy. It’s merely a bold proclamation made by Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil. Such bold Super Bowl claims are a routine practice during the offseason when there is no gritty competition to knock the team back to their sense. However, after the Carolina Panthers posted one of the worst defenses in the league last season, Ryan Kalil has to realize the team left itself open to criticism.
Ryan Kalil bought a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer to send out his message on Wednesday. Now, although the ad was tastefully done as a tribute to and “war cry to fans," begging them to “look closer” so that they can visualize the ““daunting, unpaved path ahead, lined with detours, naysayers, and walls which seem insurmountable,” Ryan Kalil had little or no factual claims to put in the ad.
Now, did Ryan Kalil determine the Carolina Panthers were in the run for the Super Bowl?
“Because we have to,” is the unsatisfying reason Ryan Kalil gives for the Carolina Panthers’ cause.
And how did Ryan Kalil look into the Carolina Panthers’ future? Was it a crystal ball or a deck of fate cards?
Well, Ryan Kalil’s reasoning doesn’t lie far behind “because I’ve seen it.”
Wow, Ryan Kalil has me convinced already (pun intended).
And his call out to fans to maintain their faith so that you may “ignore what you hear and break through ANYTHING that stands in your way,” doesn’t sound that original. Not to add that even after a 6-10 season, the Carolina Panthers have no basis to claim this year’s Super Bowl. The Carolina Panthers should probably start on the lower level by guaranteeing to the team’s consideration in its own division rather than directly heading for the Super Bowl.
Quite frankly, the 178-page declaration cannot alone win the Carolina Panthers the Lombardi Trophy. The three-time Pro-Bowler Ryan Kalil himself said that “every team says it every year,” although most don’t live through with their promises.
“We've said it in the past in meeting rooms and behind closed doors,” said Ryan Kalil. “This year's different. There's a sense of urgency, a winning attitude that I haven't seen before. And it's in the way we prepare. It's in the way we approach each workday, and I think fans will see it in the way that we play.”
Motivation is good, but what chances do the Carolina Panthers stand after shaping a defense loaded with young players. Carolina Panthers acquired cornerbacks Josh Norman, defensive end Frank Alexander and linebacker Luke Kuelchly in the April drafts. These are undoubtedly prime assets, but they will develop over time.
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson too made a premature promise when he took over the franchise, to deliver the Lombardi Trophy to eth fans within 10 years, but it is eight years up on that promise and the Carolina Panthers have yet to win the Super Bowl Championship.
It takes much more than dreaming to win the Super Bowl Championship. Ask Philadelphia Eagles’ Vince Young…he knows it too!