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True Grit

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Our coach used to call it "desire & passion" for the game. You got to want it so bad that you essentially will it to happen. (the win)

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It's like something happened overnight with this team. Ever since the AZ game - something has happened. It's like the light went off with everybody at the exact same time. 

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Mental toughness is somewhat synonymous, but it's what I thought they were lacking.

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I think it was a pair of starting DTs who don't suck donkey balls, DBs who actually follow the system, and an offensive coordinator who isn't out to prove how awesome mad cool he is.

But hey that's just me.

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I agree X, to a point. More mental toughness and/or grit would have won us more games the last two years.

Our record in close games would be a story for the right reasons.

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OMG I love grits! Now I'm starving...

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I have been struggling to put into words what the Carolina Panthers were missing over the past two seasons. Then, this morning, it dawned on me. It wasn't toughness, it wasn't talent...

 

It was grit. The Panthers were lacking in grit.

 

You see, grit is something you don't teach in the classroom. It can't be acquired through practices. It is an intangible that often goes overlooked in the NFL, but is perhaps one of the most important. Grit isn't toughness or talent. Grit is the ability to use those traits to persevere toward a unified goal. That is precisely what the Panthers have discovered this season.

 

I believe grit made its way into Bank of America stadium by way of Buffalo. It was the loss in Buffalo that literally put the grit in Ron Rivera's stomach...

 

"Seriously [the loss] eats at me," Rivera said. "It friggin' pisses me off to no end. And maybe that's what it took. Maybe that's the revelation I needed."

 

Since then, Ron Rivera is no longer a calculated signal caller looking to minimize risk at all cost. Rivera has reached back into his past, found his inner Ditka, and emerged as Riverboat Ron.

 

From there it has spread on to the field where Cam Newton now is able to put early mistakes aside and focus on winning. The Panthers defense is now able to close games instead of the inevitable fourth quarter collapse.

 

The 2013 Panthers have grit.

 

You must be in training to work for the media. This has got to be the most deceptive spins I have ever read. Talk about doing everything in one's power to weaken the image of a player while pumping up one's team. The Receivers made way more mistakes than Cam but I guess you simply equated their mistakes to that being on Cam also. So sad.

 

Bottom-line is , the Panthers lacked real team confidence, not just grit. Individual confidence is good but when it doesn't translate on the field and as a team, it's not worth a bag of beans. This team has been downward skid since 2008. The pscyhology of the team clearly shifted from knowing how to win to simply trying to survive. They are on the road to realizing that it's not just about individual talents but a real team chemistry. And yes, Rivera did need to put on his man underwears.  

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Whatever it is they still need to stop fumbling at the end of games.  Seriously, how often are we going to keep getting away with that?  The ball would literally never bounce our way before in those circumstances, but it's done it two weeks in a row now.

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I really thought this was a thread about Grits. That creepy bastard.

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