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True Grit

Nov 13 2013 05:39 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
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.

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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)

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. 

Mental toughness is somewhat synonymous, but it's what I thought they were lacking.
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.
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.
OMG I love grits! Now I'm starving...
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footballisasport
Nov 13 2013 07:47 AM

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.  

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.

I really thought this was a thread about Grits. That creepy bastard.
I like my true grits with extra butter.

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totally agreed. they've got the "it" factor right now. people have trouble saying what "it" is, well i guess in this instance "it" is grit. they've got talent and fight in them...but it isn't just fight, these guys are scrappy. 

 

the offense is still lagging behind the defense, but if the past couple years are any indicator of what is to come, i think the second half of the season we will see more from the offense. it always takes them a while to find their groove, esp on the OL.

and yeah....i'm hungry now.

 

when i eat my spicy korean and thai ramen noodles, i always put grits in them just to give them a bit more substance. grits are awesome. very versatile food.

We've tried our hardest to fumble away these last couple games, scared the hell out of me
A case could be made that the grit was there all along. What's changed is we are finally catching some breaks.

Donald fumbles in Falcons game and it bounces right back to him.

Stewart and Cam both lose the ball but we are able to recover.

Scott Fowler tweeted that the Panthers have won eight straight coin tosses, after losing 13 in a row last season.

Maybe Lady Luck is on our side now.

The year we went to the Super Bowl we caught a large number of breaks. Blocked extra point here for the win. Last second field goal there for the win. That's what it takes to make it to the Super Bowl. Great play but also good luck. We are finally getting some.
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SZ James (banned)
Nov 13 2013 08:52 AM
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Now that's an article worth coming back for.  A very good assessment.

Zod you're on the field, so I'd like your comment here, but I see a whole lot of that kind of thing from Keek.

 

Seems that he's gotten more and more vocal on the field... I see him slapping butts and helmets after big hits and really being a great leader on the D.  Mitchell has added to this too and they really have a swagger on the field now.

 

 

Obviously having a coach that has the same mentality is awesome too... I was really down on Rivera but he's really turned me around.

Team takes on the personality of the coach, so when the coach gets pissed off and aggressive the team follows suit... it's been LONG overdue. 

We were also lacking a great defensive tackle.  Rivera got us two. (Not that Dwan hasn't been great by the way)

I get my grits from Cracker Barrel.
Scrimp n grits

We were also lacking a great defensive tackle. Rivera got us two. (Not that Dwan hasn't been great by the way)


Cole has been very good as well.

Wins, they were lacking wins.

 

Or Gettleman has put enough talent on this roster we can now compete physically with other teams.

I'd hate to be a 49er player trying to get out of bed Monday morning after being pounded all day Sunday by the Panthers.