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I think about all the things we did in New Orleans that wouldn’t fly in today’s world; rookies dancing shirtless in the club, players including myself partying during Super Bowl week and showing up late to team picture day. Today regular people can be newsmakers with a cameraphone, or agitators with a Twitter account. One bad night can change the perception of you team’s culture, which in turn actually changes your team’s culture. People we never would have had any consciousness of 10 years ago end up in your Twitter mentions with hopes that we pay attention. And for some reason, some of us do.
As you get older, and you start to figure out how to last in this league, you develop more of an appreciation for steady coaches who never overreact.
People have asked me if I believe this team could use a loss like that, with most of our key contributors being well under the age of 30, with little playoff experience and a ton of confidence. I wouldn’t be devastated if it happened, but we don’t need it. We’ve already had the wakeup call.
When Kelvin Benjamin suffered a season-ending injury in training camp, I’ll admit to a moment of panic. Guys were down. We were nervous because we thought we had a strong team—the best in Carolina since the franchise began—but we hadn’t seen any of the wide receivers who are active now make the big plays Benjamin was capable of as a rookie.
All the injury to Kelvin did was make Cam better, because he learned to survey the field and make all the right reads.
Saints linebackers coach Joe Vitt used to say successful football teams had three levels of trust: coach to coach, player to player and player to coach. That’s what we’re building in Carolina.