Maybe it's a Ron Rivera thing, because the Carolina Panthers certainly didn't possess this much bravado under John Fox.
One year ago, Panthers center Ryan Kalil took out a full-page ad in a local paper in order to guarantee a Super Bowl victory. Carolina went on to finish 7-9, only one game better than in the previous season, and Kalil made sure to stay out of the bold declaration game going forward.
His teammates aren't following suit.
While they aren't taking out ads or guaranteeing championships, they're setting the bar quite high for a team that hasn't had a winning record since 2008.
“I think just given the pieces that we’ve added, getting guys back off of injury, we can definitely compete for that No. 1 spot in the league,” linebacker Thomas Davis said last week, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“It’s going to be scary how good we can be. And I’m excited about this year. I feel like we can be the top defense in NFL football,”...