Friday, October 25, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Carolina Panthers
By David Newton
TAMPA, Fla. -- Observed in the locker room after the Carolina Panthers' 31-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Tempered excitement: As happy as players were to be above the .500 mark for the first time since 2008, instead of celebrating they were talking about ways to improve.
Pain: Defensive end Charles Johnson pulled up in a golf cart and hobbled into the locker room with a pulled groin that never would have happened had the Panthers not botched a late onside kick by Tampa Bay.
Hunger: Defensive end Greg Hardy was upset he wasn't credited with more than one sack, arguing he should have had at least one more when he got to the quarterback after a bad snap. Another sign this team isn't satisfied with where it is.
It's Tampa, dude: Tight end Greg Olsen was wearing a toboggan hat with the outside temperature still in the 60s.
Three men and a cellphone: Quarterback Cam Newton, center Ryan Kalil and left tackle Jordan Gross -- all three shirtless -- got a laugh out of a video one of Kalil's friends shot and sent him from the stands. You probably don't do that if you lose.