Panthers Rookie McClain Has a Chip on His Shoulder

It would appear Panthers rookie DT Terrell McClain sensed his rookie QB teammate has a chip on his shoulder and decided he would bear the same burden:

"He's got a lot of pressure on him. He's got a chip on his shoulder," McClain said of Newton. "I'm going to have a chip on my shoulder. We're going to come in and try to help the team as much as we can. ... I think we can deliver."

McClain is the one of the rookies expected to get a good shot at significant playing time in 2011. The defensive line could certainly use an infusion of attitude. Yet the attitude I get from Newton and McClain is not one of smugness but more of quiet confidence and a willingness to do the work. One of the characteristics most agreed on about Newton is leads by example. McClain comes from a military family so you know he has some level of discipline in his methods.
McClain  isn't without his flaws. His new HC appears to be sending coaching tips through the media with this next quote...after the jump...

Rivera on McClain:

His tendency is to throw his eyes to try to see where the ball's going," Rivera said after drafting McClain. "He'll get himself in a little bit of bad position, where you'd like to see him, 'Hey, just take that guy, press him off, then go get the ball.' Once he gets to that point, I think he can be a very effective guy for us and do some really good things."


In my view that has to be one of the hardest things for a defensive lineman to learn...how to keep your eyes on your man and still diagnose the play. It sure does seem Rivera is offering coaching advice, thin though it may be, through the media doesn't it?

On another note, though McClain did not make the POTA's don't blame him, he has a good excuse:

"Not just (because of) school purposes but financial-wise, I didn't want to put too much pressure on me going up there for the amount of time they were up there," McClain said. "I did wish I would have went. But I already had it planned. I wanted to get my degree. I got that out of the way. So now I'm just hoping for the best."

Can't blame the kid for instead finishing up his degree. Overall a good interview compared to what we have been getting lately.

 



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