Will Panthers’ Looseness Be Their Undoing?

February 2, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It is possible the Carolina Panthers are the loosest team in Super Bowl history. At least recent history. Maybe the 1985 Chicago Bears were more relaxed. But here's the issue for the Panthers: Loose can be very good, but loose can also be very bad.
We don't yet know which loose they are, and we won't until Sunday night. It's almost impossible to tell how the looseness of a team before the Super Bowl will affect performance in the game itself. The examples of looseness are numerous, but the results are mixed.
In the week leading up to Super Bowl XXXI, the Packers were loose and relaxed. One Packers player, in fact, during a day of media access that week, looked like he hadn't slept.
"How was last night?" I asked.
"I just got in," he said, smiling.
Turns out, he didn't sleep much that week. He partied every day of the week leading up the Super Bowl, his teammates would later tell me. He played well anyway, and the Packer...

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