Thomas Davis doubles down on Ryan Kalil’s Super Bowl boast

FLOWERY BRANCH–Panthers center Ryan Kalil caused a stir before the season when he took out out a full-page newspaper advertisement in Charlotte predicting his team would win the Super Bowl.

Since then the Panthers have started 1-2, including a 36-7 drubbing at home from the New York Giants, and wide receiver Steve Smith publicly criticized quarterback Cam Newton for sulking. Now the Panthers have to face the Falcons (3-0) Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

But Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis doesn’t see any of that as a reason that Kalil’s prediction can’t still be accurate.

“We’ve got a goal in mind,” said Davis, the former Georgia Bulldogs star. “Ryan Kalil said it best: ‘We are going to win the Super Bowl.’ We still believe that wholeheartedly.”

Kalil’s ad drew ridicule in large part because Carolina finished 6-10 last season and last won a playoff game in 2005.

Davis noted that the Packers and Patriots are among the teams with two defeats.

“Can you look and say those teams are not going to make the playoffs? I feel the same way about our team,” he said. “We had a couple games that got away from us but we have a whole season in front of us. We’ve only played three games.”

Davis acknowledged that teams such as the Packers and Patriots get more of the benefit of the doubt because they’ve been champions in recent years.

“I understand that but I feel like, just like those teams, we have the talent and the capability of getting it done,” Davis said. “Once we start clicking we are going to go on a roll here soon, and just remember that I told you that.”

Carolina coach Ron Rivera, in his second season, said he wasn’t angry at Kalil about the ad. He said Kalil wasn’t being arrogant but rather was trying to draw attention to the fact that the Panthers believe they are “putting ourselves in position to have success.”

“He thinks, ‘Why not? Why shouldn’t we have that opportunity?’ and I agree with him,” Rivera said. “I told the players if a guy puts it out there there’s no sense taking it back, it’s too late, but the truth of the matter is you’ve got to believe it. If you don’t, you have a problem. That’s kind of the thing we are trying to get our guys to learn and do.”

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The Real Rick

September 26th, 2012
7:53 pm

Talk is cheap… of this sunday the road to the superbowl for Carolina will go through Atlanta…lets see how much talking they are doing after sunday

Michael M.

September 26th, 2012
7:56 pm

Dog gone D-led………………….even an idiot don”t predict the Superbowl so early in the Season…………………………..whats wrong with that fella ?……………………………………………
One thing for sure, that Superbowl Trophies are very hard to come by, the sweat, agony,pain,endurance and many other things come into play to get one………………………………

I know some come on here and brag……well……………………we got one !….that is good, someday ,the Atlanta Falcons may have one too, but you know we got pranksters that will say Atlanta will never have one…………………………..I tell you a secret……….. ” Let’s just keep it that way for now “

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September 26th, 2012
8:33 pm

I had to endure taunts from a friend who proclaimed that Peyton and the Broncos were headed to the Super Bowl after he led them to victory in their first game. Since then, 2 losses. It’s a little early to be making predictions about post season.


September 26th, 2012
8:34 pm

Hi Cam,

Welcome to the only place you have played for more than one year since high school!


September 26th, 2012
8:36 pm

If Nolan confused Peyton Manning, I can’t even think what he is gonna do to Cam Newton. Poor guy dosen’t even see it comin’. It’s Atlanta’s year to go to the Super Bowl and Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Tony Gonzalez is gonna prove it!


September 26th, 2012
8:42 pm

Ryan seems like a good person,,,,,,,,,, but its so sad,,,,,, I had an grandmother that felt like Gregory Peck was going to run off with her one day,,,,, so so sad

Michael M.

September 26th, 2012
8:59 pm

Hey falcon………….most opponents that the Falcons face that lose usually do go on to doom and demise………………… fitting on would say…………………………………..


September 26th, 2012
9:02 pm


You sound as naive as your grandmother

Laughing out Loud

September 26th, 2012
9:12 pm

The nature of fans is to brag! Players know it’s “one game at a time.” So do coaches. Only media fed frenzied fans, make such bragging predictions. Coaches and players want to keep focused on the next game…the better ones that is.

Michael M.

September 26th, 2012
9:37 pm

Bring em on Laughing cause it seems the Falcons will be laughin at YOU!………………………………………………………………

Embrace Past, Seize Destiny

September 26th, 2012
10:02 pm

Thomas DeCoud was just interviewed on Sportscenter. Ha! Starting to get a lot of buzz about the Falcons. More so than in 2010.
Of course also hearing a lot of 0-3 as well. I’ve even heard Ryan mention it as a motivator in couple of interviews.
I think we as fans and the Falcons as a team should own that record as a mantra, 0-3. Embrace it! Use it as fuel! Hang a banner in each end zone. Pass out signs at the game… 0-3!
Every time they want to take their foot off the gas and ride out the clock, start chanting O and 3, 0 and 3, 0 and 3!!
Our defense gets tired and starts to put their hands on their knees… 0 and 3!! 0 and 3!!
Opposing quarterback gets too much time in the pocket and completes a pass… 0 and 3!! 0 and 3!!
Our offense lines up to go for it on forth and one… 0 and 3!! 0 and 3!!
When the defense comes to the line and wants us to get louder, don’t wave your arms, guys,… no, hold up both hands, make an 0 on one hand and hold up 3 fingers on the other. And that’s the fans cue to go flat out crazy 0 and 3!! 0 and 3!! 0 and 3!!

Embrace Past, Seize Destiny

September 26th, 2012
10:08 pm

Whoops! Of course, fans shouldn’t chant when the offense is on the line…

Falcon James

September 26th, 2012
11:11 pm

Well I got one thing to say. If the Panther think that the Falcon are going to give them any help to get to the Super Bowl, they be dreaming. The Panther can go ahead and chalk up another one in the L column and get Cam some tissue. The Falcon will be 4-0 after Sunday provided they can stay out of Jail. And let us not forget that the Saint will be OhFur.


September 26th, 2012
11:44 pm

just watched inside NFL guys !!! They said it!! they called them the AINTS dead serious check it out!!

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Duante's Longest Dred

September 27th, 2012
2:30 am

Have another drink Thomas Davis…………..

Falcons Chic

September 27th, 2012
5:49 am

Hey — don’t stop guys from buying ads in newspapers. I would rather them have it out there than on the field. Maybe the Panties will be our trap game? I think not, but I’d rather be ready and focused than braggadocio. Let’s just see what happens if we all stay healthy… I’m feeling good. Howsa ’bout you?

I usually just read but...

September 27th, 2012
8:23 am

I think the Panties can cover the Taints. As for beating the Falcons, not so much, bless their hearts.


September 27th, 2012
8:25 am

for the guy who said “only and idiot would predict a super bowl this early in the season”, its NOT a prediction if you wait until the outcome is OBVIOUS to predict. HUH…..


September 27th, 2012
8:54 am

Cam on being ask the biggest difference of the NFL and being at Auburn. He said ” They take taxes out of your check here in the NFL”.


September 27th, 2012
9:44 am

Thomas Davis is a winner regardless of what happens to the Carolina Panthers this week-end.


September 27th, 2012
11:28 am

TD is wrong, but he is one of my all-time favorite college players. I am not sure I have ever seen another player make so many bone-rattling hits on running backs and receivers.


September 27th, 2012
12:50 pm

Can anyone imagine a Falcon moment sweeter than holding the Lombardi trophy high….. on the Saints homefield??

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September 27th, 2012
2:02 pm

Heck of some in-depth football talk!


September 27th, 2012
2:03 pm

The Falcons should be motivated for all 16 games because they have no playoff victories to speak of. They are just trying to get back where they were in 2010-2011. I think the talent is there to win, but I hope the team is truly hungry for the ultimate prize. Tony Gonzales and the other veterans especially

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