Former Panther safety Mike Minter retired in August after earning the respect of his teammates and opponents during a career that spanned a full decade. The second-round draft pick out of Nebraska set a number of Carolina franchise records on the field while being awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2005 for his community service work off the field.
Mike has joined Scout.com's Ed Thompson as an analyst, providing his unique insight on the Panthers and their opponents each week. They kicked off their new series this week with a look at the Panthers' 31-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Here are just a few brief quotes from Mike's analysis during this week's 11-minute audio segment.
On facing Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre based on his experiences against him on the field: "It's very difficult. The guy has seen every coverage known to man, and he's seen every blitz known to man. So he knows where he's going with that ball before the play even starts ... "
On what he observed while watching Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers during this game: "What I saw was a lot of energy out of Julius Peppers. I think this is what the Panthers need in order for the Panthers to be successful on the defensive side of the ball. They have to have No. 90 make plays ... "
On the team's special teams struggles against the Packers, giving up two big returns: " ... You come out at halftime, and this is where you set the tone. This is where you set the tone for the second half, we kick the ball off and Koren Robinson returns it sixty-some yards and it makes it harder on our defense to come out and try to stop these guys when you're already behind ... "
On the performance of wide receiver Drew Carter with Steve Smith sidelined, and how it impacts future opponents: " ... Now you've got to worry about Steve Smith coming back and now you've got to worry about a hot Drew Carter who now has confidence that he can make plays ... "
On Panthers running back DeShaun Foster: "I see a man that's determined, a man that's running with power ... "
Listen to Mike's full analysis on those topics along with his responses to Ed's questions about quarterback Vinny Testaverde's performance after joining the team in midseason, who the Panthers' unsung heroes have been during this 2007 campaign so far, and his thoughts on the upcoming Panthers-Saints contest.
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