My colleague Tom Sorensen had a great interview with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson Wednesday. In the Q and A segment, Tom asked Richardson for some word associations with certain players on the team. Richardson praised players like Steve Smith, DeAngelo Williams, Thomas Davis and others in the Q and A, but was uncharacteristically silent when asked about Panther safety Sherrod Martin. The exchange went like this:
Q: Sherrod Martin?
RICHARDSON: What about him?
Q: What do you think about him?
RICHARDSON: I think he plays safety.
In another part of the interview, Richardson said he wished the Panthers would tackle better. No one missed more obvious tackle opportunities than Martin. I think in that part of the interview, Richardson clearly was under the "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" philosophy.
And if I were Martin, I'd be worried.