Matt Rhule says he ‘100%’ supports Panthers players not practicing Saturday

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Panthers coach Matt Rhule told the media last week that Saturday’s practice would effectively serve as the team’s third preseason game this year, which is a critical point in determining which players get cut and which ones make the 53-man roster.” data-reactid=”13″>Panthers coach Matt Rhule told the media last week that Saturday’s practice would effectively serve as the team’s third preseason game this year, which is a critical point in determining which players get cut and which ones make the 53-man roster.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Instead, at the last minute Saturday’s scrimmage at Bank of America Stadium was canceled. The players decided not to practice as they wanted to spend their time and energy working towards an initiative for social justice related to the Jacob Blake shooting. Coach Rhule told reporters today that he 100% supports their decision to do so.” data-reactid=”14″>Instead, at the last minute Saturday’s scrimmage at Bank of America Stadium was canceled. The players decided not to practice as they wanted to spend their time and energy working towards an initiative for social justice related to the Jacob Blake shooting. Coach Rhule told reporters today that he 100% supports their decision to do so.

A lot of coaches who make the jump from college to the NFL have difficulty managing pros as opposed to amateurs. It’s important for a mutual respect to develop rather than the kind of military-discipline dynamic that can be found in some college locker rooms.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Rhule will face many challenges in his first year in this league. At least this doesn’t seem to be one of those problems. So far, we have heard nothing but glowing reviews from his players, who say they trust him. Having their back on issues like this will be important for growing those relationships.” data-reactid=”22″>Rhule will face many challenges in his first year in this league. At least this doesn’t seem to be one of those problems. So far, we have heard nothing but glowing reviews from his players, who say they trust him. Having their back on issues like this will be important for growing those relationships.

While the dynamic between Rhule and the Panthers appears strong, there could be some disagreement between the players on how to proceed. ESPN reported the team would be making some sort of public statement by Saturday evening, but as of yet that has not happened.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Free safety Tre Boston addressed that delay during his presser today, telling the media that the team is still working to get everyone on the same page.” data-reactid=”24″>Free safety Tre Boston addressed that delay during his presser today, telling the media that the team is still working to get everyone on the same page.

It’s possible that not everyone in the locker room wants to go along with a stong statement in support of these causes.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="For what it’s worth, a couple of key Panthers players tweeted some interesting things over the weekend which may indicate frustration with their teammates. Wide receivers D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson both alluded to some people not being ready for these kinds of conversations.” data-reactid=”28″>For what it’s worth, a couple of key Panthers players tweeted some interesting things over the weekend which may indicate frustration with their teammates. Wide receivers D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson both alluded to some people not being ready for these kinds of conversations.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="We can only speculate as to who they might be subtweeting, but we don’t know for sure what went on in those conversations or what the holdup is.” data-reactid=”33″>We can only speculate as to who they might be subtweeting, but we don’t know for sure what went on in those conversations or what the holdup is.

Either way, expect a social justice statement soon.

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