CHARLOTTE — When they were sitting at 0-2 at the start of the season, it looked like the beginning of another lost year for the Carolina Panthers. They hadn’t had a winning record since 2008. With a new general manager in place, a coaching change and a big shakeup seemed inevitable. Everyone expected the Panthers to disintegrate and panic. But one backup linebacker was preaching calmness. After all, he had been there before. “We had some great conversations,” former Giants and current Panthers linebacker Chase Blackburn told the Daily News last week. “When we started out 0-2 I was talking to the defense about not hanging our heads. I said ‘We were 0-2 in New York and we got beat a lot worse than we did the first two games this year.’ If you remember, the Giants got smashed by a couple of teams. This year we were competitive, we just didn’t pull it out. Things just didn’t end the way we wanted it to. ” So Blackburn used his experience from 2007 — when the Giants rebounded from an 0-2 start to win a championship — and blended it with a message Tom Coughlin hammered home to the 2011… Read full this story
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