You would think Keary Colbert would be spitting mad.
Fourteen catches in 10 games? C'mon. Those are high school numbers.
But the laid-back Colbert doesn't seem worried about what the media
perceives to be a sophomore slump.
Colbert, who was held without a catch for the fourth time this
last Sunday by Chicago, insists that the only number he's concerned
the Panthers' number of wins.
"I just want to get a W. I don't know how many times I have to say
Colbert said after repeatedly being questioned about his dismal
"We're trying to win. We're 7-3 and we have a goal to get somewhere.
all I care about."
Well, that's nice, but at some point if you want to stay a starter
this league, you have to produce.
And Colbert might want to begin caring a little more about
Last week, he played the first series for the Panthers, but then wasn't
the field for most of the first half as the team turned to Rod Gardner.
Nonetheless, coach John Fox continues to support Colbert and his 1.4
catches per game.
"There's a lot more that goes into it than whether a guy is open,"
said. "You've got to protect, and you've got to get them the ball.
"There are a lot of things that go into somebody catching a pass.
Sometimes there's a guy in the quarterback's face. Sometimes the
interferes with them. Sometimes the quarterback misses them. There is a
that goes into passing and catching the ball, not just whether the
So then why, if Fox is so happy with Colbert's play, is Gardner
to see more action?
"Basically, he and Rod Gardner have been splitting time for quite a
weeks. It's just based on personnel group and the rotation. But they've
rotating for quite some time now, not just (against Chicago)," Fox