Kalil took a large advertisement out in the Charlotte Observer and wrote a rambling essay entitled “Why the Carolina Panthers will win Super Bowl XLVII.”
His main reasoning for why the franchise will win the Super Bowl is “because we have to.” He defends his bold theory by saying the Panthers will achieve victory “because I’ve seen it” (original author’s emphasis).
Kalil asked fans to “look closer” so that they can see “the daunting, unpaved path ahead, lined with detours, naysayers, and walls which seem insurmountable.”
The star center then had some motivational advice for the fans attempting to get past these imaginary detours, naysayers and walls.
“But not for you. You’ll ignore what you hear and break through ANYTHING that stands in your way. Because you see what’s at the end of this… Victory.”
The five-year veteran goes on to guarantee that the Panthers will hoist the Lombardi Trophy and prematurely calls his team the Super Bowl XLVII champions.
Considering Carolina finished just 6-10 last season and had one of the worst defenses in the league, it would be a stretch to suggest the team did enough this offseason to warrant consideration in its own division, let alone win a championship.
Carolina added LB Luke Kuechly, CB Josh Norman and DE Frank Alexander via the draft, and many young players are expected to contribute on defense in the upcoming campaign.
The Panthers have the basis of a great nucleus that will contend down the line, but to call them anything more than pretenders in the 2012-13 season would be obtuse.
Kalil tried explaining to Joseph Person of the Observer what inspired him to write this letter, and he said, “It was one of those things I was literally up all night and I was thinking about it, and just went to my computer and started writing."
Perhaps, instead of making incredulous proclamations at weird hours of the night and then advertising them in the newspaper, Kalil should just go back to sleep.