Gifting opposing teams with bulletin board material is inadvisable. Especially if said team is the defending NFC champ. Throwing caution to the wind, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks gave the Carolina Panthers some heading into Week 2.
San Francisco shut out the Los Angeles Rams, 28-0, in Week 1. The defense’s performance has Brooks excited, and he sees bigger things in store.
“It’s another test for us,” Brooks said, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. “Last week was a good start for us. It was a confidence booster for us. It’s a promising defense. It’s a promising year for us. We’re excited. We have a challenge ahead of us, but we’re ready for the challenge.
While it was an impressive performance, it’s worth pointing out that the Rams are ever so slightly less imposing on offense than the one the Panthers trot out every week (more on that here).
Still, Brooks thinks the Panthers should be a bit frightened by what they see on tape as they prepare for the upcoming early game on Sunday.
“They see it on film, I’m pretty sure. It’s a scary sight for them to see, for them to watch on tape. They’re probably like, ‘Oh, man, these guys are running to the ball.’ They’re going to have to be on their P’s and Q’s, man.”
Confidence is an invaluable commodity in pro sports. Teams don’t win without it.
But giving a powerhouse franchise like Carolina even the slightest bit of extra motivation to bring the holy fire of vengeance? Probably not the best idea in the world.
The Panthers were a missed field goal away from beating the Denver Broncos on Thursday night to open the season. Newton was crushed repeatedly, enduring numerous hits to the head, and Carolina was not able to exact revenge against the team that prevailed over it in Super Bowl 50.
This is a team that was already going to enter Week 2 with a huge chip on its shoulder. And more than likely, the Panthers view the 49ers as an excellent opportunity to bounce back.
Poking an injured tiger is never a smart plan. Brooks should know better.