It Is What It Is
NEED TO KNOW
Follow WEEI.com football writer Christopher Price at twitter.com/cpriceNFL. In addition, get the latest WEEI.com updates at twitter.com/WEEI.
A WEEI.com Patriots Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network

Heath Evans on M&M: Monday’s game more important for Panthers than Patriots

11.18.13 at 2:40 pm ET
By

Former Patriot Heath Evans joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about New England’€™s matchup with the Panthers and his take on the bullying scandal in Miami.

Monday’€™s game is a surprisingly good matchup as quarterback Cam Newton has led his team a 6-3 start to the season. With the Saints winning on Sunday, Carolina moved to 1½ games behind New Orleans in the NFC South.

‘€œI think this is definitely more important for the Carolina Panthers, and [coach] Ron Rivera,’€ said Evans, who works with the NFL Network and the NFL on Fox.

Newton has played well this season, but the reason for the turnaround from a 7-9 record in 2012 revolves around the strong play of the Panthers defense. Second-year pro and Boston College product Luke Kuechly leads the team from his middle linebacker position. Evans compared Kuechly to former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi.

‘€œLuke Kuechly, and I think Tedy would probably agree with me, is more physically gifted than Tedy,’€ Evans said. ‘€œThis kid just gets it. ‘€¦ There’€™s literally not a weak point to this kid’€™s game, and it’€™s just going to get a lot better.’€

New England ran the ball during its last game against the Steelers, but achieving the same level of success against Kuechly and the Panthers’€™ impressive defensive line will be a daunting task.

‘€œYou’€™ve got a lot of pieces here where, if you can run the ball, this offense can grow into a Patriots offense that we’€™ve never even seen before that could maybe even be more spectacular than what we’€™ve seen in the past,’€ Evans said.

Evans, a member of the Dolphins in 2005, took on the issue of the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito bullying saga.

‘€œJonathan Martin, if you’€™re having mental issues, and you have to step away from the team, what are you doing at a Stanford game the other night, on national TV in front of hundreds of thousands of people?’€ Evans said. ‘€œWhen everything that will be exposed is exposed, I’€™m sure we’€™re probably going to see Jonathan Martin in a different light, we’€™ll probably see Richie Incognito in a different light, so to speak.’€

To hear the full interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

Read More: Cam Newton, Heath Evans, Jonathan Martin, Luke Kuechly
Latest on Twitter

2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT PICKS

2014 NFL DRAFT

Patriots Headlines
NFL Headlines
Tips & Feedback

Verify