Panthers DE Julius Peppers made a rare appearance in the locker room before reporters Thursday, the first time he's talked since after the Dallas game on Sept. 28.
He spoke briefly about the improvements on defense, but didn't want to talk about the Fox network pre-game report last week that he had given an emotional speech to his teammates prior to the win over Tampa Bay.
"I don’t want to talk about that," Peppers said. "That is something we did as a team and is private. I have no comments on anything that is supposed to be kept within the team."
(Hmmm, wonder if he was referring to anything else there.)
He also mentioned he liked the fact he was able to line up and rush from both the left and right, and offered high praise for his teammates in that regard.
"We have a lot of guys that can play both sides – in and out," he said. "This is the best rotation I’ve been a part of since I’ve been here."
He clarified that he didn't mean it was the best line, as that Super Bowl unit that included Mike Rucker, Kris Jenkins, Brentson Buckner and Al Wallace would have something to say about that.
"I’m talking about being interchangeable," Peppers said. "I’m not saying it’s the best line I’ve been a part of. I’m saying as far as guys being able to play different positions and switch in and out with each other.”
We'll have more on Peppers in tomorrow's Herald.