Quotable Monday: Panthers starting tackle Nate Chandler talks his biggest challenge


In what inspires DEFCON five levels of panic for Carolina Panthers fans, former defensive lineman turned offensive guard Nate Chandler will likely be the starting right tackle for Carolina in 2014. There’s even some talk that he may start at left tackle and Byron Bell may stay at right tackle, as they’ve been alternating so far in minicamps. While that seems unlikely, it’s clear that Chandler is going to have a big impact on how well this upcoming season goes for the Panthers. He recently spoke to the Charlotte Observer about his biggest challenge.

“It’s getting the plays right and having perfect technique, and at the same time making each other better,” said Chandler. “Me and Byron, we don’t look at it as ‘you’re going to play this position, I’m going to play that position.’ We just go out there and try and be the best we can be each and every day.”

Considering he was still a defensive lineman just over a year ago, getting the technique right is a valid concern for Chandler. How do you feel about him being the Panthers’ starting right tackle? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Duane Fannon

    Chandler is football smart. Played TE some in college, signed as undrafted rookie by the Panthers to defense, Jumped over last season to Offense played RG who helped the Panthers go 12-4.
    2 things jump off the page at me.
    1. Chandler willingness to put in the work necessary to help the team. his knowledge on Him playing Defense is a bonus with him switching. He has the football smarts that Gettleman loves in a player.
    2. O-line Coaching staff in John Matsko and Ray Brown. These 2 coaches knows what it takes to be a successful player in the league. Matsko (22 yrs) being the o-line coach for the Greatest Show on Turf and his O-line blocking for Marshall Faulk, Then Ray Brown playing 20 years ( No Type O) as a O-lineman and Oldest starting player in a playoff game. How many O-lineman do you know who can play 20 years?
    I said it last year and I will say it again. I don’t worry about o-line. When Brown went and worked Bell out and brought him in he knew what Bell could do,

    Once you understand the Panthers coaching staff then you can move on to the players.
    The excitement is just beginning.