Michael Oher Blames “The Blind Side” for his Fight during Carolina Panthers Practice –
“The Blind Side” may have been a box office hit, but the player it was about has been blindsided by its effect on his NFL career.
The Panthers signed Oher to a two-year, $7 million deal to protect the blind side of quarterback Cam Newton. They believe reuniting Oher with former Baltimore offensive line coach John Matsko and surgery that repaired the toe will revive his career.
Coach Ron Rivera and tight end Greg Olsen recently have talked about how impressive Oher’s presence has been at the position.
And although he doesn’t like fighting, Rivera appreciated that “there was a standoff” as players battled humid temperatures in the low 90s.
“Kony is a young guy who is learning and trying to learn how to cope,” Rivera said. “Michael is a veteran guy. It’s kind of the young bear poking the older bear.
“I was disappointed. The heat, the fatigue or what have you, there’s no place for [fighting]. I talked to both guys privately and just made sure they understood how I felt about it.”
The scuffle probably got more attention because Oher was involved.
“Offensive linemen don’t get looked at,” Oher said. “Nobody is paying attention to the offensive line. But me? I’m getting watched for everything. I know what type of player I am. Everybody else that I know knows what type of player I am. So that kind of stuff doesn’t worry me.”