Panthers’ Dave Canales notes comedian’s Super Bowl swipe at NFL Honors

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Carolina Panthers head coach Dave Canales took note Thursday night of a swipe at his team from comedian Keegan-Michael Key at the NFL Honors.

Key made a joke about Taylor Swift and the Panthers both far away from the Super Bowl.

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Dave Canales speaking

Dave Canales answers a question during a news conference introducing him as the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers NFL football team in Charlotte, NC, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

“My understanding is that Taylor Swift is in Tokyo right now. The only people further away from the Super Bowl are the Carolina Panthers,” Key said at the event, via The Charlotte Observer.

Canales responded to X with a chin scratch and bookmark emojis. He certainly seemed to be paying attention to the negative reception that Carolina has been receiving as the team has struggled in recent years.

The Panthers finished 2-15 in 2023 with rookie quarterback Bryce Young leading the team. Carolina finished 31st in points scored and 32nd in yards received.

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Keegan-Michael Key at NFL Honors

Keegan-Michael Key performs at the NFL awards ceremony before the Super Bowl 58 football game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Las Vegas. The San Francisco 49ers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 58 on Sunday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The team hasn’t had a winning record since the 2017 season when Ron Rivera was the head coach, and the franchise still had Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey on the offensive side of the ball.

Those days are long gone, but Canales is eager to bring hope back to Charlotte.

“My timeline is today,” Canales said of winning at his introductory press conference. “It’s 1st and 10, and I’ve got a new set down, and I’ve got my entire contact sheet available – and I’ve got a bunch of great people to go to work with today. “

Dave Canales speaks to the media

Dave Canales answers a question during a news conference introducing him as the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers NFL football team in Charlotte, NC, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

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Canales was the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2023 before taking the Panthers job.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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