Ten questions with Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Mike Remmers:
Q. With (Steelers defensive end) Brett Keisel going on injured reserve, are you now in the conversation for best beard in the league?
A. I don’t know about that. That’s a lot of responsibility. I don’t know if I can handle that. I’d be absolutely honored if I was (laughs).
Q. Is your wife, mom or anybody trying to get you to cut it?
A. My wife definitely wants me to trim it, no question about that. I’ve just been wanting to grow it out. I’m just going to let it go and see how long I can go before I actually trim it up. She doesn’t want me to shave it or get rid of it, just trim it up.
Q. This must be a pretty fun ride for you the last couple of weeks.
A. It’s just been an absolutely amazing opportunity, total dream come true. Just want to make the most of every little moment, every single play that I get out there.
Q. You’ve been kind of an NFL nomad (six teams in two seasons). What’s your craziest moving story?
A. My whole career has just been crazy, going from team to team. I’m just so thankful to be playing for a team. I hope I can find a niche and stay here. That’d be my dream come true is to finally be at one place for more than a year.
Q. What’s it like living at a hotel? Aren’t some of the practice squad guys at the same place?
A. I think there are, but I don’t even know. I get there, I try to get the Internet to work so I can play video games, and that’s about it.
Q. Is there a kitchenette? Are you firing up the stovetop?
A. It’s not the nicest place, but it’s a place to fall asleep. That’s all you need. I’m happy there. They’ve got a nice TV and sometimes the Internet works. I don’t really do much cooking, though.
Q. So what’s your favorite Charlotte restaurant or takeout place?
A. I really like Enzo. There’s some really good sushi there. I really like that. That’s got to be my No. 1 spot.
Q. Tampa Bay is one of your former teams. Is that about as close to an NFL home as you’ve had?
A. I was there the longest (most of the ’12 season and part of ’13). I loved being at Tampa. After (Greg) Schiano left, they really cleaned the whole place (out). I think I know one offensive lineman there. I know a handful of defensive guys. That whole team has completely changed since I was there last year.
Q. Much was made of Schiano’s draconian rules. What was one where you thought, this is just silly?
A. No hands on your hips at any moment. Like during practice, you can’t put your hands on your hips. If you’re ever speaking, you have to have perfect eye contact with him at all times. He’d get on people for that. I was just coming out of college (at Oregon State), so I didn’t know any different. A lot of the veteran guys were pretty upset about it. They would tell you about other teams as if it was like an amazing place. “Other teams, they do this.”
Q. Now that you’ve been other places, would you agree with that?
A. Yeah. It was definitely different. He ran it a lot more like a college program. Here they treat you like an adult. They understand we’re all here for a reason and we all are reasonably responsible, and take care of our own. It’s just nice not being looked under a microscope.