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Another epic fail…

29 September 2009 3 comments

What the hell is wrong? How can a team dominate in the first half and shit the bed in the 2nd half and lose by 14 points? How is that even possible?

Wait … I almost forgot. We are talking about the 2009 Carolina Panthers.

The team that seems unable to do anything right has struck again, falling to 0-3 on the season thanks to a woeful performance by everyone on both sides of the football.

The defense couldn’t tackle, the running backs couldn’t find space, and Steve Smith couldn’t run routes for shit.

If this keeps up it will be another tank-job season to follow last year’s 12-4 effort, which seems to be the trend in Carolina – win the division in year 1 and then finish in last place in year 2. And to make it even worse, we can’t even look forward to a good draft pick because we don’t have a 1st round pick next year. So, not only are we going to suck, we won’t even get the benefit of a decent pick out of it.

Ugh. At least we have a bye next week, but I’m sure these Panthers could figure out a way to lose during a bye if you gave them enough time to do it.

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Panthers sign DT Antwon Burton

22 September 2009 Leave a comment

According to an article over at Cat Scratch Reader, the Panthers have agreed to sign DT Antwon Burton to replace recently injured DT Louis Leonard (who was a replacement for injured DT Ma’ake Kemoeatu).

Burton participated in training camp with the St. Louis Rams this year, but failed to make the 53-man roster. He has also seen limited action with Kansas City, Cincinnati, and Denver in his brief career.

Burton is only 26 years old and fits the body-type (6-2, 325) that the Panthers were looking for to plug run-gaps in the defensive line. (So, while he may be a last resort signing, at least he is a young and big last resort.)

Hopefully he can stay healthy for the season, because if he goes down with an injury the Panthers won’t have anyone else to choose from to replace him without making a trade.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse…

21 September 2009 Leave a comment

With every NFL team in every NFL season, injuries happen. It’s a part of the game. The good teams learn how to deal with those injuries, make adjustments, and continue on their march towards the playoffs as if nothing happened.

But, what is a team to do when the solution to the injury problem finds himself injured? That’s the dilemma that’s facing the Panthers today, as it has been reported that DT Louis Leonard has suffered a broken ankle in yesterday’s loss to the Falcons.

Leonard was the Panthers’ back up plan when starting DT Ma’ake Kemoeatu went down on the first day of training camp with an achilles injury. They don’t have any depth at the position, so they had to make a trade with Cleveland to acquire Leonard in order to have a warm body to occupy space (and his 300+ lb. frame did a good job at that).

According to initial reports, it appears that Leonard will be heading to the IR list, ending his season with the Panthers after just two regular season games. We will never know whether or not he would have filled the shoes of Kemoeatu now, and at this point we don’t even know how the Panthers plan to replace him.

As of right now the only other DT’s the Panthers have on the roster are Nick Hayden, Damione Lewis, and Ra’Shon Harris – not exactly a Pro Bowl trio of linemen.

Will the Panthers scour the free agent market and sign someone who couldn’t catch on with anyone else? Or will Fox go with what he has and pray for the best? Stay tuned over the next few days to find out.

Better, but not better enough…

21 September 2009 3 comments

The good news is Jake Delhomme only threw one interception against the Falcons.

The bad news is the interception came when the Panthers had the ball in the red zone with just over 2 minutes to go and down by 8 points.

But, overall Delhomme had a much better game than he did last week. He took care of the ball and was able to move the offense down the field, so there isn’t too much to complain about when it comes to his performance.

The real area of blame in today’s loss to the Falcons has to lie with the defense. The inability to tackle the ball carrier and get the opposing offense off the field to give your team a chance to score points is the quickest way to lose a football game – and the Panthers defense proved that point today.

The Falcons ran and passed the ball at will against the Panthers, and kept the Panthers defense on the field for way too long in the 2nd half, making it impossible for the Panthers to put enough points on the board to come out with the win.

So, the Panthers start the 2009 campaign 0-2, and really need to step it up if they want to have any success this season. It’s not the end of the world just yet, but if they don’t get their act together soon, the playoffs will not be in the big picture for the Panthers.

The Panthers played better than they did last week, but their better wasn’t quite good enough to leave Atlanta with a win.

Oh well, I guess we will have to wait until Week 3 for that first victory on the season…

I believe in Jake (at least for now)

18 September 2009 Leave a comment

I am going to forget about his past two brutal performances. I am going to overlook the 11 turnovers, the poor passes into triple coverage, and the inability to move around in the pocket that we’ve seen over the last two games. I’m going to forget about all that.

For now.

I’m giving Delhomme until the bye week to get his act together. If he hasn’t straightened things out by then, something has to be done. I don’t know what that something is yet, and I hope we don’t have to find out. But, I’m going to give him my support until the bye week (Week 4) – after then, let the Jake bashing begin.

But as for this week – let’s forget about what happened against Philly, go down to Atlanta and beat the hell out of the Falcons. We need a division win.

Josh McCown placed on IR, out for season

14 September 2009 1 comment

UPDATE: The Panthers have agreed to sign free agent A.J. Feeley to replace McCown as the #2 quarterback on the depth chart, according to a report on ESPN.

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The Panthers have placed backup QB Josh McCown on Injured Reserve, ending his season after he was brought in for 3 plays before he was taken out by a knee injury in yesterday’s brutal loss to Philadelphia.

McCown was the backup to Jake Delhomme, who has struggled mightily in his last two non-preseason games. This injury leaves the Panthers with two active quarterbacks, Delhomme and Matt Moore, until a roster move is made.

The Panthers have two options. The can either sign Hunter Cantwell from the practice squad to the roster, or look in free agency for a veteran quarterback that was released prior to the start of the season. Some names that have been floated around are Jeff Garcia, who was cut by the Raiders, and A.J. Feeley, who was cut by the Eagles.

Epic fail…

14 September 2009 3 comments

Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow. A 38-10 throttling doesn’t help get the season started on a good note. I can’t blame anyone in particular, because everyone looked terrible.

Sure, Delhomme looked worse than he did against Arizona in the playoffs last year, but can we really hang this one on his shoulders? The OL was terrible against the Eagles’ blitz. Delhomme didn’t stand a chance in the pocket (or lack thereof), and because of all the turnovers (7 freaking turnovers, are you kidding me?) the defense couldn’t do anything because they were on the field way too long – it was just horrible all the way around.

I will give more insight on this game later, after I’ve come to my senses and realize that we really did get our asses handed to us 38-10 on opening day (at home).

Wow…