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#3196922 Thank you, Huddle. #KeepPounding

Posted by Carolina Panthers on 11 January 2015 - 10:02 AM

We just wanted to take a moment to thank the Carolina Huddle for the support this season. Panthers fans are among the best in the NFL and we truly appreciate your passion and loyalty. We are looking forward to coming back even stronger next season. 

 

196 days (give or take one or two) until training camp. 

 

Keep Pounding. 

 

 




#3179143 The Seahawks have owned our fat asses for the past half decade, but those bas...

Posted by PhillyB on 04 January 2015 - 08:45 PM

Welp the Cowboys just used a trick play by the refs to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs. Obligatory:

 

Spoiler
 

 

 

 

And now our fate is sealed: we're traveling to Seattle, where coffee and grunge rock mix like torrential rain and suicides. Everyone from Roxboro to Rutherfordton has collectively rolled up their fruit of the looms and given themselves the worry wedgies rocking back and forth worrying about the fact that the Seahawks have owned us, wiping away tears with one hand and using the other to plow into that third bag of Bugles and contemplate the awful fate that led us down this road of certain defeat.

 

The good news is you're just a giant pussy!

 

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This would be a great time to get your poo together because dammit it's January 2015 and your daddy's panthers, brother's panthers, and awkward stepsister's panthers ain't your goddamn Carolina Panthers, or mine or anyone else's. Here's a few things you ought to know:

 

1) The last time we played the Seattle Seahawks, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert were having exercise bike races

 

2) The last time we played the Seattle Seahawks, Andrew Norwell was a nobody and Trai Turner was battling injuries

 

3) The last time we played the Seattle Seahawks, Mike Remmers didn't exist and your starting RT was Nate Chandler

 

4) The last time we played the Seattle Seahawks, Jason Avant was underperforming and Ed Dickson had one catch

 

5) The last time we played the Seattle Seahawks, none of us had said "wakka wakka" during a live game

 

6) The last time we played the Seattle Seahawks, Norman and Benwikere were on the bench and White/Cason started

 

7) The last time we played the Seattle Seahawks, that dickheaded safety from Atlanta was blowing coverages for us

 

8) The last time we played the Seattle Seahawks, Charles Johnson looked completely ineffective and we had zero DE depth

 

9) The last time we played the Seattle Seahawks, we were coming off a demoralizing blowout loss to the Packers

 

10) The last time we played the Seattle Seahawks, the Saints and the Falcons were the class of the NFC South

 

 

That's right, since October 26 everything has changed. We've got TEN new starters on this team. We've made an entire offseason worth of roster changes in two months. 50% of our starting players are new. Since the end of November we've got the fifth best defense in the NFL. Our offense has gone from being putrid and unwatchable to dropping semi-respectable point totals on defenses. Young players have brought a fire and urgency that simply didn't exist on October 26. The milquetoasts and the malingerers have vanished and been replaced by unquenchable thirst. Since October 26 we've left three division opponents dead in our wake and cut Ryan Lindley's dick off and kicked it to the four Cardinals fans that showed up for a playoff game - the first playoff game that we've won since My Chemical Romance was a popular band and George W. Bush was president.

 

So put away the Depends and laugh at all the lifelong Seahawks fans you know who bought all their team gear in December 2013, because nobody's faced the new-look Carolina Panthers and come out alive. Seahawks are next.




#3180077 The Seahawks are now ON NOTICE!

Posted by Zod on 05 January 2015 - 10:08 AM

LISTEN UP SEATTLE! YOU ARE NOW ON NOTICE!!

 

 

Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.

 

I have come back to you now in your hour of greatest need. With me I have brought wisdom, experience, and an industrial sized jar of lube. Now line up boys, and hold on to your taints, its about to get real.

 

First off.... Seattle. The softest most ridiculously pussified city in the entire country. A city so politically correct and lame I bet the mayor pardons a tofu turkey on Thanksgiving to please PeTA! hahaha.... wait, what? That actually happened? The Fug?

 

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Meanwhile, in Charlotte, some residents choose not to pardon their turkey the old fashioned way... like the freaking founding fathers did.

 

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This week's playoff match up is against the always overrated Seattle Seahawks.  Seattle is known for it's grunge music, strong coffee, and being home to the bandwagonest fans in the entire NFL. In 2011 the Seahawks had ZERO NFL player jersey sales in the top 50. In 2013, Russell Wilson was the #1 ranked jersey.

 

Holy poo, that is a whole lot of people needing a Seahawks jersey fast. Fuggin Pathetic. 

 

The Seahawks have all the team components that the public adores. The white haired coach, ready to dish out worldly advice. The cute little guy, with a wholesome attitude and dimples. The older brother, street wise with a little more of an edge. And who could forget the long haired Hollywood type, the prima donna always craving attention. 

 

Put it together, and it could be an 80's sitcom for christ sakes.

 

 

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The Panthers are coming, Seattle. And they are bringing hell with them.

 

What will you do when the man beast Norwell mauls the face of your vaunted defensive line?

 

What will you do when Jonathan Stewart carves up your linebackers?

 

What will you do when Mike Shula calls a bubble screen to Brenton Bersin on 3rd and 10?

 

 

I'll tell you what you will do. You will sit there in your hipster trousers and take it... balls deep.

 

And then, when Luke Kuechly grabs yet another interception, when Josh Norman completely shuts down one of those receivers you have on your roster sorry their names escape me, you will begin to cry real tears that will drip from your ironic mustache.

 

And finally, when the Panthers have the lead and completely shut their own offense down allowing the Seahawks back in the game ... you will know what Panthers football is all about.... and there's not a god damned thing you can do about it.

 

 

Panthers 13

SeaHawks - 10

 

 

 

 

 




#2937706 Lions week! Detroit "Bout to get Rocked" City

Posted by SCP on 08 September 2014 - 05:50 PM

Excuse me, before I start typing I need to scrape something off the bottom of my shoe that has been bothering me all day. Just one second.....  OK, turns out it wasn't much.  It was just a pirate eye patch.  Some Bucs fan must have tossed it out the window of his Cube after the loss on Sunday.  It must have stuck to the sole of my shoe whilst I was performing the happy dance after my Panthers crammed a big fat piece of suck it pie up those pirate booties. 

 

24 hour rule has come and gone.  Enjoy the win but file it away. Now that we escaped that 79 point throttling the ass pirates were supposed to hand us, it's time to move on to the next team on our schedule.  This team hales from the one place in America that is nastier than a Pilates class in Metarie, LA filled with female Steeler fans.  Detroit.  De-twah.  Rock City.  A place so depressing and disconnected from society that one of the major auto makers actually started a marketing program built around their product being "Imported from Detroit".  Michigan, the only state in the union that saw a decrease in population according to the last census.  This once proud manufacturing city has crumbled under corrupt politics.   Sandwiched between Toledo, the skidmark of northwest Ohio, and Windsor, the herpie of southwest Ontario, Detroit proudly pumps out Ford Fusion's by the train car full.  Union workers are making $800/hour to slap a Ford emblem on the bumper making a $3000 car retail for $40,000.  Then it’s off to the Windsor Ballet (google that poo) to stack a roll of quarters on stage and watch the magic happen.  

 

Meanwhile driving through North and South Carolina, I’m stuck behind some unemployed 400lb Michigan transplant driving his 1984 Aerostar full of kids with ketchup stained KISS t-shirts.  How do I know they have stains on their shirts?  Because once the exhaust clears I can get a great view of every passenger through the 8 inch rust holes in the front and rear quarter panels of the mini-van.  Littered with Red Wings stickers and a “My kid can beat up your Honor Student” bumper sticker, these vehicles cause more pollution than a factory in Beijing China .  You can normally spot these vans in the drive-thru at any fast food joint.  They are the ones who have to open the front door to place an order and then again to receive the order because the window hasn't rolled down since Bruce Springsteen was relevant.  Honk if you see one and make sure to welcome them to the south.  They might complain about the heat and humidity but they had the best "fire the GM" campaign when they held the Millen-Man March to fire Matt Millen.  For that they deserve a little respect. 

 

As for the game this week, well, who knows what to expect.  It looks like we have the makings of a serviceable offensive line.  Our wide receivers are good enough to get the job done.  And by gawd we are getting Cam back after a great performance by Dmotherf**kinA. Our defense had a pretty good game but Luke is not satisfied.  Neither is Riverboat.  He is so intense his transition lenses still haven’t turned clear even after he enters a dark film room.  Nippleshorts is busy doing work clearing cap space for the future.  This team means business.  Not business as usual, but a new kind of business.  An ass kicking business.  The Lions will roll into town with a beast at WR, a top tier QB, and a defensive lineman that has the potential to be one of the best in the game.  You know what?  None of that poo matters.  Because this is a new breed of Panther football.  BofA Stadium is going to be rocking.  It’s time to send a message to the NFL by putting our foot on the throats of every team we face.  Suck it Detroit.

 

Panthers 24

Lions 17

 



#2957850 Pittsburgh week - Hide yo Kids, Hide yo Wives, Ben is coming to the QC

Posted by SCP on 16 September 2014 - 12:34 PM

2 and 0. Has a nice ring to it doesn't it? Great job by the Panthers this week. Once again we were picked to lose by 90% of the analysts and again we crammed a big fat W up their collective asses. I saw a group of Lions fans pouting around at the airport yesterday morning. Aside from the pit stained jerseys, ostomy pouching systems (google that poo), foul mouths, confused looks when they saw Bojangles, and noticeable limps, they actually seemed like good enough people. But in the end they were boarding a plane to go back to a house in Detroit in clothes that haven’t been washed since Wayne Fontes roamed the sidelines, which at face value must be like diving head first into that port-a-john RoaringRiot rented for the CarolinaHuddle tailgate. So thanks to Detroit fans for giving us a white-trash primer for what is about to invade BofA Stadium. The 24 hour celebration rule is over, time to take on Shitsburgh.

It’s a little known fact that IDIOT is actually an acronym used to describe Pittsburgh fans. I generally like to stay away from teachable moments but since we have the lowest form of human coming to our fine facility this Sunday night, I guess I will enlighten those who may not know what the acronym means. The founding fathers came up with this acronym and decided there was no better name for the people from that little slice of crap tucked at the confluence of the Alleghany and Monongahela rivers.

I – I as in “I’m a Steeler fan and I can’t find Pittsburgh on a map of the United States”. As in find me a Steeler fan that is not a piece of fuggin sh*t liar that has been to Pittsburgh. (Hint: Don’t waste your time) No matter their age, they are all blue-collar steel workers that toiled in the heat of a steel mill 7 days a week. Meanwhile they drive around Charlotte in a PT Cruiser with the fake wood paneling and use a counterfeit handicap sticker to get preferred parking at the Western Sizzler on all you can eat fried okra night. All I can say is thank god the Steelers colors include bright yellow. It helps to have these water buffalo cloaked in yellow so they can stand out like a fart in church. The last thing you need is to be blindsided by a herd of Steeler fans when Costco rolls out the free sample carts in the morning.

D – D as in “Does America grasp how fugging stupid Steelers fans are? It has to be a ruse”. I googled that poo and Steeler fans are paying anywhere from $8.99 to $24.99 for a yellow, screen printed towel. A towel! That is their rallying symbol. Grown fugging adults spinning a yellow towel is somehow supposed to be tradition and bad ass? I call it the best pyramid scheme to ever hit a moron in the face. Myron Cope is the king of the idiots for birthing this over glorified sh*t rag. Has anybody ever taken a moment to understand just how fugging stupid this is? We are dealing with a fan base whose piece de resistance is a Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon so they can buy yellow terry cloth at a discount.

I – I as in “I swear to god, Pittsburgh must have had a population of 270 million people prior to 1975”. Every son of a bitch that I meet wearing that mustard stained garbage claims to be from Pittsburgh. Thanks to the 1980’s and the deindustrialization of America, I have to see overweight moms in Harris Teeter towing around 9 year old daughters in Rapelisberger jerseys. Pushing around a cart over flowing with pickled bologna and pork rinds to quench a never ending thirst for salty processed meat by-product, they claim their love for a two time rapist. When I see this, I have two questions: 1. How in God’s name does she wipe her own ass? And 2. What kind of example is she setting for the little crumb snatcher daughter of hers? I saw a homeless guy taking a dump in an old phone booth up in NYC about a month ago. That guy has ten times the class of every Steeler “transplant” I have met.

O – O as in “Oh my god what is that smell?” Yes, when the Steelers come to town you can hear this question asked in every NFL city. It’s a pungent mix of sweaty armpit and poultry farm. Science has not yet determined if this odor emanates from the mouth when those fat losers yell “We got 6!” or if it comes from the sweat glands. The one common denominator is that the smell accompanies both the “transplants” and the band wagon Steeler fans from places like Maiden, NC. It is a question that may never be answered.

T – As in “Trashiest fan base in the world” Why did these assholes decide to leave Pittsburgh and ruin America with their foul smells and ugly features? Why do assholes FROM North Carolina claim diehard fan status for a team that resides 700 miles away in some western PA crap hole? I mean these idiots take over our bars and proclaim to the world just how awesome Pittsburgh is, yet not one of these sons of bitches will pack up the El Camino with their ex-wife and high school drop-out kids and move back to that dump. It’s an interesting study in human nature. You have individuals that would prefer to trash the Panthers, a team that does a lot for the city in which these Steeler fans reside. A city far superior to the city the Steelers reside in. They go to our local bars or come to BofA and proceed to piss and sh*t on everything about the local team in the name of some goofy yellow towel. These mullet wearing jack wagons call into our radio shows and bloviate about how the Panthers are inferior. They talk as if we should hang on their every last word because they picked to follow a team that has won 6 super bowls. Real accomplishment there buddy. Ooo, you jumped on a bandwagon, fugging phenomenal. You know these same assclowns have a Nickleback box-set in their CD tower at home. All this asshole culture for what? They can’t go to a game in Pittsburgh because they can’t depend on their shitty car to make it north of the NC state line without blowing a gasket. So they sit their miserable fat asses here in Charlotte in their faded out Steeler t-shirts making my local restaurants and bars smell like potted meat. Congrats on being low life scum.

So there you have the origin of the acronym IDIOT. As for the game this Sunday, I am starting to get a little more confidence in my Panthers. The o-line seems to be coming together in pass-pro and if they can gel and open up some running lanes, we should be able to control the clock and take it to this sub-par Pittsburgh defense. The Steelers offense has some weapons but even without Hardy, I’m thinking our front 4 can pressure the Rapelisberger and get him off his rocker. I hope Panther Nation shows up loud and proud on Sunday night. Don’t take poop from any Steeler fan. This is our town. BofA is our house. The Panthers are the superior team.

Panthers – 27
Steelers - 14


#2911492 Yo ho ho it's a pirates life for me - smack approved

Posted by SCP on 27 August 2014 - 10:48 AM

Ok fellow jackasses, its here. To hell with the Steelers preseason game. I'm tired of waiting and I'm ready to see some real football. Bucs week starts today damnit, the 2014 NFL season is upon us. Color me SHOCKED that our Panthers are projected to regress and suck again. Meanwhile, every other team from the NFCS and NFCN and NFCW are projected to win the Super Bowl this year at the same time for the first eleven way split of the Lombardi trophy. At least that is the consensus if you read the endless articles that have been tirelessly copied and pasted over and over again by sports journalists. The narratives and regurgitated nonsense from this summer are full of more poop than a Golden Coral bathroom on Dale Mabry Dr. after an all you can eat meatloaf extravaganza.

Speaking of Dale Mabry Dr, our Panthers are heading south on a little trip to play the all-of-the-sudden unbeatable ass-pirates of Tampa Bay. And what’s worse than some lukewarm Golden Coral all-you-can-eat meatloaf coated in generic ketchup? Bucs fans. Grown men who wear fake beards and eye patches and gleefully chant “It’s a Bucs Life” while air brushing swashbuckling scars on each other’s asses to make their costumes more authentic. “Arrrrggggh! Don’t forget to make my beard look scraggly!” they squeal as they share a box of Franzia wine and paint each others faces. Well yo freaking ho, its 2014 and some Bluegreen Resort time share salesman and a roof cleaning expert dressing up as pirates on Sundays is neither intimidating nor tough. No matter how much you guys spend at the Dollar Store on eye patches and feather boas, your pirate shtick is more pansy than the Nissan Cube you rolled up to the tailgate in. I’m willing to bet that mini-turkey and humus sandwiches with the crust cut off is tailgate staple for most of the Jack Sparrow wanna-be’s. But hey, a new day has dawned in Tampa. The rednecks form Hillsborough and Polk counties have been rejuvenated and emboldened. They are waking up in their 1972 Shasta 1400 Campers and shaking off the rust from a 4 year hangover of Budweiser and horrible Bucs football. So Buc nation, the bandwagon cavalry is on the way to save the manhood of pirate clad Bucs fans.

As for the game on Sunday, we have all heard the storylines ad nauseam. Our o-line stinks. We have no receivers. We lost our midget cornerback. Jerry charges too much for bar-b-que and our huge scoreboards show too many ads. At least they put in escalators to help all the whining fat asses up to the 300 level and they don’t reverse them until after halftime so the wine and cheese assholes are at least stuck at the game until the 3rd quarter. I will continue to use the ramps (not really) and leave the 500 level escalators for the old people and the 425lb loser in the Roethlisberger jersey. On the flipside the Bucs are full of supermen with the greatest coach on earth. Well I read between the lines and see an under achieving coach leaning on a starting QB who in a 15 month span has played for the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Hartford Colonials, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. When under center, your back-up QB looks like an albino giraffe drinking water (google that poo if you need to see what that looks like). Your defense might be tough with Geraldine and the back end but we have the real Superman under center and a rookie guard that is going to truck Lavonte David so hard that Chris Simms spleen is going to have to seek counseling. My prediction is that our defensive front 7 will whip that Tampa o-line so bad that they will sit down to pee the rest of the season. It will be a defensive struggle but in the end there will be a caravan of Bucs fans with pirate face paint running down their collective faces, leaving Ray-J stadium in their PT Cruisers, Nissan Cubes, Scion xBs, and Kia Sedonas. The Lovie Era will begin like the Schianno Era ended.

Panthers 17
Bucs 10


#3293606 Vikings Release Greg Jennings

Posted by Soul Rebel on 21 March 2015 - 03:29 PM

Soooooo, as much as I question people that have "inside info" or a friend of a friends, cousins, neighbor that happens to watch their dog, that knows something......

I have heard from a reliable source that Jennings is in Charlotte today.

Heard he is meeting with Rivera.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Could be signed or not.

Just thought I'd pass this info on, so take it however you'd like.


#2892595 The Huddle Challenges Jeremy (Ice water bucket challenge)

Posted by thomas96 on 16 August 2014 - 10:42 AM

100 pies required.

 

I would quote his post saying that, but I don't know how. It's in the 3rd page of the "Ice bucket challenges" thread.




#2887960 I met Kony Ealy today

Posted by Mark S on 12 August 2014 - 03:39 PM

Background:
-My mom works at BOA.
-This is a long story, but I hope you'll like it.

Story:
I was asleep as I heard the garage open at 1:30 pm. The first thing I did was check my phone, as I found 8 missed calls by mom. Oh no. My mom called my name as I suspected she wanted me to do some chores. She came upstairs and said "Hey Mark, do you want to meet Kony Ealy?" I said "WHAT?", as my mom knew little to nothing about the Panthers, other than my die-hard fandom for them, let alone a rookie on the team. I asked "Are you serious?! How?". She said " He's coming to the bank at 2:00, if you want to come, go get ready". I jumped out of bed and hugged my mom from behind. The fact that she took time out of her lunch to come and pick me up, just made me feel so great.

Of course, I was in a state of panic. "What should I bring? What should I wear? I ran to the computer room to try and find a decent pic of him to print out, but no luck. With a slow computer, I printed out a logo of the Panthers, got dressed, and we were on our way.

We arrived at the bank and I was greeted by my mom's coworkers. They asked me if I was here to meet Kony. I said "Yes!" They basically knew nothing about him, just that he was a rookie and hasn't played a game yet. They knew what car he was coming in, either a Dodge Charger or a Cadillac Escalade. So here we we, staring out the windows and door, waiting for the car to show up. It's 15 past 2:00 and he hasn't showed up yet, which I imagine was reasonable as he is new to Charlotte.

All of a sudden, we see a purple Dodge Charger roll into the parking lot. Everyone is like, oh yeah thats him. The bank is empty, except for the workers. Mr. Ealy walks in and the workers introduce themselves to him, Mr. Ealy walks into my mom's office. A few minutes pass and my mom calls me into the office. I think to myself 'This is it! I finally get to meet him!'

I walk myself into her office and introduce myself. I stutter my way through words and my mom asks him if I can take a picture with him. We all take pictures, and every one of us are dwarves to him. I say "Okay Mr. Ealy, thank you so much! I'll leave you guys to continue your business." He says "Oh no man, don't worry about it, come have a seat with us." "Oh. My. God." is what went through my head. I couldn't believe it, hear I am, hearing a little about his personal life, "How great is this!" I thought to myself.

I took a seat next to him. It was only my mother, the manager, and I in the room, the occasional coworker would come in and greet him and ask him for a picture. As they were talking about what he came in for (confidential), I asked him how he was liking the Panthers so far and replied "I love it. I love the community. I love my team. I love the lifestyle" and I nodded my head with a huge grin on my face as I was currently engaging in normal conversation with Kony Ealy! He really liked it down here from the looks of it. The conversation went on, and some of the highlights were of him saying that: He can't swim, he doesn't like heights, what he plans to do with his life.

He talked about the change from college to the pros. How Greg (Hardy), Charles (Johnson) and especially TD (Thomas Davis) really helped him with the transition and that he is very grateful for them. He called the all really good guys and he was happy to be on the team. My mom asked a little about his personal life, like what he studied in college, what he did outside of football. He mentioned a couple businesses he managed and I thought it was pretty cool. My mom asked about his family and he mentioned his big family, including his sister, as he looked to me and said I probably already knew about her. By this point, he could tell i was a huge fan and knew a lot about him. I nodded my head and told him it is really a great story of how got here, we told him our prayers with her sister. He told us about she was his motivation, other than God, and about how any time he was in distress, he though of her and pushed through it. We were really heartfelt. My mom asked if he had any family down here in NC and he said "Yes, my football teammates". That warmed my heart a little as it was good to hear he was already comfortable with the team and how they have welcomed him enough because he doesn't have any immediate family down here.

Everything he came in for was done, and it was time for him to go. I pulled out my paper of the logo and he signed it. I said I was going to post my picture on instagram, and he asked me what my username is so he could follow me back. Boy, was I excited. I sent him the picture and posted it on Instagram, and he did the honors of liking it and following me. He also mentioned if he could fight one of his teammates for tickets to the next game, they would go to me. I was so happy!

He finally left, as he went into the door and hopped into his car. I sat back down in my mom's office. All of a sudden, I heard the manager call out my name and say "Mark, come here!" I ran over and she handed me a small BOA football and said "Go run out and have him sign this for you!" I ran out to his car, as he was still in the parking lot. He rolled down his window for me and I said "I'm sorry Mr. Ealy, I just got this last minute, could you sign it for me?" He said " No problem", and he took the pen and signed it. I told him I really appreciated it and his time. He replied "No problem bro, I appreciate y'all". I felt really good and I walked back inside.

So that was that, a story of how I met Kony Ealy, I hope you enjoyed it. There was much more for me to write but I figured you guys didn't want to hear ALL the details. Id like to say thanks to my mom, the manager, God, and Mr. Kony Ealy. The guy is truly so humble and he's just an amazing guy. We only spent 20 minutes together but from that, you could tell just how great he was. This was one of the greatest days ever!

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#3182778 Rarely in life ...

Posted by tailg8or on 06 January 2015 - 01:44 PM

... do players / teams have the opportunity to shock the sports world.  Do it in a way that leaves everyone dumbfounded and in disbelief.  It is so shocking that every sports talk show in America is covering it on Monday morning (including Mike & Mike).  Panthers haven't had that chance since the SuperBowl when the Patriots used a last minute field goal to secure the victory.  This is their chance again.

 

Outside of Carolina, nobody thinks they deserve to be in the playoffs.  The majority think the only reason we beat the Cards was due to their QB situation.  Many have referred to the Panthers as the reason why the playoff rules need to be rewritten ... to prevent a lowly team like the Panthers from ever making it in.  Outside of the Carolinas most don't want us there ... or really don't care.  The national television ratings for the Cards / Panthers game was the lowest of all playoff games last weekend.  Now, the kid that nobody likes has to play the golden boy ... the defending SuperBowl champions.  Vegas has us as double-digit underdogs.  Except for Herm, most analysts don't give us a chance.  Practically all the national sports talk is about the other 3 games. 

 

To all the players that are lurkers on this board (yes, there are some), this is your chance to do something special.  This is your chance to literally shock the sports world.  We believe in you ... you believe in each other ... but nobody else does.  Give everything you have to preparation this week and from kickoff, leave it all on the field.  Seize this opportunity and silence the 12th man.  You may never get another chance like the one you have this weekend. 




#3300330 The Captains - My Best Photo of the Year

Posted by Jeremy Igo on 26 March 2015 - 10:36 AM

Last year fellow Huddler Michael Pritchard contacted me and asked me for a favor.

 

His son, Jake, was the honorary captain of the game and was invited to join the Panthers players on the field for the coin toss.

 

I am not an official NFL photographer, so I am not allowed on the actual playing field, but I promised to do my best. Sometimes it is difficult to see what is happening at mid field due to video and still camera crews.

 

Thankfully, I was able to capture the moment Jake looked back to the sidelines.

 

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Of course, Jake makes this photo. His coolness and smile are all that is needed. I just pressed the shutter button. I also like the fact that Cam is playing guardian of the young captain.

 

Jake was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 live male births (about 20,000 new cases each year). Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys; however, it occurs across all races and cultures. (source).

 

It was Jake's fighting spirit that was needed on the field against Cleveland and most certainly contributed to the Panthers victory.

 

Some time after the game, I shot the hi-res file over to Michael to have printed. They hung it up in their house and named it "The Captains", which is insanely awesome.

 

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I can tell you that of all the photos I have ever taken at a Panthers game, this one is by far the most endearing to me.

 

 

You the man Jake!

 

 

You can read more about Duchenne here -> LINK

 

You can donate to their cause here -> LINK

 

 

#KEEPPOUNDING




#3199997 State of the Huddle 2015

Posted by Jeremy Igo on 12 January 2015 - 09:23 AM

Friends, Huddlers, Pie Lovers

The time has come to say goodbye to yet another Panthers season on the Huddle. In 2014 you laughed on the Huddle, you cried on the Huddle, you purposefully placed your hand on the ass of the Huddle as you passed by, and we noticed.

I am now here to give you the state of the Huddle. I am happy to say, the Huddle is stronger than ever.

Over the past year, the Huddle has had had over 6 million visits and served up over 30 million pages of information, banter, and Stephen Hill prognostication.

The Huddle Podcast began in August and performed far better than expected. Our episodes now reach over three thousand people, giving the Huddle yet another way to marginally entertain and inform the Huddle faithful. A big thanks goes to our Podcast Sponsors Angry Ales and Smith Horton Law for making it possible.

In September we began the All-Pro program, giving serious Huddlers the ability to support this place in a whole new way. I am proud to say there are now over 200 All-Pro members, a nice start on the way to our long term goal of 1000 All-Pro members.

As a result, the Huddle was able to increase our technological abilities, cover away games, and provide additional content that was not possible in past years.

The Huddle is well on its way to becoming a self sustaining force in the local media. A beacon of truth, hope, and Greg Hardy arguments for the world to see.

Looking ahead, 2015 will be an even more important year. From the 2015 draft to training camp to the upcoming superb owl season, the Huddle will provide even more exclusive content while also continuing to be the best independent forum for fan voices in the entire nation.

In short, the Huddle is well on its way to world media dominance. Watch out Rupert Murdock.

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#3186981 Glengarry Glen Russ (Wilson) - An ode to Saturday

Posted by SCP on 08 January 2015 - 01:01 PM

Seahawk fans, you're talking about what? You're talking about... bragging about that win you got, some sonofabitch who don't wanna buy Starbucks, some broad you're trying to screw, so forth. Let's talk about something important. Are you all here? I'm going anyway. Let's talk about something important. Put. That coffee. Down. Coffee's for closers only. You think I'm f*cking with you? I am not f*cking with you. I'm here from Charlotte. I'm here from Bank of America stadium. And I'm here on a mission of mercy. You call yourself a Seahawk fan you son of a bitch? You don’t want to hear it? You certainly don't have to pal, 'cause the good news is - you're bandwagon. The bad news is - you've got, all of you've got just one week to regain your manhood starting with Saturday. Starting with the game. Oh? Have I got your attention now? Good. Cause we're adding a little something to this weekend’s contest. As you all know first prize is a 1972 El Camino and a trip to the NFC Championship game. Anyone wanna see second prize? Second prize is a trip to Destin, FL with Alicejandra the Saints fan where you get to hear endless stories about how good kale is for you while his dog licks his scrotum and he stuffs Wendy’s doubles down his pie hole four at a time. Third prize is watching that 49er QB Squidward titty bang some 800 lb. grunge Seattle skank with Greg Schianno narrating. Get the picture? You laughing now? You got jerseys. You bandwagoners paid good money, take off the tags and wear them. If you can't wear the cheap high quality Chinese knockoffs you purchased then you can't wear sh*t. You ARE sh*t. Hit the bricks pal, and beat it 'cause you are going OUT.

The Panthers are weak? F*cking Panthers are weak. You're weak. I've been a Panthers fan for 20 years... What’s my name? F*ck you. That's my name. You know why, mister? You drive a ’92 Geo Storm to get to your barista job. I drive a sixty-thousand dollar pick-up. THAT'S my name. And your name is you're wanting. You can't play in the man's game, you can't win them - go home and tell your wife your troubles. Because only one thing counts in this life: Get them to cross the goal line. You hear me you fuging maggots? A-B-C. A-Always, B-Bet, C-Carolina. Always bet Carolina. ALWAYS BET CAROLINA. A-I-D-A. Attention, Indecision, Defense, Ass. Attention - Do I have your attention? Indecision - Are you questioning your jersey purchase? I know you are, because it's f*ck or win. You win or you’re left with another crappy jersey to hang next to your dusty Saints jersey from 2009. Defense - Have you met Luke fugging Kuechly and Thomas fugging Davis, for Christ sake? And Ass, as in suck mine. A-I-D-A.

Get out there - you got the Panthers coming in. You think they came in to get out of the rain? A guy don't walk on the field lest he wants to win. They're sitting out there waiting to give Russell his whipping. Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it? What's the problem, pal? You see Pete Carroll’s khaki’s? You see his khaki’s? His khaki’s cost less than my cup of coffee. Deangelo Williams made $970,000,000,000 last year, salary cap be damned. How much'd you make?

You see pal, that's who we are, and you're nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a sh*t. Good father? F*ck you! Go home and play with your kids. You wanna be here - win! You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you Hawksucker? You can't take this, how can you take the abuse you get from a fan of a 7-8-1 team? You don't like it, leave. I can go out there tonight with the team you've got and make myself $15,000 in Vegas. Tonight! In two hours! Can you? Can YOU? Go and do likewise.

A-I-D-A. Panther fans, get mad you sons of bitches. Get mad. You want to know what it takes to be a Panther fan? It takes BRASS BALLS to be a Panther fan. Go and do likewise gents. Win's are out there. We pick it up, it's ours. We don't, I got no sympathy for us.

We wanna go out on those punks on Saturday and win, WIN. It's ours. If we win they’re gonna be shining our shoes. And you know what they'll be saying - a bunch of losers sittin' around in a bar. 'Oh yeah. I used to be a Seahawk fan. It's a tough racket. Depending on who the 49ers hire, I might be a 49er fan.'

This is a new team. This is the Gettleman team. And to us they're gold, and the rest of the country don't get them. Why? Because to give the Panthers to them is just throwing them away. The Panthers are for closers. I'd wish the Seahawks fans good luck but they wouldn't know what to do with it if they got it. And to answer your question, pal, why am I here? I came here because Braveheart asked me to. He asked me for a favor. I said the real favor, follow my advice and sell your f*cking Seahawk jersey because a loser is a loser.


#3092771 Rivera's Blunder - Illustrated

Posted by Jeremy Igo on 17 November 2014 - 06:41 AM

I have to tell you, I was struggling on Sunday. As a photographer, my job is to capture emotion and passion as plays are being made. These things were no where to be found for three quarters of football.

 

Then a funny thing happened..... a fight broke out. Just like last years Rams game, passions were ignited. You want to wake the Panthers up? Literally punch them in the mouth in their own home. From that point on, the game changed entirely.

 

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The defense finally resembled what we have grown to love in Carolina. Plays were being made, emotions ran deep. The Panthers were back, ready to stake a claim once again for the division lead for the second time this season.

 

 

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Josh Norman, who is as excited as anyone about a fight, felt it. This is why he plays the game. And as he pointed out on our Huddle Podcast (now available on iTunes), this is why you should consider buying a #24 jersey.

 

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The offense was up. Could they match the defensive intensity? I had my doubts. But then a funny thing happened, Cam Newton turned into the 2011 gun slinger we all knew and loved with a touchdown strike to Kelvin Benjamin who made an amazing grab.

 

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The kick coverage team also felt the energy, as Devin Hester was stifled for a modest return. Again, emotion... passion.. you know... FOOTBALL.

 

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After a defensive stop, Philly Brown hauled in an amazing grab for a touchdown and the lead. The story of the day was reading more and more like a game that would be remembers for years to come.

 

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The Panthers rookie wideouts celebrated together, a scene we possibly could see in Carolina for many seasons to come. The future of the passing game ... Thunder and Lightning. 

 

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The defense took over, and managed to limit Matt Ryan and the re-energized Falcons offense to a field goal. While some point to this as a failure, in reality it was a win. The defense put the offense in a position to win the game with plenty of time left on the clock. Considering the offense just had consecutive touchdowns, a knockout punch was surely on the way....

 

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The Panthers continue to move the ball in the passing game. KB makes an amazing grab and gets the Panthers within striking distance....

 

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And then, with the game on the line, and emotions and momentum higher than at any point in the 2014 season, Rivera chooses to shut down the offense and settle for a 46 yard field goal. At that moment, all momentum deflated. The disappointment from the offense, and the defense for that matter, was palatable. Greg Olsen was visibly upset and dumbfounded as he left for the sidelines. The Panthers players wanted to go for the jugular while the Panthers coaches were happy with a slap fight.

 

The result, a missed field goal.

 

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Even if the field goal was made, it would have left over 90 seconds for the Falcons to get within their own field goal range to win the game. Ron Rivera, when Cam Newton and the offense needed his trust the most, showed them what he really thinks of them.

 

 

Which begs the question: If Ron Rivera doesn't believe in the Panthers offense, why should they believe in him?




#2753284 Thomas Davis

Posted by Lilsmitty09 on 27 April 2014 - 10:41 AM



On Instagram a few days ago I decided to make just a quick 15 second video on Thomas Davis (15 seconds is the limit), and wasn't expecting much. Almost immediately after posting it, Thomas Davis himself saw the video, liked it and commented on it with the emoticons of clapping hands and thumbs up. He then a few seconds later commented "do a longer one and email it to me". So with that being said, I did a longer one (seen above) and sent it to him. Pretty cool! I'm interning for an Arena Football League team right now and have made highlights per request by them, but never by an NFL player let alone a Panther!

For most of you this is a "Cool Story Bro" thread, which is exactly why the video was posted first. But I just think it's cool how great our organization is, and how they can reach out to you even when your thousands of miles away!

Not to mention there wasn't a single TD highlight on YT. That man deserves hundreds. Maybe next it's time for a Kuechly one?

Keep Pounding!




#2394588 Panthers - Giants Illustrated

Posted by Zod on 22 September 2013 - 06:09 PM

During warmups, Jerry Richardson typically plays host to the visiting executives. He is routinely seen driving them around on his cart as he shows them the stadium.

This day was different. Jerry was not playing host. Instead, he got out of his cart and made his presence felt in the end zone during warm up drills. At one point I thought he was in danger of being hit by an offensive linemen, but he didn't budge. As they players walked to mid field, Jerry Richardson stood there stoically.

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The result was the biggest lopsided victory in Panthers history. The Panthers fired on all cylinders and finally gave fans a glimpse of what is possible with this team.

The defense posted a shutout as I began to actually feel a little sorry for young Eli Manning. Eli frequently decided to hit the dirt before contact was made, a wise decision on his part.

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This was the defense that we all dreamed of this offseason. An unrelenting group of men determined to devastate their opponent.

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In fact, some of their hits knocked the Giants offensive players cleanly off their feet.

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The biggest question mark going in to the game was the Panthers secondary. Thomas Davis challenged them to make a play. The front seven was doing their part, it was time for the secondary to step up and contribute. Melvin White, a rookie out of Lafayette, did so in convincing fashion. His interception of Eli Manning some would say put the nail in their coffin.

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On offense we saw the Cam Newton of old. A Cam Newton not afraid to run the ball. A Cam Newton without the leash that Mike Shula had placed on him for two games. It seems the Panthers remembered they have one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the league, and called plays accordingly.

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Cam did have an interception (pictured below). Credit the Giants defense for getting in his face and forcing Cam to throw off his back foot. That would be the last time the Giants defense did something worth mentioning.

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The Panthers rushing attack also found its mojo once again. Deangelo Wiliams rushed for 120 yards.

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Mike Tolbert was not as effective in terms of yards, but very effective in spelling Deangelo and making sure the Giants defensive interior stayed winded.

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One thing I pointed out in the pregame was that Cam would need to spread the ball around if the Panthers were to win this game. While it is strange not seeing Steve Smith on the top of the receiving stats, it is for the best.

Brandon Lafell finally got a pair of Cam Newton touchdowns, and was congratulated by #1 in epic fashion...

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Tedd Ginn Also snared a touchdown...

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and promptly rewarded a lucky fan.

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But to me, the play of the game was the Cam Newton QB sneak for the touchdown.

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For weeks we have been calling for the Panthers to use Cam on short down yardage. You have a huge and hugely talented quarterback, why would you not run him for a short quick gain? Apparently Mike Shula heard our cries and turned him loose. The result was sustained drives and 7 points.

Once Cam scored that touchdown, I could literally feel a huge weight being lifted off of his shoulders for him. He gave a yell that was more serious than campy. more genuine than contrived. It was pure unadulterated joy, and it was fantastic.

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After the game Cam was called over by Eli Manning and exchanged a few pleasantries with him. Cam was all class and wished him the best of luck the rest of the season.

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The End.

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#2349821 Listen up Seattle! You are now ON NOTICE!

Posted by Zod on 01 September 2013 - 09:14 AM

Listen up Seattle! You are now ON NOTICE!

Friends, Huddlers, Carolinians, lend me your beers.

This week begins anew the NFL Season. A time in which our hearts and minds turn from beaches and bikinis to large sweaty men hitting one another on a field of plastic grass. A time when Sundays no longer mean mowing the lawn just to escape the horrors of our pathetic domesticated existence, if only for a moment.

I submit to you on this day that football is our liberation. This week, we take back our balls.

First up on our schedule and inevitable road to glory is the provincial town of Seattle. This suburb of Vancouver is best known for its god awful weather, foul coffee, and a music genre named after the stuff you clean out from betwixt your toes. While not discussing the intricacies of Twilight, Seattle residents are known to try their best to acclimate to American culture by watching our national past time, football.

This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks fall victim to the Carolina Panthers and serve as a sacrifice to the gods of football. Their inferior cast of players, while heralded in the media, are nothing more than paper puppets pathetically perpetuating the practice of pomposity.

Men, look at their shiny unblemished exterior. I say beneath that vomit green veneer is weakness. Weakness is meant to be exploited.

And exploit it... we shall.

This season the Panthers have put together a group of individuals whose skills mesh into what will be known as the greatest team of all time.

The leader is a wise statesman who formulated the plan. Once a great player himself, he now provides the wisdom necessary to guide his team to victory.

On offense is a smooth talking snappy dresser whose grace on the field makes winning seem effortless. A man the ladies want and the men want to be. One might say he is the face of the franchise

On defense a leader has emerged whose gameplay seems both amazing and insane all at once. The way he throws himself at defenders forces some to wonder if he may be a slight bit crazy.

The muscle is provided by a man so angry and feared that he has become legend. Cross him, and your foolishness will be pitied.

Ladies and gentleman, while the Seahawks can be considered a B team, the Panthers are the A-Team.

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I love it when a plan comes together.

Panthers 24 - Seahawks 17

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#2871974 Panthers Training Camp Wrapup - July 31

Posted by Jeremy Igo on 31 July 2014 - 03:16 PM

The first rainy day of training camp brought out the best in some, the worst in others.

 

 

Kelvin Benjamin was participating in warmups, although still in shorts. Benjamin had no brace or protection on his knee and appeared to go through the stretches without any discomfort. He may not be far from suiting up again.

 

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Charles Johnson put in extra work with his hand positioning before practice began. Charles knows a defensive lineman's hands are one of the more important aspects of the game to master.

 

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Even though Chandler and Bell are in competition for the same position, they still manage to practice and get along without any negative feelings towards one another. We are lucky that is the case, on many teams it would not be.

 

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Amini Silatolu is quietly putting together a solid camp after having been out with an injury most of last season. The combination of Turner and Silatolu may be the best guard duo the Panthers have had in quite some time. The future looks very bright along the offensive line interior.

 

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Deangelo Williams was once again taking first team snaps.

 

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Apparently Deangelo is so familiar with his role he doesn't need to participate in the huddle, and didn't most of the day.

 

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Mike Tolbert also received plenty of carries. Ball security is rarely a concern with Tolbert. He covers up well and tends to drag any players who reach for the ball along with him.

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Antoine Cason and Melvin White are most likely the starting corners this season. In my opinion, Cason is a significant upgrade over Captain Munnerlyn. The Panthers are better off this year at corner.

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Rookie UDFA Carrington Byndom is a guy I would like to see make the team this year. He has made enough plays on the field to at the very least be considered for a practice squad.

 

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James Dockery, the 4th year CB out of Oregon State, had a pretty interception today on a Derek Anderson pass. He was able to cut off Marcus Lucas and make a play on the ball before Lucas could react.

 

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Charles Godfrey again had a rough day today. Godfrey, who missed most of the 2013 season with a torn Achilles, now finds himself struggling to learn a new position. Not many players come back from an Achilles tear in a single year. The added stress of learning a new position may be too much for him. Rookie Bene Benwikere may end up starting in the nickel position. Bene had a "would be touchdown" after interception today on a Derek Anderson throw.

 

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When matched up against Tavarres King, Godfrey was taken out of position and no longer showed the kind of speed it takes to recover from the mistake. It is unclear if Godfrey is going to be able to make this team at all.

 

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Speaking of Tavarres King, King had the best camp day so far of any receiver. The goal for him is to try to separate himself from the lower tier wide receivers who are on the bubble. King's performance today, which included a long TD, should help him reach that goal.

 

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Denicos Allen is another player that is struggling early. Allen, at 5'11 and only 225, is pushed around by the tight ends and full backs quite a bit. Today Brandon Williams gave him an elbow that lifted him off the ground and took him out of the play.

 

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I like what I am seeing out of second year man AJ Klein. Klein has been working on his covering skills and it may pay off into a starting role, replacing Chase Blackburn.

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Luke Kuechly remains the field general of the defense. Kuechly is more vocal this season than he has ever been. He appears to be settling into his leadership role.

 

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It is obvious everyone on the team respects Luke and follows his lead. In some ways, he may just be the most important player on the team.

 

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Nate Chandler once again spent quite a bit of time at left tackle and performed well against Greg Hardy. Chandler is very quick off the snap and rarely gives up the first step to a defensive end, including the speedy Hardy.

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Trai Turner also had a positive day today and did well in pass protection, even against defenders like Star Lotulelei. Turner, an already formidable run blocker, needs to perfect his pass protection skills to become a well rounded player.

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Jericho Cotchery had a really nice TD today from Cam Newton, but what was more impressive to me was what Cotchery did just after. Along the sidelines he went over with Brenton Bersin what he did and the intricacies of the play. I won't tell you the number of times I saw Steve Smith do this in camp, but it rhymes with Nero.

 

We are lucky to have Cotchery.

 

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Cam Newton had a rough day today, presumably because of the wet conditions. Many of his passes were thrown high.

 

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Cam looked frustrated often, not happy at all with his performance.

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When balls are being overthrown by the quarterbacks, the receiver that it effects the most is 5'10" Kealoha Pilares. The overthrows may not be as big an issue with Kelvin Benjamin back on the field.

 

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Pilares did manage to get the most praise from the coaching staff on kick return duties. This may be his best path to making the team.

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After practice, the quarterbacks and receivers put in extra time with passing drills. Once that was completed, Cam was the last player on the field. He began to do conditioning drills.

 

QB coach Ken Dorsey then went to him with encouragement. Dorsey has a quiet cool about him that gels very well with Newton. Soft spoken and sincere, Dorsey is easy to like.

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I spoke with Dorsey after practice and asked him about the extra conditioning Newton was doing. Dorsey told me that is something Cam does when he is not happy with the performance he left on the field. Cam takes it upon himself and has the discipline to enforce extra work, a reminder to do better the next day.

 

I'd say that is admirable.




#3183506 Seattle Times: "This is going to be one hellaciously tough matchup agains...

Posted by gettlemanjack on 06 January 2015 - 07:18 PM

ESPN:
Since the 2008 season, the top two NFC seeds are just 9-8 at home in the playoffs.

CharlotteVibe @ charlottevibe 18m
Russell Wilson led all QBs with 6 rushing TD this season. Cam Newton was 2nd with 5.

Most first downs rushing by NFL QBs this season:
41 - Wilson (also 6 TDs rushing)
39 - Cam Newton (also 5 TDs rushing)
27 - Kaepernick (also 1 TD rushing)
22 - Bortles (has zero TDs rushing)
16 - Luck (also 3 TDs rushing)
16 - Rodgers (also 2 TDs rushing)

Randall Liu yesterday, the NFL's Director of NFC Football Communications:
Since Dec 1, the Seahawks D and the Panthers D are #1 and #2 in the NFL in BOTH points allowed per game AND yards allowed/game. Since Dec 1, Panthers are 5-0 and Seahawks are 4-0

A third of the teams SEA faced held SEA to only one offensive TD or less: Panthers, Cowboys, Cardinals, Rams, and 49ers. Three of them did it in SEA

NFL.com, Gregg Rosenthal:
"The Panthers ' running game and defense is a recipe for a game decided by a few big plays...Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis are playing at an astronomical level. If anyone can stop Marshawn Lynch , they are the guys"

ESPN, David Newton:
In Carolina's three games vs SEA since 2012, the Panthers D has Marshawn Lynch under control, holding him to an average of 63.3 yards in those three games. Lynch had only 62 yards on 14 carries when the teams met in October. And Carolina’s run defense has become much better since facing SEA in October. The Panthers have held their past five opponents to 87.4 yards rushing a game after allowing 131.8 yards in their first nine games.


New York Times:

In 2012, the Seahawks beat the Panthers, 16-12.

In 2013, the Seahawks beat the Panthers, 12-7.

This season, the Seahawks beat the Panthers, 13-9.

Seattle did not score a single touchdown in the first 44 minutes of any of those games. In fact, Carolina led 44 minutes into each game, but Russell Wilson threw the eventual game-winning touchdown to steal a victory each time. Will something similar unfold this weekend?


Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone:
"This is going to be one hellaciously tough matchup against the Carolina Panthers. ... This is a team that, despite losing six consecutive games at one point this season, comes into CenturyLink with two huge intangibles on their side: Momentum (a five-game winning streak, capped by the 27-16 wild-card playoff victory Saturday over Arizona), and the liberating underdog’s mindset of having nothing to lose.
They also have some tangibles on their side as well, starting with a suffocating defense. It has been dominating since coach Ron Rivera tweaked the lineup ... With top-notch linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, the Panthers have..held Marshawn Lynch more or less in check, limiting him to a 63-yard average [over the last 3 meetings]. The result has been a series of fierce defensive slogs in which the final score looks like a Coors Field baseball result — 13-9, 12-7, 16-12. Those are the kind of games that should make Seahawks fans a little nervous: One untimely turnover or defensive breakdown, and those narrow Seattle victories could have gone the other way. And the Panthers know it.
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Carolina quarterback Cam Newton is the ultimate wild card. He is..a 6-foot-5, 245-pound physical marvel capable of brilliant feats, if only in short bursts. And that might be all the Panthers need, based on the trend of their earlier matchups: A short burst of brilliance at a decisive moment, as Wilson pulled off last time."


Russell Wilson during his 1st two games in SEA this season (GB and DEN): 4 TD, 1 INT, QB ratings of 110.9 and 99.9

Then in the 3rd home game in SEA, a loss to DAL, Wilson was completely awful. 47.6 QB rating, his worst this season. Six days later, Percy Harvin was traded and rumors swirled about a lockeroom rift between Wilson and his teammates

After that, Wilson hasn't been the same when playing in SEA. Wilson over his last 5 games in SEA: 2 TD, 4 INT with 1 rushing TD. QB ratings of 121.6, 68.0, 63.9, 53.7, and 50.0. Only had more than 31 rushing yards twice.


Meanwhile, behind a recently-rebuilt offensive line around 2013 1st Team All-Pro C Ryan Kalil, a healthy 2013 1st Team All-Pro FB Mike Tolbert, and a healthy feature back Jonathan Stewart, the Panthers ground game has been dominating down the stretch

SportsCenter @ SportsCenter
Panthers in playoff games rushing over 100 yards: 7-0. When don't rush for 100 or more: 0-5

Peter King:
"Check out the Panthers’ running game the past five weeks, since they woke up from their 65-day winless streak. They’ve rushed for 271, 123, 209, 194 and 188 yards."

ESPN Radio in Omaha, Joe Quinn @JoeESPN590 3d
The #Panthers have a great rushing attack- very tough to defend.

WEIU-TV Illinois Nicholas Ruffolo @ruffolonick 22 Dec
After breaking 120 rushing yards once this season, the #Panthers have 178, 271, 123 and 209 in last 4 games since (2013 1st Team All-Pro) FB Mike Tolbert returned.

Jonathan Stewart had more rushing yards over the last month of the regular season than anyone but the Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray and then added 123 yards against the Cardinals in the 27-16 playoff victory .

Joe Person @ josephperson 3d
Jonathan Stewart's 123 rushing yards the 2nd most in #Panthers playoff history (DeShaun Foster 151 vs. NYG 1/8/06).

compare Stewart over the last month of the regular season to:

December
4 gms - 418 yds (4.0 ypc) - DeMarco Murray (Pro Bowl, 1stT All-Pro)
4 gms - 401 yds (5.1 ypc) - Jonathan Stewart
4 gms - 369 yds (5.2 ypc) - Eddie Lacy
4 gms - 350 yds (5.1 ypc) - Marshawn Lynch (Pro Bowl, 2ndT All-Pro)
4 gms - 345 yds (4.3 ypc) - Arian Foster (Pro Bowl)
4 gms - 315 yds (4.3 ypc) - Le'Veon Bell (Pro Bowl, 1stT All-Pro)
4 gms - 301 yds (4.2 ypc) - LeSean McCoy (Pro Bowl)
4 gms - 257 yds (4.6 ypc) - Justin Forsett, BAL
4 gms - 226 yds (5.1 ypc) - Jamaal Charles (Pro Bowl)

FOX Sports Radio Ben Maller @benmaller 28 Dec
DeMarco Murray, Marshawn Lynch, Le'Veon Bell get headlines, nevertheless Panthers Jonathan Stewart leads NFL with 437 rushing yards L4W.

and Stewart is better on the road:
4.3 ypc at home
5.1 ypc on road

and Stewart doesn't do as well on grass (like we have at BOA stadium), but he loves turf like they have in SEA:
4.0 ypc on grass
6.4 ypc on turf

meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch is the opposite:
5.2 ypc on grass (4.4 ypc on grass at BOA vs Panthers)
4.3 ypc on turf (??? ypc on turf vs Panthers)
4.4 ypc at SEA's CenturyLink Field (turf)

And of course, Stewart was born and raised in the Seattle metro area. This is his first time coming home in a while.

EDIT: we have a delusional S-bird fan posting in this thread:

Wilson has been fine of late. He's never going to be the type to put up big time passing numbers, Pete Carroll doesn't want him to do that.. he much prefers running the offense through the running game and making the most out of your opportunities in the passing game. The Seahawks actually lead the NFL in plays over 20 yards .. so their formula is pretty simple.. shut you down on defense and get enough big plays on offense to outscore you. It was the same way a season ago too.


no, it's not the same as last year. Or the year before that (when you went 12-5 in Wilson’s first year before losing to the Falcons in the playoffs)

Russell Wilson passer rating in SEA:
2012 - 123.6 in SEA (17 TD, 2 INT)
2013 - 103.8 in SEA (14 TD, 5 INT)
2014 - 80.8 in SEA (6 TD, 6 INT)

after throwing for 4 TD, 1 INT in the 1st two home games in SEA this year, Wilson has thrown for 2 TD, 5 INT over the last 6 games in SEA this year

So no, not the same as last year. Sorry, buddy

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#2802522 Spoke to Mike Craft today

Posted by cattv1 on 28 May 2014 - 03:05 PM

As promised, I did. Thanks for the kind words. Look forward to seeing you out there next week.