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#1 Mr. Scot

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:21 PM

Started off this game not certain what to expect. Learned a few things, but not a lot. Nothing special to celebrate, but no reasons to panic either.

Starting with the QB spot: A little off early, but Matt Moore still looked the best of the QBs out there. If not for some foibles by the O-Line, I think he'd have led a scoring drive before leaving for the night. Credit him for showing better pocket presence than Delhomme did last year, and the ball still comes out of his hands quick. Field confidence too. Watching him run the offense, you'd never know he had less than ten starts under his belt. He has the demeanor of a guy who's been in charge for a long time.

Clausen looked good overall, but needs to get some of his passes up a little higher. Those low line drives across the middle are interceptions waiting to happen in a regular season game. Reasons to be positive for sure, but anybody thinking he's ready to challenge for a starting job is overreacting big time.

Nothing really special to say about anyone else. Cantwell might be that guy who looks better in practice than in games. He holds on to the ball way too long and his decision making isn't up to snuff. I'd like to see more of Tony Pike to make a better judgment as to whether I'd keep him or Cantwell. Don't rule out the possibility that neither makes it and someone cut from another squad gets the number three job instead.

The O-Line looked rustier than the Tin Man in a rain storm, especially Chief Ugly Jordan Gross. Nobody did anything to distinguish themselves in the battle for the right guard spot either. Granted, we're missing a key starter and things are still a tad unsettled, but I'd prefer we'd have looked better overall.

Still, not terribly worried about the offense at this point, really. No, they didn't look like a juggernaut, but for preseason week one, missing some key guys (Smitty, Stewart, Otah) and playing a fairly solid defense, it wasn't that bad.

Greg Hardy needs some work with (and against) starters. If he can stay healthy, he has a really good shot to contribute this year. He and Tyler Brayton were the best of the defensive line. A couple nice plays from Ed Johnson and Derek Landri too. Even a good play from Nick Hayden (though that belly crawl afterward looked just...wrong).

A little concerned about Everette Brown, though. Yes he showed up a few times, but he's becoming the master of the near miss. Always being close to the play is good, but from time to time, you have to actually get there. Until he starts "getting there" more often, I'm going to be a bit worried

Charles Godfrey is still a mixed bag for me too. I'll reserve judgment for now, but I need to see more from him to feel confident come time for live ammo to start flying.

In a related note, Chris Gamble is more important to the Panther defense than he gets credit for.

Armanti Edwards gets an incomplete from me. A few good things, nothing glaringly bad, but nothing special either. Looks to me like his adjustment to the pros may take a little time, but that's not really unusual.

Note to David Gettis: That punt return gaffe is not a play you want on your highlight reel. Getting pushed around on Special Teams will get you in John Fox's doghouse...fast.

Brandon LaFell showed that he could block, and that he could run. All well and good, but he also needs to prove he can catch. Yes, a defender got a hand on the end zone pass to him, but a big receiver like LaFell needs to pluck those balls and pull them down.

Kudos to Tyrell Sutton. He's clearly taking up the mantle of Nick Goings on this team. Not as talented as those ahead of him, but he just takes the ball and runs hard.

I'd also like to see the Panthers find a way to keep Josh Vaughn, but I expect it'll only be on the Practice Squad, and I think someone will steal him.

Nice to see some good things out of Corvey Irvin. Also some positive impressions of Tony Fiammetta.

Eric Moore might beat Hilee Taylor for the last DE spot, not that I expect either of them to be active on gameday, regardless of who makes it.

Guys I was hoping to notice, but can't recall seeing that much of: Kenny Moore, Dan Connor, James Anderson, Wallace Wright, Geoff Schwartz.

Some other guys who really needed to do something to give the coaches a reason to keep them, but didn't do much: Dexter Jackson, C J Davis, Rob Petitti and David Gettis.

Jason Baker still kicks well (on punts and on tackles). Sadly, the Special Teams still look like Danny Crossman's coaching them, but it is still preseason. There were some good Special Team coaching options available this offseason. Unless we see some improvement soon, we may really regret not going after one of them.

Much as I wanna be a WVU homer, I don't see Mortty Ivy sticking this season.

Terry McAulay showed that refs can have preseason rust too. Some of his calls were off or didn't make sense, and some of the announcements made me go "huh?" :sosp:

And I'll close by saying that while I certainly have my critiques of Panther fans, at least we can say we didn't get featured on national TV cheering a five yard penalty against us :lol:

Edited by Mr Scot, 12 August 2010 - 10:45 PM.


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:25 PM

we need a gif of the belly crawl

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:27 PM

Agreed on every single point, Mr. Scot. :)

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:27 PM

No mention of Dwayne Jarrett? Made a couple good catches. Got called back for one of Jordan Gross's many holding calls...but still good to see him contributing.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:28 PM

Norwood forced a fumble

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:28 PM

Godfrey should be SS and Martin FS. Just wish Fox could figure that out.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:29 PM

I was really pleased with Brayton and Hardy as well. They both racked up 2 sacks. Tyler's injury didn't look all that bad and they said he walked off the field so hopefully he'll be ok.

Gross blew ass tonight

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:29 PM

Nice review Scot.
I have the game tivo'd..Im at work.
How did Connor and the rest of lbs look?

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:29 PM

Excellent post as always.

Gettis' mishap needs to be a YouTube clip with Benny Hill in the background before the night is out.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:30 PM

No mention of Dwayne Jarrett? Made a couple good catches. Got called back for one of Jordan Gross's many holding calls...but still good to see him contributing.


Jarrett #2 at this point.

Gross had a bad call or two on him, but damn, he's supposed to be the leader!


Also, I think Godfrey played pretty well considering.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:32 PM

The offense has no distinctive leader right now, which may have something to do with the underwhelming performance tonight. Moore really needs to step into the role sooner than later.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:35 PM

Gross' penalties are what frustrated me the most. They totally killed the momentum that was building.

Agree with most of the posts. Good Job

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:35 PM

It was also nice to see them playing Duke Robinson most of the game. That will get his ass in shape.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:36 PM

i personally was not impressed with edwards tonight.

he danced around way too much in his punt returns and didn't show any really ankle breaking abilities once the ball was in his hands in both the return game and receiving.

they are trying like hell to keep him on the team though, and he did look pretty jacked muscle-wise. go him... i guess.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:38 PM

Norwood forced a fumble

I think I started to write something else about him and stuck him in that paragraph instead. Edited him out now :rolleyes:

The linebacker I'd like to have seen make more of an impression was actually Dan Connor. He had a few tackles, but Connor-Beason wasn't exactly Beason-Davis.

Would like to have seen more from Jamar Williams too, but he was hurt early. James Anderson had a good pressure on one play, but that was about it.

Edit: Kenny Moore's name was supposed to be in there too (it is now).

Edited by Mr Scot, 12 August 2010 - 10:46 PM.



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