Posted 30 September 2012 - 04:50 PM
Lots of problems and near misses throughout the game. Tolbert dropped a couple of potential big gainers, Josh Norman had a very MIXED BAG of results today, Beason is currently a dismal shell of his prior self and Nakamura was woefully bad today. But know he was signed after being nothing more than a solid backup to Reed in B'more. Having said that, we had a number of 1st and 2nd year players that demonstrated they deserve seriously more field time. The move to expand Pilares, Captain, Armanti and Alexander's role produced quite a number of impact plays by each of them. So, if you pick up the Observer in the coming days and see that Nakamura has been released and Norman benched it could easily be understood. But, maybe it is just the coach in me but when you have command of possession and the lead, you close out the game. The Panthers entire backfield are millionaires (Cam, Jonathan, DeAngelo and Mike). So I expect them to be difference makers! Today the defense bent a number of times and even flirted with danger before they ultimately caved. Now, if I am Rivera, Chud and especially Rivera, there is no way in hell that the cats give an ounce of oxygen to the Birds with control of the ball and the birds out of timeouts. Cam left it on the ground! You learn in friggin pee wee ball to cover the ball with both hands, especially in most crucial of situations. He was stripped (no shock that the falcons would attempt to strip him, it was their last chance). They were successful with the strip. And had they recovered the fumble right there the same results were staring at the defense. My point is Cam, you had the frigging game won and you are the franchise QB. CLOSE IT OUT! Do not leave the outcome in the hands of anyone else. I am amazed at Cam's talent but as an old FB guy, we allowed the subsequent events to bite us in the duff. Falcons were dead to rights! We gave them life. Cam's talent is undeniable but aside from college I see nothing to suggest he has mastered WINNING 101 at least in the NFL.