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#16 natty


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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:22 AM

Tough to grade the defense. For all the great play from our dline almost all of it was negated by 43's play and poor tackling all around.

Rivera mentioned the team finding it's identity. They had a chance to form that identity on the last drive of the game but the coaching staff failed to man up. Running the wildcat when you have Cam as your QB is ridiculous, he's already the best runner to put in anyway, hiking it to Williams just lets the defense know exactly what you're going to do and lets them tee off against it.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:26 AM

This only strengthens my point. If he is so bad, and I agree he is, why the heck are we relying on him so much on the field? He just isn't good enough to do what we ask of him. I don't know if it's the coaches fault or the GMs fault or some combination of both- but somebody in a high position on our team is screwing up big time. Considering we could make this same argument for several positions on both sides of the ball, I think I know who he is.

From what I remember during preseason.. Rivera chose Nakamura over the more athletic Sherrod Martin, knowing in full of Nakamura's physical limitations, because he is a better communicator on the field. Nakamura is more predictable, so they can gameplan and call plays with more confidence knowing that the FS will be in the correct spot on the field. We need a guy with Sherrod Martin's athletic ability and Nakamura's brain. That is the ingredients for a pro-bowl safety. Wish we could have gotten Mark Barron in the draft. I think we'd be 3-1 right now had we done so. Would have won the Bucs game, and the Falcons game.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:53 AM

QB : B
Running game : B+
Wr/Te : B- (- because Lafell was MIA)
O-Line - B
Special team : C
DEs : A+
DT : D
LBs : C
DBs : C-

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 10:37 AM

1 step forward 2 steps back.........

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 10:50 AM

1 step forward 2 steps back.........

Theme of this team over the years..

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 11:01 AM

Defense should be a C at best Zod. Giving up 30 points, 360 yards passing 3 TDs to Matty Ice, 103 yards to Turner (on 13 carries) along with 3 catches for 68 yards. White posts 8 catches for 169 and 2 TDs. And thats a good performance? Defense is so horrible that we see our D line FINALLY step up and get pressure and we think they're "good". In the past we used to hang our hat on D so I understand the need to act like its not as bad as it seems. But the defense still has a lot of work to do.

I can somewhat repeat, somewhat live with Ryan and White gashing us....but when Michael Turner who had a total of 155 yards through his first 3 games, goes out and puts up 171 on us yesterday, on over 12 yards per touch that's inexcusable.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:25 PM

In a vastly improved performance, the Panthers still show no sign of a killer instinct.

On with the grades:


Overall the offense performed well enough to win the game given an adequate defense. Cam Newton returned to his inspiring form and Greg Olsen emerged as a real threat for other defenses to worry about. Even Armanti Edwards looked great in his one reception, bursting for a first down on a screen. The Panthers collectively ran for 199 yards, exposing the Falcons' biggest weakness.

Offensive Grade: B


As improved as the offense was, the defense was even more so. It was refreshing to see pressure being applied to Matt Ryan early and often. Open field tackling is still sub par, players relying on a big bit more than wrapping up. This should be a very fixable issue, but is a lingering hindrance.

Overall, the execution of the defense was adequate. Their weakness is still giving up the big passing play, which won't change until more talent is developed or acquired at the free safety position.

Luke Kuechly, despite recent uninformed fan opinion, is a star in the making. The Panthers coaching staff surely are considering starting him in the middle where he can have the biggest impact. He is currently our best linebacker.

Defensive Grade: B


The biggest problem I have with the coaching is the lack of an overall killer instinct.

On offense, the Panthers went into "run the clock" mode with a slim lead and over three minutes left on the clock. Against an explosive offense in their own house, this is a losing proposition. Can we please rip out the wildcat pages of the playbook and burn them? I don't recall it ever working, and certainly don't recall it working with 9 falcons in the box.

On Defense, the Panthers backed off the pressure being applied and gave Matt Ryan plenty of time to pick apart the Panthers biggest weakness. Again, no killer instinct. Josh Norman not understanding keeping the Falcons in the field of play late is not entirely his fault, that is on the coaching staff.

In short, as soon as the Panthers play "not to lose", longtime fans brace for a letdown. The Panthers need their teeth in a fight, the coaching staff needs to stop pulling them.

The coaching staff appears to be the weakest link in the organization. If I can see it, I am positive Jerry Richardson can see it. Rivera just may not be cut out for a head coaching job in this league. If the Panthers fail to win a few games soon... he may not last the season.

Coaching Grade: C-

Damn dude u honestly think that Rivera could be fired during this season?

That would be extremely surprising

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 01:14 PM

dudes played their asses off. coaching failed them. again. good article.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 02:58 PM

Just look at all the coaching fails we have had all year. Being unprepared to play a new Bucs scheme we had all offseason to try and gameplane for. Not being able to get remotely ready for a thursday night game. All the obvious time management misjudgments that Ron head scratchingly says they would do the same thing if they had the choice now. Putting personnel on the field that either isn't ready to play or should not be out their in the first place. Tackling is nonexistant.

Is it only a matter of time before the players go Raheem Morris on Rivera?

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 03:02 PM

The defense as a collective whole played pretty badly. Aside from some spot-on INDIVIDUAL performances, this game was no different from the Giants' one from a defensive standpoint.

Even with 7 sacks, Ryan was hardly rattled, had a sky high QB percentage, and not to mention both White and Turner's career days (despite Turner being an absolute afterthought so far this year)

Offense (More so Cam, than anything else) was superb today.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 03:54 PM

this, on the first touchdown he did a 360 when trying to locate the ball. That's horrible form

Hey Tom Jackson!! I didn't know you had an account on this forum

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:04 PM

Hey Tom Jackson!! I didn't know you had an account on this forum

i wasn't aware he said that, cool though

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:34 PM

Whats up with Beason is he hurt?

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:36 PM

Whats up with Beason is he hurt?

Still recovering from a torn Achilles last season. Love the guy but he's not ready yet.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:58 AM

I think people forget that nakamura had a really good pass break-up in the endzone and an interception. If he hadn't made those two plays, our team wouldn't have been in the lead at the end of the game. Yeah his attempt of an "interception" on the deep ball to roddy was terrible but the game wasn't over after that. They still needed 20 yards or so for the fg