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#11 SOJA

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:04 AM

I would agree if they were not stacking 9 players in the box. At some point when the defense is daring you to pass by leaving the field wide open, you should take a shot. Or at the very least, don't run the wildcat. :(



this is also true. I'm not a fan of the Wildcat either, I think its gimmicky and inefficient. Furthermore, Cam runs so well why we ever would take him from behind center is beyond me.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:10 AM

Coaching staff gets an F. Why are they asking things of Nakamura that he is physically not capable of doing? That is what lost us the game. Good coaches don't do that- good coaches know a players strengths and weaknesses and puts them in a position to succeed.


Nakamura could have deflected both passes that he gave up for long gains. His technique was horrible. He tried to pick off both passes while backpedaling. You learn not to do that in high school.. he should have ran stride for stride with his man, and batted the pass. He would have been able to get up higher instead of trying to jump backwards with a 2 inch vertical. It seems to me that Nakamura doesn't know his own physical limitations. The coaches put him in the right position.. but Nakamura failed to execute.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:12 AM

Nakamura could have deflected both passes that he gave up for long gains. His technique was horrible. He tried to pick off both passes while backpedaling. You learn not to do that in high school.. he should have ran stride for stride with his man, and batted the pass. He would have been able to get up higher instead of trying to jump backwards with a 2 inch vertical. It seems to me that Nakamura doesn't know his own physical limitations. The coaches put him in the right position.. but Nakamura failed to execute.



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

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:13 AM

Nakamura could have deflected both passes that he gave up for long gains. His technique was horrible. He tried to pick off both passes while backpedaling. You learn not to do that in high school.. he should have ran stride for stride with his man, and batted the pass. He would have been able to get up higher instead of trying to jump backwards with a 2 inch vertical. It seems to me that Nakamura doesn't know his own physical limitations. The coaches put him in the right position.. but Nakamura failed to execute.

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.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:13 AM

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

On with the grades:

Offense:

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

Defense:

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


Coaching:

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-


Wooow. Rivera gone after year 2? A month ago I would have said you're crazy. Now it doesn't seem too improbable.

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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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