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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

I'm not even sure that's the worst call of the year. i think the call to punt the ball in the 4QTR against Kansas City was worse.


Oh, you mean the day the Panther defense couldn't stop Brady Fuggin Quinn, who was one of the worst QB's all season, both before and after he played the Panthers. Yeah, I remember, Rivera punted on 4th down with only 4 min left, expecting to stop a team he hadn't stopped all game. Yeah, that sounds like a bright idea? :thumbsd:

Mean while the Panthers offense was moving the ball all day. The only problem was: They just didn't have enough touches/possessions to obtain the lead. However, Rivera decided to punt it away late in the 4th, giving up possession. And of course, the Panthers never got the ball back and lost to the worst team/worse rated starting QB in the NFL.

Yeah, we remember that day.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:01 PM

I agree. But with 60 seconds to play and no timeouts I think you take the chance of punting there.

we;ve seen waaayyyy too many times how very little time it takes for offenses to get the ball down the field and 60 seconds is too much.

teams have done that several times, including in the playoffs, only to lose or go to overtime.

it's just not nearly the safe play it used to be. i don't even like calling it conservative. it's just too risky and too easy to fail. you do whatever it takes to keep the ball in your hand and you do not trust your D to stop the other team from losing the lead.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:05 PM

maybe 5-10 years ago, but the way the game is evolving it puts you in dangerous territory.

you do not give the other team the ball, regardless of how good you think your defense is. period.

you can not trust your defense to stop a team, esp. that good of an offense, when the league is stacked against your defense. it just doesn't make sense to keep doing that kind of thing anymore.


The two teams playing in the Super Bowl this year constantly rely on their defense. Keep in mind that what Atlanta did to us was the first time that had happened in 20 years.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

Oh, you mean the day the Panther defense couldn't stop Brady Fuggin Quinn, who was one of the worst QB's all season, both before and after he played the Panthers. Yeah, I remember, Rivera punted on 4th down with only 4 min left, expecting to stop a team he hadn't stopped all game.

Mean while the Panthers offense was moving the ball all day. The only problem was: They just didn't have enough touches/possessions to obtain the lead. However, Rivera decided to punt it away late in the 4th, giving up possession. And of course, the Panthers never got the ball back and lost to the worst team/worse rated starting QB in the NFL.

Yeah, we remember that day.



Exactly. I can understand the punt against the Falcons. We were leading and our front 4 were killing Ryan all game.

But taking the ball away from your offense when your loosing and have 4 minutes left was one of the worst calls he has made if not the worst in 2 seasons. Taking any kind of chance to win away.
END Result a 27-21 loss to the DEAD ASS LAST CHIEFS.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

Oh, you mean the day the Panther defense couldn't stop Brady Fuggin Quinn, who was one of the worst QB's all season, both before and after he played the Panthers. Yeah, I remember, Rivera punted on 4th down with only 4 min left, expecting to stop a team he hadn't stopped all game.

Mean while the Panthers offense was moving the ball all day. The only problem was: They just didn't have enough touches/possessions to obtain the lead. However, Rivera decided to punt it away late in the 4th, giving up possession. And of course, the Panthers never got the ball back and lost to the worst team/worse rated starting QB in the NFL.

Yeah, we remember that day.

there are other examples...quite a bit on the season if you look at the lead on the whole, even in the playoffs.

if your defense hasn't been successful against the other team's offense during the bulk of the game, but your offense has been faring pretty well against their defense, i'm sorry but you go with the one that's working, not the one that hasn't been.

you go with what has been working, not what "should" work or what some obsolete textbook says.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

In hindsight it absolutely was a terrible call given what happened with Nakamura. The question is not whether it turned out to be a bad call looking at it after the fact, but was it a bad call at the time. I was personally in the group that would have gone for it on the road but honestly given he called a punt and the Panthers downed it at the 1, it wasn't a bad idea. If we had played aggressively like we did all day instead of going to the prevent we would have won that game and others as well. It wasn't a play here or there so much as going to the prevent which we all know just prevents you from winning.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:14 PM

like someone above said, it was a text book situation, but he emphasis is on was. you can't do that confidently anymore. you can't put your defenses in those situations because the cards are stacked against you thanks to rule changes protecting the QB and the WR, esp. after 5 yards. the game is set up now for those situations.

Very good point.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:33 PM

there are other examples...quite a bit on the season if you look at the lead on the whole, even in the playoffs.

if your defense hasn't been successful against the other team's offense during the bulk of the game, but your offense has been faring pretty well against their defense, i'm sorry but you go with the one that's working, not the one that hasn't been.

you go with what has been working, not what "should" work or what some obsolete textbook says.


Yeah, tell John Fox and the Bronco's their late 4 qtr lead was big enough against the Ravens.

And in the same token, tell Atlanta, that their big lead against the 49ers were big enough as well.

You can't stop scoring (or trying to score) in this league, until its' 2min left in the 4th qtr and you have the ball--with a first down. If not, you keep trying to score. And if the other team keeps their starters in the game--trying to score points during a blow out, then you do the same. Don't stop scoring, until the other team pulls out their starters and cries uncle.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure if Rivera will ever learn his lesson. He appears, anytime he has more than a 14 pt lead (even if it's in the early 2nd or third qtr), he wants to run the clock out for the rest of the game. It's only when teams catch up and get close, when he wants to run a regular offense again. Even the Oakland game, the Panthers should have won by a much bigger margin. And Cam Newton could have thrown for over 300 or 400 yards. I think he had 230 (or so) by the half.

Rivera had done this through out the season, even in games the Panthers have won, he alway slows down the offense when he has a lead (even if some of us don't always realize it when the Panthers win by a reasonable margin). You never stop trying to score, unless/until the 2 earlier examples/reasons I gave (2min left in the 4th with a 1st down or other team takes out starters).

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

The two teams playing in the Super Bowl this year constantly rely on their defense. Keep in mind that what Atlanta did to us was the first time that had happened in 20 years.

they are relying on both their offense and defense, and both are pretty proven.

our defense wasn't proven that that point. our defense wasn't working against their offense.

it had been getting eaten up all day.

meanwhile, our offense had been doing pretty well all day, much better than the defense had.

so we choose to put the game in the hands of the guys that had been failing at their job all day instead of the group that had been the most successful element of your team. it just makes no sense.

and that hadn't been done in 20 years? are you talking about the exact situation with the ball sitting on the 1? or a team handing the other team the ball with the score close and time left on the clock only to lose it? because i'm pretty sure that latter one has happened quite often, esp. this year and it will continue to do that.

teams lost this year, esp. in the playoffs because they didn't trust their offense to keep the ball or to score again. they made the mistake of allowing the other team a chance to score by putting the ball in their hands.

teams lost because they tapped the brakes on offense and tried trusting their defense to stop the other team and protect the score.

again, i don't care how much you trust your defense. you are making a mistake by giving the other team an opportunity add points when the game is close and there's still time left on the clock. it's too easy for offenses to move the ball against even the best defenses.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:38 PM

Yeah, tell John Fox and the Bronco's their late 4 qtr lead was big enough against the Ravens.

And in the same token, tell Atlanta, that their big lead against the 49ers were big enough as well.

You can't stop scoring (or trying to score) in this league, until its' 2min left in the 4th qtr, and you have the ball--with a first down. If not, you keep trying to score. And if the other team keeps their starters in the game, trying to score points during a blow out. Then you do the same. Don't stop scoring, until the other team pulls out their starters and cries uncle.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure if Rivera will ever learn his lesson. He appears, anytime he has more than a 14 pt lead (even if it's in the 2nd or third qtr), he wants to run the clock out for the rest of the game. Even the Oakland game, the Panthers should have won by a much bigger margin. And Cam Newton could have thrown for over 300 or 400 yards. I think he had 230 (or so) by the half.

you can't even let the other team have 2 minutes. i don't feel good even letting them have 30 seconds.

you have to control the scoreboard and you have to control the ball, esp. in close games. when you put the ball in the hands of the other team, you lose control.


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