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#2488065 Much More Confident About NE Than SF

Posted by hepcat on 15 November 2013 - 11:15 AM

I'm way less confident in this game.  The reason the Panthers were able to beat the 49ers (besides luck - those fumbles could have gone either way) was because Kaepernick is just straight up not a very good QB.  The many articles published after the game showed he's a one-read QB.  When you take that read away, he either has to scramble or take the sack and that's exactly what happened.  Tom Brady is a HOF QB.  He will not be surprised by anything the Panthers are doing and if something isn't working, he's smart enough to change to something that works.  He'll be able to put up points, regardless of how good the Panthers D has been playing, so the pressure will be on Cam and the offense to score enough to stay ahead of Brady.  If they can get ahead early and run the ball, I could see a win.  If they fall behind early, it could get ugly.  This is a tough game.  

#2488035 Rivera got advice from John Madden last offseason

Posted by hepcat on 15 November 2013 - 10:54 AM

John Madden really loves football.  Retired at 77 and he's still breaking down game film.  

#2487927 It's extremely possible, maybe even likely that we lose on Monday

Posted by hepcat on 15 November 2013 - 09:54 AM

I'm not as hopeful about this game as I was about the San Francisco game.  Kaepernick is a mediocre QB at best.  Brady is a future HOFer with three Superbowl rings...not going to be easy to confuse him with blitzes.  Pressure from the front 4 straight up the middle is the only thing that has shown to disrupt Brady.  I'm expecting him to be a step ahead of the defense. The pressure will be on Cam and the offense to put up points in what could end up being a bit of a shootout.  The good news is, the Patriots have shown they can be beat by a team that plays good defense and does enough to win on offense - ala the Jets.  So it's not impossible to win...just going to be a very tough game.

#2486932 When the Panthers Attack (article from cbssports.com)

Posted by hepcat on 14 November 2013 - 01:12 PM

Don't miss a few key comments.


There were open receivers, CK didn't see them or wasn't ready to throw them.


That won't be the case with Brady.


May have been part of the gameplan.  There are open receivers on almost every play.  You can't cover them all.  Panthers might have just seen that Kaepernick focuses in on his first read so the Panthers took it away and made him beat them with his arm.  It worked.

#2486804 When the Panthers Attack (article from cbssports.com)

Posted by hepcat on 14 November 2013 - 12:04 PM

(didn't see this posted - if it has been, please close and/or merge)




Let me start this week's version of After Further Review with big applause for Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

His plan against the San Francisco 49ers was outstanding. He caused a lot of confusion for the 49ers line, and even more so for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. That led to the 49ers getting nine points on the day, seeing the Panthers sack Kaepernick six times and the 49ers being limited to 91 yards passing as Carolina won 10-9.

To go to San Francisco and beat up the 49ers the way they did is something this defense can use as evidence to be considered one of the best.

The front seven certainly is that.



Excellent write-up by Pete Prisco over at cbssports.com.  Details the various blitz schemes the Panthers used against the 49ers and shows what a poor passer Colin Kaepernick is.  Definitely worth a read.  

#2485632 Dan Connor signing with Panthers today

Posted by hepcat on 13 November 2013 - 02:04 PM

Definitely because of the Blackburn injury - guess he could be out for awhile.  Convenient because Connor is familiar with the system. He'll back up Kuechly in the middle. 

#2485265 This Is Gross with Thomas Davis

Posted by hepcat on 13 November 2013 - 10:56 AM

These are so excellent.  If you want real insight on the team, this is where it's at.  

#2485237 Beason Stills Seems Miffed

Posted by hepcat on 13 November 2013 - 10:40 AM

Answer me this Jon Beason...would you rather sit on the bench for the Panthers?  Or start for the Giants?  You're a football player and of course you want to play.  So is this really an issue?  Seems to me Gettleman did you a solid.

#2484860 Post a .gif to summarize the Panthers season so far

Posted by hepcat on 12 November 2013 - 11:41 PM

Now after the San Francisco game...it's more like:  



#2480933 Over a freakin 80 overall in Madden now?

Posted by hepcat on 11 November 2013 - 10:25 AM

Yes the main thing I think about after a huge win is, WHAT ARE OUR RATINGS IN MADDEN NOW???  But yes they should go way up on the defensive side of the ball.

#2480774 Seahawks fan sent me this

Posted by hepcat on 11 November 2013 - 09:33 AM


#2479215 Is it just me or was that game very similar to the Seattle game?

Posted by hepcat on 10 November 2013 - 08:20 PM

The only difference is, Kaepernick didn't make any miraculous BS throws for completions like Russell Wilson did.  Kaepernick was under pressure all game, just the same as Wilson was Week 1.  Wilson got really lucky on some throws and managed completions while he was under intense pressure.  Kaepernick folded when the pressure was on.  It's clear the Panthers can hang with all the teams in the NFC. mainly because of their defense.  But I think if you compare the two games, the difference was the QB play.  Wilson >> Kaepernick.  

#2478691 This team is a legitimate Super Bowl contender

Posted by hepcat on 10 November 2013 - 07:25 PM

Defense made Kaepernick look silly.  Definitely a Super Bowl caliber D.  Offense needs to take another step and stop dropping balls.

#2470155 O-line scares me

Posted by hepcat on 06 November 2013 - 12:49 PM

Hangartner was brought back as insurance for Kalil.  Byers was the backup center and if Kalil went down for the year, there was no one to back him up who knew the playbook.  Center is the second most cerebral position on offense behind QB and whoever the center is needs to be in sync with the QB.  Hangartner makes sense, but let's just hope Kalil stays healthy...

#2467527 Hangman is back

Posted by hepcat on 04 November 2013 - 07:38 PM

No surprise. Now we have the same o-line as 2011

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