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#2972002 Stop panicking, the defense was due a bad game, it happens.

Posted by TonyN on Yesterday, 12:06 AM

Before tonight, Carolina's defense had held 13 of its last 14 regular season opponents to 20 points or fewer.
A string that good is nearly impossible to put together.
To put it into perspective, Seattle's defense, over the same time period, had only held 10 of its last 14 regular season opponents to 20 points or fewer.
Conversely, the Panthers have not won a game in which the defense gave up more than 20 points since the final game of 2012.
Since the start of the 2011 season, Carolina is 3 and 20 when the defense gives up more than 20 points. 
The defense will bounce back in a big way. 
We are going to win the NFC south.

#2952447 Two games Zero giveaways...that won't continue, but...

Posted by TonyN on 14 September 2014 - 04:48 PM

Shula called a great game actually. I believe he turned the corner today.

I wish he would have continued attacking in that final 3 min to put the League on notice though. Missed opportunity I thought, but I also get the fact that he didn't want to risk injury to other players and just run out the clock.

I'm proud of Shula today


Shula called a great game. The TD drive in the 3rd was especially impressive. I believe every Newton completion on the drive was on his first read. 


The Lions were selling out on the run and biting on the play fake all game and Shula made some great misdirection calls to exploit that...


Hats off to Newton for playing well. He looked like a franchise QB today. 

#2952233 Two games Zero giveaways...that won't continue, but...

Posted by TonyN on 14 September 2014 - 04:07 PM

This is a solid, well coached, fundamentally sound football team. 


On both sides of the ball.


#2940293 Sold on the offensive line yet ?

Posted by TonyN on 09 September 2014 - 09:06 PM

They were touting the Buccaneers as a defense to rival ours.  They were saying McCoy was the best defensive tackle in football.  Velasco and Turner abused him at times.  Claybourne and M. Johnson did absolutely nothing.  L. David struggled to exist and we kind of did what we wanted.  Now all of a sudden, it wasn't that good of a test.  What ever......................


I absolutely agree with what you are saying.


I think the Bucs may end up having a very, very good defense.


I liked what I saw for the most part, but still, it was only one game...

#2940286 Sold on the offensive line yet ?

Posted by TonyN on 09 September 2014 - 09:00 PM

Meh.  You said it yourself:  small sample size.  Give it 3 or 4 more games before we can have an idea of what we are in for throughout the season.


Of course you are right. There should be no real judgement made until after week 4...


but the Huddle is so reactionary that half the forum members will claim the Panther's have the "worst offensive line in the history of football" the first time Newton is sacked...


The change in style from the pocket loving Anderson to the run loving Newton sets-up another interesting dynamic.


I think most casual fans believe "pocket" QB's get sacked more often than "mobile" QB's...


While in actuality, exactly the opposite is the case...

#2940231 Sold on the offensive line yet ?

Posted by TonyN on 09 September 2014 - 08:37 PM

Last season Panther running backs averaged 3.9 yards per rush attempt, while Cam Newton averaged 4.0 yards per designed rush attempt. 
Against the Bucs on Sunday, Carolina running backs averaged 3.4 yards per rush attempt. 
While this is a very small sample size and Lovie Smith's defense may end up being much improved over last season, this cannot be viewed as an auspicious start as far as run blocking is concerned. 
On the pass protection side of things, the Panthers only allowed 1 sack on 34 passing attempts against the Bucs, for a very, very good 2.9 sack %. 
Last season the Panthers had a very high 8.3 % sack percentage.
Detroit was average in rush defense last year, giving up 4.2 yards per rush attempt and downright poor in getting to the opposing QB, tallying only 33 total sacks and a poor 5.5% sack percentage. 
This sets up as an interesting matchup for the revamped Panthers offenisve line.
Sunday's game should shed some real light on where the revamped unit stands...

#2916958 Is Cam Newton Really A Franchise QB

Posted by TonyN on 30 August 2014 - 02:45 PM

The question is completly legitimate. That's why it generates such over the top contempt among certain Huddle members.
Newton was ranked as the 15th or 16th best QB in the league this year by NFL GM's and scouts.
He has never finished higher than 15th in NFL passer rating.
He has never finished higher than 14th in Total QBR.
He is still young and can obviously improve, but the "breakthrough" season as a consistent pocket QB has not yet materialized.
Certainly his mobility gives him a boost, but how long will that continue ?
He will be 26 next season with a lot of miles on the odometer. 
It will be an interesting dynamic as he seeks a long term contract with a ton of guaranteed money up front.

#2911292 Since 2000, 24 teams have allowed 16 or fewer ppg...

Posted by TonyN on 27 August 2014 - 08:50 AM

All 24 of those teams made the playoffs...


14 played in their respective conference championship games...


7 made it to the Super Bowl...


5 won the Super Bowl


Last year your Carolina Panthers gave up 15.1 ppg.


Can Chico work his magic with a revamped secondary ???


If the Panthers are as good defensively as they were last year, you'll need to make playoff reservations...


And the Panthers have a punchers chance at a deep playoff run...

#2892100 While Kelvin Benjamin has been anointed a "legitimate No. 1" after 1...

Posted by TonyN on 15 August 2014 - 08:10 PM

It appears that Steve Smith might still be able to play...




And it doesn't appear that Brandon Lafail is doing too badly either.




Ted Ginn has battled injuries in Phoenix, but everyone knows what you are getting with him--- a pure speed guy---a burner with limitations, but a legit deep threat who can stretch the defense.


Benjamin is going to have to be very, very, very productive as a rookie in order for the new group of wideouts to be better than last years group of solid, if unspectacular players.


It might be sobering to remember that only 7 rookie receivers in the last 20 years have gone for more than 1000 yards in their first NFL campaign. And none of them are in Benjamin's mold as a player. 





#2718465 2013 Seahawks 9th best scoring defense all-time, 2013 Panthers 12th best all-...

Posted by TonyN on 27 March 2014 - 02:11 PM




Meaningless stats ???


Of the top 20 teams listed, all 20 made the playoffs, 7 won the Super Bowl, 3 lost the Super Bowl and 12 made their respective conference championship games.

#2672108 Barry Switzer would 'never recruit a white quarterback'

Posted by TonyN on 02 March 2014 - 03:47 PM




To Switzer's defense the NFC was overly represented in the playoffs the last couple years with very young dual threat QBs. On the other hand the AFC, because of its lack of dual threat QBs, by default was overwhelmingly represented by the traditionals. Which begs the question, were the traditionals better or were they just, well, traditionals. Traditions do change however.



The NFC was overrepresented by teams with great defenses which drug their teams to the playoffs despite limited passing offenses.


Seattle finished 1st in total defense.

Carolina finished 2nd in total defense.

San Francisco finished 5th in total defense.




Seattle finished 26th in passing.

Carolina finished 29th in passing.

San Francisco finished 30th in passing.


But I suppose, by your ludicrous reasoning, these teams made the playoffs primarily because of the talents of their QB's.


Here is a better question:


Would Denver, which finished 19th in total defense, have made the playoffs with either Kapernick or Wilson  at QB???


Maybe. But until one of them takes his team to the playoffs without a great defense, it is an open question.


After all Kaepernick has never passed for 3200 yards in a season.

Wilson has never passed for 3400 yards in a season.


Can you win consistently in the NFL without a great defense with those kinds of numbers???


I suppose your real point must be something along these lines: If Seattle and Denver traded QB's, then Denver would suddenly be better than Seattle because Wilson is better than Manning. Ludicrous? Yes.


Incidentally, my take on the ceiling for white quarterbacks is, oh,  somewhere around the Joe Montana level.

#2421295 Page 3 forward is about Kerry Washington, Ignore dumb first 2 pages. *Kurb

Posted by TonyN on 10 October 2013 - 01:01 PM

He is coaching the team he grew up cheering for, and has them tied for first place.  The Browns have two first round picks, and two third round picks, as well as the 4th ranked defense in the NFL.  




Gordon is more talented than any receiver on our team, and Cameron has the third most yards and touchdowns of any tight end in the league, so I don't know what your point is here. 


Basically, as everyone has pointed out, this is a pointless discussion, but more importantly, why would he want to come back here?


Chudzinski was far from a "problem" last year.


The thread was "tongue in cheek"...thus the big smiley at the bottom of the page.


I suppose satire is lost on most Huddle members.

#2421223 Page 3 forward is about Kerry Washington, Ignore dumb first 2 pages. *Kurb

Posted by TonyN on 10 October 2013 - 12:16 PM

This should be wildly popular among Huddle members.


Chudzinski's Browns set at 3-2 with a 3 game win streak.


Their only losses are to the Super Bowl Champ Ravens and the improved Dolphins.


He has done this with Brandon Weedon and Brian Hoyer at QB.


His offensive line really is the worst in the NFL:  they have given up the second most sacks of any NFL team and the most QB hits of any NFL team. They are averaging 3.5 ypc in the ground game.


His top receivers are named Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon.


Chudzinski is not a "retread"


He is not "another defensive guy"


He is known as an "offensive innovator"


Sounds like the ideal guy to come in and work with Cam Newton.


I hear he may have some familiarity with our personnel.






#2416015 Sad Trend: Steve Smith Hinders Our Offense.

Posted by TonyN on 07 October 2013 - 04:34 PM

Last season Smitty was 12th in receiving yards, 9th in Average per catch and 9th in catches over 20 yards.


Those are very solid # 1 receiver numbers. He had a couple of drops yesterday. Happens. Yesterday it happened at some really bad times, but every receiver drops passes.


Smith is still a top 10 receiver in the NFL


To suggest he is not a legitimate # 1 receiver is ludicrous.


There are at least 20 NFL teams who would love to have Steve Smith as their number 1 wide-out on any given Sunday.

#2413796 I have never once said anything negative about Cam Newton, but...

Posted by TonyN on 06 October 2013 - 08:29 PM

He looked like a HOF QB until the Cards started blitzing.

Then he looked BAD. Really Really Bad.


The quick decisions , the decisiveness, were gone.

And what you got was a 6 foot 5, 250 pound statue.

The majority of the sacks in this game belong to Newton.


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