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#2228769 What would you do?

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 11 May 2013 - 08:29 PM

Probably ask if I could be re-seated as far away as possible from those people or ask my server to have the restaurant owner/manager ask them to stop with the language or be removed from the restaurant entirely. 

#2228677 Where are my Electronic Dance Music lovers? Official Thread.

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 11 May 2013 - 05:40 PM

Perfect track for summer


#2228293 On This Day 24 Years Ago....

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 11 May 2013 - 12:44 AM

Our first true Franchise Quarterback was born.




Happy 24th birthday Cam Newton! 


This is the year we silence the critics. 

#2228173 Panthers Rookie Camp this Weekend

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 10 May 2013 - 08:44 PM

My vote for best hair on the team goes to Barner already. 

#2226390 How to improve the slow start....

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 09 May 2013 - 08:09 AM

Post the Schein article in every player's locker. Instill a sense of urgency early on in training camp from day one and up the intensity throughout camp. Challenge the players and staff to get better and focus on just winning that day and improving every day. I really think the leadership on this time needs to take it amongst themselves to help get everyone focussed and a Super Bowl needs to be the primary goal of all 53 guys in that locker room. 


That first game against Seattle will tell us a lot about this team and this coaching staff out of the gates. If we manage to come out flat and unprepared against what many consider to be a Super Bowl contender at home week 1 of the season we have problems. There is no reason this team can't at least hang with Seattle and have the ability to pull out a win in the 4th quarter. A win week 1 against a team like that may give us the momentum we need to have a good first half of the year rather than what we have seen the previous couple seasons. 

#2225036 Caption This Pic: John Kasay Retires Edition.

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 07 May 2013 - 04:59 PM

Steve: "You could probably still win the kicking job on this team."


Kasay: "I know."

#2224893 Cam Newton One on One (NFL.com Video)

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 07 May 2013 - 03:10 PM






#2224813 "Carolina Panthers going nowhere with Ron Rivera, Cam Newton"

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 07 May 2013 - 02:20 PM

All I hope is this article is posted in the locker room and in the weight room at the stadium. If this can't light a flame under this team heading into the season I don't know what will.

If I was Ron Rivera I would bark out quotes from this article all training camp long and in the days leading up to our season opener.

There is no way we come out flat week 1 after this.

#2224232 The Epic Panther Fan Challenge

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 07 May 2013 - 03:14 AM


Panther fans and Huddlers rolled deep in San Diego last season. 

#2222706 Maine's Personal Scouting Report on Kawann Short

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 05 May 2013 - 02:09 AM

Huddlers seemed to enjoy my first scouting report on Star Lotulelei and I got some requests to do the same thing for our second round draft pick Kawann Short. Tonight was a quiet Saturday for me with finals coming up this week and next so I decided to take some notes on five games I could find online. So, without further ado, here is my lengthy scouting report on the 44th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft...Kawann Short. 




It should be noted that like Star, Kawann is good athlete for his size. He has a large base and a massive wingspan that should bode well when attempting to disengage from blockers and drive his opponent backwards off the snap. However, just by a simple eye test I can tell you that Kawann does not carry his weight as well as Star. Going forward, I think Short will need to consistently watch his weight and really work to get and stay in football shape. I think it would serve him well to really hit the weight and NFL training programs hard and make it point to get in the best shape of his life. Hoping he is dedicated and willing to make himself the best athlete and player he can possibly be during his time here in Charlotte. If Kawann can trim down while keeping his strength and gain some explosiveness/quickness, I see no reason why Short can't step in and make a positive impact on this defense early on. 


Game 1: Wisconsin


Strengths: Kawann Short displayed his strong hands early and often in this game against a team that traditionally produces quality NFL talent on the offensive line. His violent hands coupled with a large lower body allows Short to essentially throw offensive linemen to the side. He was quick off the snap and seemed really agile and fluid while rushing the passer. Gets his hips working along with his hands to slide through double teams and makes it look easier than it should be. Short has a good first jump, is nimble, and agile when avoiding blockers in his path. Able to get penetration and find his way to the backfield and force runners to change their lanes. Instances of high effort on special teams where he tips a field goal and sends it wide. Short is able to move horizontally down the line of scrimmage and force runners to the outside where they can be tackled by his teammates. 


Weaknesses: I noticed Short was particularly slow and sluggish in pursuit of Montee Ball in the open field. Misses an arm tackle in the open field and allows Montee Ball to pick up some extra yards after contact. In one on one situations he does not dominate like Star but is still impressive. He lacks the raw explosiveness and quickness off the snap that Star possesses. Multiple times in this game blockers lunged at his legs, chopping him down, and taking him out of the play. He needs to learn to avoid these types of blocks with quick hands and feet in an effort to shed them. 


Game 2: Notre Dame


Strengths: Utilizes a quick swim move one on one against one of the best centers in the college game and gets upfield in a hurry and gets a sack on a mobile quarterback that can't escape Short barreling down on him. Recognizes a screen pass, tracks it down, and makes a tackle in the open field. Once again, shows good hands and uses another swim move and gets a tackle for loss in the backfield. In a goal line situation, Kawann gets off his block and tracks the runner to the outside and keeps the running back out of the end zone with help from his teammates. Shows the ability to diagnose run plays early on and makes a tackle while forcing a fumble. During one play, Short occupied two or three blockers and his teammate gets the sack. Once more, Kawann utilizes a quick sidestep and uses his hands to beat the guard and get another sack. 


Weaknesses: Short struggles and needs to improve on his leverage and technique. He shows an above average ability to russ the passer but lacks consistency. Too often he gets stood up out of his stance but even then he does not lose ground and it is more of a standstill between Short and his man. 


Game 3: Iowa


Strengths: Displays excellent use of his hands and consistently wins one on one battles using violent hands. Fights through blocks and makes an offensive linemen completely whiff and Kawann is able to get into the backfield and get a tackle for loss on a third and short. Shows the ability to knife through blocks without much contact by means of a quick first step and makes yet another tackle for loss. When unable to get off a block, looks to knock down passes and keeps his eye on the quarterback. When he gets going downhill, offensive linemen struggle to slow him down and he usually causes havoc in the backfield even when he can't get to the ball carrier or quarterback. In this game he beats a double team for a sack. Once more, shoots gap with a quick first step for another sack. Displays a good bull rush and gets into the backfield for a tackle for loss. He was simply too fast for the Iowa offensive line to handle this game. While occupying two blockers, forces running back wide for a minimal gain. Consistently collapses pocket from the middle. 


Weaknesses: Sometimes Kawann seems to over pursue and gets going in one direction and is then washed out of plays completely. 


Game 4: Ohio State (2011)


Strengths: Stands up his man to stuff running play in backfield early on. Makes a good effort play by tracking down another mobile quarterback for the tackle. Stays engaged with blocker, sticks with the play, and utilizes a quick spin move to get a sack on Braxton Miller. Shoots his gaps well. Once more shows the ability to dissect running plays and makes a stop in the backfield. Occupies both the center and guard on one play allowing his teammate to make a tackle for loss. Forces a holding penalty on the offense by beating his man with quick first step. Shows good patience and keeps with a play despite being blocked...quarterback is busy scrambling and at the perfect time Short tosses aside his man and gets another sack on Miller. Possesses violent hands to push aside blockers and force the quarterback to get on the run outside the pocket. In overtime, he gets good penetration up the middle which leads to a sack. 


Weaknesses: Dropped into pass coverage one play and just barely misses knocking the ball down and the receiver makes the catch and runs for a touchdown. Kawann just needs to stay consistent and low when getting off the snap. If he can work and improve on his leverage he will be much improved. Seems to tire late in games but makes sense given the amount of snaps he played all game.


Game 5: Michigan (2011)


Strengths: Good awareness in run support. After shedding the guard, gets a sack on the mobile Denard Robinson. Once more beats his man on on one using his hands and a quick first step for a minimal gain. Displays a quick spin move to disengage opponent and makes tackle. Fights through a double time with noticeable agility to make tackle. In the redzone, Short blows up the guard one on one and puts a big hit on a scrambling quarterback for the sack. In one instance, Short holds his ground on a double team and makes a tackle for no gain. Shows good effort late in the game to track down the ball carrier and his efforts lead to a minimal gain on the ground.


Weaknesses: Gets driven outside by man and flushed away from the pocket and is a non-factor during one big Michigan completion. Bites on a misdirection running play as running back scoots by him unnoticed for a big gain to the outside. Trouble getting off block as Denard Robinson gashes up the middle for a big gain. 




Conclusion: Kawann Short is an impressive pass rusher and has the stats to back that claim up. He displays great hands, a quick first step, and good hips to power his way through blocks or just outright avoid them. To be a great pro, Short needs to focus on his technique and really win the leverage battle on a consistent basis. If Short can keep his weight in check and get in better shape and lose some of the fat around his midsection, Kawann should be even quicker and more explosive for the Panthers. It should be beneficial to all of our defensive tackles and especially Kawann to have a rotation going all season long to keep our guys fresh. He seemed to get tired and gassed as the game progressed but a rotation should help with that as he played almost all defensive snaps just like Star because of what they meant to their respective defenses and teams. I noticed that even when Short does to make the play himself, something he did on the field directly led to his teammates making a good play. Kawann Short, like Star, will make all of those around him a better player. Thankfully for us as fans of the Panthers, the biggest issues with Kawann are technique related and he just needs to be coached up as all rookies do. Once he gets his body in peak condition and betters himself, he is going to be an impressive player and should prove crucial to our defenses success. I think he may struggle early on, but learning under Dwan Edwards should prove beneficial. By mid-season, I think both Star and Short could be coming into their own and helping this defense better itself from last year. We are in good hands with Short and Star assuming they take care of their bodies and steadily improve with help from the coaches. Both of them have the prototypical size and strength of interior NFL defensive linemen and should be impact players for the Carolina Panthers for years to come. 



#2222595 Cam Courtside at the Nets/Bulls Game Right Now

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 04 May 2013 - 08:13 PM


I just Sawz teh Cam on teh Television... I better rush over to the huddle and make a thread about it!!!!



Coming from the guy who made a thread advising we trade DeAngelo for Darrelle Revis. That thread was equally as pointless as this one. 

#2222578 Cam Courtside at the Nets/Bulls Game Right Now

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 04 May 2013 - 07:51 PM

Just saw him...he is right next to the Bulls bench with a lady friend. I believe it is the same girl that he was with at the derby a year ago or so. Look for the massive athlete looking guy rocking sunglasses inside. 

#2221406 Maine's Personal Scouting Report on Star Lotulelei

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 03 May 2013 - 04:32 AM

I've been meaning to do this since Star fell into our laps on draft day and finally got around to it. I watched every snap Lotulelei was involved in that I could find online and took extensive notes for each game. So, without further ado, here is my lengthy scouting report on the 14th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft...Star Lotulelei. 




It should be noted that Star Lotulelei is a tremendous athlete for a man of his size. He possesses a unique blend of size, strength, and quickness that should aid him in his transition to the National Football League. Unlike many defensive tackles in their first year as a professional, Star is strong and quick enough now to make an impact week one and should thrive in our system out of the gait. He may not be the dominant player he was in college...but he will be a significant upgrade from anything we currently have on this roster and will instantly bolster our run defense and ability to collapse the pocket each time he is on the field. 


Game 1: USC


Strengths: It becomes apparent that Star is usually the quickest man off the snap each and every time. The game against USC is no exception. Star's game is based on brute strength and an uncanny ability to explode off the line of scrimmage that begins with his stance. Compare his stance to the rest of the Utah defensive linemen. His back is straight and weight dispersed evenly. All of his power comes from his stance and the raw athleticism he possesses. Once the ball is snapped, he remains low and wins the leverage game against his opponent. In this particular game, Star was able to successfully diagnose run plays and manhandle his matchup in one on one situations. When doubled, Lotulelei holds his ground are rarely goes backward. He pursues runners downfield and is able to get out into the flats and flush runners to the outside away from their blockers. I noticed he takes great angles to the ball carrier when in space. When bull rushing, Star forces runners out of their running lanes and makes them change direction by driving blockers out and away from their assignments. Barkley often relied on check downs and quick throws to move the ball downfield.


Weaknesses: When stood up out of his stance, Star has trouble shedding and disengaging from blockers. In some instances, he seems to engage his blockers for too long and runners often scoot right by him while he still is pushing his man back. 


Game 2: Arizona


Strengths: Consistently wins his one on one match ups yet again and gets up field and into the backfield in a hurry. When doubled, rarely went backward and held his ground. The opposing quarterback had trouble setting his feet, moving up in the pocket, and was forced outside of the pocket and away from Star. I noticed in this game in particular that he did not have much of a supporting cast on his defensive line and linebacking core. Thankfully, that will not be the case in Carolina.


Weaknesses: Early on the game failed to make much of an impact as Arizona seemed to game plan against him and take him out of the game by hurrying up the offense, making quick throws to the outside, and double teaming him frequently. Once again, Star seemed to run himself out of some plays and had trouble diagnosing runs and getting off blocks. Towards the end of the game, he seemed content to get in shoving matches with the offensive line after winning one on one rather than pursue plays all over the field (makes sense when you play 92% of the snaps in games). 


Game 3: Washington


Strengths: Intelligent, heads-up football player who diagnosed a screen play early and blew it up. Star is just a menace early in games. He is the first man off the snap every time and that includes members of the offensive line who know the snap count. Star is often held by offensive linemen beat off the line but it is rarely called in his favor. Showed glimpses of nastiness this game and pursued the QB outside the pocket early and often. He has the ability to collapse the pocket up the middle of the field all by himself and tackles ball carriers with just one massive arm. Showed the ability to contain run plays and push runners wide once again where a teammate would make a stop.


Weaknesses: Star was called for an offsides penalty trying to jump the snap and continues to need work dissecting run plays and keeping his eyes in the backfield. 


Game 4: BYU


Strengths: Star is able to handle the double teams in this game exceptionally well and he wins every one on one matchup by driving his opponent into the backfield using leverage and strength generated from his legs. Good pursuit downfield. Uses swim move effectively to beat his man. Lotulelei shows great awareness when he cannot get to the passer and was able to knock down and tip multiple passes in this game. He always seems to have an eye on the quarterback even when engaged with offensive linemen. Shows consistent effort and helps teammates to gang tackle anywhere on the field when possible. Shows good use of his hands and is able to literarily throw his opponent to the side and stuff the runner in the backfield. In this game in particular it was clear that BYU game planned against him. Run plays were often away from #92. Shows some good tackling technique and usually when he gets his hands on the runner they do not go anywhere. In one instance, the BYU back gets by him at the line of scrimmage but Star displays great effort and pursues the player downfield and forces a fumble from behind my swinging his massive club-like arms. Underrated motor...played to the whistle and never gave up on rushing the passer. Made a special team's play by blocking a last second field goal that would have tied the game and sent it to overtime. 


Weaknesses: Mobile quarterback able to escape his pressure in the backfield. Star struggles to tackle in space which makes sense for a man his size. His momentum gets him going one direction and runners are able to escape him in the backfield. 


Game 5: Colorado (2011)


Strengths: Once again displays an extremely quick first step and uses leverage to win his battles in the trenches. Star's massive and powerful legs drive offensive linemen into the backfield consistently and this doesn't stop all game long. Showed the ability and willingness to spin move around his man and it was rather quick for a man of his stature. Seems to love the bull rush and it is his most effective technique as a pass rusher. Once more, the Colorado quarterback was rarely able to move up in the pocket and set his feet. 


Weaknesses: Needs polish as a pass rusher and has trouble changing directions and slowly his momentum. 




Conclusion: New Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has all the physical and athletic ability to be a dominant player in this league. In every game I watched, he won the vast majority of his one on one match ups and did not give up ground when double teamed. His bull rush is a thing of beauty and almost always is successful. His first step off the line of scrimmage is one of the quickest I have seen. Almost every snap he beats not only his teammates off the ball, but opposing offensive linemen as well. Star was so explosive and a huge difference maker in the first half of games when he was fresh. A reduction in his snaps and solid rotation on the defensive line should bode well for this season and his productiveness. If he is rested...he can be a menace all game long. Despite struggling in diagnosing run plays and disengaging blockers, Star should benefit greatly by having one hell of a front seven around him. If he can continue to make runners change their lanes and dictate where offensive linemen go, Luke and the rest of our linebackers could have career years in terms of tackling production. Mobile quarterbacks seemed to give Star the biggest fits in college and their aren't too many in the NFL that can really escape the pocket and run around. This is especially true with Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy rushing on the outside. I believe teams will look to hurry up their offenses and get the ball out as quick as possible. Look for quarterbacks to use hard counts to try and make Star jump offsides. Look for offensive linemen to get called on holding penalties when Star gets a quick jump on them.  Smaller quarterbacks will struggle to see when the pocket collapses in front of them because of Star and our corners need to make plays on the poorly placed passes that there should be many of. Slower, statue-like quarterbacks will face struggles of their own as the pocket collapses and will hopefully lead to mistakes. Star Lotulelei will be a good player for a long time folks. 


#2216212 Anyone Buy Tickets for Next Season Yet?

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 28 April 2013 - 06:01 PM

Just got some great news!

My good friends girlfriend's family are season ticket holders at Bank of America. I woke up to a text this morning saying "If you get a flight to Charlotte for the Jets game I have a ticket for you." Thankfully, that is the weekend my winter break starts for school so I will fly from San Diego, to Charlotte, and back to Boston or Maine after the game.

Couldn't be more pumped that my first experience at a Panther game in Charlotte will be this season! My buddy is a Jets fan so it should be fun!

#2215314 I think our secondary could be historically bad

Posted by OnlyPantherFaninMaine on 28 April 2013 - 03:08 AM

Rivera made a Chargers team with far less talent on the defensive side of the ball amongst the league's best. Gettleman is a straight shooter and believes the answers to our secondary woes are already on the roster. The way he has talked up Norman makes me cautiously optimistic about him. Godfrey might show significant improvement at his new position. Florence and DJ Moore force turnovers and I believe that is going to be an emphasis for this unit once again.

They were serviceable with a poor DT core last season. Now we have two monsters in the middle with two double-digit sack artists on the outside and The Kraken is in a contract year. The linebackers have the potential to be among the leads best if healthy and I am confident they will be even if Beason isn't quite at the level we are used to prior to his injury. Luke will lead this entire unit and I am confident this front seven can lead us to the promise land while a physical secondary should be good in run support and force plenty of turnovers thanks to the constant pressure up front.

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