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#2894660 Official Panthers - Chiefs Gameday Thread

Posted by CRA on 17 August 2014 - 08:06 PM

At least the running game looks good.
Cam's issue is timing. That will come soon enough...

You mean Stewart. Williams was doing his standard 2 yard thing

#2894628 Official Panthers - Chiefs Gameday Thread

Posted by CRA on 17 August 2014 - 08:03 PM

And that is why Stewart is a better running back than Williams in our offense.....by a far margin if healthy

#2891966 BR Ranks NFL Offenses

Posted by CRA on 15 August 2014 - 06:16 PM

consider this....we were 2nd to last in drives per game (btw, that was by design). that, in itself, is going to limit 1) our yardage per game and 2) our points per game. it just makes sense that if you have less possessions than anyone that you are going to have less opportunities to gain yardage and points compared to the rest of the league. you want to know why we were among the lowest ranked teams on offense, consider the metrics most people use to gauge success of an offense are those two stats. why? it requires the least amount of thinking. how accurate a gauge is it? imo, not very when we scored enough to win 12 games last year.

football outsiders had us with 31.59 yards per drive and 2.09 points per drive, which was a respectable 11th and 10th rank for yards/drive and points/drive. like i said, that's respectable and pretty efficient considering the amount of drops had by the WRs last year. as a team, we caught 62.5% of passes thrown, which was 13th in the league...kind of meh, but still not horrible. Looking at team drops, on average we weren't too bad...about 17th highest team percentage. When you look at individual drops...smitty at 5.5%, lafell at 7% and ginn at 4.4% aren't among the worst, but we all saw the effects on drives. ginn's drop % isn't as high as i thought it would be, but i definitely remember watching those drops and those were some really big plays that we lost out on because he couldn't hang on to the ball. the timing of those drops were horrible.

if you give yourself more drives then it obviously gives you more chances and limits the damage that those dropped balls and failed drives have. when you limit the number of those possessions, you don't have the luxury of being not "among the worst". you have to be among the best. we had a couple very good/reliable receiving options last year, namely olsen (111 targets, 4 drops), dwill (36 targets, 1 drop), and tolbert (32 targets, no drops), but that wasn't enough.

we replaced some WRs with not the surest of hands with guys like avant (76 targets, 1 drop), and cotchery (76 targets, 2 drops). we have all either heard or saw how good benjamin has been in regards to catching the ball, but it wasn't until one of the very last practices that he dropped any which was a walk through in which people weren't really focusing on catching the ball as much as making sure they were where they needed to be when they needed to be. of course, there will be more challenges when real games start and he faces some tougher DBs and some scheming against him, but what I'm taking away from it is that he will be a very reliable target that puts himself in very good position to catch cam's passes, both the good and not so good ones.

so what we have is three new receivers who have shown or are showing that they have very reliable hands. combine that with olsen, dwill, and tolbert (and stewart who is also a reliable target when healthy) and we have a receiving corps that can help keep drives alive allowing us to make more of the limited opportunities our offense has each game.

what this also means is that our offense should be more productive. it will have more points and yardage (though still not being enough to pu tthem at the top).

the biggest thing, tho, is that it will help us win more games and those wins will be less dependant on the defense suffocating the other team.

the biggest thing we needed for this offense was to be more efficient and we've given ourselves the tools we need to make that happen. not just more reliable targets, but bigger ones as well.

sites like BR and ESPN who draw a lot of traffic, but who rarely look at the bigger picture, will probably still not give the panthers the respect that we hope is due them. that won't matter because we will see an improved offense on the field that stays on the field longer, giving itself more and better chances to score and will have more successful end zone efforts.

regardless of where the panthers rank on total yardage and points, the true signs of a successful offense will be our ability to turn more possessions into points.


Bad teams with inefficient offenses....technically can rank high in yards. Some people will claim that makes them good.

Good teams with efficient offenses....often don't produce tons of yards bc there is no need....some will claim that makes them bad.

That is lazy

#2890653 Playing Smith in Baltimore

Posted by CRA on 14 August 2014 - 06:01 PM

Everyone who doesn't think Smitty is gonna come ready to have a 10+ reception, 200+ rec. yards, and 2 TD game is crazy. He may still love Charlotte, but he wants to prove he still has it. And guess what, he does. I don't think he is gonna go off, but don't expect anything less than everything he has that game. I don't care if he says it aint personal. It is. He will treat it that way. Plus he actually has threats around him now.......we better come to play.

No doubt he will bring everything he's got....but that is about 50 yards or so these days on average

#2888692 NFL.com ranks all 32 backup QBs

Posted by CRA on 13 August 2014 - 09:22 AM

They must not realize Anderson takes this [bleep] serious!

#2888292 Who's the guy that you're glad you don't have?

Posted by CRA on 12 August 2014 - 07:48 PM

Unfortunately for us if we see Steves face again, it will prolly be because he scored.

Fun fact:

Over the last 4 years, he averaged a "if you see this face" moment......once every 3.5 games.

#2888152 ESPN Insider ranks Panthers OL the worst in the NFL

Posted by CRA on 12 August 2014 - 05:51 PM

I like how media outlets act like Wharton was on the team to from the start last season.

He played in 12 games and was an upgrade at LG over how we started the year.

#2887809 Bell can win the LT position vs Chiefs.

Posted by CRA on 12 August 2014 - 12:59 PM

Bell played well against a very good Bills defensive line.

Some of you just keep regurgitating the same crap from last season.

Bell has always been a rollercoaster. That is his issue. One week he will go out and you think he can play....then he gets beat like a drum over and over.

#2887118 Jonathan Stewart says Panthers have DEEPEST and BEST backs in the NFL

Posted by CRA on 11 August 2014 - 09:57 PM

lol If you include Cam, then yeah, we got some of the best backs in the game. Take him out, and mediocre is pretty much what we are.

Yeah, our QB and FB > highest paid RB duo in the NFL

#2886934 What are you most EXCITED for this season?!

Posted by CRA on 11 August 2014 - 08:04 PM

VIC cards being waved around on those new video boards at BOA

#2886674 Fixing the running game a.k.a same story,different year

Posted by CRA on 11 August 2014 - 05:11 PM

great research and time spent on this. Thanks, I appreciate it.

I guess its easy to overlook all of that when it never gets points on the board and that 0-3 attempt against sf still leaves a bitter taste.

Carolina was 10th in pts per drive last year I believe.

You seem to confuse a team getting lots of offensive touches and producing larger overall stats means they are better on offense.....it happens to many

#2886668 does barner make the team?

Posted by CRA on 11 August 2014 - 05:08 PM

I guess you missed that whole "He doesn't fit here" line.

So far, I've seen nothing from Barner that looks like an NFL RB. He may be fast in a timed run, but his initial burst looks very average in terms of an NFL RB. He can't block, he can't catch, and he's hesitant. None of that is scheme related.

I was really just echoing you. Sorry if it came across different.

#2886646 does barner make the team?

Posted by CRA on 11 August 2014 - 04:58 PM

Sunday is a big night for him.

He needs the OL to get him some space.....if they don't he likely is done bc he can't break contact at the line.

#2886344 looks like Bell and Williams at LT so far

Posted by CRA on 11 August 2014 - 12:46 PM

Again, it's not just LT.

How hard is that for people to understand?

I have concerns about our starting LT, LG, RG, and RT. Funny people gloss over our G situation....it is just as worrisome as the T spot

#2886340 8/11 Practice Thread

Posted by CRA on 11 August 2014 - 12:44 PM

Prepare to rage. If he wins the job then I have no problem with it. We haven't heard about him having any problems in camp and he played very well against Buffalo.

I think the Bell competition was like when we drafted Newton and he has to compete with Clausen. Cam was our starter they just had to pretend it was earned.

I think the job was pretty obviously Bell's to begin with. Technically they make him compete with a guy who likely wouldn't be a LT backup on all other rosters

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