•Left tackle Byron Bell actually had a teammate take the blame for one of the two sacks he surrendered to defensive end Chandler Jones. On the first one, Bell was doing a nice job until running back DeAngelo Williams threw a chip block that freed Jones to get inside for the sack. As the game went on, Bell got into a rhythm and did a nice job. "I felt like I learned a lesson today," Bell said. "I can’t come out slow, I’ve got to come out fast, come out on fire. We’ve got to come out fast and come out swinging early. I feel like if we do that we’ll be fine." Bell said Williams apologized on the sideline afterwards.
I just hope out 3rd down play calling last night wasn't indicative of what we'll see in the regular season.
Multiple 3rd and short, and long developing routes.
We have KB, Olsen, Williams, Dickson, Cotchery, and Avant. Call some quick routes.
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i'm convinced last night the point was to force throws down field no matter what in order to develop some type of chemistry with the receivers. not once did newton throw the ball away or use a check down.
as ugly as it was, the oline didn't play as bad as it looked. on numerous occasions newton held onto the ball way too freaking long. his refusal to throw it away or use a check down is ridiculous. i'm going to assume they're forcing the issue of developing chemistry between him and the WRs and chalk this up to working out the kinks since it's preseason.
as far as run blocking, it is what it is...but there's no way in hell williams can be the bell cow back.
in a nutshell, don't anticipate the world beating offensive line the panthers had in 2008. the current line is serviceable.