The first two years under Chud and lead by Cam, we were one of the most explosive offenses, ranking #1 and #2 those years for explosive plays over 20 yards and for yards per play. Our defense may have suffered, because that led to some short possessions. This year, we are near the bottom and have been somewhat knocked for it. The difference is, and why we are winning, is we are dominating the time of possession. Minimal turnovers and minimal three and outs, are the main reason. Keeping our defense off the field is the main reason why they are ranked so high right now, and under Shula, we may have one of the best offenses in Panthers history, although not especially explosive. But we sure as hell have the potential to be. Hopefully, we can sustain long drives against the Niners and Patriots.
I had the pleasure of watching another Panthers dominating victory while simultaneously watching the Stains get manhandled by that Jets defense. Brees threw three girly girl flips, and they wonder why their defenses are always so soft and cant stop the run, it's because their QB and coach have one of the softest philosophies in the NFL. On fourth and inches, they resort to a reverse and lose 8 yards in the process. If they had any toughness, they would have held their balls and ran it up the gut. They will win plenty of games this year, but ultimately lose in the end out of pure softness and Alice will go on another binge eating and gain his 400 pounds back.
I'm ready for anything with the Carolina Panthers. They could make the Super Bowl or finish 7-9. Riverboat Ron Rivera could be calling for fourth-down conversions with the best defense in football or he could shrink in the big moments, like he has so many times before.
The Panthers, like Cam Newton, can be a moody team. They can be a bully and can play like they are afraid of success. When they are right, they can steamroll opponents with Newton's big arm and a power running game. But we haven't seen them come through in a big spot yet. We'll get our chances in the second half; they face the 49ers, Patriots and the Saints twice. All of those games are must watch. Which reminds me ...
Every year, I wind up adopting a few teams. I'm not a longtime fan, but something draws me in for at least one season. I end up watching them each week and quietly rooting. The '05 Cincinnati Bengalswere the first. The '13 Chargers are the latest.
I think it was the 4th quarter, 3rd and 10 or so, maybe 12. It was the play Cam got facemasked, I would love to see another video of this:
He evades getting sandwhiched by two DE's(one of them pulls his facemask), then he drops his shoulder and trucks another defender, then he somehow gets the ball off to Tolbert. Tolbert gains a few but we get the first down because of the facemask penalty on Bennet.
The will is there, the skill is there, I think he is going to have a great season once things start clicking.