We look solid all around from 1st to 3rd string. I rewatched each in the first half a few times concentrating on each player's assignment. Physically our o-line didnt get beat much. We had defenders come in unprotected because our guards (mostly second string) were out of place. I am not the least bit worried about cam's pick.. It happens. I mostly payed attention to Brandon Williams, AE, and barner on offense. Williams picked up some decent blocks and was open on most occasions. With some extensive looks in the next few games, he will make his presence known. AE lived up to the hype so far. He is the first wr off the line of scrimmage. His ability to make people miss impressed me the most. Edwards shook their #2 and 3 corners off the line to get open in the middle of the field. His first and second step really gets his initial separation because his speed isn't stellar. He is mentally light years ahead of where he was last year. Ricky has done wonders with this kid, he deserves some pie! Barner: we can check off the fumble to first game jitters. The cat looks the part. When he learns to aggressively shoot through the hole instead of picking a hole, he will run much harder. I think he is an absolute natural playmaker. His vision and lateral agility alone will make him special. I am very excited about the barn burner. On defense I zeroed in on our front 7 and whoever stood out to me in the secondary. Starr drew double teams consistently, and when he wasnt- he got penetration. He is exactly what we needed to dominate. Short also has a great bull rush with some pretty sweet moves. He plays a lot with his arms effectively. Hardy and Johnson will hit 30 sacks this year. We are a force. I'm so excited about them, I almost wrote Super Bowl. Back to the game.. This is a given- the one player I was not focusing in on but couldn't help but credit his play- Luke. The kid can diagnose and attack faster than anyone in the league. Pick almost any play and watch him in slow motion. He is like a world class chess player on the field. No matter where he is on the field, he will impact or make a play. He alone turned this defense into a special one. He was living in Chicago's backfield, making tackles across the field, and played outstanding coverage. Go rewatch this game and concentrate on him. Simply outstanding.
I can help you out a bit. It depends on what type of atmosphere you are looking for. Brixx pizza is actually a solid spot. Great views of huge TVs at any seat, good pizza, and quality beer selections. Of the typical sports bars- our bdubs is decent and fox and hound isn't bad either. Wild wing is your typical franchise wild wing. Haven't had great luck watching the games down town or at the beach yet. I know there will be some hardcore panther fans, probably including me, up at "the beach house". Good little watering hole fun indoor cornhole, cheap ass drinks, and tons of panther fans. You can talk straight panthers the entire time to most people. I would go there without the kids though. Good luck, can't wait to see Wilson on his ass in their first 3 and out/butt fumble touchdown recovered by hardy.
Posted by Doughboy88
on 08 November 2012 - 03:39 PM
i don't have a lot of respect for their WR corps. i think our secondary matches up pretty well.
it's just peyton being able to capitalize on mistakes and windows. the CBs can't allow for any space whatsoever. they can't play soft on any down. they have to press and press hard.
It would be sweet to shut down Thomas.. It seems like Norman matches up better when getting physical at the line. He isn't the greatest in soft zone.. I am a little worried about Decker on either Munny or Thomas.. He is pretty physical. Either way, this game is taking way too damn long to get here.
Posted by Doughboy88
on 01 October 2012 - 09:58 PM
Norman is playing outstanding. I hate some people just want to hate on a guy because the receiver that he was assigned to caught a ball. He was playing zone where we gave up two gigantic plays. He disengaged to work the underneath on both. It was a poor play call since they assigned Nakamura to be the only safety over the top. The coaches don't really have other options since White and Jones deserve double coverage, Gonzo will own the middle, and the draw to Turner was lethal- keeping us respectable. The Falcons are deadly on offense. Back to the subject, Norman had an absolutely outstanding game! He won his battles almost every time against Jones. They didn't throw his way because he just wasn't getting open. No he isn't a burner by any means but you don't have to be when you have solid awareness. He also reads the receiver, not the ball. Go back and watch how he reads the body language of the receiver to make nice plays. I recall he had a couple swats and airtight coverage all game. Stop making these damn threads about good guys. Like the one about Keek, he is getting adjusted. He is still a ballhound- wait until he gets comfortable in coverage. You guys won't be calling his number in midseason. The same goes for Beason. Yea he looks sluggish, totally understandable after playing in pain + coming back after his injury. I believe we will start really gelling after our bye week, similar to last year. Our O-line needs time together, our d-line is making plays, we are learning to pressure, Cam is settling in... For some reason, we don't come out of the gate hot. Patience.. I think we will make a serious late run similar to last year except we will have 2-3 more wins before the run. Go Cats.