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Against the Falcons... run, run, run some more....

Sep 24 2012 06:59 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
As far as I can tell, our only hope for a win in Atlanta this week will be delivered on the ground. Atlanta is currently ranked 8th in pass defense, but 24th in run defense.

In week 1 against Kansas City, Jamaal Charles had 16 carries for 87 yards or 5.4 yards per carry. Shaun Draughn had 6 carries for 29 yards, 4.8 a carry.

Week 2 against Denver, Willis McGahee ran 22 times for 113 yards or 5.1 a carry.

Against the Chargers, Ryan Matthews ran for 4.4 yards per carry. Jackie Battle carried only 3 times but racked up 55 yards or 18.3 yards per carry.

The Falcons have not been able to keep a running back under 4.4 yards per carry so far this season.

How the Panthers win this game...

1. Get healthy. The Panthers will need Jonathan Stewart back in the lineup. Toe injuries are no joke and could keep him out on Sunday. Lets hope not.

2. Do not abandon the run. The Falcons can score. Teams have gotten in trouble against them by turning the ball over, falling behind early, and abandoning the run. The Falcons are 8th against the pass defensively and have an effective blitzing defense. Abandoning the run early, as the Panthers are known to do, will result in a loss, guaranteed.

3. Back to basics. Teams have been successful running the ball against the Falcons in pro sets. Their defense is built for speed and pass rush. Getting cute on draw plays and gimmicks trying to get to the edge only plays into their hands. They have the sideline to sideline speed needed to stop the draw. Punching them up the gut with J-Stew is the better option.

4. Run Cam Run. Instead of waiting in the pocket for a 15+ yard pass to open up and risking a sack. spend some time picking up a few running yards and sliding. The Falcons love bringing the pressure and blitzing their linebackers. This leaves the middle of the field fairly open for a few steps by our QB and a quick slide. A few of those, and the Falcons will be more hesitant to keep blitzing.

In short, if the Panthers will commit to what the bulk of their offensive salary cap is geared towards, running, they have a shot. If in the first quarter we see draws and slow developing 15+ passing plays, the game is already lost.

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Run the ball and play some freaking defense....sounds kinda old school
on offense...run, screen pass, run, long ball downfield, repeat. when opportunity presents itself cam runs and abuses the falcon defense. occasionally pull out the option just to keep things interesting. have just enough WRs going downfield and throw to them just barely enough to keep the D spread out but run enough that they have to keep 8-9 in the box. play it safe and do what they do best.

on defense...just attack. no soft zone crap. no cushions. go for the INT. blitz like a mofo. no more of this "bend but don't break" crap. just go full out "smash, kill, destroy." don't be afraid to take risks. don't be afraid to gamble.
that's pretty much the only chance the panthers have at winning this game...they have to control the clock and keep the atlanta offense off the field as much as possible...b/c our defense is not equipped to stop that offense...we have got to find a way to get after ryan...he's playing lights out so far this season
One thing about Matty Ice, he sure isn't very agile.

Press and seal and he's a sitting duck.
Took four pages for someone to finally state the one way to beat mat rian. Pressure is he achilles heel. Knock him down, and rough him up, and he will crumble.

The question becomes how to do so? I say play press coverage man to man all over the place. Put Nakamuri back in his usual position. Then rush and play games with whomever is left. Get pressure. Matty no like pressure.

Pressure matt and the routes get shorter, the plays are quicker, and the ball comes out quick. All habits of the please don't hit me QB.

Play tight mano en mano all over the field. With a S deep as protection. Rush everyone else. You ain't coverin no one? Rush mother...

Puts pressure on the LB corp as well. The fcant love those screens. That play is the only play I worry about. Kick Matty butt. And we win.

And that is the bold prediction of the week for me. And GOOOOO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Took four pages for someone to finally state the one way to beat mat rian. Pressure is he achilles heel. Knock him down, and rough him up, and he will crumble.

The question becomes how to do so? I say play press coverage man to man all over the place. Put Nakamuri back in his usual position. Then rush and play games with whomever is left. Get pressure. Matty no like pressure.

Pressure matt and the routes get shorter, the plays are quicker, and the ball comes out quick. All habits of the please don't hit me QB.

Play tight mano en mano all over the field. With a S deep as protection. Rush everyone else. You ain't coverin no one? Rush mother...

Puts pressure on the LB corp as well. The fcant love those screens. That play is the only play I worry about. Kick Matty butt. And we win.

And that is the bold prediction of the week for me. And GOOOOO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


When you say put Nakamura back at his usual position.....you mean the bench, right?

When you say put Nakamura back at his usual position.....you mean the bench, right?


I actually meant 30 yards from the line of scrimmage. That may friend is a FS.

But, I kinda like your idea as well. Maybe it is time for Martin to get back on the field.
CJ needs a big game here...O-line....Ohhhhh-line gotta play your hearts out boys....
CJ needs a big game here...O-line....Ohhhhh-line gotta play your hearts out boys....
We need to stay out of 3rd and long, and lots of other stuff.

My advice...pray hard.
is the "radar" defense atl was using against denver something they've implemented for each game or just a package/gameplan for denver?
I want runs not out of the option formation.......................that's what I want.
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AR-15 Panther
Sep 24 2012 10:19 PM
I fear we will see the read option used way too much again. We are going to have to put up big numbers every game with this defense, and maybe go 7-9 if we are lucky.

With the D we have, terrible o line play and the schedule I'm not feeling overly optimistic about the rest of this season.
In order to win this game we need some really bad officiating in our favor, and for most of the Atlanta starters to not play. IMHO, Atlanta is better than NYG. BOHICA guys, don't say you weren't warned.
This schedule is ASS. We are already bout to play our third divison game. When the hell other teams in the division gonna start playing each other?
anyone realize that the falcons haven't played any NFC teams yet.

not sure that has anything to do with anything really, but i believe that the NFC is much tougher than the AFC. once they start playing NFC teams we'll see their record take a dip. that probably won't start with us this weekend but i'm positive it will happen.

oh....and the way the giants look i'll take them over the falcons. eli>>>ryan. giants D>>>falcons D. i don't think that the falcons WRs are much better than the falcons and who they have throwing them the ball eliminates any advantage roddy and julio might have.

I fear we will see the read option used way too much again. We are going to have to put up big numbers every game with this defense, and maybe go 7-9 if we are lucky.

With the D we have, terrible o line play and the schedule I'm not feeling overly optimistic about the rest of this season.


Won't be an issue if Stewart is ready.

This schedule is ASS. We are already bout to play our third divison game. When the hell other teams in the division gonna start playing each other?

it will all balance out.

imo, the first quarter of the schedule was probably the hardest stretch for us. the saints are probably going to see a lot more of the same. the bucs have probably peaked. the falcons have yet to run into the really challenging part of their schedule. they've got what should be two easy games before their bye (redskins and raiders) and then they are going to start going downhill a bit.

is the "radar" defense atl was using against denver something they've implemented for each game or just a package/gameplan for denver?

We caught Philip Rivers with it
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AR-15 Panther
Sep 26 2012 02:15 AM

Won't be an issue if Stewart is ready.


If our O line plays like it has two out of the three games we've played so far, I don't think Stewart will do much better than Williams with the read option.
If the Panthers are successful running the ball and stick with it they stand a good chance.

How many times have we seen the OC stop using the run even when it is working?

If he gives up on the run this Sunday the Panthers will not win.