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Game Grades - Panthers at Bucs

Sep 10 2012 06:15 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
The atmosphere at Raymond James Stadium was electric. The Bucs fans brought their enthusiasm and were recharged with tributes to Ronde Barber on the jumbo tron all game long. Video tributes by fan favorites like Derrick Brook, Mike Alstott, Tony Dungy. It was a celebration atmosphere and it helped keep the momentum for the Bucs.

Hopefully the Panthers will have reason to celebrate this Sunday. On with the grades...

Offense:

No one notified me the Panthers would be showing their own tribute to 2010 by mimicking the anemic offense. Sloppy, undisciplined, and uninspired.

Two stats sum up the offensive, and by offensive I mean offensive, woes of the Panthers.

- 10 yards rushing total
- 2 for 10 on 3rd round conversions

Throw those two stats into any game this season, and it is a guaranteed Panthers loss.

Offensive Grade - F

Defense:

While many fans are moaning about the defense, they did manage to hold a team in their own stadium on opening day to under 17 points. That should be good enough to win the game given an adequate offensive effort.

Jon Beason returned to form with 10 tackles, 9 of them solo. Much maligned Greg Hardy was second with 8 tackles, 6 of them solo. So there were some bright spots to talk about.

All in all, not a dominating performance, but they did manage to hold the Bucs to less than 17 points despite being on the field for nearly 40 minutes.

Defensive Grade: B-

Special Teams

Bobbled balls, blocked punt. On a day the Panthers needed perfect Special Teams play, they got below average instead. While they were adequate on containing the Bucs' returns, they were inept in other facets of the game.

Special Teams Grade: D

Coaching

Ron Rivera, you were out coached by the finest college football mind New Jersey had to offer. That isn't a glowing testimonial. While it is difficult to game plan against an unknown, the Bucs did nothing spectacular in terms of game plan. In fact, they were quite vanilla.

Your team must be better prepared, mentally tougher, and execute better. This falls on you.

Coaching Grade - D-

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Can you go more in-depth with these grades? They don't really tell anyone anything but the obvious. Giving this offense an F because of the lack of running tells me nothing about how well the passing game did. Give a different rating to the different positions, the coordinators, first/second half performance, etc. Overall, yes, let's give the offense an F, but there's a lot more you could tell us. I mean, we all saw the game. We know what 10 rushing yards means and that it's bad. Give us more credit than that, Zod. This isn't our first season watching football.

Is this your own grading on the team?

Bc Offense played like a D+ and Deffense played like a C-, not B-.

I said it many times already, our Defense looked better in the second half bc of a rookie coach staying honest and managing the game. If it was a team like N.O., we'd be blown out. Quit looking at stats and the score.


Defense held the Bucs to 1/7 on third down in the second half. The object of ball/clock control offense is to keep the ball for as long as possible and to keep the clock running. Not to run three and outs and punt the ball. Our offense, particularly the o-line (and more specifically our two guards), poo the bed and didn't hold up their part of the bargain.

The defense deserves the B. They played a soft cover two zone to start the game because they didn't know what to expect from the offense. Even though the cover two gave up underneath passes on those first two drives, it did not give up big plays. Once we adjusted the defense to really go against what the bucs were doing, they locked that poo down and the Bucs offense went to poo.
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carolina-chuck
Sep 10 2012 11:58 AM

Defense held the Bucs to 1/7 on third down in the second half. The object of ball/clock control offense is to keep the ball for as long as possible and to keep the clock running. Not to run three and outs and punt the ball. Our offense, particularly the o-line (and more specifically our two guards), poo the bed and didn't hold up their part of the bargain.

The defense deserves the B. They played a soft cover two zone to start the game because they didn't know what to expect from the offense. Even though the cover two gave up underneath passes on those first two drives, it did not give up big plays. Once we adjusted the defense to really go against what the bucs were doing, they locked that poo down and the Bucs offense went to poo.


Defense was a bit better but dnt let the stats fooled you. Schiano stayed honest and manage the game by running the ball with a rookie back. To kill the clock and put Cam on the sideline. That's why it was three and outs for the Bucs.

I gurantee you that if Schiano came back in the second half throwing those little "dump offs" and short passes and aimed for a high scoring game, they would've accomplish just that.

Defense was a bit better but dnt let the stats fooled you. Schiano stayed honest and manage the game by running the ball with a rookie back. To kill the clock and put Cam on the sideline. That's why it was three and outs for the Bucs.

I gurantee you that if Schiano came back in the second half throwing those little dump offs and aimed for a high scoring game, they would've accomplish just that.


You don't play "let's go 3 and out on purpose" with only a 6 point lead. Even a college coach knows that.
I have to add one grade, and that is a big fat "F" for Chud. That was one of the worst gameplans I've ever seen from an offense, followed by extremely poor adjustments as the game progressed.

Trick plays and misdirection are best used once the team thinks you have become predictable, not at the beginning of the game. Pass rush is slowed by a quick passing game, not by slow developing 20 yard routes.

Chud had his head firmly up his butt yesterday, and never took it out.
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carolina-chuck
Sep 10 2012 12:09 PM

You don't play "let's go 3 and out on purpose" with only a 6 point lead. Even a college coach knows that.


They tried to run the clock down! That was Schiano's plan going into the second half. Do you try running the clock down by throwing? No you dnt.

Of course you're going to suffer if you try running the ball the whole second half. Those dump offs little short passes killed us in the first half. If they wanted to keep it up, it would've been just as bad in the 2nd as it did in the 1st.

A rookie coach when holding a 13 points lead going into the second half is not going to come out passing 50 times! WTF people!
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carolina-chuck
Sep 10 2012 12:12 PM

I have to add one grade, and that is a big fat "F" for Chud. That was one of the worst gameplans I've ever seen from an offense, followed by extremely poor adjustments as the game progressed.

Trick plays and misdirection are best used once the team thinks you have become predictable, not at the beginning of the game. Pass rush is slowed by a quick passing game, not by slow developing 20 yard routes.

Chud had his head firmly up his butt yesterday, and never took it out.


I dnt know why loves to run those stupid option plays with Cam taking forever to decides if he keeps the ball or give it to Dwill or whoever.

I was sick of it last year and this year they comes out flying with more of those failed junk.

Gotta do a better job utilizing the backs and Cam.
The defense deserved a better grade, but the offense deserves the "F". Yes, some players on offense played inspired ball, but the poor effort by our O-line was worse than an "F".

I think thats a bit harsh giving the offense and F, I mean cmon, the Panthers played horrible but were still in a position to win. Cam was still able to pass for 300 yards. Also, they scored 2 more touchdowns than they would have with Jimmy Clausen. I say the offense deserves a D but definitely not an F.


We scored one touchdown.
Chudzinski is a mother fuger.

The Jekyll & Hyde of offensive coaching.

That one trick play where the moment it was executed Cam got smashed by 5 or so players.. yeah, let's not do that again until everyone knows how to fuging do it.
I was on a couple flights to Napa and didn't see the game- only read about it. Not only are the grades pretty spot-on, Zod may have been a little generous.

When I saw Cam's numbers- over 300 passing and a couple picks, I was guessing those picks came at very inopportune times (when are they not?). But no running game at all? Against a team that is featured all over in Panther lore .gif world with stiff arms and beat downs?

My guess is Schiano simply took the prime time game of a few seasons back when the Panthers ran at will all over the Bucs and Monte Kiffin essentially called it quits afterwards and used it as a remibder and a game plan.

Ron Rivera and his coaching staff got bitch-slapped by a rookie coach with a rebuilt, young football team who scored a TD and 3 FGs to win. I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I'm still waiting for this Ron Rivera to show up and do what he said he was going to do. For two years everyone has been touting his selection as head coach, and I'm still waiting for any reason that suggests he's anything but an average coach.
Grading scale not accurate. Coaching was a Z. As in zero creativity, zero game planning, and zero adjustments.

Oh and wtf was with the lack of plays to Tolbert. Srsly guys srsly....
It was one of the five worst-coached games in franchise history.
I don't think the Bucs went as conservative as most of you seem in the second half. They utilized a similar offensive game plan, it's just the Panthers did more to stop them. Freeman was sacked at least twice that I remember in the second half, possibly more, when he was able to get the ball out of his hands in the first half. They also called back a 30+ pass on a penalty and Vincent Jackson dropped multiple passes.

Without the penalty and the drops, the second half passing yardage is similar to the first half. The difference was improved defense and worse execution.
i think the grades are more than fair.

regardless of the playcalling, we had the offensive to get into the endzone more than once and get into FG range enough to get more points on the board. they just didn't do their job. coaches and players failed.

the defense did quite enough to keep the game within range for what should have been an easy victory. the offense just didn't do their job.

that crap better get fixed this week. i am confident that they will get it fixed, btw. still, no excuse for that game. no way that next game between us and the bucs should be that close. the bucs threw everything they had at us and still managed to barely squeeze out a win.
O-line usually starts the seaons slow but it pretty darn good by the end of the year. Hopefully they'll pick it up soon. That was ugly.

O-line usually starts the seaons slow but it pretty darn good by the end of the year. Hopefully they'll pick it up soon. That was ugly.



There's a difference between starting off slow and getting beat the way Hangartner and Amini got beat.

Amini is a rookie so you just continue to work with him and hope that he gets better, but there's no excuse for Hangartner.