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Game Grades - Saints at Panthers

Sep 17 2012 05:40 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
This was one of the more electric games to witness in the past three seasons. Although the rain kept some of the seats empty, the crowd was electric. I do have one complaint regarding the crowd, more on that in the grades...

Offense:

Scoring 35 points on any NFL defense is an accomplishment, even if it is against the inept Saints defense. All four members of the "Four Headed Monster" scored touchdowns. Cam Newton played like himself again, gashing the defense for not accounting for his ability to run. Brandon Lafell recovered from an early drop to really have what may be his breakout game.

Bottom line, the offense got it done.

Offensive Grade: A

Defense:

Keeping the Saints to under 30 points is no easy task. Even without Sean Payton they are a very capable offense. Drew Brees was rattled often which was refreshing for Panthers fans to witness.

I love this kid Josh Norman. He was jawing Jimmy Graham the entire game, making sure he knew when Graham came up short. Graham is a cocky player in his own right, it was nice to see him get his mouth closed by a Panther rookie. Towards the end of the game Graham was silent after mouthing off the entire first half.

Jon Beason's deal sealing interception may be the spark that puts him into another pro bowl run. Big Beas is back.

Defensive Grade: A

Fans

Thats right, I am giving the fans in attendance a grade. For those of you many fans that were extremely loud while the Panthers offense was at the goal line trying to score... cut that out. Yes, it is exciting, but your end zone screaming while the Panthers are executing a goal line play hurts the team. The result? Cam's awful looking lateral and a turnover on downs.

Fan Grade: C , for Catch a Clue

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Section 104 fans were pretty crappy. I think the wave started in 105, I'm ashamed to say. It was during a tv timeout, though. As for that 4th down play, an option pitch was the wrong call. Blame the fans all you want, but Tolbert or Cam falling forward picks up that inch.
I swear if I was there I would be the loudest dude in the stadium!
The natural urge for a fan leading up to a big play is to yell and scream. I've done it just like many others. It doesn't make you a bad fan, just an ignorant one. Eventually I learned that when the home team is on offense, the intelligent thing to do is STFU. Go crazy when we get the first down or touchdown or whatever. But it is a fact that the offense is at a disadvantage when the crowd is going nuts and they are struggling to hear the QB.

Hey Zod, what would you give Greg Schisno and that call at the end of the Giants game?



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Yeah Panther fans have a problem with making too much noise when the offense has the ball. But the Bears, with one of the oldest and most established fan bases in existence, also have the same problem. Fans in general are pretty dumb.
Coaching - A.

Nice recovery from a bad game plan that was taken out of their control last week. Our second half adjustment with Anderson lining up of Graham not giving him an easy release and we got great pressure with the front 4. This is a game we can build upon.

Easy.. I was there. I wasn't stating they know how to fill their stadium, I was saying they know how to act when their team is on the field. Sorry if I didn't clarify that better. It wasn't half empty either... it was about 3/4 filled, which still sucks, but not half.

They were quiet on the Bucs offensive plays, and extremely loud on defensive plays. That was the only thing I was saying they did better than us, because I've been to both places, and BofA is loud no matter which side of the ball we're on. Like Zod said, it can be a hinderence to our guys.


Yeah the wave on offense is one of my pet peeves. Then again all the Panthers would have to do is use the sign banner running along the stadium between the first and second level and say quiet on offense or get loud when we are on defense. If you want our fans to be educated then teach them how to act. Fans aren't born knowing the rules. Most other venues tell the fans when to get quiet and when to get loud. Bobcats and the Checkers surely do. Blame the Panthers for part of that too.

Yeah the wave on offense is one of my pet peeves. Then again all the Panthers would have to do is use the sign banner running along the stadium between the first and second level and say quiet on offense or get loud when we are on defense. If you want our fans to be educated then teach them how to act. Fans aren't born knowing the rules. Most other venues tell the fans when to get quiet and when to get loud. Bobcats and the Checkers surely do. Blame the Panthers for part of that too.

Completely agree. It's not just the fans' fault on this... they did a good job of "coaching" the crowd at Ray-Jay. I'd like to see BofA have some sort of sign going for when to be quiet on offense, and when to blast the decibel meters to hell and back on defense. Would make for more of a community experience for everyone.
I hate Steelers fans and Ben but their stadium does have a thing that goes up on the Jumbo tron saying "Quiet Ben at Work" while on offense. Maybe the panthers could have something like that.
just a couple comments... I don't understand why after almost 20 years of NFL in Charlotte, the fans don't understand that when the offense is on the field, it should be quiet.
Next... I don't understand how some rain could keep a REAL fan from going to the stadium....
I happen to agree with the grades and will also state this was likely the most complete game the Panthers have put together against a quality opponent since drafting Cam Newton.

However, after so many years of attending Panther games at Ericsson and BOA Stadium, I will also unequivocally state that the vast majority of football fans attending said games have no friggin' clue how to behave/react/cheer/root for the home team. It is a pathetic, embarrassing and amateurish display of game ignorance that is likely unparalleled in the league. Help us all if someone decides to do a sports piece in USA Today or some similar media outlet about the dumbest fans in the NFL, because Carolina would be very close to the top.

to all those people wondering how we were going to stop jimmy graham....there you go.

I am sorry but I failed to see us stopping him