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Game Grades - Seahawks at Panthers

What could have been a glorious return to winning ended up feeling like the same old routine.

On with the grades.

Offense:

Scoring seven points will not win you any games in the NFL. That said, it is hard to figure how the Panthers only managed to score only seven points. Cam played reasonably well. The offensive line and the running backs looked good. The weakest link of the offense appeared to be options in the passing game not named Steve Smith. Brandon Lafell had the best camp and preseason of his career, yet disappeared when it counted. Tedd Ginn was open from time to time down the field but wasn't seen by Cam.

If I had to put it down to one thing, it would be an overall lack of aggressiveness. The offense appeared happy to slowly move up and down the field with no sense of urgency. The offense did not impose it's will at any time in the second have, merely took what the defense was giving them. Winning offenses attack, they don't settle.

Offensive Grade - D

Defense:

This defense has me excited. Already, it is easy to see great improvement over last season. Star Lotulelei provided more push up the middle since a guy named Kris Jenkins played for the Panthers. The linebacking trio of Beason, Kuechly, and Davis looked to be the best in the NFC, Charles Godfrey looked great in the safety blitz packages. A few miscues in the secondary cost the Panthers some yardage, but all in all you cannot ask for more. Holding a team who scored 30+ points a game last season to 12 points is a solid performance and a reason for hope.

Defensive Grade - A

Special Teams:

Aside from a couple of bone headed penalties from Armond Smith, the Special Teams unit was good. They didn't allow Tate to make any great returns. Nortman's booming punts were a thing of beauty and Gano's kickoffs gave the Panthers great field position. Josh Thomas had a terrible touch on a live ball that kept the Seahawks drive alive.

I am going to break this down into three grades.

Armond Smith - F

Josh Thomas - F

Everyone not named Armond Smith or Josh Thomas- A

Coaching:

Like last season, the Panthers at times looked unprepared and undisciplined. This falls directly on the shoulders of Head Coach Ron Rivera. While his defensive unit looked fantastic, his offensive unit simply did not get it done. The Panthers must have an aggressive attacking mentality on offense if they have any post season hopes this year.

Coaching Grade - C-


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i concur 100%

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Can't say I'd give Josh Thomas an A on special teams

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I thought they scored twelve.

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I definitely wouldn't give ST an A. Ginn was swarmed by Seahawks on every PR and had to call far too many fair catches. Their gunners were getting to him untouched.

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Everyone on ST not named Armond Smith also turned the ball over, so I can't see giving them more than a C.

Josh Thomas certainly deserves an F by his lonesome.

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Umm, the special teams did have a turnover. The score was 12-7, not 13-7. I'll concur that we should have been more aggressive, but we were in position to win.

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Can't say I'd give Josh Thomas an A on special teams

 

Agreed. I would give him an F as well.

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Yea, got to disagree with the special teams grade.  Punt returns were non existent.  

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hmmm... must have blocked that god awful play out of my memory.

 

Grade adjusted to reflect Josh Thomas's dumbassery

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Brandon LaFell

Armond Smith

Charles Godfrey

Josh Thomas

Frank Alexander

Deangelo Williams

 

All get F-

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Brandon LaFell

Armond Smith

Charles Godfrey

Josh Thomas

Frank Alexander

Deangelo Williams

 

All get F-

 

huh?

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No way the defense gets a A, the front seven maybe. To many miscues in the secondary, for that high of a grade.

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Godfrey had a sack on a nice blitz but then gave up a huge play by being out of position the way he always is...

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So we played very good against the run, what about the pass? We have Pats, Saints and falcons to worry about.

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No way the defense gets a A, the front seven maybe. Two many miscues in the secondary, for that high of a grade.

 

Holding the Seahawks to 12 points should be enough to win the game. Thats all you need to know.

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huh?

 

Godfrey looks like the exact same player he has always been, a subpar safety.

 

He was late and took terrible angles. It's fuggin inexcusable at this point in his career.

 

And I'm being tough on Dwill, but he did have two fumbles, one of them lost us the game. The other easily could've took a lucky bounce and changed the game even earlier on.

 

These guy's aren't fugging rookies anymore.

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I still dont know what the fug Thomas was thinking on that punt return. I swear some of these guys just leave there brain in the locker before they come out on the field and it cost us everytime.

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As far as the 2nd half goes....we only had 3 drives. 1 of which was a nice one down to the Seattle 8....

There weren't lots of chances.

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Godfrey looks like the exact same player he has always been, a subpar safety.

 

He was late and took terrible angles. It's fuggin inexcusable at this point in his career.

 

And I'm being tough on Dwill, but he did have two fumbles, one of them lost us the game. The other easily could've took a lucky bounce and changed the game even earlier on.

 

These guy's aren't fugging rookies anymore.

I'm too tired to beat the Godfrey drum any longer.....that is why he got moved to SS. Godfrey is forever late giving help to a CB. I just think Godfrey has a low football IQ....bc he has the physical tools to be good. He just never can get where he needs to be consistantly when in the FS role.

I prefer him as a blitzing fleshbomb.

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We should start Mikell and Mitchell and use Godfrey for blitz packages.

 

 

And I really wanna see what Melvin White could do at safety...

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Offense: D couldn't score the ball, or execute when needed

Defense: B the front 7 played very good,the secondary sucked. 

ST: C didn't allow Seattle anything but didn't do much for us either.

Coaching: C no balls with weak sauce.

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DWill a F tf?

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Seattle won, and they are not that impressive.  We lost.  Sure a few bright spots for us, but overall not that impressive either, especially  with all the talk of starting strong.  Panthers overall grade D.  Coaching F----.  Can 'em NOW.

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Im watching all these RBs run the ball and all of them know to cover it up once they get past the line of scrimmage and in the open field. How the fug did D WIll forget that??!!! Man i am not gonna stop thinking about this anytime soon.

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I thought the secondary was not good at all.  They allowed too many people uncovered.  I think it might be scheme.  They would put one guy out wide and 2 guys in the slot and we tried to cover the 2 inside guys with one corner  five yards back and Godfrey 15 yards  back. The linebacker wasn't covering them past 6 to 8 yards given the focus on stopping the run. We just weren't fundamentally sound.  That needs to get fixed.  Can't give them more than a C-.  How many passed did we break up or intercept?  

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