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Posted on: October 1, 2008 12:09 pm
 

The Blog written before Week 5

Weak title I know but seriously.....the first quarter of the season has gone and passed us real rapid. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was listening to the first of many "Mason's Minutes" on the website as training camp started. We could be 4-0 if Goings picked up a block and Fox didn't call a timeout or we could be 1-3 (Giving ourselves the Falcons win). Obviously, it's been fun for a Panthers fan but I just wanted to break down the positives and the negatives of so far and make a valid unbiased assumption of what we can expect in quarter 2 of the season.

Positive 1:
Defense:
It is probably the most overlooked fact of our success thus far. No one will ever put us in a category of best defenses this season and I am perfectly fine with the NFL and everyone else kissing the Cowboys' asses, while pulling for the Packers and defending the Giants. But first of all, our run defense has been phenomenal stopping the NFL's premier backs. First four running backs weve played have been the top 4 backs in the league thus far. Not one got over a 100 on us. Also, under the radar our pass defense is ranked second in the NFC. Chris Harris is unreal at stripping and we are getting interceptions and on top of that we are getting a lot of chances at interceptions (Gamble's hands.....what happened to his buckeye days?) Defense keeps playing like this, we are gonna keep winning.

Positive 2:
Kickoffs
Rhys Lllyod has a lead foot. End of discussion

Positive 3:
Balance
Stewart and Williams are even. Passing and Running are even. Moose and Smith are even. Blocked punts to not blocked punts are close to even. But seriously, keeping a balanced offense is what we need. We saw how we tried to only run the first half and only pass the second half made us look stupid against Minnesota. But we saw how we looked great against Atlanta (ok i know it was atlanta)



Negative 1:
Penalties
Cmon guys

Negative 2:
Punt team
Cmon guys

Negative 3:
Play calling
I know its safe, I know its right and I can't argue with wins....but can we stop calling draws on second down. What is also safe is stretch plays behind Otah, Screens to Smith, Dives to Stewart. Playing it safe is fine by me thats just how Ive been brought up as a Panthers fan....but lets switch it up.



Future:

We keep playing with "its our house mentality" (~beason) and playing tough on defense. Our offense is only gonna get better and we are gonna keep winning. We can't get comfortable but we can definately let the momentum build.
Category: NFL
Posted on: September 15, 2008 10:17 am
 

The Blog about number 43

Are you kidding me with this guy?......Seriously, are you kidding me?  I guess leading the league in Forced Fumbles for one season wasn't enough.  I guess playing against his old teammates didn't keep him shy.  Chris Harris, slowly becoming the best player on this defense.  Peppers still sack less is making a difference and there is a character limit so I can't even talk about Beason.  But Chris Harris, as he gathers all the accolades for his 2 CRUCIAL forced fumbles the past 2 games had a hit that I can't find anywhere on this highlights.  Down by the goaline, back of the endzone sure touchdown - OH WAIT Chris Harris delivers the hammer.  Saves a touchdown keeps them to a field goal.  Last time I checked we won by 3, they score, you add 4 to their score we lose --- simple math for an engineering major but the big number that Harris is keeping is the 0 in the loss column.

OH YEA  - the rook played good too
Category: NFL
Posted on: August 4, 2008 2:06 pm
 

The Blog about Week's 1 and 2

Remember 2 seasons ago when we didn't have Smith the first two weeks due to injury; we lost both games.  The first game we dropped to Atlanta and our offense sucked.  Partly, OK Mainly, because Smith came off record breaking numbers and we didn't have him to rely on but also partly because John Abraham used the Madden Unblockable Cheat and ruined the dream of starting 1-0.  The second game we played Minnesota and we lost because of a fake field goal, a fake-actual-unplanned-eradic reverse punt return we attempted/accidently did.  The game went to overtime.  Then the next four games we had Stevie back and before we knew it- we were 4-2.

I'm not worried but I am biased.  I believe.    I say that our defense will be missing no one, even if Lucas doesn't play, it wouldn't be the worse thing being that Richard Marshall and Gamble are just as capable.  But also, our offense shouldn't be as one dimensional as it was in the past.  Our O-Line is HUGE, literally HUGE.  The first two games will be an opportunity to establish the running game with Stewart/D-Will back there.  Also, (I'M NOT SAYING THAT OUR RUNNING BACKS ARE A.P.) last season Adrian Peterson had his two biggest games against the "fericious" defenses of San Diego and Chicago. Another thing that is in our favor is that San Diego and Chicago are gonna be teams that want to run the ball a lot.  That chews up clock, slows down the game and gives our defense a chance to get stops easier.  I mean if we were playing the Colts and Manning just ate us apart ever 5 plays.  Our offense would be down before the game started and we wouldn't be able to run and the absence of number 89 on the field would just get worse and worse.  All I am saying is that imagine this.....Imagine we go to San Diego and run the ball consistently.  Moose and Hackett have nice games, Dante Rosario and Jeff King have 3,4 catches each, and our defense plays solid and we steal a win.  Then we go home to play Chicago.  Charles Godfrey, Richard Marshall and Beason all have picks.  Peppers just eats one of Orton/Grossman's limbs and we win a battle just from our defense carrying us.  Now we are 2-0 and we get the most passionate player in the NFL back.  You know he is gonna want it more than ever.  Delhomme is pumped, our offense has an extra pep in their step and the season starts.


Like i said, i know I'm biased
Posted on: July 25, 2008 5:35 pm
 

The Blog about Delhomme's Health

I know that no one has come back from Tommy John Surgery, I know that it is a long surgery with a long recovery time....but what i also know is that if Jake goes down so does our offense no matter how many first round draft picks we gave up.  The issue about Favre was never anything more than speculation to me and I never got worried because I know that Jake is our guy.  Stevie and Jake has a bond that is very underrated among fellow quarterbacks/receiver combos """cough"""" Harrison Manning""""" cough""""".   Even though Matt Moore did a terrific job last year for us- he is not Jake.  If Jake does stay healthy he has a Steve Smith who got 1000 yards last year without a quarterback, O-line, running game nor another significant reciever.  I mean being that we lost David Carr to a tough free agency period, it is even more important for Jake not to get hurt.  But seriously, with the additions of Moose, Hackett, Barnidge, Stewart, Otah, (insert 300 pound guards name here) along with a developing Ryne Robinson, Jeff King, DeAngelo Williams, Ryan Kalil and (OMG IM GONNA SAY IT) Dwayne "DWI" Jarrett......Jakes health is my only concern
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