Monday, December 27, 2004

Foxhole: Secret of our success

from the officail site of the Carolina Panthers
On injuries: Keary Colbert: ankle. It was not a concussion on Ricky (Proehl), just a hard hit that (caused) him to sit out a little bit.

On the extent of Colbert's ankle injury: I don't know any more now that I did yesterday. We'll just evaluate him come Wednesday.

On Colbert's production this season: Keary has played very well for us. I think he's a mature young man that really prepares himself like a professional. I think that's a big reason for his success. He's been well schooled. He runs excellent routes. He knows a lot of different positions for us. He's a very smart football player and a very competitive guy. He's somebody that we're glad we selected and look for many more good years to come.

On the Panthers not giving up when their record was 1-7: I think everybody involved had their hand in it. The young guys getting schooled up quickly. The veterans helping them along the way. The coaching staff remaining encouraging. Just trying to get better. I think it's been a lot of hard work by a lot of people.

On the chemistry between quarterback Jake Delhomme and wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad: When you have success, that kind of thing has to develop. We made some adjustments early in the season as far as different people in there. They've got something special going, and I think that's an important reason why we're having the success we are and the success we had yesterday.

On defenses not being able to take Muhammad away: Moose is a very high-level competitor. He challenges himself every week. I think our coaching staff does an excellent job of not allowing that to happen as much as possible. They either design ways to run or design ways to get the ball to other people when that occurs. The combination of Jake and Moose being pinpoint in what they're doing as well as the coaching staff of doing a nice job of not letting that happen.

On disguising Muhammad as a blocker: If they put eight men in the box, then they are in some kind of one-deep coverage, so it's hard to double. They have to double the running game.

On Delhomme's improvement over the last eight games: Other than get better, his decision making has sped up. I think our protection has been better. We are executing better. It's 11 guys being on the same page, so you look more like a well oiled machine than a clunker. This is his second year as a full-time starter. He just keeps getting better. There was a lot of talk early in the season when we struggling, wondering if he was a one-hit wonder. I don't think anybody here, both players or coaches, ever doubted his capabilities. I think he's showing everybody that now.

On if he wishes he could have back any players that are on injured reserve: You can't look back. You can't look ahead. You've got to deal with the present. I would like to have them all back. The reality is you can't have any of them back, so I don't spend much energy on it.

On taking things one game at a time: All of our focus is on the last regular season game. You could almost view that as a playoff game. None of those other things are possible unless we take care of business this Sunday, so all of our focus will be on this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

On New Orleans: They beat Tampa last week. They've won three in a row. They are playing good football right now, and it will be a tough contest against a division opponent here at our place. We expect their best, and I expect our best.

On the Saints turning their season around: They've been similar to us. They were at a low spot, and every team in this League goes through that, believe it or not. It's no fun coming in on Monday after a loss. You put a lot of time and effort into it. It's no fun for anybody, the fans, players, coaches or owners. You've just got to keep swinging the sword. They have done that and have fought themselves back into it. We expect it to be a very, very competitive game come Sunday.

On his friendship with New Orleans head coach Jim Haslett: We coached together (in Oakland). Jim's a good friend and somebody that I respect. Except on Sunday, he's going to be trying to beat our brains out and we're going to be trying to beat his brains out. That's what we do. But I have a lot of respect for Jim and a lot of respect for what they've done this year.

On the death of Reggie White: It's very tragic. I didn't know Reggie real well, but the times I talked to him and the times I was around him, I have a lot of respect for him, both on and off the field. I know he impacted this organization and players that are still on this football team. Our heart and prayers go out to his family. I know this is hard this close to Christmas. But he's in a better place, and we just hope that everybody's doing fine that's here with his family.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Panthers pick on Rams

from NFL.com
The Carolina Panthers continued their rampage by recording a team record six interceptions against St. Louis quarterback Chris Chandler in a 20-7 victory Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The victory, Carolina's fifth straight, improves the Panthers record to 6-7. They travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons December 18.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Seattle 23; Carolina 17

Well it is November now and Halloween is over. With the masks off and our tummies aching after too many trips to the Lombardi candy bowl we have to face some of these Cardiac Facts:

1) We do not have an offensive staff or philosophy that is going carry this team forward. (To spell it out, Dan Henning must go)

2) Our Defense is not as good as we all think

3) We have lost our ability to be special on special teams

4) We have only had a 'dominating' running game 1 out of 10 seasons. We are better known for injured runners.

5) Steve Smith is sorely missed

The Cardiac Cats of last season were indeed a fraud in more than just stealing a name. We had some good breaks and the players believed enough to play to the bitter end and we made the Superbowl because of it. Yet here we are back to being the Patsy Panthers, and what is worse is that this team is playing at a level inferior to the 2001 1-15 team. Our offensive schemes are too dependant on certain players and injuries have just made us an easy win for any team we face. While losing Jenkins is critical to the front four, the loss of belief in the system by the players is why nobody on the field can tackle a room full of mannequins.

At 1-6 the playoff hope is now just an outside mathematical probability. The Panthers should still play to win every week for we need to find out who needs to stay and who needs to waived. But what I am going to expect this off-season is some changes to the staff. I still am fully behind John Fox and Marty Hurney. But I am going to expect them to face the facts this off-season and make the changes needed to build consistency into this program, pride in building on a legacy each season by the players and finally a team that will one day truly deserves it's own nickname....


Panthers insider.com

Monday, September 27, 2004

DeShaun Foster left us in awe

DeShaun Foster played a fantastic game, and showed us that he can perform to the kind of standards that we set for the Panthers this year. J. Delhomme played a great game but we really need to work on the turnovers or else we wont be so lucky and we will loose on turnovers. Lets get pumped up for next weekend and I hope we got the rest on the bye this week because we are going to need it for the undefeated Falcons. I know for a fact we are just as capable if not more capable this year, we just need to come together as a team and get some wins. Lets stop the Falcons in their tracks!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Preseason for nothing?

After shutting out all the teams in the preseason, all looked well, but the the opener against the packers is was just the opposite. We were playing sloppy out on the field and it would lead us ultimatley to defeat. Our O line led Delhomme to rush his passes therefore causing incomplete passes, an interception, and 2 fumbles. This is unacceptable for a team that was the underdog that made it to the Superbowl last year. This weekend against the Chiefs we need to redeem ourselves or there is no telling what kind of slum we could get ourselves into. Now lets get'em Panthers!

Monday, September 06, 2004

Cuts

Eddie Jackson and Terrance Shaw were released before the cap off date when they needed to have 53 players maximum. On a better note, we are leading the whole entire league by being the only team who won all their preseason games! We have really proven ourselves to the nation so lets keep it up guys and lets get us a ring this time when we get to the SuperBowl!!!!!

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Redemption

After loosing the extremely close Superbowl earlier this year, beating the Patriots 20-17 after Adam Vinatieri missed a 56 yard field field goal.. The same Adam Vinatieri who led the Patriots to a victory during the Superbowl. Not only did we redeem ourselves from the Championship, our pre-season has been perfect so far and this is season is looking fantastic. I've been watching the Panthers for years, and I havn't seen a season with this much anticipation. I can't wait to see what other suprises our Panthers have for us! WOOO GO PANTHERS!

Saturday, August 21, 2004

WOO Lets make the streak 3!!!!

We have won our last 2 games and we are looking really great so far and ...We are back to the superbowl matchup and we are going to make it a good one. This should be a really exciting game to see the Superbowl all over again! Even though this is still pre-season, we have to show the rest of the world that we didn't get to the Superbowl by luck. Now lets get out there and beat the Patriots! GOOOOOOO PANTHERS!

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Lets get another great season started!

Even though we came home empty-handed last year, Its still a feat in itself to bypass all the odds and make it to the Superbowl. With Jake Delhomme ready to be back in action alone with all the rookies, we dont need to hope for another great season, its just a matter of time. Ofcourse we are also happy for the return of Mark Fields after being out all season while toughly battling Hodgkin's disease. Lets get back to the Superbowl and lets start of by beating the Chiefs today!

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Panthers Schedule

Here's the new 2004 Carolina Panthers' Schedule from NFL.com:

2004 Preseason
Date Opponent Time/Result
Aug. 14 at Washington 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 19 New York 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 28 New England 8:00 p.m.
Sept. 2 at Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m.

2004 Schedule
Date Opponent Result
Sept. 13 Green Bay 9:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Kansas City 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 Open Date
Oct. 3 Atlanta 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Denver 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Philadelphia 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 San Diego 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 at Seattle 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 7 Oakland 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 14 at San Francisco 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 21 Arizona 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 28 Tampa Bay 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 5 at New Orleans 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 12 St. Louis 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 18 at Atlanta 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 26 at Tampa Bay 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 2 New Orleans 1:00 p.m.



All times are Eastern


Thursday, July 22, 2004

New Panther Blog

Hey folks, just getting up and running here for now.  I'll have regular updates soon though, so come back!