Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Cowboys Beat Panthers in Final Seconds

Well the Panthers missed a golden opportunity to secure a playoff spot and the Cowboys took it away. Jake Delhomme had a good game of finding his receivers and making few mistakes. We forced a fumble on a kick off and recovered the ball in a bold combination of moves by Jermaine Hardy and Sean Tufts that resulted in a touchdown. None of it was enough as the Dallas team quickly answered with an explosive drive ending in a rushing touchdown by Julius Jones. After our comeback the Cowboys pulled out another last minute win by scoring a touchdown with 24 seconds to go. Atlanta is going to be even tougher to beat so the Panthers had better be prepared.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Nail Biting End of Season Run

Well we clinched first place with grace and style on Sunday. Our game against the New Orleans Saints in Baton Rouge was near perfect. We allowed only10 points and scored 27. The Saints were a strong opponent yet pose little threat compared to the Dallas Cowboys whom we meet on Saturday. They lost their game against the top rated Redskins so hopefully we can capitalize on defense like the Redskins did and foil the Cowboys passing game. We need to be worried because the Cowboys have been pretty lucky this season and have pulled out some fourth quarter miracles

Monday, December 12, 2005

Bucs’ Shadow Falls on Panthers

The Carolina Panthers lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-20 on Sunday. The Bucs converted on third down way more than the Panthers and the Bucs held on to the ball for four more minutes than the Panthers. Overall they were the better team and the dominant force for the entirety of the game. The Buccaneers rushing game way overshadowed ours 114-82. This came as the shocking end to our five game winning streak and the Panthers poor performance really disappointed many fans. Tampa had a lot riding on this game, more than we did, and they were fired up because of it.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Foster, Delhomme and the Panthers Defense

The Carolina Panthers 24-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons was a joy to watch. DeShaun Foster was responsible for 180 yards of total offense and out of that, scored a pair of touchdowns and rushed for 131 yards. Our defense was effective against the run and that’s saying something because the Falcons are considered the NFL’s number one rushing squad. Jake Delhomme was on his game throwing two touchdowns and plenty of passes to Steve Smith, who racked up 65 yards and a touchdown. The defense however deserves the award. They sacked Michael Vick five times and picked off two interceptions holding him to 18 completions for the game.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Carolina to Face Some Pretty Heavy Hitters

The Carolina Panthers schedule is getting heavy in the next few weeks. We will be playing all playoff contending teams with Atlanta, the Buccaneers, the Cowboys and then the Falcons again. We will see the New Orleans Saints again as well and they beat us once this season already. The Panthers win against the Buffalo Bills is definitely a good start to a tough end of season schedule. We got pretty fired up late in what looked like it was going to be a loss. Michael Gaines scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter off a pass from Jake Delhomme. After our loss to the Chicago Bears and the Panthers slow start against the Bills, it looked like we were losing our edge. But it does look like we have the strength and the talent to win some of these next conference match ups.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Bears Hug Jake Delhomme

Unfortunately our Carolina Panthers lost to the Chicago Bears on Sunday and it wasn’t pretty. It is not that we played badly, we just couldn’t break the Bears defensive line nor could we avoid their perfectly executed pass rush. Overall we were beaten early as it became evident that we were not going to get into the end zone. The Bears goal line was well protected by Brian Urlacher and Adewale Ogunleye. Jake Delhomme was sacked eight times by the brutish Bears defense and we just couldn’t stop them. Now is the time to put this behind us, as fullback Brad Hoover says. We have to focus on the Buffalo Bills now and forget we ever played the Chicago Bears.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bollinger QB for the Panthers?

The Panthers pounded the New York Jets this weekend 30-3. The Panthers defense was working hard and the Jets under Coach Herm were playing pretty well all the way into the fourth quarter. We rushed for a lot of yards and the Jets held Steve Smith to just 34 yards. It wasn’t enough because in the last quarter Ken Lucas got two key interceptions, Stephen Davis got his touchdown and Chris Gamble got his own interception fueling the Panthers fire. Will Witherspoon had to get some of that Brooks Bollinger action too with his own interception that resulted in his first NFL touchdown ever. Overall the Panthers looked awesome winning their sixth game in a row.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Carolina Panthers Losing to Miami

The Carolina Panthers rolled over for the Miami Dolphins, losing by a field goal in the fourth quarter, making it a 27-24 victory for the Dolphins. Steve Smith had a great day with three touchdown passes from Jake Delhomme. But they still could not hold back Miami in the fourth, with Lance Schulters intercepting the ball with 2 minutes to go, setting up Olindo Mare for the winning field goal—it was a very exciting two minutes for the Dolphins.

Carolina’s next game will be against the Green Bay Packers at home on Monday Night Football. Carolina should come out ahead in this game but you can never count Brett Favre out.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Carolina Panthers Win Over New England

Carolina Panthers beat the New England Patriots 27-17. Who knew the Panthers could come in to this game looking for respect after losing to the New Orleans Saints on their opening day? For a team to come in and score in every quarter, it makes it hard for the other team to have a chance. The next game for the Carolina Panthers is against Miami Dolphins in Miami, Florida. Both teams are coming into this game being 1-1 so both teams want to get a jumpstart on having a winning season. Too bad there can be only one winner and one loser.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Panthers, Get Ready for a Long Season

Carolina Panthers hosting the New Orleans Saints and losing 23-20. Some people were saying, how can the New Orleans Saints keep their mind on this season after what happened to the Saints’ home town of New Orleans? After seeing the game on Sunday--their mind and their heart was all in the game! This is only the beginning for the New Orleans Saints; they face a very long season ahead of them. The Saints’ next game will be against the New York Giants on Monday night football. This will be a tough game but the Saints have the talent and half the nation cheering for them this season, and I’m one of them. It’s got to be tough not playing at home and always on the road. That is what I call heart. If you would like to make a donation, please visit http://www.redcross.org/.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

He is Back

DeShaun Foster did a great job in place of Stephan Davis until he was injured as well. In fact the Panthers had a tough time running the ball in general last season when both star running backs went down.

The good news is that Davis is back and ready for action. After what seemed to be like a career ending surgery, Davis's progress is putting smiles on the faces of his coaches. Davis as of now is working on his cuts which are something he was very good at. Hopefully he will be back in full force.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

OLB Thomas Davis

- excerpt from ESPN.com

Davis redshirted in 2001 and started four games at safety as a redshirt freshman in 2002 before taking over as a fulltime starting OLB for the Bulldogs as a sophomore in 2003. He had a breakout season in 2003 with 138 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and one interception. As a senior in 2004, Davis was moved back to the DS position and earned 1st team All-American and 1st team All-SEC. He missed one game (Kentucky) due to injury in 2004 but still led the Bulldogs with 81 total tackles and finished with five TFL, three sacks and one INT. Davis is a 'tweener DS/OLB prospect that could play either position in the NFL. The way it looks now, after showing up at the combine at 230 pounds and running the 40-yard dash in the high 4.6's, Davis is headed the OLB route.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Panthers trade P Sauerbrun

- excerpt taken from the official site of the Carolina Panthers

Carolina has traded punter Todd Sauerbrun to Denver in exchange for punter Jason Baker and the Broncos 2006 seventh-round draft choice. Sauerbrun spent four years with the Panthers and ranks as the team's career leader in gross average and punts inside the 20. Baker, a four-year NFL veteran, compiled a 38.8 gross average and 31.6 net average in 2004 while playing for Kansas City, Indianapolis and Denver.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Trade gone, maybe

Carolina Panthers Todd Sauerbrun has been one of the hot topics on possible trade negotiations recently. The current trade is set to the Denver Broncos for a seventh round draft choice in 2006. Apparently a few issues, among them money issues as always, are keeping the deal from going through. The Panthers have a few salary cap issues to look out for and Sauerbrun and his agent David Canter are trying to figure out the best way at restructuring Sauerbrun’s next few years contract.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

MINICAMP MAYHEM:

- from FOXSports.com

The coaching staff was very pleased with the performance of WR Drew Carter, who missed last season with a knee injury. Carter has good size and speed and could improve the depth at that position. The team may still be in the market for a receiver with experience, but Carter looks like a strong candidate to be a fourth or fifth receiver. . . .

Rookie Evan Mathis is going to get a chance to compete with Tutan Reyes for the starting RG job. Mathis worked behind Reyes at minicamp. But he seemed to pick up the offense quickly and could be a legitimate challenger by training camp because he has more athleticism than Reyes. . . .

Tom Rouen has the edge over Steve Cheek in the battle for the punter job. Cheek missed the minicamp with a leg injury. Rouen has average leg strength, but the coaching staff likes his consistency and ability to punt directionally.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Drew Carter

Being the fifth round draft choice from 2004, many people overlooked Drew Carter due to a knee injury that kept him out for the complete 2004 season. Now with minicamps starting around all franchises, Drew Carter has been re-instated and joined practice with full force. Many of the veteran players in the squad were unaware of his quickness.

Carter originates from Ohio State. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a summer session and was not able to come off of the IL until recently.

"The thing about it that people forget is that torn ACLs don't really take your speed away. Speed doesn't come from your knees. It comes from your hamstrings. It comes from your quads, your hips. So basically, my speed never went away. It was just a matter of getting my knee strong."
- Drew Carter

Thursday, April 28, 2005

DRAFT DISH:

- from FOXSports.com

The selections of OLB Thomas Davis, RB Eric Shelton and DT Atiyyah Ellison could mark the beginning of a subtle overhaul. The team said it will wait to decide where to play Davis, a safety in college, but it's most likely he'll move to linebacker. That could be a sign SLB Mark Fields won't be back. Davis' experience in coverage makes him a good candidate for the strong side, and his athleticism and speed likely will allow him to move to the top of the depth chart. The addition of Shelton makes it clear the team isn't sure how well RB Stephen Davis will recover from knee surgery. The plan is to use Shelton behind DeShaun Foster, but Shelton, a power runner, is likely to get plenty of carries because Foster is a speed back and the team doesn't want to overwork him. Ellison is a bit of a project. The plan is to have him ready to start in 2006, in case DT Brentson Buckner retires. The team used three picks to add depth to the middle of the offensive line. Evan Mathis, the top pick of the three, can play both guard and center.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Undrafted College Free Agents

- from the official site of the Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have agreed to terms with seven undrafted college free agents, including South Carolina linebacker Marcus Lawrence and Purdue wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield (right). Lawrence collected 156 tackles in two seasons for the Gamecocks, while Stubblefield ranks as the NCAA Division I-A all-time leading receiver. Carolina has also signed veteran free agent wide receiver Eugene Baker.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Sam Mills

- from the official site of the Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers linebackers coach Sam Mills, who had been diagnosed with intestinal cancer in August 2003, passed away Monday morning. He was 45. Mills played 12 seasons in the NFL, the first nine with New Orleans and the last three with Carolina. After retiring following the 1997 campaign, Mills joined the Panthers coaching staff in 1998 and had been the team's linebackers coach since 1999.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Preseason Schedule:

  • August 13 WASHINGTON
  • August 20 at New York Giants
  • August 26 at Cleveland
  • September 1 PITTSBURGH

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Pantherin

The NFL draft is coming onto us with quickness and hopefully the Panthers are ready with some kind of course of action. The Panthers begin with the 14th and 45th picks.

Right now, the Panthers are setting up for a Caravan tour to roll across Carolinas. The caravan is carrying members of the team, the TopCats, and Sir Purr across the state in an effort to forward fan participation.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

COMEBACK STORY:

- from FOXSports.com

WR Steve Smith is expected to be cleared to take part in the minicamp in late April after missing almost all of last season with a broken ankle. There's always concern about a speed receiver coming off that kind of injury, but Smith has worked hard in his rehab, and he should come back strong. Smith is at his best when he feels he has something to prove, and the chance to show he's as good as ever gives him plenty of motivation. With Muhsin Muhammad gone, Smith will be more important than ever to the offense. Keary Colbert will start on the other side, and he's still a work in progress. Smith is QB Jake Delhomme's favorite target, and he'll get plenty of opportunities. Even with that heavy load, the team would like to use Smith in the return game because he's the most explosive player on the roster.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Mike Wahle

Formerly associated with the Green Bay Packers, Mike Wahle recently was inducted into the family of Panthers. This offensive lineman was not always at this position. Actually, early on in his career he wasn’t just playing football. Wahle started as a pitcher and quarterback. He played these positions until he shot his arm and focused strictly on football. Wahle focused on playing left guard for the Packers and is glad he will stay at that position with the Panthers.

"It's difficult to come from another team and have to learn the new terminology and plays. To be able to stay at left guard, at least initially, will make the learning process for me that much quicker. There's nothing technique-wise that I'm going to have to work on. It's all about learning the terminology and jelling with these guys. Later on, if I do have to make a switch, it's something I'll be able to do, but initially I'm glad I can stay at the same spot from a learning standpoint."
- Mike Wahle

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

TopCats Selected

- from the official site of the Carolina Panthers

On the same day that the Carolina Panthers started getting ready for the 2005 season with the beginning of their offseason strength and conditioning program, other preparations for the new year also took place with the selection of the 2005 TopCats. The squad features 35 members who range in age from 18-36 and whose careers are in a variety of professions, including banking, engineering and teaching.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Smith Centered

It has become Steve Smith’s time to shine without asking for it. Smith has become the primary receiver for Carolina after an unexpected turn of events. Muhsin Muhammad, who was the current primary receiver for Carolina, has moved over to the Chicago Bears.

"Moose has passed the torch. With him passing it to me, I'm going to accept it. That's part of the business. You have to step up, and I'm willing to and I'm going to. There isn't any added pressure. I'm just going to play. That's what I like doing anyway."
- Steve Smith

On top of all this pressure that Smith believes to be non-existent, he has the reality of whether he is completely healed or not. Smith has received a ‘thumbs up’ from the doctors after healing a broken leg. This is still different than facing the line on the field.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Steve Smith

-from the official site of the Carolina Panthers

With a successful rehabilitation behind him, Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is facing another big task. Former teammate Muhsin Muhammad signed with Chicago two weeks ago, making Smith the primary receiver in Carolina. That reality was a little shocking to Smith at first, but now that he has had time to digest it, he says he is ready to tackle it head on.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Karl Hankton Resigned

Wide Receiver Karl Hankton has been resigned to the Carolina Panthers after unrestricted free agency status. He has been the special teams captain from 2002-2004.

Hankton joined the Panthers during 2000 as a free agent, after having his start with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998. He officially began his football career at Trinity College. After six years in the NFL, Hankton is stacking up very nice stats with the Panthers.

Various Stats:

  • 66 special teams tackles
  • 73 games with one start
  • 17 catches for 236 yards

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Draft Buzz

- from FOXSports.com

The team has needs at RT, RG, RB, WR, FS and DT, but it will use the early part of free agency to address some of those spots. Whatever needs aren't filled will become the focus of the draft. But it's a safe bet the team will draft at least one offensive lineman to groom for the future, and there's a good chance a running back will be selected. Tackles Alex Barron (Florida State) and Oklahoma's Jamall Brown would be good fits on the right side if they last until the 14th pick. The team has concerns about DeShaun Foster's durability and Stephen Davis' ability to make a full recovery from microfracture surgery. The team isn't likely to spend big money on a running back in free agency, but it could address the position in the second or third rounds of the draft.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Highlights

The Carolina Panthers finished off 7-9 in the official NFC standings, putting them in third place. They had an alright season, but this team needs to do a little work to come together for next season. A lot of this falls onto the shoulders of Jake Delhomme.

Former backup quarterback for the Saints, Delhomme is on his sixth season. He has proved an important asset to the Panther offense. Right now, his record is as shows: 3886 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.

Defensive end Mike Rucker should be getting back to stacking up his sacks. Defensive tackle Kris Jenkins has been out for most of the season with an injury. Being next in line beside Rucker, this has provided a lack of blocking prowess. Jenkins comes back in soon and this will not be as much of a factor. This has been the first season in a while that Rucker has not come above double digits.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Manimal

Julius Peppers has proved to be an extreme up and coming star to the Carolina Panthers. Native born Carolina resident, Peppers has been selected by the Committee of 101 as a recipient of a 35th Annual NFL 101 Award.

From the official site of the Carolina Panthers

The Committee of 101 announced today the award winners of the 35th Annual NFL 101 Awards, the nation's only awards event dedicated exclusively to the National Football League. One of the six recipients was Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, who won NFC Defensive Player of the Year.

Peppers posted 11 sacks in 2004, bringing his three-year total to 30. He intercepted two passes, one 46 yards for a touchdown and another 97 yards. Peppers scored another touchdown on a fumble return, and forced four fumbles.

Other winners were: Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts (AFC Offensive Player of the Year), Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Offensivle Player of the Year), Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens (AFC Defensive Player of the Year), Marty Schottenheimer of the San Diego Chargers (AFC Coach of the Year) and Jim Mora, Jr. of the Atlanta Falcons (NFC Coach of the Year).

"While the NFL has many individual players and coaches who turn in magnificent performances each year, the six recipients of the 2004 awards stood out among the very best," said Bill Nelson, Chairman of the Committee of 101. "We're thrilled to celebrate the return of two multi-year winners. We're also anxious to introduce four new NFL personalities to the 101 Awards Club, which we feel is the finest sports awards event of its kind in the nation."

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The Absence of Smith

Everyone wonders what happen to the Panthers, why didn't they make it to the playoffs? They almost did, but does any one remember in game one of this past 2004 season for the Carolina Panthers.

Well in case you forgot, Steve Smith broke his fibula against the Green Bay Packers. I feel that his abesence has played a big part in the Panthers 7-9 season.

Notes on Smith
The first time in the preseason game he scored on a 52-yard reverse against Jacksonville.

The first time he in a regular season game he returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

The first time in a postseason game, he came one yard shy of a touchdown after a 70-yard reception, and the following game he scored the winnning touchdown in OT.

The first time in a Super he scored the Panthers' franchise touchdown.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Weird Season

This season in the NFL was one a lot of people didn't expect. Just wonder why it took half a season to get the Panther on the winning track. I guess so question are better left un-answered.