Sunday, January 3, 2010

Peppers' interception seals deal

The Panthers have finished off their season with a three-game win streak, putting them at 8-8 and making everyone wonder what would have happened had they only gotten hotter a little earlier.

Carolina's 23-10 win over New Orleans on a frosty day was sealed when Julius Peppers made perhaps the last big play he will make in a Carolina uniform -- he made a diving interception of a short Mark Brunell pass deep in Panthers' territory. On the play, Peppers dove, tipped the ball to himself and grabbed it.

Matt Moore is now 6-2 as a Panther starter all-time and you have to think he's the favorite or at least co-favorite entering 2010 training camp to be the 2010 starter. Peppers' future is in limbo due to his contract status.

More to come: I'll post the traditional "5 things" blog around 5 or 5:30 once I return from postgame interviews.

11 comments:

Curtis said...

Another good game by Pep and a great way to wrap up his season.

My favorite part of Pep the past few weeks? His enthusiasm for the team the past few weeks. I have to think that is a combo of a) better QB/offense play and b) winning some games.

But, I love the fact today that when you see Stewart bust off the 67 yard TD run who do you see in the highlight running down the sideline? Pep.

Anybody who says they wouldn't want Pep to play here next year is crazy.

Anonymous said...

Pep will get 20% more next year if we franchise him again. That was the bugaboo all this season. Wouldn't that money be better spent on WR's?

Jennifer said...

Curtis be careful how you talk about Pep on here, these anons will swear you have some love affair with him...

Great Game by the Panthers....

What a great set of running backs in Double Trouble to get the 1100...

Here's hoping we keep this momentum and our players intact at the start of training camp this coming year...

These last few games were a joy to watch...and to the Anon that called me out on Pep on another blog....take that interception at the end of the game he made and well you know..........

Been a pleasure on the blog, with you Curtis, Smokey (lol) and the other true Panther fans, Win or lose it was an honor sharing the blog with you...

Jenn

Jason said...

It doesn't matter what we pay Pep next year, since there is no salary cap.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME! We beat a team resting its starters with no incentive to even try to win! The Panthers are awesome!!!!!!!!!11ONE

MrBernz said...

What we pay Peppers next season doesnt matter, if its uncapped they can pay him whatever they want & still pay other good players whatever they want.Thats going to be interesting to see what teams try & buy a 1 year team. I think Peppers may be willing to sign a long term contract now, but even if he isnt the highest paid, its still going to be like 14 mil a year or so, maybe even more. The Panthers offered to make him the highest paid de 2 years ago & that would have been almost 16 mil for a year. I hope he works out a contract & i hope Fox does too.

Curtis said...

Ditto Jenn...we've come back here, good game or bad, and provided some insightful commentary. And, we've embarassed quite a few chump posters (both anon and named)...in fact, quite a few that were here earlier were called out so bad that we haven't seen them come back! All in all, it's certainly been fun.

When we finally make it to another Super Bowl, Smokey and I will have a big ol' party and you're more than welcome to come :)

Jennifer said...

I'm there.......

john said...

There have been reports keeping Jake in the lineup wasn't all on Fox. And even if it was that is the biggest knock on Fox. He is overly loyal to vets. This team played until the end. They didn't quit. That says more about who should be the head coach than the Jake decision does.

We have the best RB duo in the league. By extension the O-line must be pretty decent. Our D is really into the scheme now and has shown resiliency in the face of injuries. Somebody built those units and their depth. That would be Hurney and Fox. More reason to keep both.

Peppers who has never really shown any emotion on the sideline is now actively involved. I mean chasing Stewart down the sideline on that long run? When have you ever seen that? I think he wants to stay now that he likes the scheme. And if he plays like he has, whatever they pay him is worth it.

Lastly we have Moore. A winning starter. I want to see what he does with a full training camp under his belt as the starter. If you want to draft someone point me to the QB who has shown he can get it done in the big show at that level and I'll agree. And if you want to bring in a vet who? Who is going to be available in an uncapped year worth having?

Continuity is the key. This team is in a position to carry over to next year. Our one glaring need is obviously another down field threat. I love Moose. He showed again today why he should be with this team next year. But he should be the third guy onto the field we have to find a guy to take the pressure off Smith while he still has some tread on the tires. And really to move into his spot somewhere down the road.

So give Fox his extension. Get Pep signed. Install Moore as the starter. Find us a real receiving threat in the passing game. Do those things and I'll be a happy Panther fan.

Holly said...

What a cold game! It was nice to see that Pepper's interception at the end- especially since he might not be with the Panthers next year. I wonder if it is the last game we will see John Kasey too? How about that Jonathan Stewart! Bring on Double Trouble of 2011! Just get a better passing game and we could be unstoppable!

Elizabeth said...

Glad Pep did well but I want him gone next year. I liked seeing Brown step up and I hope he will do well following Peppers.