Sunday, September 19, 2010

5 things I didn't like in 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay

Five things I didn’t like as Carolina dropped to 0-2 with a nasty performance in its 20-7 home loss to Tampa Bay Sunday (my column about the game and the Panthers playing like they were trying to pass off a fake ID is here):

1. Matt Moore’s second straight bad game. I think you have to start Jimmy Clausen now vs. Cincinnati next week, even though he didn’t do a lot Sunday. Moore has made six turnovers in his first two starts of 2010 (four interceptions, two fumbles lost). He looks nothing like the guy who won – with little pressure on him – consistently last December.

2. Panthers’ pass rush. Carolina didn’t get a single sack, which makes a grand total of one after two games. Josh Freeman had his way with the Carolina defense, shrugging off tackles several times and looking like the best quarterback on the field all afternoon.

3. Fourth-and-goal. I saw nothing wrong with giving the ball to Jonathan Stewart on fourth-and-goal from the Tampa Bay 1 on a must-have play with 3:35 to go. There was a lot wrong with the result – Stewart stopped for a one-yard loss.

4. The No.2 receiver. Again, Carolina had more problems with the “Who can catch the ball besides Steve Smith?” question. Dwayne Jarrett was a non-factor as usual – rookie David Gettis played a lot more after Brandon LaFell was inactive due to injury but caught only two of the five balls thrown at him, for 18 yards. (He also got open on a deep ball Moore badly overthrew). And tight end Dante Rosario had a possible touchdown pass slip off his fingers from Moore.

5. The offensive line. It allowed four sacks for the second straight week and couldn’t extract a big rushing game from the Tampa Bay game for the first time in the past four. Carolina had averaged 241 yards rushing against the Bucs in its past three games. It averaged less than half that (119) Sunday.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

What happenned to Smitty's arm???

kai said...

WHATS WRONG WITH SMITTY IS HE OK ???? OMG TELL US I"VE BEEN UPDATING EVERY SITE AND FORUM YOU GUYS ARE THERE FFS TELL US SOMETHING

Anonymous said...

I bet it's fractured! Why in the world would you put any of your players at risk?? The game was sooooooo over!

Anonymous said...

he got a cut on his arm nothing more

Anonymous said...

The XRays were negative, Smitty is okay.

Scott should really add to his list is:

- Fox lack of halftime adjustments.

- Once again, poor play calling and blocking

- Moore shouldn't have been playing, desptie only having a mild concussion.

No receivers besides Smith can get seperation. Where was Dwayne J?

Anonymous said...

1,007 things I dont like about Fowler. . .

Anonymous said...

5 things I didn't like #3 + 2 sacks=5, sums it up!

Scott Fowler said...
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Scott Fowler said...

Steve Smith is OK -- took a big hit on his arm and was worried about it, but X-rays showed no break after the game. Should play next Sunday with no problem, according to him. Matt Moore took a shot on his thumb during the game but said he was "fine" and also said he expected to start against Cincinnati. We'll see about that one -- John Fox was not ready to announce a starter after the game.

Anonymous said...

Keep Matt M on the bench. He has no command of the offense. Show some hope by extending drives, to give the defense rest.

Meeks needs to be creative in blitzing more than 3-4 guys.

Kenneth said...

We all knew that this would be a rebuilding year and that's just what it's shaping up to be. Matt Moore looked out of it today. I wonder if he is truly over the concussion? Alot of you got excited when the defensive pass rush looked decent in the preseason. How do those no-name psss rushers look now without Peppers? And Jordan Gross is a revolving door.

Anonymous said...

Hey Scott any word on if Jeff Otah will be ready for next week? We really need him back in my opinion

Anonymous said...

I don't recall Jordan G surrendering a sack. Majority of the Bucs sacks cam through the middle and right side of the field.

Does G play the Center and both rg/rt position? Stop blaming everyting on him.

Anonymous said...

I meant does "Gross" play the center/rg and rt tackle position?

Kenneth said...

We paid Jordan Gross like he plays the center, right and left guard, as well as both tackle positions.

Anonymous said...

Scott, you show your ignorance. Moore didn't have a bad game - the offense and the Coordinator had a bad game. Moore only got to throw in situations where the defense was primed to stop the pass. The play where the QB rolls right and the only targets are one WR and a TE needs to be torn out of the playbook, because it hasn't worked even once this season. Calling for Clausen is ridiculous. Did he do any better when he was in the game? No. The 'badly overthrown' pass to Gettis was actually caused by Gettis quitting on the route.

The solution to this mess is to wait until the end of the season and toss out this whole crappy coaching staff.

Anonymous said...

Could not have said it better myself!!!!

John said...

Funny how fast the Messiah of last year has fallen! For you so-called fans, this will always be the backup QB's team!

Anonymous said...

WHERE oh WHERE are all the experts, the guys telling everyone else in the comments section during preseason, we knew nothing about football?? WHERE oh WHERE are all the experts telling us how preseason did not mean ANYTHING and once everyone was back, the Panthers would roll? WHERE oh WHERE are the experts telling us the defense would kill this year and win games even with a less than offense? And finally, where are the experys suggesting Matt Moore could do the job?? Panther fans, plain and simple - you are all fools, Richardson's fools ... too bad Charlotte got that excuse for an owner. Winning isn't everything ... MONEY IS!

John said...

Anonymous 6:57.

So Moore is blameless? Six turnovers in two games? I can't help but wonder what YOU were saying about Delhomme at the same point last year?

Bottom line, all you haters from last season got what you wanted this year and this is what you got!

Shut up and live with it... you got it wrong.

John said...

Charlotte is still a very immature sports city. Lots of opinions, but few ideas of how the game is really supposed to be played. Unfortunately, most of the experienced NFL fans in Charlotte have clung to the teams they followed before moving here.

I grew up a Dolphin fan for the first 30-odd years of my life but I root now for the Panthers in every game except if they play the Dolphins (some habits die hard), but this year I will also root for Cleveland if Delhomme is starting... just because I think he deserved better than he got from local "fans"!

Anonymous said...

Where the heck is Jerry Richardson? Notice how he has vanished from the scene? I hope he has his head somewhere above grade level, unlike his coaching staff with their heads in the sand.

Word is, the owners have not met in over a year, and with the new President, still nothing seems to have changed.

Are you proud of the crap we are seeing on the field now, Jerry?

As a long time PSL owner and life long fan, I'm really sick and tired of this garbage.

Do yourself a favor, sell the team to a more involved owner who won't play pansy with his coach, but will lead....LEAD.

This is pathetic.

Rhyno said...

Scott, I can't believe you could come up with that many things you didn't like. I only came up with four.

1 - the first quarter
2 - the second quarter
3 - the third quarter
4 - the fourth quarter

ron said...

Jerry got what he paid for this year. And with maybe 15000 empty seats today, the future doesn't look too good for his financial move.

par said...

Moore holds the ball way too long. Another David Carr. Need to see if Clauson is the QB of the future.

Anonymous said...

Why anybody in the Charlotte area would spend a dime of their money on this mess of a team is beyond me. The life has been sucked out of this team, this stadium and this town. The Panthers are the most boring team in the NFL to watch and John Fox is the most boring head coach in the league. I wish all fans would boycott the stadium, the merchandise and the entire organization until changes are made.

Kenneth said...

John Clayton ranked the last two quarterbacks to start for the Panthers 32nd and 33rd in the league. It would sure have been nice to have gotten a former 3 time pro bowler named Michael Vick dirt cheap when he wanted to come here. He has looked great the last two weeks.

Anonymous said...

only 5?!??!?!?!

Anonymous said...

John so we should have kept Delhomme. Sounds like you got it all figured out.

The fix is this let's see... Dan Henning is gone and Turgovac and Delhomme ,but same football. What is the common denominator?

Anonymous said...

How can an offense be this bad?We have 2 of the best RB's in the league.We have Smitty.

What we dont have is an O Line and QB or an offensive coordinator.

Anonymous said...

So funny the stupid homers like John who on the one hand think anyone who questions anything about the team aren't real fans, then on the other hand justify everything by saying "well it is a business". Well so is buying tix to see crap John (probably Fox).

Truth is that our cheap@ssed owner and dumb@ssed coaches are inept. And as A FAN, I want us to improve, not simply stand by and clap like a half wit like John, Bernz and othe idiot homers. You guys are total crap as fans.

Anonymous said...

Serious question: Why is John Fox so respected for his coaching ability? I hear it on the sports talk shows, and the TV announcers said it again today.

Curtis said...

So John...I hear you calling out Charlotte as not being as "mature" as some other sports cities...that we don't understand "how the game is played". Soooo...you tell us smart guy. What is it about our complaints of the team that any other city wouldn't also have? Do you suppose all of those other sophisticated fans in cities like Oakland are saying "well, it is okay because we've had sports for a long time we are mature so the losing doesn't matter because we understand the game"? Because if you believe that any other city, any other fan base, in any sport would sit and be satisfied with the poor plays/decision making we've seen over the past two seasons - well sir, perhaps you need to rethink who really knows about how the game should be played.

Anonymous said...

WHEN will people EVER learn. Empty seats mean NOTHING to Jerry Richardson - they are PAID for already! No doubt, one day, 20 years from now, someone will do a study showing what a shrewd business move the whole PSL proved being for Richardson. PSL's did two things and TWO things only. They made Jerry Richardson wealthy beyond even his imagination - and ENSURED, GUARANTEED forever, the Panthers to be mediocre at best. Disagree? Really? Then explain why on earth Jerry would spend a penny extra for talent, quality coaches, etc. - when PSL owners paid price increases this year for this B.S. Until Jerry Richardson feels it in his wallet - nothing will change. NOTHING. And whether 15,000 or 50,000 stay home - the seats for every home game are already paid for and the money in the bank. 80 million total payroll - all seats to every game paid for. You do the math. It is not the maturity of Charlotte sports fan ... we grew up with the ACC -- we know championships. Unfortunately it is a growing history of sorry, GREEDY, worthless owners ... who care about only one thing. MONEY.

Anonymous said...

Based on how the offense played during the preseason, I had a feeling the games would be hard to watch. I feel badly for Moore. He seems to be a class act but reality is, the coaching staff is under pressure this year and truthfully their patience is a bit thin because of this. As far as folks thinking we should have not gotten rid of Jake, I disagree. I think it was time for that show to move on. Not only for the team, but for Jake as well. Clausen is not going to be the savior this year, I could be wrong, but unless the offensive line can give him more time in the pocket,he'll struggle too. I wonder how quickly the fans will turn on Clausen and start screaming for Pike? Still a fan, just realizing it's going to be a long season!!!!

Anonymous said...

Richardson please put a for sale sign on your team please!!! Richardson you blow!!!!

Anonymous said...

Who on the Panthers has a stupid name like Smitty?

If you mean Steve Smith? Then say it.

Anonymous said...

John said...
Charlotte is still a very immature sports city. Lots of opinions, but few ideas of how the game is really supposed to be played. Unfortunately, most of the experienced NFL fans in Charlotte have clung to the teams they followed before moving here.

September 19, 2010 7:23 PM



You really sound like some puny 100 lb skinny little water boy nerd idiot.

Anonymous said...

He sounds like that know it all know nothing Mr Bernz idiot piece of trash.

SCPOAB said...

Scott, there had to be more than 5 things you didn't like; however, your comments on DJ are vague. How can you be a factor when they don't throw to you. I don't see why everyone is so down on DJ? He catches everything thrown at him. The problem is they don't throw at him. Your five things you didn't like should have included: 1) Fox 2) Davidson 3) No blitzes 4) No DLine pressure 5) Stupid short yardage play calls ...you don't go bunch up the entire line of scrimmage and allow the defense to put all 11 players in the box on 4th and goal from the 1 ... stupid

Curtis said...

SCPOAB, you can't throw at a guy who doesn't get open. That's the problem.

kyle said...

Go Dolphins!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Professor Panthers said...

TRADE FOR VINCENT JACKSON!!!!

Foxy loves to trade next year's first round draft pick. I'm shocked he hasn't already. Now's his chance. Let's get a receiver or we're heading for a 3-13 season!

Anonymous said...

Enough already - reality is, who cares anymore? The Panthers have zero relevance in any discussion of quality NFL organizations. Richardson played the fans perfectly - have a couple of good years - suck them in, hook 'em, and bleed them dry. Angry PSL owners and fans still paying to go to games have no one to blame but themselves. Radio, television talk shows can talk until they are blue in the face. Reality remains the Panthers have zero relevance in the NFL and with the current owner, nothing will change. Welcome to Detroit Panther fans ... you are the "new Lions"