Well that was ugly.
To all those who decided not to spend 3 hours and 15 minutes watching Carolina's 34-3 loss to New Orleans, I salute your independence.
For those who don't mind watching a horror show, however, I guess this was more entertaining than Saw 3-D. Maybe. Without further ado, my 5 things for Sunday that I didn't like the most:
1) Quarterback play. Carolina had 9 passing yards at halftime. Three QBs played; zero QBs played well. Same old story, but I now think John Fox has completely lost confidence in Jimmy Clausen (and still may have to start him next week, depending no Matt Moore's shoulder injury).
2) Injuries. What a boatload of them. Jonathan Stewart got an apparent concussion, Moore had a shoulder injury that could be serious, Tyrell Sutton messed up a pretty good day when he messed up his ankle, Dan Conner reinjured his hip -- and that wasn't even the whole list.
3) Three-man rushes. Carolina ran a good many of them when Drew Brees was facing third-and-long, figuring that dropping eight men deep would work out just fine. Nope. I can't stand the three-man rush -- so often it allows the QB to just sit there and wait... and wait... and wait... until someone comes open.
4) Carolina's personnel department. John Fox called them out after the game in his postgame news conference -- more on that in my column, which you can read now here and in Monday's newspaper -- but it is true that the Panthers had much, much less talent on the field Sunday compared to New Orleans.
5) Steve Smith. I know he's getting a lot of attention, but he only caught one pass for nine yards Sunday, and that just can't happen.
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