Sunday, November 7, 2010

5 things I didn't like in Panthers' 34-3 loss to Saints

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.

63 comments:

Curtis said...

I made two decisions this weekend. One was to buy a miter saw so I could do some home improvement projects. The second was to DVR the Panthers game so I didn't draw out the painful watching experience (being able to fast forward cuts the tube time a lot). A couple of good decisions on my part, if I may say so myself.

You know, I have a general recollection of the 1 - 15 season. Heck, I even went to game 16. But, I don't remember our offense that season being THIS bad. I mean I really do believe this is the absolute worst offense I can ever remember watching - not just for the Panthers, but in the NFL period. It's just bloody awful.

On the bright side, my kitchen got a serious trim upgrade this weekend...

Anonymous said...

I got new socks today. Did the Panthers get a new coach? Call me when we have a 1% chance of winning.

Anonymous said...

Even when Fox had the talent to succeed, he was still a conservative coach.

From 2002-2009 the team had a top 10 payroll and still couldn't put up back to back winning seasons. 2004 is the only excuse he could use in not having a winning season.

Frustrated Fan said...

Jerry Richardson and Matin Hurney, quit hiding behind doors! Come out, come out where ever you are and address this freaking mess! That's if you two have any gonads!

Anonymous said...

Fox is beginning to show his disdain. It's starting to become clear that he had little to no say this offseason in terms of bringing in players, let alone keeping vets and he's starting to show his frustration. Its almost unfair that you have such a young team with a coach with his hands tied behind his back. Im by no means giving Fox a free pass but he's been thrown so much blame that the front office and management is letting him take the brunt of this debacle of a season. I look forward to our next coach but this is rough. Still sticking with my team.

Anonymous said...

Where has Marty Hurney and Don Gregory been hiding lately? They have a lot of say in the college draft and now they are suddenly both invisible. We should call them "The Casper Twins!" Typical Front Runners. When things are going good they're out in front of the organization. Now that crap has hit the fan they are no where to be found. Cowards.

GK said...

Was the Panthers game more entertaining than Saw 3D? Nope. Bloodier? Yup.

EDDIELUCY said...

Coaches have quit on the team, as evidenced by trying anything different;overall,players have quit on the coaches, as evidenced by poor blocking and tackling, etc; and the owner has quit on the team. as evidenced by his lack of transparency and for all otyher obvious reasons seen over and over again. Fans haven't even recived growl towels in a long time.

EDDIELUCY said...

The coaches have quit on the team, as evidenced by the l;ack of trying anything different; overall, the players have quit on the coaches, simply look at the D-line engaged in blocks and their lack of really trying to get free on many occasions--Everette Brown is almost invisible without Peppers the role model, or the O-line crappy blocking and downfield blocking; and the owner has quit on the team. What a mess!!!

Anonymous said...

Since the good guys killed its opponents last week in America look for big changes in pro sports and everything else. Congress will back up owners.

Zillionaire Rush Limbaugh will own a couple NBA and NFL teams and the new Congress will outlaw unions so there will never be play stoppage for these spoiled adults playing kids games part time overpaid athletes. Salaries will be cut in half just for the hell of it, the draft system ditched.

Pro sports will be cleaned up and cleaned out so it realy dosent matter about the Panthers during the transition phase. Once the White House goes to the good guys in 2012 changes are permanent.

Nomore misbehaving for anybody. Ticket prices will fall and NO UNIONS. Pro aths will make half what they make now if they lucky.

America suffering its worst depression ever with no end in sight needs drastic changes and cutbacks for all and pro brats take no pay cuts but want more millions?

There will be NO union stoppage in 2011. Thats a guarantee. Owners back in the saddle for good.

Max said...

Fox isn't the problem. The problem is a cheap owner who decimated his team and a generally inept front office. Why do you think Richardson's sons quit? They knew where this was headed and wanted no part of it. I think Richardson is trying to make a point to fellow owners and the NFLPA with all this cost-cutting prior to the lockout.

iwatchedthistrainwreck said...

It didn't recieve any mention from from the announcers, or on any article I can find, but I couldn't believe a penalty wasn't called on the Saints for a late helmet-to-helmet hit after he had already been knocked down. This was in the 3rd period when he was throwing out of his own endzone.

After the poor call against Beason, and this no call, it leaves a bad taste, regardless of how inept our offense is.

Longfortheolddays said...

This article could've been titled "15 things I didn't like". The scariest deal of all is how it's all really starting to unravel, with Fox obviously pointing fingers. Things could now get even uglier, if somebody doesn't wise up and let Fox go now. Maybe under a new coach (meeks?) the team could get refocused instead of letting it become "every man for himself".

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing we took Clausen over McCoy in the draft...stellar thinking on that one.

Anonymous said...

You cant blame the QB's ! Yes they are young and inexperienced...but 1) the O-line has been below average all season...and 2) Who is open?? Its not like we se guys open down field and the QB is missing the throw ? There is nobody open, and no time to sit back and find a reciever as line is below average. Fox,Hurney,Davidson all need to be let go today ! What a joke ! And Jerry Richardson..you are the owner ! And should be a leader ! Leaders stand up and speak...not sit quietly as the ship is sinking ! Sad for such a highly respected owner !

Anonymous said...

Instead of "growl towels", how about "growl airsick bags with matching bib" ?

Anonymous said...

I got some new socks, too !! What kind did you get?

Anonymous said...

Those "growl bibs" can also be worn like a headband, and can serve as: a) comfortable replacement for brown grocery bag, or, b)dual eyepatch to protect delicate eyes from witnessing atrocious plays.

Anonymous said...

Hey, guys, Right-on about the socks -- I got some of those that wick-away moisture from your feet, and they are great !!! Anybody else out there with new sock stories??

Anonymous said...

Richardson in the top 50% of paid out in 2010 at #17 out of 32 total teams. Panthers paying out $112,114,711 in 2010.



Year / Total Payroll
2010
NFL Teams Total Payroll
NFL Oakland Raiders Team Salaries $ 152,389,371
NFL Dallas Cowboys Team Salaries $ 146,401,600
NFL Minnesota Vikings Team Salaries $ 133,354,045
NFL Cleveland Browns Team Salaries $ 131,916,300
NFL New Orleans Saints Team Salaries $ 131,531,820
NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Team Salaries $ 128,815,061
NFL Tennessee Titans Team Salaries $ 126,017,443
NFL Arizona Cardinals Team Salaries $ 122,110,110
NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Team Salaries $ 122,109,207
NFL Chicago Bears Team Salaries $ 120,065,819
NFL San Francisco 49ers Team Salaries $ 118,766,239
NFL New York Jets Team Salaries $ 116,910,097
NFL St. Louis Rams Team Salaries $ 116,677,660
NFL New York Giants Team Salaries $ 115,816,180
NFL Miami Dolphins Team Salaries $ 114,649,660
NFL Buffalo Bills Team Salaries $ 113,364,927
NFL Carolina Panthers Team Salaries $ 112,114,711
NFL Washington Redskins Team Salaries $ 111,963,684
NFL San Diego Chargers Team Salaries $ 111,813,340
NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Salaries $ 109,727,880
NFL Philadelphia Eagles Team Salaries $ 109,557,398
NFL Houston Texans Team Salaries $ 108,445,418
NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Salaries $ 104,329,311
NFL Seattle Seahawks Team Salaries $ 102,985,710
NFL Atlanta Falcons Team Salaries $ 96,391,525
NFL Detroit Lions Team Salaries $ 95,827,117
NFL Denver Broncos Team Salaries $ 95,599,778
NFL Green Bay Packers Team Salaries $ 94,018,300
NFL Indianapolis Colts Team Salaries $ 93,373,915
NFL New England Patriots Team Salaries $ 92,734,120
NFL Baltimore Ravens Team Salaries $ 90,713,965
NFL Kansas City Chiefs Team Salaries $ 83,623,776

Anonymous said...

The problem was the stupid azz fans as usual who ran off Jake who had 2-3 more good yrs and would give you at least 50% in wins or better even with a lot of intercepetions.

Anonymous said...

Curtis - If that is an electric miter saw (with vacuum), a cheap white sock can be used to catch the sawdust, then later used as a firestarter. Just be sure that you don't burn chemically treated wood. The other white sock can be used at the game to indicate seeking a truce or surrender.

Anonymous said...

How many socks could you buy for$112,114,711 ? (including tax)

Anonymous said...

FYI - Those gold-toe socks hold up pretty well, and are easier to match up. Don't usually lose them as much.

Anonymous said...

This team definitely needs new socks. I don't know what kind of socks, but new socks.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to be slightly off subject, because I didn't buy new socks this weekend. Where can I find some good, grey, over the calf dress socks for a wedding? Would appreciate the help from all of you new sock people.

Anonymous said...

You're a freakin' sicko --- who the h--- wants to marry gray socks

Anonymous said...

For the new team socks, how about some with vertical stripes and some with horizontal stripes......Then, we can cue the calliope music about 5 minutes into the first quarter.

Anonymous said...

I got some new socks that say they are fit size 8-11. But I wear an 11 shoe, and these don't fit, so I'm going to take them back. I guess I need to get a bigger size.

Anonymous said...

My wife bought four dozen of them brown socks with red toes to make sock monkeys for the grandkids. Now she needs a sock monkey pattern. Anybody got one or know where to find it?

Anonymous said...

This area used to lead the nation in producing socks and hosiery, but now it has all gone overseas. Clinton and the Bushes did us all in. Good luck finding some Made in America socks and hosiery. Remember that Look for the Union label ad? Let's see houw tHAT plays out this next year, too!

Anonymous said...

Please get your facts straight. Clinton had nothing to do with this state's loss of textile industry supremacy. And, if you might recall, didn't he have a pet named "Socks"?

Anonymous said...

Why can't we keep these comments clear of political BS? A Political Science B.S. is ok, though, I guess. As a diversion from politics, How many new socks does a millipede wear?

Anonymous said...

I think that Jerry Richardson and Martin Hurney are "hiding behind doors" because "Fox is beginning to show his disdain. It's starting to become clear that he had little...". Showing it might be OK in an all-male locker room setting, but exhibitionism laws are in force here.
Now if he put a new sock over it, it might not be so little, and Jerry and Martin would not have to be offended by these displays.

Anonymous said...

Re: hosiery, if the offensive team wore it on their heads, a la bank thieves, then we could call them the "No Face Offense", kinda like the old No-Name Defense. Makes it easier for PSLs to say "We wuz robbed".

Anonymous said...

"Pistol Pete" Maravich never had to buy any new socks, but he was pretty darned good.

Anonymous said...

for Anonymous 2:53 Maybe Fox needs some new tube socks???

Anonymous said...

I bought two new pair at LL Bean this weekend. New socks always make me feel better. Maybe women feel that way when they buy new shoes, or underwear or something.

Anonymous said...

Women like new socks too! especially when my boyfriend brings me those edible socks ;)

Anonymous said...

About new socks: "The socks I have are the socks I wear"

Anonymous said...

If a millipede was decimatipeded by a mitre saw, how many new socks would it need ?

Anonymous said...

I don't wear socks. Any ideas for a rookie?

Anonymous said...

Correction - I meant to say I guess I need to get abigger size sock

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

correction - not a shoe because the shoe fits. just need bigger new socks

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how much time I've wasted reading this shock sit !!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

What if I bought some used socks that are new to me, sorta like Free Agency? Does that count as new socks?

Anonymous said...

For new/FA socks -
1) Did they come from the consignment shop, or from the G'will recycle bin?
2) What name, if any , do they carry?
3) Any evidence of drug use - check for spray, powder, or cream residues ?

Anonymous said...

A sock is what it is -Zorrothustra

Anonymous said...

White socks can really help cut down on athlete's foot bacteria. I think that that is why those porn stars wear them

Anonymous said...

New socks don't make a man, but neither does a tie, nor do a pair of pants, but reconciling the requisite verbs can un-make one.

Anonymous said...

Scott - We really need more of these columns about socks. This has been terrific !!! Keep up the great work

Anonymous said...

Ditto, Scott. This new socks slant has really envitalized our day. Is much better than that other stuff. Pour it on!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah Scott ..What he said, too, and double it

Anonymous said...

Scott -This could be really SUPER, with NEW new sock stories every day, with different colors, shapes (within decency), sizes and denominations. And, of course, you would still get to cover unexplained losses. Are you ready for a change of pace...then GO FOR IT !!!

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Anonymous said...

Scott,
I think that the idea of more "new socks" stories has much merit, given the barren fall and winter we currently face. Your experience in writing non-offensive stories should serve you well. You should be able to get much mileage out of New Socks. Mooreover, more people would be able to appreciate the story line than, say, one about new shoes. Thank you for your consideration

Anonymous said...

Socks are really handy (no pun intended) for cleaning fans like that one mentioned above.

Anonymous said...

They can help clean up behind them growl barf bags too

Anonymous said...

Why are we trying to "sock it to them"? Anon 11:44 carps that two administrators are now invisible, then EddiLucy criticizes the admin for not being transparent - How can they win ???

Anonymous said...

Math whizz - How can #17 out of #32 be in the top 50% ???