Sunday, December 19, 2010

5 things I liked about Panthers' win

It seems like it's been forever since I've written a "5 things I liked" blog after a Panther win. Those seven straight "5 things I didn't like" blog after Panther losses were getting a little old, so let's get started:

5 things I liked about Carolina's 19-12 win over Arizona Sunday:

1) Jonathan Stewart and the offensive line. "Stewie" went for 137 yards, pounding the ball again and again and starting the game with a flourish with a 35-yard run that set the tone.

2) It was a "guilt-free" win. Thanks to Cincinnati's 19-17 win over Cleveland, the Panthers (2-12) are still a game worse than every other competitor in the race for the No.1 draft pick. So enjoy this one, Panther fans -- there are really no negative repercussions to it.

3) Jordan Senn. The special-teams standout recovered not one but two attempted onside kicks Sunday -- this after giving an impassioned speech to the team Saturday night.

4) Jimmy Clausen. I've been critical of Clausen numerous times, and I still don't think he's the long-term answer for Carolina, but let's give credit where it is due. Clausen played error-free football Sunday, threw a TD pass to Jeff King (his first since Week 4) and had a QB rating of 107.6.

5) John Fox. What a nice note to go out on at home for the Panthers' head coach of the past nine years. Although he won't coach in this stadium again -- not for the Panthers, that is -- he won his final game here playing his kind of football and also guaranteed a record above .500 for his Panthers' career.

41 comments:

Alex said...

What happened with the 4th and 10 run call? I don't understand why we would go for it because time stops with change of posession.

Anonymous said...

What a boring game to watch, running the same plays over and over again. Going prevent with 5-6 minutes left in the game.

Thanks goodness it was the Cardinals. Did anybody hear John L playing the next play call by the Panthers? Was lmao.

Don't worry Scoot you will soon throw Luck under the bus. Instead of throwing the coaches under the bus.

Anonymous said...

Since the W is meaningless, I would have liked to see some sort of a sign that the Panthers are improving as a football team, but we left disappointed again.

Anonymous said...

I am happy for Coach Fox, the coaches, and team for this win after the mess they have been handed over the past year or two. There have definitely been a number of people who have been thrown under the bus, Anon 5:12, but today was a just reward for some very good people in that locker room and the fans who have stood behind the team.

Anonymous said...

they played about as hard as my wenius these days. Too be more specific i'm 67 so not really a spry chicken anymore.

Anonymous said...

Oline? Really? We have the most undrachieving Oline in the league. Gross blew a block and didn't care while the QB got sacked, Kalil is a joke he can't even snap the ball. Wharton has been an overpaid piece of junk from day one.

Thanks Hurney for you good draft work you are almost as stupid as Teflon John and Joke Davidson

Anonymous said...

see ya John...I wish u well...
its been a nice ride!

Anonymous said...

"Oline? Really? We have the most undrachieving Oline in the league. Gross blew a block and didn't care while the QB got sacked, Kalil is a joke he can't even snap the ball. Wharton has been an overpaid piece of junk from day one".

Thanks Hurney for you good draft work you are almost as stupid as Teflon John and Joke Davidson

Lmao one bad year and the whole OLine should be gone? Hope it happends throughout the next 5 years. Having QB who holds on to the ball long doesn't help either.

Jack B. said...

Did anyone happen to see Don Gregory, the Panther's Director of College Scouting down on the sidelines for this game against Arizona. No wonder the Panther's are so screwed up! How is that guy (Don Gregory) a Director?

I think Marty Hurney and his "Boy Wonder" (Don Gregory) should be shown the door!

Anonymous said...

The Oline will need to be rebuild, starting with the guards at both left and right. Find a replacement for Gross.

Draft 2 DT's, a CB(if Marshall is let go). Draft another DEnd to rotate with Tyle B, Brown, Johnson, and Hardy. Start Brown or Hardy over Brayton on one side while Johnson controls the other side.

Anonymous said...

Panthers can't get the ball in the end zone, manage one TD against the #30 ranked defense. We have 183 points all year, dead last by a wide margin. The next lowest scoring team has 239, 56 points better. So if the Panthers had an additional 8 TDs this year they would still be the lowest scoring team in the NFL. Absolutely pathetic on offense.

Anonymous said...

Panthers can't get the ball in the end zone, manage one TD against the #30 ranked defense. We have 183 points all year, dead last by a wide margin. The next lowest scoring team has 239, 56 points better. So if the Panthers had an additional 8 TDs this year they would still be the lowest scoring team in the NFL. Absolutely pathetic on offense.

Having lame duck coaches who can't adjust. Game plan along develop young talent doesn't help. 2-3 more weeks until Fox is gone.

Anonymous said...

It's hilarious that after the game Clausen was overheard asking someone if this win would give him a chance at Rookie of the year. This guy must be nuts

Anonymous said...

Wow, 13 comments so far and 11 of them are completely negative. Good lord people, we finally won another game, Clausen looked pretty good for once, and for the first time this season we really handled another team.

Some of you really need to relax and enjoy one of the few bright spots of this disastrous season, rather than looking for yet another reason to bitch and complain and bitch and complain. Just for a few days until the Steelers game, is that too much to ask?

Kenneth said...

The only thing I liked about the win is we are that much closer to the difference-maker we need at quarterback. His name is Cameron Newton.

Anonymous said...

We win a game and here we have only knuckleheads posting negative comments....what a pathetic fan base we have indeed.

jon golden said...

The best part of today was the introduction of the Special Teams unit. Hard to be happy about a win against the Cards. Did anyone see Peter King on NBC?

jon golden said...

So, Mr. Richardson: You say in your Mea Culpa to the fans that you are committed to winning; yet, Peter King just reported that his sources within the organization stated that the team does not want to pay for a established coach (Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden) because the cost it too high, so the team will hire an "young, aggressive, offensive coordinator," (read: CHEAP) for next season. Oh, but don't worry, ticket prices will probably be raised. Did you see how there were maybe 30,000 people at the stadium today? You owe them more!!! Nut up or sell!!!

BigMikey said...

If Tony Dungy won't take the job, Ron Meeks will be the next HC of the Panthers. I don't care at all about what Peter King says he's hearing.

John said...

The constant mooning over Saint Cowher is really tiring. Please take a look at his record and you'll see why he isn't worth the money. And what did Chucky do really? Couple of decent years then nothing. We should be looking for the next good guy not the next retread. Just like the Steelers did or even the Bucs for that matter, seems to be going pretty well for them.

Anonymous said...

Let's just say that John Fox, by far, is the best head coach in Carolina Panther history. I appreciate what he did.

On the other hand ... Jake Delhomme was the best quarterback.

They share a tainted history. There were great times, actually fantastic.

There were also huge flaws, for both.

Still, the blame for this 2-win season lies with Jerry Richardson, not John Fox. I am sure he could have delivered a near .500 season with the team of his choice.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about the win now when its all over for the panthers this year?

swiznami said...

Amen to John re: Saint Cowher. Let's see, Cowher's teams were based on a strong running game and good defense with a trick play thrown in there every now and then. That's exactly what this team needs once Fox is gone! It'll be such a nice change!

Or maybe we'll get Saint Gruden. Collects QB's like it's going out of style. Gets frustrated and changes QB's on a whim (see also: Shanahan, Mike) so the receivers and O-line never get used to one guy. Yep, that's the missing ingredient on this Panthers team.

Good God

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
they played about as hard as my wenius these days. Too be more specific i'm 67 so not really a spry chicken anymore.

What the hell does that mean?

Anonymous said...

What a phony !!!

Back stabber Tom Soreheadsen part time janitor/sports writer AFTER leading the charge as usual to run off John Fox backpeddling a bit knowing he has been exposed as nothing but a lying CUT THROAT.

When will they get rid of this know nothing idiot??????????????

How many has Sorehead ran off? Everyone? But then he is pals with them again the next yr.

Who has done more to destroy pro sports in the Carolinaz?

onewhowatched said...

I know people keep talking about Cincinatti winning as keeping us well alive in the hunt for #1 pick, but just as importantly, we also now hold the tie breaker since virtually every team the Panthers have played this year lost yesterday.

Bucs (2)
N.O. (2)
Giants
Seattle
Browns
Steelers
San Francisco

This dropped the strenth of schedule to .538, while the Bengals remained almost unchanged at .577

Also, consider if we beat either Pittsburgh next week (weakens our schedule PLUS toughens the Bengals twice because they plays the Steelrs twice) or if we beat Atlanta (toughens our schedule twice and weakens the Bengals once)
that it will be really hard for us to not get the number 1 pick unless we win both games and the Bengals lose both.

Anonymous said...

when you lose, people complain.

funny, now, that even when you win, people still complain.

Anonymous said...

As a longtime Cards fan, I think that team yesterday was almost as bad as the one Carolina beat at Clemson in year one. Panthers will not win again unless one of these final teams sits it's starters and even then it's hard to imagine.

Anonymous said...

So, Mr. Richardson: You say in your Mea Culpa to the fans that you are committed to winning; yet, Peter King just reported that his sources within the organization stated that the team does not want to pay for a established coach (Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden) because the cost it too high, so the team will hire an "young, aggressive, offensive coordinator," (read: CHEAP) for next season. Oh, but don't worry, ticket prices will probably be raised. Did you see how there were maybe 30,000 people at the stadium today? You owe them more!!! Nut up or sell!!!

Jon G is mediocre at best, have u seen his drafting with the Bucs? Sure is horrible. Even though he was a good coach with the Raiders, he took over a stack team from Dungy players.

Gruden is impatient when it comes to developing young QB'st. Matter of fact is couldn't develop a QB and WR he drafted. His record after the super bowl is 45-51.

Everybody shouldn't be surprise JR wasn't going to hired Bill C. Who hasn't coach since 2006, will demand alot of money and power. This team doesn't have a franchise QB, Luck would have a 50/50 chance of being a hit or miss at best.

Majority of teams are going after young and coming coaches. Look at how the Saints, Ravens, Falcons, Bucs, and many others have turn out? Even better.

Ryan said...

My only hope is that Richardson will can GM Marty Hurney, too. He must bear responsibility for the stupid roster moves and lack of them (Remember that ghastly contract he gave Jake after that embarrassing 6 turn-over playoff loss to the Cards?). I just wish more of the sports writers were turning the light on his ineptitude. Without the public pressure that comes from those media reports, we may be stuck w/ Marty Hurney and several more losing seasons that will result from his bone-headed player decisions.

Time to CLEAN HOUSE, Jerry, just like your employees used to sweep all the trash from the floor of the Hardee's restaurants you once owned!

Anonymous said...

If it wasn't for Kasay, it would be a typical loss. The offense was pathetic other than running on a lousy run defense. But I guess ugly wins still count. Nothing more I can say other than rehash what has already been said about these bunch of losers. WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR! Maybe Santa will bring a new GM and Coach, since a new owner is a bit of a stretch.

Anonymous said...

Kasay the unsung hero wins another one.

Kasay is not a thug pos mouthy idiot or egomaniac who scream for world attention.

Kasay does it the quiet way and always dependable. He has won more games singlehandedly than all the rest of the over paid flukes.



John Fox beware!! You are being shoved out the door by 2 faced smiling snakes complete with pandering fake patronizing and compliments by backstabbers.

Dont buy their fakery.

Anonymous said...

Fox too "vanilla" ? What a sorry sack of loserz who said that and also said AZ would win?

Rumor had it Tom Sorensen was secretly telling SSmith to tell some on the OL to miss blocks to sack the QB so much this yr and cause so many losees so Fox would get fired.

Remember TS headlines : "The Fox Era Is Over" a few months ago?

Anonymous said...

KEEP FOX !!!!!!!!!!

Sean said...

Who is Marty Hurney? And who is Don Gregory? Where did they come from? What did they do prior to coming to Carolina?

Anonymous said...

Hurney is GM and a 20 yr NFL vet in charge of Panther salary cap/operations since 1998 who came from the Chargers & Skins.

Gregory has been the Panthers head scout since 2006 and a 23 year vet NFL college scout formerly with the Rams Chiefs & Chargers.

Anonymous said...

@Sean
Who is Marty Hurney? And who is Don Gregory? Where did they come from? What did they do prior to coming to Carolina?

I bet you any money that they were probaly both there in San Diego when Ryan Leaf was selected.

The NFL is full of "retreads" (coaches, players, and scouts).

The Panther's should be looking at someone who's actually won a Super Bowl and been to numerous play-off games than these cheap "has-beens."

Anonymous said...

December 21, 2010 2:25 PM

Shut up fuckhead nobody. You know nothing.

Anonymous said...

I thought Jimmy Clausen played really well vs. Arizona. He should be the "Face" of the Panther organization for years to come!

Anonymous said...

December 21, 2010 10:15 AM

Marty Hurney BIO

The Carolina Panthers have been one of the NFL's most consistent franchises under the steady hand of Marty Hurney as general manager. Since he assumed responsibilities in 2002, Carolina's 76 victories rank as the seventh most in the NFL, and the Panthers are one of only four teams not to have a season with double-digit losses. During that time, the Panthers have made three playoff appearances, won one NFC Championship, claimed two NFC South titles, been to two NFC Championship games and played in one Super Bowl.

It is quite a difference from the 1-15 team, which lost 15 consecutive games, that Hurney inherited after the 2001 season. With that resume, it is no surprise that Forbes.com recognized Hurney among the top 10 executives in professional sports in 2007. A year earlier, FoxSports.com had given him the same honor. Most recently, a poll by The Sporting News ranked Hurney third among the NFL's general managers for first round value in the draft behind only the Baltimore Ravens' Ozzie Newsome and the Indianapolis Colts' Bill Polian.

"Hurney is a facilitator, a consensus builder, an administrator, who can pull together all manners of resources, start a very democratic process that works well, then sit with the coach and owner and come to sharp, well-reasoned decisions," wrote Michael Wilbon of The Washington Post.

That ability is reflected in a multitude of ways. Hurney was instrumental in the selection of John Fox as Carolina's head coach. He has overseen the college and pro scouting departments. For seven consecutive seasons from 2002 through 2008, at least one player chosen in the draft became a starter. It was that management style Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson saw in Hurney when he promoted him to general manager. The promotion was the culmination of a 15-year NFL apprenticeship under some of the game's most astute coaches and executives, and Hurney has demonstrated that the lessons were well-learned. In addition to the on-the-field improvement, he has overseen salary cap adjustments that have left Carolina in a more positive position for the future.

Hurney joined the Panthers in 1998 from the San Diego Chargers and managed the salary cap under head coaches Dom Capers and George Seifert. As general manager, Hurney oversees the salary cap while coordinating the different areas of football operations with Fox and the team's college and pro scouting departments.

Hurney first caught the eye of former Washington Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke as a reporter covering the team's championship runs in the 1980s. Developing an association with Cooke, head coach Joe Gibbs and general manager Bobby Beathard, he joined the Redskins public relations department in 1988. In 1990, Hurney moved with Beathard to San Diego, serving as the general manager's assistant with responsibilities that included organizing the scouting department and player contracts and overseeing the day-to-day football administration.

With the advent of the salary cap in 1993, Hurney emerged as the club's specialist in compliance management to the agreement, while earning distinction as both an administrator and negotiator, and played an integral role in the Chargers AFC Championship in 1994. Applying the lessons he has learned over the years from some of the game's most successful leaders, Hurney has become a proven leader himself.

A native of Wheaton, Md., Hurney graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and began his career as a journalist with the Montgomery Journal in Silver Spring, Md. In 1978, he moved to the Washington Star and worked three years for that paper before going to the Washington Times, where he spent five years as a beat writer covering the Redskins.

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Anonymous said...

December 21, 2010 10:15 AM

Marty Hurney BIO

The Carolina Panthers have been one of the NFL's most consistent franchises under the steady hand of Marty Hurney as general manager. Since he assumed responsibilities in 2002, Carolina's 76 victories rank as the seventh most in the NFL, and the Panthers are one of only four teams not to have a season with double-digit losses. During that time, the Panthers have made three playoff appearances, won one NFC Championship, claimed two NFC South titles, been to two NFC Championship games and played in one Super Bowl.

It is quite a difference from the 1-15 team, which lost 15 consecutive games, that Hurney inherited after the 2001 season. With that resume, it is no surprise that Forbes.com recognized Hurney among the top 10 executives in professional sports in 2007. A year earlier, FoxSports.com had given him the same honor. Most recently, a poll by The Sporting News ranked Hurney third among the NFL's general managers for first round value in the draft behind only the Baltimore Ravens' Ozzie Newsome and the Indianapolis Colts' Bill Polian.

"Hurney is a facilitator, a consensus builder, an administrator, who can pull together all manners of resources, start a very democratic process that works well, then sit with the coach and owner and come to sharp, well-reasoned decisions," wrote Michael Wilbon of The Washington Post.

That ability is reflected in a multitude of ways. Hurney was instrumental in the selection of John Fox as Carolina's head coach. He has overseen the college and pro scouting departments. For seven consecutive seasons from 2002 through 2008, at least one player chosen in the draft became a starter. It was that management style Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson saw in Hurney when he promoted him to general manager. The promotion was the culmination of a 15-year NFL apprenticeship under some of the game's most astute coaches and executives, and Hurney has demonstrated that the lessons were well-learned. In addition to the on-the-field improvement, he has overseen salary cap adjustments that have left Carolina in a more positive position for the future.

Hurney joined the Panthers in 1998 from the San Diego Chargers and managed the salary cap under head coaches Dom Capers and George Seifert. As general manager, Hurney oversees the salary cap while coordinating the different areas of football operations with Fox and the team's college and pro scouting departments.

Hurney first caught the eye of former Washington Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke as a reporter covering the team's championship runs in the 1980s. Developing an association with Cooke, head coach Joe Gibbs and general manager Bobby Beathard, he joined the Redskins public relations department in 1988. In 1990, Hurney moved with Beathard to San Diego, serving as the general manager's assistant with responsibilities that included organizing the scouting department and player contracts and overseeing the day-to-day football administration.

With the advent of the salary cap in 1993, Hurney emerged as the club's specialist in compliance management to the agreement, while earning distinction as both an administrator and negotiator, and played an integral role in the Chargers AFC Championship in 1994. Applying the lessons he has learned over the years from some of the game's most successful leaders, Hurney has become a proven leader himself.

A native of Wheaton, Md., Hurney graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and began his career as a journalist with the Montgomery Journal in Silver Spring, Md. In 1978, he moved to the Washington Star and worked three years for that paper before going to the Washington Times, where he spent five years as a beat writer covering the Redskins.

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