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December 21, 2005

Colbert's numbers tell a story

The Carolina Panthers can talk all they want about how Keary Colbert’s meager receiving numbers aren’t a concern. But maybe they should re-examine things and look at one important statistic.

Colbert has 19 catches in the 10 games the Panthers have won. He also has both of his touchdowns in victories. In the four they’ve lost, Colbert has a total of four catches. That’s a pretty significant difference.

Here’s one other interesting statistic. Of Colbert’s 23 catches, 15 (including both touchdowns) have come at home.

BY THE NUMBERS: It’s tough to judge offensive linemen by statistics, but with a little help from STATS, we did. Here’s how Carolina’s five starters have fared this season in sacks allowed and penalties:

LT Travelle Wharton, 6.5 sacks allowed, four penalties

LG Mike Wahle, 0.75 sacks allowed, two penalties

C Jeff Mitchell, 0.75 sacks allowed, two penalties

RG Tutan Reyes, 1 sack allowed, two penalties

RT Jordan Gross, 5.5 sacks allowed, three penalties

STUFFERS: Defensive end Julius Peppers is best known as a pass rusher, but he’s developed into a pretty effective run stopper, too. According to STATS, Peppers is the Panthers’ leader when it comes to stuffs (tackling a ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage on a running play). Here’s a look at the number of stuffs by each of Carolina’s four starting members of the defensive front:

LDE Julius Peppers 4.5

LDT Brentson Buckner 4

RDT Jordan Carstens 2

RDE Mike Rucker 3.5

Posted by Observer Sports on December 21, 2005 at 09:55 AM | Permalink


You say Colbert has 19 catches in the Panthers 10 wins (1.9 catches/game) and four catches in their four losses (1 catch per game). I don't see .9 catches per game as being a "significant difference". It might make it a more telling stat if you add in drops. Even more telling might be the number of times thrown to. Presumably, if he's not getting open then he'll be thrown to less resulting in fewer receptions. That's most likely the biggest difference from last year - he's not getting open as much. Regardless of the reason, I will agree he hasn't lived up to expectations this year.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 21, 2005 11:10:15 AM

Shouldn't a "stuff" be evaluated in a similar way to a sack by the NFL?

Heck, if I have a DE that has only two sacks on the season, but 10 individual stuffs for major yardage....he should be considered for the pro-bowl.

Posted by: Jonathan in MA | Dec 21, 2005 1:12:59 PM

Could you list the NFL average for those stats so we know what to compare it to? For instance, the tackles allow more sacks than the guards, which is to be expected; but how do Carolina's tackles compare to, say, Orlando Pace's?

Posted by: Josh | Dec 21, 2005 10:39:29 PM

It was exciting to see Drew Carter get some playing time. I'd like to see him get more PT and hopefully become the number 2 receiver. Maybe putting Colbert in the 3 receiver spot behind Carter (when Ricky P. leaves of course) will wake Colbert up.

Posted by: Jason | Dec 22, 2005 11:02:56 AM

I agree we need some context with O-line stats. Also, have we only given up 14.5 sacks this year? That seems short. Did the dubs or backs get credit for some

Posted by: Lee | Dec 23, 2005 9:34:49 AM

It is very dishearteing to see how you characterize Keary Colbert's play this season. Granted, there has not been the blitz that followed his rookie season with the Panthers; however, there has not been the opportunity either! In order to get additional receptions, Colbert has got to be thrown to. That has not happened often this year. Unlike last year, Steve Smith is healthy and is the highly favored wide receiver by Delhomme. When considering that, I think you should concentrate more on the reason why Colbert's stats aren't like they were last year. Despite his 2005 stats, he is still a solid WR that is adding a lot to the Panther's offensive line. I would love to see how you sports writers and so called Panthers fans would perform if you were on the field any given Sunday. I am sure your efforts would be meager to say the least!

Posted by: Lamar | Jan 2, 2006 4:29:14 PM

Would like to know who the other sacks were credited to, backs/ends, in a future blog post. That'd be great. Seems like we're gonna have to do a little better than giving up a sack a game to secondary blocking.

Posted by: Chris | Jan 20, 2006 11:11:49 AM

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