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December 23, 2005

Gardner didn't live up to talk

For most weeks this season, the media who regularly cover the Carolina Panthers tried to guess when wide receiver Rod Gardner would go off.

Gardner, thought by many fans to be a savior when he was acquired in a trade with Washington on the eve of training camp, rarely played for the Panthers. Although his body language often suggested he was steaming mad, Gardner always was diplomatic with his words.

After his release last week, Gardner was picked up by the Green Bay Packers off waivers. It seemed like a pretty safe bet Gardner would finally have some harsh words for the Panthers.

But, once again, Gardner didn’t come close to expectations.

"I thought they wanted me to come in and play right now and fight for a starting job,’’ Gardner told reporters in Green Bay earlier this week. "But once training camp hit and everything was going well, I didn’t see the transition being made and I didn’t think they gave me the opportunity I needed.

"So at that point in time, I just tried to make it through the year, stay positive and hope something would come through. Towards the end of the year, coach John Fox, he’s a good guy, but at the same time I felt I wasn’t what they needed and it was a waste of time for me being there.’’

By the way, the knock on Gardner was he never learned Carolina’s offense. Don’t look for him to suddenly grasp Green Bay’s offense and make an impact in the final two weeks of the season.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 23, 2005 at 09:51 AM | Permalink

Comments

Pat,

I wish you or someone would address how bad Travelle Wharton really is. I've been disappointed in his performance all season but yesterday's loss to the Cowboys has set me over the edge. Three fumbles by Jake Delhomme were all caused be Wharton's man beathing him around the corner and catching Jake's arm. If I had a way to go back through the season and examine each game I would. But making a conservative guess, I think Jake has been hit and fumbled at least 10 times, possibly more, by the man who beat Travelle around his corner.

Basically he stinks!!!

Dejected.

Posted by: Panthers | Dec 25, 2005 9:59:27 AM

Um..Did anyone see the Green Bay game last night..I think maybe Gardner IS in fact someone who CAN catch balls and try to make BIG plays....why NOT here...?

This team is heading in the wrong direction FAST!!!

Posted by: Ritchie | Dec 26, 2005 9:07:04 AM

Why not in 14 games we never saw plays called for Gardner as we saw for Drew Carter the past two games.I believe Gardner was set up to fail by the coaches.He was never put in a position to succeed.Mangement may have wanted him not John Fox. And it showed.

Posted by: charles | Dec 26, 2005 5:37:34 PM

I can't say for sure whether or not Gardner got a fair chance and it sure looks like Colbert hasn't added much to the offense. What I can say is that next year this team had better find a solid (emphasis on solid) number 2 at wide receiver and a running back that can keep us out of 2nd and 8 situations all day long. As for the rest of this year? Well, we'll make the playoffs but were one-and-done on the road.

Posted by: Yak Rider | Dec 27, 2005 3:59:08 AM

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