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March 21, 2007

Radio frequency an issue for Panthers D

   Just got off a conference call with Rich McKay, the co-chairman of the NFL’s Competition Committee, in which the agenda for next week’s owners’ meeting was discussed.

   There was a lot of talk about the probability that the league will implement a more stringent policy for player conduct to deal with off-field issues and a lot of talk about some proposed rules changes.

   One proposed change in particular could be particularly interesting for the Panthers. For the second straight year, there will be a proposal to allow teams to use a radio communications system from a coach to a defensive player. The proposal wasn’t approved last year but, with some upgrades in technology, its chances are believed to be better this time around. The logic is coaches can communicate with quarterbacks through a similar system and the playing field needs to be leveled.

   The proposal would allow one defensive player to be designated before each game to wear the radio helmet. If that player leaves a game, no other defensive player can wear a radio helmet. That’s where the playing field could get tilted for the Panthers.

   Generally, the middle linebacker is the one who calls the defensive plays and, theoretically, he’d be the most likely to wear the radio. But the Panthers might be in a unique situation here because Dan Morgan is their middle linebacker.

   You know the history: Morgan’s had injury problems throughout his career and missed almost all of last season after repeated concussions. The chance of Morgan staying on the field for an entire game is always iffy.

   Logic would say safety Mike Minter would be the safe alternative because Minter has missed only a handful of plays the last few years. But Minter’s nearing the end of his career. The Panthers want to get a lot younger at safety and Minter’s playing time could drop dramatically.

   If the proposal passes and the Panthers want to maximize whatever advantage they would get out of the radio, they might have to designate outside linebacker Thomas Davis or defensive end Julius Peppers as the player to wear the helmet. Peppers rotates out of the lineup some to stay fresh and Davis isn’t the most experienced player. But Davis and Peppers probably will be on the field more than any other defensive players.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 21, 2007 at 03:27 PM | Permalink

Comments

I think Mike Rucker, assumning he's healthy, would be the best person to take command, considering he's very experienced....

Posted by: Kyle Conrad | Mar 21, 2007 7:39:07 PM

If Morgan is there all 16 games, A Miracle has happened! If He goes out and Minter is the Man, How solid will he be? If he is one of our weakest points and our backup D-QB, then we are in Trouble! Can we have a 3rd Backup? Or does Fox just allow us to be soft in a Very Important Area by leaving Minter in?? These boys get paid the Big Bucks, Have 4 Deep as D-QB! What are you going too do???????

Posted by: bt | Mar 22, 2007 1:02:08 AM

Alright! Alright!
MY BAD!
If one guy is designated than by all means, Things change. Got to be an every down guy. You know!! Scratch it all, keep it as it is!

Posted by: bt | Mar 22, 2007 1:51:28 AM

Yeah, we need a coach on the sideline to radio in who to tackle! This might help our defense a little! Ya think?

"Morgan see the guy with the ball? Tackle him NOW"!

Posted by: Ben Dover | Mar 22, 2007 8:09:00 AM

does anybody but me think that the idea of using radio communication on D sounds a kinda cheap...i mean its getting to the point where you dont have to necessarily be a good FOOTBALL player anymore, just be a good athlete and the coaches who DO KNOW what they're doing will tell you what to do...are the players knowledge of their positions getting that bad?...this is just another rule implemented by the NFL so that bad teams with less talented and knowledgable players can hang with everybody else therby gaining more fan support for the weaker teams and making even more money....

Posted by: str8chillin' | Mar 22, 2007 9:36:22 AM

o yeah off the subject but since we haven't made any moves in free agency really besides a couple minor signings and resignings its time to wake up...we need at least a backup qb and it just so happens that if the matt shaub deal goes through then david carr will most likely be available to trade for or even better the texans may cut him outright if no one expresses interest in trading for him...we cant let the opportunity to at least see what its gonna take to get this guy to carolina pass by....plz marty hurney and john fox get on the phone right now and work out a deal for this guy....you want a veteran backing jake up well there you go...experience...yeah i think hes got it...hes pretty young and he played ok with a terrible team....at least our o line isnt as bad as theirs and we have a pretty decent recieving core which is also better than where hed be coming from...this would be make the rest of the mistakes of passing on talent this off season at least not so hard on the fans

Posted by: str8chillin' | Mar 22, 2007 10:33:00 AM

Streight: The radio isn't active during play, just in the pre-snap huddle. It's simply a way to facilitate play-calling, and we still see plenty of delay-of-games and wasted timeouts to prevent them on offense, which has had this for a long time.
Regarding Carr, I agree that he'd be a great pickup, but not for a trade. The Panthers cannot afford to take on a contract of that size for a backup QB. IF he gets cut and we can sign him to a contract more to our liking, perhaps. But Marty and Foxie won't mortgage the future just to get a backup, who might just already be on the roster (Brett Basanez, who looked good enough in the preseason to supplant LeFors--a 4th round pick--and looked decent in limited action at the end of the year.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 22, 2007 10:45:29 AM

Streight: The radio isn't active during play, just in the pre-snap huddle. It's simply a way to facilitate play-calling, and we still see plenty of delay-of-games and wasted timeouts to prevent them on offense, which has had this for a long time.
Regarding Carr, I agree that he'd be a great pickup, but not for a trade. The Panthers cannot afford to take on a contract of that size for a backup QB. IF he gets cut and we can sign him to a contract more to our liking, perhaps. But Marty and Foxie won't mortgage the future just to get a backup, who might just already be on the roster (Brett Basanez, who looked good enough in the preseason to supplant LeFors--a 4th round pick--and looked decent in limited action at the end of the year.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 22, 2007 10:46:40 AM

Sorry about the repeat posting. The page froze and I wasn't sure if it had sent the first time.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 22, 2007 10:48:17 AM

Richard Marshall is the man. The man eat, sleeps and breaths FB and will probably be in the lineup most of the time.

Posted by: Jason H | Mar 22, 2007 11:19:52 AM

Ok so why couldn't they switch the head set to another player if the MLB goes down? I mean if the QB goes down the back up gets to use the same stuff? That just seems more simple.

Posted by: One big man | Mar 22, 2007 2:50:36 PM

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