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September 27, 2007

Jake update on hold; Bridges feeling good

The Panthers have NFL-mandated open locker rooms on Wednesday and Thursday from 1:15 until 2. p.m. That’s the best time to get some face time with players, but it doesn’t always work out.

We were curious about how quarterback Jake Delhomme’s strained elbow felt after four days off – he did not practice either Wednesday or today after being hurt Sunday – and as the small group of writers (TV and radio folk usually get all their sound bites Wednesday) entered the locker room today, there was Jake.

He was in a hurry to get somewhere, but said he’d be back before our 2. p.m. curfew – it’s hard to miss because Steve Smith shoots off a remarkably annoying air horn until we clear out.

Delhomme didn’t make it back after all, because he was getting treatment, but no one held it against him because he has proved courteous and helpful since joining the Panthers.

While we waited on Jake, guard Jeremy Bridges messed around across the way, joking with teammates. Bridges has also missed both days of practice; his injury is turf toe. But he said he was optimistic about being able to play Sunday. That would be a boost for the offensive line; one of his teammates remarked that Bridges’ energy and enthusiasm keeps everyone pumped up.

As for Delhomme, we’ll know more Friday.

STAN OLSON

Posted by Observer Sports on September 27, 2007 at 05:06 PM | Permalink

Comments

Stan, to my mind that was probably your best blog post to date - and I'm not being a smarta**. Gave a little team info (not much there to work with, obviously, but what was there made the post) but also gave a real feeling for what you and the other print journalists are thinking and feeling while doing your jobs. That blurb about Smith cracked me up. I like him even better now.

Posted by: cp | Sep 27, 2007 5:52:56 PM

Stan

Someone needs to ask the Panthers the tough questions. I don't want to be negative but the guys have forgotten that I bought a seat to be entertained - not watch them beat a poor team and feel good about it.

1. Since Delhomme and Foster have been in place the Panthers are an average team. I don't pay to see average.
2. Where is the other De - mix it up - use him - be creative - he is an assest for excitement.
3. The most exciting play in the game is punt return. Panthers are Boring>>>>>
4. Stop talking and tell Peppers to rush, rush, rush forget about this cute defensive scheme stuff.
5. Sports is entertainment. If I go to another average game to see an average team for an average win I won't come back again. I'll take my money and go to the beach for the weekend.

When did boring wins become more important than exciting sports entertainment.

Where is the creativity!!!!!!!

Posted by: kel | Sep 27, 2007 7:03:37 PM

Posted by: kel | Sep 27, 2007 7:05:52 PM

Kel, why don't you just go ahead and go home. I'll take your tickets. What an idiot. An average win is still a win.

Posted by: RedRocket | Sep 27, 2007 7:12:30 PM

Well, actually there is a lot more that could be reported on. This article did not mention Carr's name, who will be the starter on Sunday. Did the writers observe the practice the last two days? How did Carr look? How did the offense look as a team with Carr taking all the snaps? Was the timing good between Carr and the receivers? Who was catching the ball, who wasn't? What's the rapport between Carr and the offense unit? What's the reading on Carr and Smith connecting?

Why aren't we getting that kind of reporting? The article was all about Jake who will not even be playing Sunday. Jake's having a great season and it is a shame he was injured, but Sunday's game will be about Carr and how he performs in a big test for him and the team. That's what we ought to be hearing about.

Posted by: NewPantherFan | Sep 27, 2007 7:35:35 PM

If Carr plays, I hope God has mercy on our souls! Jake is having an absolutely great season and it is a shame he got injured. I hope they can maintain as a solid unit on offense without JD's leadership!

Posted by: JohnnnB | Sep 27, 2007 8:06:18 PM

if I'm not mistaken...they aren't allowed to report 95% of what they see in practice once the season starts (unlike the reporting on player performances and play-calling schemes during training camp)...but I agree I'd still like to hear some more probing questions like "fans want to know why you look like you would prefer being in a coma to getting pressure on the QB...comment?"

Posted by: kg | Sep 27, 2007 8:11:01 PM

Miss Reynolds, who cares who Ricky Bobby is, and apparently you too stupid to pice together what Mr.T is saying, Bucs 1 kittens 0. so pay attention while I break it down for you, stop me if I go to quickly.... ready, 1. it doesn't matter how long it took the Bucs to win the Super Bowl, because the fact is they DID win the Super bowl . Now, how many Super bowls have the kittens won? Go ahead you can say it, they already know. Second, sorry I try not to use such difficult terminology, 2nd of-course Mr.T wouldn't have memorized a quote from Dale Earnhardt Sr. because NASCAR's the epitome of white trash. Again let me break it down for you. That means don't buy the six pack of Old Milwaukee's best this Sunday because the rents due on you single wide and another missed payment and your on the street. 3rd if second is the first loser and the Bucs won it all and the Panthers were embarrass by the Patriots, doesn't that make the Panthers the first loser? Finally the day you want to try and do some lynching, I'll pull your panties down and turn your little bottom red, and when I'm done i'll bend you over and f**k you like the little bitch you are.

Posted by: Doofus Dan | Sep 27, 2007 8:46:01 PM

hey where is all the alanta people that posted the panthers are going down last week? hate to be the one but told ya so. and the i will do the same next week mighty bucs fans. this is the one we win our home game. we always play a good game against the bucs. im sure fox has a plan on how to use carr. hell last year we were winning games with no quarterback. all the negative people arent going to be happy until we score on every snap. and win every game. i will say i was wrong next week if the panthers lose but come back to take your medicine bucs fans. peace out.

Posted by: rutherford county res | Sep 27, 2007 9:00:04 PM

Steve Smith shoots off an air horn to get the reporters to clear out? That's AWESOME!

I thought it would be hard for me to like Steve Smith even more, but he found a way.

Posted by: Russ | Sep 27, 2007 10:29:25 PM

Doofus Dan, what kind of crack are you on?

Not only are you ignorant, but you can't spell and don't know enough to be on this blog.

What has the TB team done lately? Nothing but lose to us (7 of the last 8 times).

Did they even go 8-8.

I wouldn't look past last season in the Not For Long league.

Actually, the popularity of NASCAR has overcome the popularity of the NFL. Everything is cyclical, and it's NASCAR time now.

You must be one of those carpet-baggers that have moved from NY to live in Florida that doesn't understand that we are not Jethro Bodine down here.

Charlotte happens to be one of the 5 major metro areas that has property values increase. Your parents wouldn't be able to afford you to live with them in their house, if they lived here.

Don't get all mad because you have a loser for a team. That isn't our fault.

Posted by: Patrick Terry | Sep 27, 2007 11:46:17 PM

wow....i'm starting to realize ppl like Kel up there are really the reason why our home games "aren't" home games. and why there is such a lack of fan fare...kel why don't u go to arizona...i hear they have great fans...but their team has been lacking for years. it's not all about winning 50-0 all the time. it's about the love of the game, the excitment of the game..and if you absolutly knew we were gonna win that game the whole time, then i would love to go to vegas with you buddy. but it's fans like you that have me worried that we're gonna end up the next Detroit...it's sad when ur own fans boo every decision you make. we're 2-1....if you think u can do it better than jake or deshaun why don't u get out there and do it? when did our fans become the biggest cry babies in the NFL?

Posted by: Clayton | Sep 27, 2007 11:58:29 PM

Hey Dan!
What happens when a brother and sister reproduce?
Look in the mirror you ignorant, foul mouth excuse for a human being. I'm relieved you're a Tampon Bay fan.

Posted by: Dr. Peppers | Sep 28, 2007 12:46:44 AM

Dan is a posterchild for birth control and the reason vigilante justice should be imposed!

Posted by: JohnnyB | Sep 28, 2007 1:05:01 AM

Pat & Stan,
Reading some of the feedback on the blog tonight, I think ya'll should have some sort of password based on someone's football IQ...this site is really getting bad...Need to weed out some of these so called Panther fans...
"Tampon", "Coward", "Doofus Dan"...etc...

Posted by: Red | Sep 28, 2007 1:10:51 AM

Carr isn't worth a crap, neither is that wimp Delhome. Carolina Pussycats need to straighten up and show some enthusiam. We need to get our Fat Lazy fans into the game also. What a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Carolin Fan | Sep 28, 2007 6:23:17 AM

When did this team (players, coaches, front office) become so arrogant and feel that they owe the fans and media nothing in terms of substance. I guess “it is what it is,” a bad team on the field and off.

Posted by: Steven | Sep 28, 2007 7:45:37 AM

I can't wait for next week to see how many of you blow up your o-line. Before you do, trust me, it's not the line it's the qb. You're going to want to say that the line didn't give Carr time to pass beyond the checkdown route. Nope, it's Carr who needs at least 10 seconds of production before he'll fire it downfield.
Expect a loss this Sunday folks. And not a close one. Tampa will put on their Tampa 2 defense. Steve Smith's long will be 8 yards. It's not his fault; Carr will absolutely not throw into that coverage.

Posted by: Joshua | Sep 28, 2007 9:56:03 AM

one word-chill out

Posted by: joe | Sep 29, 2007 6:03:41 PM

Boy, I guess the old saying is true. They lock up all the crazy people and let all the nuts out.

Posted by: stating the obvious | Sep 29, 2007 8:32:57 PM

It appears Coach Fox is more concerned about building his new home rather than building our Panthers team. He needs to stop pitty-pattying those guys on the rear when they come off the field and start getting in their face for poor play. Here's a thought - If they don't want to use Peppers as a pass-rushing defensive end, how about putting him in at middle linebacker?! Can you say a bigger and faster "Ray Lewis"?!!!

Posted by: Gary McNeil | Oct 2, 2007 5:22:39 PM

It appears Coach Fox is more concerned about building his new home rather than building our Panthers team. He needs to stop pitty-pattying those guys on the rear when they come off the field and start getting in their face for poor play. Here's a thought - If they don't want to use Peppers as a pass-rushing defensive end, how about putting him in at middle linebacker?! Can you say a bigger and faster "Ray Lewis"?!!!

Posted by: Gary McNeil | Oct 2, 2007 5:23:21 PM

It appears Coach Fox is more concerned about building his new home rather than building our Panthers team. He needs to stop pitty-pattying those guys on the rear when they come off the field and start getting in their face for poor play. Here's a thought - If they don't want to use Peppers as a pass-rushing defensive end, how about putting him in at middle linebacker?! Can you say a bigger and faster "Ray Lewis"?!!!

Posted by: Gary McNeil | Oct 2, 2007 5:23:59 PM

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