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December 27, 2007

Kalil excited about starting at center in finale

While much recent Panthers talk centers around rookie quarterback Matt Moore, fellow newbie Ryan Kalil is now snapping the ball to him, and, with starter Justin Hartwig lost to injury, will start at center Sunday in Tampa Bay.

Kalil got in the lineup last week when Hartwig was hurt in the second half of the loss to Dallas.

"They constantly tell you you’re one play away and sure enough, that horrible thing happened to Justin and I had to come in," Kalil said. "It’s a weird transition, kind of watching the game and then getting into it. But for the most part, I felt pretty comfortable."

That comfort zone quickly translated back into work.

"This week, definitely a little more studying than usual," he said.

Kalil started the season’s first two games at right guard and gave up two sacks in the second of those, but has been watching and learning since.

"There’s a lot of things that obviously you learn through practices and watching other guys do well or make mistakes on (that you can) learn from," he said. "Definitely where I have the advantage was my body felt a lot better than some of those other guys’ coming in this late in the season.

"It was definitely fun even though we had a loss; it was nice to get back in there and play the position (center) I’ve been playing for so long."

STAN OLSON

Posted by Observer Sports on December 27, 2007 at 05:30 PM | Permalink

Comments

why do they still refuse to play hangartner? They can still start Kalil at center and put Jeff in at guard for Wahle or even Bridges.

Posted by: Mike | Dec 27, 2007 5:32:52 PM

Hangartner HAS started the last couple of games at RG.

Posted by: J Maines | Dec 27, 2007 6:17:32 PM

I think its great!,Its time to see Who is Who aint,Time to do it now befor its too late,Lets not wait until regular season,This will be like-who wants to compete with THE 2007 Miamis'worst record season,Who was on the Roster 03 and 05 that maid them so great!

Posted by: #1 Fan | Dec 27, 2007 6:51:23 PM

Hopefully Kalil won't continue to look completely overmatched on every play.

Posted by: jdb1972 | Dec 27, 2007 10:19:43 PM

Kalil is going to be good for our running game, if the right scheme is utilized. There aren't many centers as athletic as he that can block a linebacker at the second level. I do worry about his lack of size in pass pro.

Posted by: bozo | Dec 27, 2007 11:23:24 PM

#1, tha answer to that question is Stephen Davis and some all-pro offensive lineman. That Panther rushing attack was a concern for every NFL team they faced back then. Hopefully, this youth movement will pay off next year---especially where the OL is concerned.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 27, 2007 11:55:39 PM

We don't got no Steven Davis or Steven Davis possibility on the team at this moment in time. Anybody know who is going to be a free agent that is a punishing, straight ahead running back?

Posted by: Willy | Dec 28, 2007 1:35:05 AM

TJ Duckett

Posted by: rich | Dec 28, 2007 7:57:40 AM

How about Michael Turner!!! He will be a free agent. Get rid of Foster he cannot hit a hole. Michael Turner and Jamal Lewis are free agents. That is what the Panthers are missing is a power running back. I even like the kid from E. Carolina!!We could get him in the second round. Bring back Fox he is a good coach and the best we have had. Cower is not the answer. I think everyone thinks if we hire Cower we won't have anymore 7-9 seasons but that is not true. Hell Cower went 7-9 with his Super bowl champ steelers his last year. He also only had 4 wins in 2003. Let Hurney go. We need another safety to help Chris Harris. Bright spots of 2007 season JOHN BEASON, Chris Harris, Richard Marshall, and Kris Jenkins. We can't afford to lose K. Jenkins he is a beast. We payed Kimo 7 mil. this year and Jenkins 2.5mil. Kimo sucks get rid of him keep Jenkins. We pay Kemo the same amount of money that Jason Taylor makes that is ridiculous!!

Posted by: WOWO | Dec 28, 2007 9:24:35 AM

Kimo actually has 4 more tackles than Jenkins, Jenkins has 2.5 sacks and Kimo has none. I don't recall seeing Jenkins being a beast. He and Kimo had about two plays each this year that I can recall. A lot of yards were given up right in between these two stiffs. They both need to go, Beason is the first man to hit the running back way, way, way too much. We need run stuffers at those spots, and these fat boys aren't it. Jenkins doesn't want to be here, let his big beehiny go. Send Maake back to Somoa or wherever the heck is from. He would look good in a grass skirt. I still think Jenkins little spectacle tore this team apart for a good part of the year. He is not now, nor has he been a team player. He is one of those "me" guys, and needs to go. He can take Zoolander and his matching gloves with him.

Posted by: Willy | Dec 28, 2007 10:49:51 AM

Keep in mind that the front office brough t in Kemo to team with Kris to take on blockers and let Morgan run free. That has worked for Beason!! I still think we need more than big boys we need players and Kemo sucks and Kris should be traded for youth!! We all know what Dan should do...The only way he stays is if he takes minimum money and is a backup of special teams player.

Posted by: Local | Dec 28, 2007 11:47:24 AM

I think Morgan is good for the team, but agree, he can't expect any type of deal that pays him much beyond the minimum and all other pay comes from complete games played incentives. Also, let him play OLB, he has enough speed, and might get hurt less. The guy is a hell of a player, when he plays.

Posted by: Willy | Dec 28, 2007 12:10:27 PM

2 words, Michael Turner!!!

Posted by: rawjem | Dec 28, 2007 12:10:42 PM

Stop dreaming about Turner, guys...no way we'll be able to sign him under the cap.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 28, 2007 3:39:23 PM

Even if we make cap room? This kid is a damn stud. 4.6 yrds per carry is his career low? Career average is 5.6 per carry. Two fumbles in four years. Did you hear that Foster? Two fumbles in four years. Now, he hasn't been a 20 carry a game back, and that would be the risk - he has never carried the load. And Mr. Procton, if you call me a jackass, dumbass or any other thing, I am going to tell your Mom to spank you.

Posted by: Willy | Dec 28, 2007 3:57:58 PM

Draft DeJuan Tribble!!!

Posted by: Panther Fan | Dec 28, 2007 4:06:21 PM

Panthers about to be next years Patriots and this years Celtics. Spend that money and hold people accountable. Come on over Chad Johnson and DeAngelo Hall. Draft OL(T), OLB, FS....Yes...Dont get mad! What else is there to do besides wait and see how our beloved Panthers bounce back after a dismal back to back season lack of production organization. Big perception out there. We need to be loving and blessed that the season wasnt like a Dolphins season or a Washington* seasons God Bless or a Atlanta season. We have to do better, we all, the organization the players and the coaches and definitely the FANS. We have to establish an identity, stick with it and FLY. Chants and all! Get on it! Panther Fans! Holla See you next year in BofA!

Posted by: Panther Fan | Dec 28, 2007 4:21:39 PM

you guys are kidding yourselves....these idiots in the front office are too stupid to pick up Michael Turner, Chester Taylor or anyone like Najeh Davenport or TJ Duckett (who they could have had for ZERO, NOTHING) Not only do they not know TALENT...FOX cannot get anyone excpt Steve Smith too IMPROVE... they have no clue.

Posted by: Rhino | Dec 28, 2007 10:14:27 PM

WE HAVE TO FACE THE HUGH REALITY THAT OUR CAP SITUATION SUCKS. THIS SEASON HAS BEATEN ME DOWN AND I DONT SEE MANY POSITIVES. I FEEL WE CANNOT WIN WITH OUR COACHING STAFF. FOX SEEMS TO BE A DECENT MAN BUT THE GAME HAS PASSED HIM BY. THE RULES HAVE BEEN RIGGED TO FAVOR THE PASS . IN TODAYS GAME YOU THROW THE PASS TO SET UP THE RUN.FOX WILL NEVER CHANGE. NO MATTER WHO IS RUNNING THE BALL THE DEFENSE WILL PUT 8 IN THE BOX AND SHUT IT DOWN.EVEN IF WE GOT RANDY MOSS FOXY WOULD BE RUNNING DRAWS ON 3RD AND 6.THE OTHER DAY A PANTHER CALLED FOX A PLAYERS COACH. I CRINGED. SHOW ME A PLAYERS COACH AND I WILL SHOW YOU A TEAM OF UNDERACHIEVING LOSERS. I GREW UP A GIANTS FAN WITH PARCELLS AS COACH AND BELICHICK AS DEFENSIVE GURU.THEY CONSTANTLY MADE ADJUSTMENTS THRU THE GAME.TRGOS IDEA OF THAT IS A 3 MAN RUSH AND DROPPING A 300 POUNDER TO COVER A PASS. BRILLIANT. WE HAVE VERY LIMITED FUNDS SO WE NEED TO GET A QUALITY #2 RECEIVER AND A BRUISING RUNNER WHO DOESNT FUMBLE.BUT IF YOU DONT GET RID OF CROSSMAN AND TRGO AND POSSIBLY FOX AND HURNEY IT WONT MATTER.

Posted by: ray | Dec 29, 2007 11:08:33 AM

The two fumbles commentary on Turner isn't really all that impressive. He's had a grand total of 216 carries in his career, which means he fumbles at a higher rate than Williams, and almost the same rate as Foster.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 29, 2007 12:28:04 PM

Turner: 2 fumbles in 217 attempts (1/108 att.)

Foster: 16 fumbles in 840 attempts (1/52 att.)

Turner fumbles less than half as often as Foster, not almost the same rate.
But even so, the Panthers won't be able to afford him.

Posted by: hillbilly | Dec 30, 2007 3:33:08 AM

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