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December 30, 2007

Panthers' report card

Here’s the Panthers’ report card from Sunday’s victory against Tampa Bay:

QUARTERBACKS: Matt Moore had another solid outing, completing 15 of 24 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Panthers also made a nice gesture by putting in Vinny Testaverde to take a knee on the game’s final play to end his career. GRADE: B

RUNNING BACKS: DeAngelo Williams carried 20 times for 121 yards. If he could put up those numbers every week next season, the Panthers will have fixed their running game. GRADE: B+

RECEIVERS: The Bucs contained Steve Smith, but tight ends Dante Rosario and Christian Fauria came through with touchdown catches. GRADE: C+

OFFENSIVE LINE: Moore was sacked only once and there were holes for Williams and DeShaun Foster. GRADE: A

DEFENSIVE LINE: The Panthers were able to pressure Luke McCown and the Bucs didn’t do a lot of damage on the ground. GRADE: B

LINEBACKERS: Na’il Diggs had a sack and Jon Beason had a game-high 10 tackles. GRADE: B

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Even with a backup quarterback and a bunch of reserve receivers, the Bucs were able to move the ball through the air. GRADE: C

SPECIAL TEAMS: Ryne Robinson had a 60-yard kickoff return and new kicker Rhys Lloyd put a couple of kickoffs into the end zone. GRADE: B

COACHING: In a disappointing season, John Fox had his team playing hard right up to the end. GRADE: B

-- Pat Yasinskas

Posted by Observer Sports on December 30, 2007 at 06:55 PM | Permalink

Comments

Awful generous with your grades, especially considering the Bucs were playing second and third string players. I will say the new kicker should be on the roster next year. But the Panthers will keep Kasay just because that is what they do. The Bus pretty much laid doen so do not make more out od this win that it is.

Posted by: matt | Dec 30, 2007 7:40:06 PM

any word on what was wrong with Jason Baker?

Posted by: Bakersfriend | Dec 30, 2007 7:41:33 PM

CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHERE THE PANTHERS WILL DFAFT IN APRIL. LOOKS LIKE THEY MOVED DOWN ABOUT 5 SPACES BY WINNING TODAYS GAME. SOMEWHERE AROUND 14 OR 15. IS THAT CORRECT?

Posted by: Carl Leazer | Dec 30, 2007 7:46:06 PM

The Panthers are 15th worst based on the league standings, but they are tied with other teams at 7-9 so I am not sure how the tie breaker stuff is done. At worst, the Panthers will pick 15th. They would have picked 9th if they had lost, but I'm still glad that we played to win & didn't throw the game. When you do that, guys get hurt and you don't find out who can really play and needs to be kept another season.

Looking forward to the draft in April and next season. With Jake back and Moore as the #2 we should be good. Go PANTHERS!

Posted by: Draft | Dec 30, 2007 7:58:59 PM

How about Moore as the number 1 and Jake backing him up?

Posted by: Willy | Dec 30, 2007 8:11:21 PM

"How about Moore as the number 1 and Jake backing him up?"

As long as our schedule consists only of the 49ers and TB's reserves, that sounds like a plan.

Posted by: Seth | Dec 30, 2007 8:20:26 PM

Should have said Seahawks. But I doubt Moore could beat them consistently.

Posted by: Seth | Dec 30, 2007 8:22:58 PM

Come on, Seth...you don't think 13 points a week (Moore's average against starters) will win a ton of games in the NFL? That almost wouldn't have been last in the league!

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 30, 2007 8:47:41 PM

Procton, you're still a dick!

Posted by: billy | Dec 30, 2007 10:02:09 PM

Procton, you ARE a dick.

Posted by: Bill's right | Dec 30, 2007 10:21:07 PM

Billy and Billy's Right are quite the cute couple, aren't they? You boys break out the matching sweater vests and scarves today when you walked the Pomeranian? Look, Friends of Dorothy, just because you play with feet and balls doesn't make you a football expert.

Posted by: Screw Billy | Dec 30, 2007 10:51:58 PM

2008 has some hope with some young guns. i look forward to see these young guys taking charge. marshall,mcclover,johnson,harris,rosario,beason,williams,and hangartner. beason,williams, and rosaio will lead this team with a healthy delhomme behind center. it is time for the next generation to take over, and i look forward to seeing deke cooper sitting on the bench and marquand gone for good.
hoping for a strong draft and a smart off season.

Posted by: jakeniss | Dec 31, 2007 12:02:41 AM

You jokers are overlooking the obvious... I was wrong when I said Fox lost a handle on his team. The proof is today's win. Had they wanted anther coach, they would have laid down their arms and let the jackals move in. Instead, they played their hearts out and pulled a W out of thier a**ess! That is a true testament to the players' feelings toward this administration.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 31, 2007 12:14:59 AM

Moreover, give it a rest, creepos! Moore's peroformance was no better or worse than any other Panther QB this year (that includes Delhomme)!! As a matter of fact, you haters are usually harping on mistakes made... why aren't you harping on Moore's?!? The guy looked like what he is today, an unseasoned rookie making a ton of errors. Sure they got a "W" --- but against a team that has been resting its key players for a couple of weeks and didn't care wether or not they won or lost. Back to why you people aren't splitting hairs with this particular guy (Moore)--- because you are a bunch of sheeple!!! Pat Yasiknaluskioskiselloutski says that Cowher is god, and you people erect tabernacles in his honor! Yes, Moore is good, but so is Verde, Fox, Foster, Robinson, etc... Even Jake and Meshawn are good, I'll admit, but that does not matter with you people. What matters is that you recite everything you read and hear so you don't sound stupid. Well guess what....
Bottom line... Fox is a great coach! Moore was not played until he was ready to handle the responsibility... Williams has not received more carries until he was willing to show that he is not scared to hit the holes (and won't start until he shows he can do the rest= pass catching & blocking). The same goes for the rest of this coaching staff's decisions. And for those of you who say "injuries are no excuse" are just a bunch of sheeple!! Of course it's an excuse! Let's see you people do your daily job's with half of your co-workers on IR and a bunch of new guys coming in from nowhere to fill in! If your team does anywhere near as well as the Panthers have this season, than guess what... YOU STILL DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO CRITICIZE THIS ORGANIZATION AND THE PEOPLE IN IT!!!!!! But what am I wasting my time for?? I don't think some of you will ever get that.
BTW... Happy New Year!!!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 31, 2007 12:16:25 AM

Watching the highlights on nfl.com, on one of the long pass plays Williams made a great block on a DE or a blitzing outside LB. Was this just luck or is he picking up the blocking?

Does anyone know if we would have been in the play off without the loss to the Cowgirl-ref tag team?

Posted by: Thorrez | Dec 31, 2007 6:15:51 AM

thorrez: with the redskins win we would not have made the playoffs anyway.

fox hopefully will now let playing time be a product of effort and performance--not how you played back in 2003 at Philly. (I'm looking in your direction, foster)

Posted by: 309-18-1-2 | Dec 31, 2007 7:12:41 AM

Panthers have the 13th pick

but it will be a poor pick so don't waste your time getting excited about it

Posted by: Joe | Dec 31, 2007 8:51:51 AM

Moore as a starter has been more effective than Vinny or Carr, how can you say that he has not done any better than the other guys we had starting??

Also, has DeAngelo finally secured a starting spot and has DeShaun lost his spot on the roster?

Posted by: m | Dec 31, 2007 9:11:30 AM

If I were the Panthers, I would seriously consider Mike martz for Offensive Coordinator since the Lions have given up on him. Maybe move Jeff Davidson to O-line coach even though it's a demotion. What do you think?

Posted by: SC | Dec 31, 2007 9:34:05 AM

okay, Mike Martz likes the pass-heavy offense that requires some good fast receivers which we have one of currently signed to the roster in smitty. Plus Fox is a run first coach which already conflicts with what Martz likes to do. Frankly we dont have the personel nor the the coach that jives with what Martz likes to do as a coach, plus why even demote Davidson after one season in which he didnt even have a qb?

Posted by: m | Dec 31, 2007 10:01:39 AM

This season could have gone many different directions, however it finished at 7-9 respectfully (remember we lost our starting QB and a ton of home games). #1. I like what we have in Moore… he should be groomed in the off season for the #2 position on the roster. No he didn’t do any better than the other Caro QB’s, but the others have years of experience… he didn’t. You have to start Jake… but he’ll push him for the position all year. #2. Williams should be our #1 (feature Back) running back. He provides excitement and can break one on any given play… we’ve seen this all year long, you can’t say that for Foster who’s had the starting position… well just read the stats. #3. Our Draft priorities depend on how we hit the free agent market. We should go in this order Safety, Defensive End, Offensive Tackle, Defensive Tackle. We should address the wide out position with a proven pass catcher via free agency… no more projects. Keep Carter as a third and train Jarrett extensively during this off season… remember the guy was a “beast” at USC. #4. Get rid of all the dead weight… Carr, Morgan, Colbert, Hoover, Salley, Gross (there… I’ve said it) mainly because of salary cap figures and what he’ll be asking for on the market… not because of performance. #5. Retire Testaverde and Rucker. Anyway we look better going into next season… good is too strong at this point to say.

Posted by: Caro2daHeart | Dec 31, 2007 11:56:50 AM

Mr. Procton, until next year. I have enjoyed watching you get so many people so upset this year. Remember, Santa is watching, so be nice. I hope you have your first experience with a real woman this year, I hope you start shaving, and I wish you well until next year. Now, sleep with your hands on the outside of the covers, and have a good 2008.

Posted by: Willy | Dec 31, 2007 12:31:10 PM

Colbert was a BEAST at USC as well

Posted by: m | Dec 31, 2007 1:34:27 PM

Willy, I'm glad I keep you amused, if nothing else (your ridiculous--and UNTRUE--assertions notwithstanding.) I will say, however, that (like last year) I'll be around through the offseason with the rest of the REAL fans.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 31, 2007 2:04:43 PM

Steven Davis is gone and we need big,powerful RB. I think Panthers needs to go after Jamal Lewis and cut Foster.Trade Peppers while he is still have some value maybe they will get 1st and 2 or 3 round picks.Maake have to go - to much money for 40 takles a season(any rookie can do that).Use high draft pick on FS and please...please get #2 receiver next to Smith.
They have a back up for QB so stop worrying about that.This is my idea,but i guess Panthers GM don't care about what everybody thinks...hey team did good job 2 out of 6 years,that's more than enough :)))

Posted by: LD | Dec 31, 2007 2:17:42 PM

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