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December 02, 2007

Panthers' report card

Here’s the Panthers’ report card from Sunday’s victory against San Francisco:

QUARTERBACK. Vinny Testaverde threw two interceptions. But, other than that, he managed the offense nicely. GRADE: C

RUNNING BACKS. DeAngelo Williams ran extremely well during the second half. He finally ran the way the Panthers envisioned when they used a first-round pick on him last year. DeShaun Foster averaged just 2.8 yards a carry, but he and Williams were productive as receivers out of the backfield. GRADE: B

RECEIVERS. Steve Smith lined up as a receiver, quarterback and running back as the Panthers managed to get him 10 touches. Keary Colbert and Drew Carter didn’t do much, but tight ends Jeff King and Dante Rosario each caught touchdown passes. GRADE: B

OFFENSIVE LINE. The Panthers gained 166 yards on the ground and Testaverde didn’t have to deal with a lot of pressure. GRADE: B+

DEFENSIVE LINE. This unit has been slammed much of the season and that was deserved. But, for one game, we saw a glimpse of what this defensive line is supposed to be like. The Panthers had six sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. Defensive end Mike Rucker forced a fumble and defensive tackle Damione Lewis recovered it. This unit also played a big role in holding the 49ers to 59 yards on the ground. GRADE: A-

LINEBACKERS. Jon Beason had another big game with a team-high seven tackles and an interception. Thomas Davis also had an impact and Na’il Diggs got half a sack. GRADE: A

DEFENSIVE BACKS. There were a couple of breakdowns on San Francisco’s two touchdown passes in the third quarter. But Richard Marshall returned an interception for a touchdown. Chris Gamble and Marquand Manuel also had interceptions.

SPECIAL TEAMS. Rosario had a huge recovery when Michael Lewis muffed a punt return. Ryne Robinson wasn’t able to do much on kickoff or punt returns. GRADE: B-

COACHING. Keep in mind, it was only the 49ers. But give John Fox and his staff credit for ending a home losing streak that had gone on for more than a year. Defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac simplified things and that gave the Panthers a consistent pass rush for the first time this season. Offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson took a different approach and jazzed things up. That allowed the Panthers to get a fast start. GRADE: B

Pat Yasinskas

Posted by Observer Sports on December 2, 2007 at 07:16 PM | Permalink


Defensive back grade...........????

I'd go with a B-

Posted by: doesthissavefox? | Dec 2, 2007 7:37:24 PM

Jeff Davidson finally opened the offense up some, and we finally won. Maybe Fox will have enough faith in him to let him start making all the calls and we won't be so darn conservative.

And Drew Carter should be the 2nd WR. He had a couple of good catches and Colbert had more drops. Maybe next year we'll sign Taye Biddle and let Colbert go!

Posted by: Matt West | Dec 2, 2007 7:45:59 PM

coaching F

Why wait until its too late to change up playcalling????

Posted by: pedro | Dec 2, 2007 7:55:59 PM

Alot of the creativity that got us the big lead had nothing to do with the quarterback. It was just pure recognition that something needed to be done to win the game. When we reverted back to pure run/pass it was three straight 3 and outs. 49ers came back and made it 17-14. We have got to keep up the creative plays through out the game. Jacksonville is going to have allocate alot of time this week to prepare for those 3 or 4 plays.

Posted by: messageboard genius | Dec 2, 2007 7:57:56 PM

Thankfully the 49'ers didn't pick on Gamble with the cast. If you think he couldn't tackle before.........

Posted by: B | Dec 2, 2007 8:04:04 PM

Finally, a pass to Rosario! See what happened!

Posted by: Bryan | Dec 2, 2007 9:06:16 PM

The D blitzes a lot, and Offensive playcalling was creative in the first half and we run up a big lead. Starting the second half, Fox decides to sit on the lead for the rest of the game - no more blitzes, no more trickery on O. We give up 2 quick TDs, go 3 and out, and throw a pick. Then Fox goes back to the strategy used in the first half and all of a sudden everything's great again. You think he learned a lesson?

Posted by: Authority on Everything | Dec 2, 2007 9:23:27 PM

OFFENSE- We we get away from the tired, conservative play calling, we look pretty good.

DEFENSE- When we play aggressive and blitz a lot, we look good.

It's too bad it's too little too late.

Why can't the "Brain-trust" get it?

Posted by: Owner Ears | Dec 2, 2007 9:59:11 PM

There is no way Fox learned his lesson. If we happen to get a lead against the Jags he's just going to try to sit on the ball again and let them right back in the game. The man still thinks he's coaching in the mid 80's.

Posted by: Matt West | Dec 2, 2007 10:33:11 PM

Just a quick note to call Pat out - I have followed this board for years, and it seems to me that whenever the Panthers have struggled, which is a lot this year, Pat would rapid-fire posts on this blog puking and moaning about everything from personnel decisions to coaching issues and the like. HOWEVER, as the Panthers put together a decent showing at home yesterday, and YES I realize it was against a team that is significantly weaker than Carolina, Pat compeltely disappeared during the game and post-game.

Okay Pat - what's the matter? Success of this team has been somewhat wanting this year, and you rip them apart in real time when they falter. Where did you go yesterday during the win? I'm thinking that controversy feeds your ego, and that when it appears the Panthers aren't easy picking, you fold up like a cheap card table. I've defended you on this board over and over, and now THIS!

C'mon, you hack - just because you can't be among the first to dog-pile on this team, does that mean you stop writing entirely? Be fair, be balanced, and above all, BE CONSISTENT!!!

Posted by: Panther Fan in GA | Dec 3, 2007 8:24:23 AM

Anyone think Sean Taylor's death has anything to do w/ the spark that was suddenly lit under the Panther's asses? The Defense particularly looked remarkable, albeit against Trent Dilfer and an atrocious team, but they finally put together a complete game. Did anyone see Peppers crying before kickoff during the moment of silence? Maybe now, they have something to be playing for.. Sadly, maybe Sean Taylor's death finally made these "pussies" start realizing they can't take any "plays" off, and to start living up to their talent.

Posted by: Shaun | Dec 3, 2007 10:59:46 AM

What a refreshing game to see our team play with new heart and attitude...although the start of the second half made me think ...Oh no, the real Panthers have returned...but then it seemed like we fought off the funk and played through to a very positive win...no matter who we played...That said, I thought we would see at least 2 or 3 minutes of Matt Moore...the guy needs experience in a hurry...might have been a good time to throw him in the mix and run those new fangled offensive plays...BTW, I really did enjoy seeing D. Williams get that many carries as well as Jeff King and Rosario get some catches. Colbert is a liability ...get Carter or Duane some time ...AND as a team let's make a run at it for the next 4 games ...GoPants!!!

Posted by: DreamerPantFan | Dec 3, 2007 11:54:51 AM

If the death of a guy whom most of them barely knew is what it took for them to do the job they get paid millions (or at the least, hundreds of thousands) to do, this team is in worse shape than I could have ever imagined.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 3, 2007 4:58:17 PM

Wow, Pat has been silenced?!? BUT HE ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING NEGATIVE TO SAY.... HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!! The Panthers could be undefeated this season and Yainskalukioski will still be finding a reason to fire Fox and hire Cowher!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 3, 2007 11:35:55 PM

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