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July 19, 2008

Spartanburg bears down on Panthers

Sorensen has high hopes for Panthers. Discuss.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 19, 2008 at 09:31 AM | Permalink

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This just in: it's going to be hot in Spartanburg next week.

Posted by: Bob Procton | Jul 20, 2008 8:51:01 AM

It's not the heat, it's the humidity.

Posted by: dogear | Jul 20, 2008 9:42:02 AM

My fault, guys. In trying to clear out a bunch of posts by one of your resident trolls -- who I'm targeting for banishment if he or she doesn't cut it out -- I deleted some, a bunch actually, that didn't deserve it. My apologies.

Mike Persinger
Executive Sports Editor
The Charlotte Observer
mpersinger@charlotteobserver.com

Posted by: Mike Persinger | Jul 20, 2008 11:19:36 AM

Im kind of weary of the whole high hopes thing,Do I think the boys in Black and Blue can be good? Hell Yes,Can they be great?Well, Ill have to at least see what the new Defensive Line looks like,until then Im staying on the Wildcard Side of things.

Still however think a playoff berth will be available,even moreso with the way the NFC has come down to the final 3 weeks the past few years.........

Get it started.

Posted by: Ghost of Sparta | Jul 20, 2008 2:41:35 PM

Please do not banish Procton and his insightful blogs

Posted by: JD | Jul 20, 2008 2:44:00 PM

I agree Sparta, trying to temper my enthusiam a little myself. I see so much improvement it is hard not to get excited. Then I think of Jakes' elbow, and I get nervous. I know it all looks good right now, but I am still leery. As for the DL? We were 16th in D last year, any improvement will be welcome. The potential is there, just afraid it won't come out.

All-in-all, I want to be excited, If I think the worse, maybe the best will happen.

Anyway, GO CATS! and Jake!

Posted by: iamhubby | Jul 20, 2008 3:32:17 PM

Just a side thought; I wonder which "Troll" Persinger wants to banish?

Posted by: iamhubby | Jul 20, 2008 3:34:35 PM

The one who posts as other people and can't keep his or her pottymouth in check. It's not like I can't tell if the same person posts under multiple names ...

Posted by: Mike Persinger | Jul 20, 2008 3:56:36 PM

Great, I get political and now they want to banish me?! It was a sincere question; but to keep it simple if we can....
Can we just keep politics out of the NFL all together. It's bad enough they ruin player images by all these personal stories and interviews, but they have to get all political too. It really kills the sport as a fan. BTW, for the record, I'm not from Scotland! I did mention Whales before, but Scotland?!? Between calling me a Buccanneers fan, a racist and a Scott, you guys sley me (speaking to the fellow trolls).

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 20, 2008 5:40:25 PM

For you overcritical critics...
*Wales & *slay

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 20, 2008 5:46:50 PM

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, ok. My bad. I guess my guilty conscience got the best of me. Hehehe. Sorry!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 20, 2008 5:51:00 PM

The Panthers are going to play football this year! David Carr is going to win the Superbowl all by himself.

And don't let the FACTS get in the way of your self-aggrandizement!

Posted by: Mitchell Procton | Jul 20, 2008 9:54:11 PM

Here's to hoping that it's only the heat and humidity that bears down on the Panthers in Spartanburg. If they can get out of there injury-free, that's the important thing. Well, that and developing some good team chemistry given all the turnover this year.

--Neil

Posted by: NSpicer | Jul 21, 2008 7:01:21 AM

Why is it, that no one is concerned about the D-Line. Lewis has never proved anything in this league. He is a guy that one guard can take on. Beason's tackle numbers will be way down this year without Kris Jenkins eating up double teams.

P.S. This is a thought of the man at 5700.

Posted by: Steven | Jul 21, 2008 9:44:44 AM

Steven, I think plenty of people are concerned about the lines on both sides of the ball. With Lewis becoming a starter, Peps changing sides and possible Brayton or Charles Johnson on the opposite side. But I dont know how much Beasons tackles will go down because he will be at the MLB position for the entire season, unlike last season.

Posted by: matt | Jul 21, 2008 10:01:18 AM

I think you're exactly right, Steven. Jenkins and Kemoeatu have been much maligned in the last few years because they haven't put up numbers. But their excellent job in clogging lanes and taking on blockers made things easier for everybody in the back seven. Rookies don't come in and get 10 tackles a game if they're having to fight off blockers every game. Also, our ranks in average YPC allowed since Kemo came on board:
2007-3.6 (4th, NFL)
2006-3.9 (7th, NFL.)
10-sack DTs don't contribute to numbers like that. That's why people should be worried about Lewis in the lineup, even though "he led the team in sacks as a backup...he must be AWESOME!"

matt's right about Beason's tackle numbers.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 21, 2008 11:03:11 AM

What does everyone think about Right Guard? Plus, does Milford Brown make this team? I think he is a better Bridges without the negative stuff.

Posted by: Steven | Jul 21, 2008 12:45:05 PM

i couldnt agree more mr persinger, i think syr pis, procton, and a few other potty mouths should be banned. keep up the great editing Censoring).
sincerely, watchdogin

Posted by: watchdoggin | Jul 21, 2008 1:00:33 PM

ps, dont make me reincarnate.

Posted by: watchdoggin | Jul 21, 2008 1:04:20 PM

I think Right Guard is obviously the biggest question mark on this team.

Personally I think either Bridges or Finoti will be the opening day starter

Posted by: matt | Jul 21, 2008 1:14:42 PM

actually, let me rephrase, Either Finoti or Vincent

Posted by: matt | Jul 21, 2008 1:27:13 PM

I don't think Brown is an upgrade to Bridges. Guards are not very hard to find, but Bridges can play a serviceable right tackle. Brown has hardly proven that. Further, if you're an offensive lineman and you get let go by Houston and Arizona in consecutive years, you probably ain't particularly special. Versatile? Sure. But he's not very good.

I think the RG should be Fonoti or Bridges.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 21, 2008 1:34:30 PM

How about hangartner he is up to 320.

Posted by: SAM | Jul 21, 2008 1:41:14 PM

We don't have another backup for center if Hang starts. I doubt they want to do that.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 21, 2008 1:57:12 PM

I agree with the people who mentioned their concerns with the DL. However there is some hope.

We all know the Pep situation, and most would agree with the guess that he will step up in a contract year.

Then the other DE, Rucker, he did come off surgery and is still a great person, but didn't really produce last year. Johnson, Brayton, and McClover all have upside for cheap contracts. HOPEFULLY, one will step up.

DT was the line's strength last year in my opinion. Losing Jenkins will no doubt be a tough blow, but team chemistry will probably be better for it. We did sign 2 guys that have produced before in Walker and Scott. Plus we still have Kemo to help take blockers.

Lets not forget the fact that the coaches are changing the philosophy a little too. Lewis has been quoted as saying he has more freedom to shoot gaps now, which plays to his strengths.

With Kemo still eatting blockers (I couldn't help the pun), Lewis getting penetration, quality depth at DT for the rotation, average play at LDE, and Pep stepping up at RDE, I see a good chance at hope. With all that said, DL is no longer the strength. As a matter of opinion, I would say the DL is now behind LB and CB. If we can run the ball like most of us think, then our D will get a significant boost from time of possession.

Posted by: Will Parker | Jul 21, 2008 2:04:06 PM

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