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September 24, 2008

'Any given Sunday' truer than ever

    NFL coaches and players are always talking about how any team in the league can beat any other team on any given Sunday, but that theory may never have had more evidence to bolster it than last Sunday's
38-13 blowout of traditional power New England by lowly Miami.

    If you don't want it to happen to you, "Every play takes total concentration and total effort," said Panthers QB Jake Delhomme in today's open locker room session. "To win one in this league -- you look at some of the scores last week. Just take Miami, for instance; nobody would have thought they would have played the way they did. You HAVE to be ready.

    "Everybody's got, for the most part, similar talent...for the most part. Everybody's on a level playing field; we've all got the same amount of money to spend. We've got a salary cap and it's not like in other sports where you can go out and spend and get the best players.

You've got to be ready. You'll be humbled, you'll be embarrassed in this league if you're not ready."

    *The Panthers will face Atlanta Sunday in Bank of America Stadium.

Both teams are 2-1, and some of the credit for that must go to Falcons DE John Abraham, the former South Carolina standout. Abraham leads the NFL with six sacks, one more than Carolina has as a team. Both Panthers tackles, Jordan Gross on the left side and Jeff Otah on the right, should see plenty of Abraham, since the Falcons tend to move him around often.

--Stan Olson

Posted by Observer Sports on September 24, 2008 at 03:55 PM | Permalink


You must get serious joy out of posting on these boards...

Abraham won't touch Jake this weekend. Panthers will be 3-1 and the Falcons are about to begin a long losing streak buddy. Sit back and take in the winning record while you can because it won't last much longer.

Posted by: Procton Sucks | Sep 24, 2008 4:31:00 PM

Thanks Procton we loose one game and all of a sudden everyone sucks!

Posted by: Kenny Davis | Sep 24, 2008 4:33:24 PM

This team has too much talent to be mediocre. They should be dominating. I agree with the favoritism has got to go. But what really has got to go is the conservative attitude. No, I'm not talking about a draw play on 3rd and long. I'm not even talking about the field position game either. What I'm referring too is the "3 wins out of 4 every quarter is our objective" mentality. This teams should want to dominate every second they are on the field; which will reflect on the on the scoreboards and the win column. Enough prancing around already Panthers! Let's get mad-dog mean and dominate!!!

Posted by: Keeping it Real | Sep 24, 2008 4:46:03 PM

Speaking of dominating, Al Harris ruptured his spleen recently. As I remember, someone suggested that Chris Simms was a pansy for getting his spleen ruptured. What does that make Harris; especially since he is the one delivering the punishment, not receiving it on a regular basis?? So if Simms is such a pansy for continuing to play for a couple of hours after sustaining such an injury and losing enough blood to almost kill him, what would that make Harris?

The thing is, a pro-bowl caliber NFL LB or DL is capable of delivering 1000 psi (pounds per square inch) of pressure on the human body. Couple that with the fact that they love to "tee off" (where the QB is standing upright and is unaware of approaching player) and I would say any and every NFL offensive player is pretty tough: especially Chris Simms.

Posted by: Keeping it Real | Sep 24, 2008 4:47:04 PM

Who is this Al Harris? I know of no Al Harris. I do hope you mean Chris Harris.

Containing Abraham will be a cakewalk when you consider what we had to put up with last week. Get Jeff King in there to build up the O-Line and have him doubleteamed the whole game. That'll make him a bit more humble.

Trust me, we'll give the Falcons a heavy dose of Williams and Stewart. That'll shut them up.

Posted by: Revshawn | Sep 24, 2008 5:07:23 PM

Well excuse me Mr. Grumpypants. Did mama put too much suger in your bowl of bunny wheats this morning?

Posted by: Revshawn | Sep 24, 2008 5:22:42 PM


I must admit I was surprised to see you post your ignorance of Al Harris. Your posts are typically pretty good, but not knowing who Al Harris is does bring into question your credibility.

As for the Falcons, I think this weekend will be a true test for the Panthers. They need to destroy the Falcons in front of the home crowd like they are supposed to do. Too many times the Panthers do not play well when they are favored and at home. Fox needs to have them ready and the O-line needs to dominate. We should be able to run all over the Falcons with Stewart and Williams. And Jake, please look for someone other than Smith a little bit this Sunday.

Posted by: tc | Sep 24, 2008 5:44:13 PM

Jordan Gross does suck...at least, he sucked last week. Jared Allen absolutely dominated him all game long. I know Allen's one of the best in the league but still, for the money we're paying Gross he ought to be able to hold his own a little better. And Otah is a great run blocker, but his pass blocking needs work. I shudder at what John Abraham will do to us this week going up against Gross and Otah...especially if our running game isn't working. If we pound the rock with Stewart and DeAngelo, we win. If we don't...look out. Here comes Abraham.

Posted by: DB | Sep 24, 2008 7:18:34 PM

Sadly, I can claim credit for neither of the posts under my name. I, for one, would never simply say that Gross sucks. It's just that he's slightly above-average at best on the left side.

As for Abraham, I do fully expect him to have at least a sack. Our O-line is set up to run block well, but the only guy we have who's even above-average in pass pro at his position is Kalil.

Sadly, Baker's rookie status won't necessarily do Peppers any good. He's gone up against three career backups in three games and come away with a grand total of one sack and just seven tackles. We used to at least be able to count on him having big games against crappy OTs. Sad that that's not even true anymore at $15.8 mil against the cap.

Regardless, though, our defense should be able to shut down the Falcons' weak passing game and focus on Turner. If the Falcons pass rush can be contained, we can work the play action and wear them down with the run as the game goes on.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 24, 2008 7:42:09 PM

Are you serious? Gross held his own, for 3 quarters, against one of(if not the) best DE's in the NFL. In the 4th quarter when we had no choice but to pass, Allen came with something no one was going to stop.

Posted by: heelzrule | Sep 24, 2008 8:26:45 PM

He wasn't doing that great. In addition to his sack, Allen registered at least another two hurries and had an assist on a TFL among his 5 tackles. Gross is an elite RT. So why make him a good LT (if you want to call him that) instead?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 24, 2008 10:12:14 PM

All we will have to deal with is Ryan, we've held two of the top backs in the NFL under 100 yards, so we will stop Turner just as well. Ryan will have to beat us with his arm, but we saw what happened when he went up against a good defense in the bucs and he got shell shocked. Look for Carolina to run the ball down the Falcons throats and Rosario to be inputted big this week into the passing game.

Posted by: Nate | Sep 24, 2008 10:52:46 PM

Now I know how Procton feels.

TC, my previous post was not my own. I shall leave it at that.

Posted by: Revshawn | Sep 24, 2008 11:50:55 PM

Yeah I'm serious...Gross really didn't play well Sunday. Like I said, I realize Allen was a tough matchup and us playing from behind didnt help. Still, Allen was certainly pressuring Jake for most of the game. He just didnt break through until the 4th quarter, at which point it was almost like Gross wasnt even there. One thing I'll give him though, he's definitely a better LT than Wharton ever was. We finally figured out Wharton was better suited for another position...and I guess we know Gross is better suited for RT, but Otah's there now. LT is really the last spot we need to solidify on the O-Line, and Gross is not the answer.

Posted by: DB | Sep 25, 2008 12:03:15 AM


Is it Pepper's fault that we have restructured his contract so many times that instead of the $7.5MM he should count towards the salary cap he is counting $15.8MM? Plus, by loading it up this year, his last contract year, doesn't that free up a ton of space for next season if we don't resign him? And if we franchise him, he will only get like $8MM or something of the likes which frees up another $7.5MM to go after a top notch free agent.

Also, do you ever have anything new to add to the blogs? If a random person who had never been on these blogs was to read 3 or 4 of your posts, they would immediately know which players you love, which you hate, how biased you are in your opinions and how your biasness blinds your judgment.

Posted by: Mason | Sep 25, 2008 9:00:11 AM

Sadly, none of the previous post were mine. I am going to stop posting on this blog because it is no longer a football forum and it has become a joke.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Sep 25, 2008 10:17:46 AM

Thank the Lord!

Posted by: J Thomas | Sep 25, 2008 10:46:08 AM

If you've noticed today that all your posts are gone, under whatever name you've posted them, it's because I've targeted you for banishment. Posting under other people's name, using profanity or crude references, and general immaturity make this board less enjoyable for others. Until we switch vendors on blogs and require registration, banishment is my only option.

Mike Persinger
Executive Sports Editor
The Charlotte Observer
(704) 358-5132

Posted by: Mike Persinger | Sep 25, 2008 11:19:16 AM

the panthers need to let gross and peppers go next year. that would free up a ton of cap money to sign 2 or 3 quality players. and for petes sake fox, please have a back in to chip abraham in obvious passing situations.and please blitz the rookie q.b. often and with extreme prejudice.this is not rocket science.the eagles blitz on almost every play.the blitz works vs the run also.im so tired of this vanilla ,soft zone def and boring off. we have more talent than that. lets use it.

Posted by: ray | Sep 25, 2008 11:44:14 AM

At this point Gross is definately worth keeping and Peppers isn't (in my opinion) and of course its only 3 games in so things can change.

ON the blitz, it seems that often the quarterback will find an open man, with usually a defender about 5 yards off him. Its like Fox will blitz but he's so scared of giving up the "big play" that one guy usually is wide open for a good 15 yard area.

Posted by: matt | Sep 25, 2008 12:52:11 PM

If the Panthers can not run the ball this weekend, they will not all season. Atlanta is very weak at the DT position and Abraham is light. Run the ball, with Stewart.

Posted by: Steven | Sep 25, 2008 1:02:09 PM

Someone please tell me that the Panthers are going to start getting more TDs. Their sum total of net points so far this season is embarressing. But I still love them. Pluck the Bad Birds, boyz!!

Posted by: Rumble Kitti | Sep 25, 2008 2:08:02 PM

WAY TA GO MIKE P. !!!!!!!!!

Posted by: harrydogg | Sep 25, 2008 3:12:07 PM

Good point, Ray.

Posted by: harrydogg | Sep 25, 2008 3:13:59 PM

As long as the Panther players don't take this team lightly (like everyone else seems to be doing) they will come out with a win. On the other hand, you shouldn't talke them up so much that you enter the game scared of them (Jake). Regradless, like some of you said, the running attack should create a win in this one. If the Bears and their 9-man fronts couldn't stop the Panther rushing attack, I don't see how other teams can (as long as you don't give up on running the ball if the team gets behind, Fox).

Posted by: Keeping it Real | Sep 25, 2008 4:18:37 PM

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