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August 05, 2009

Kemo gone for '09

The Panthers decided to put DT Maake Kemoeatu on injured reserve, meaning he's definitely out for the entire season. They made the move when they signed DT George Hypolite.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on August 5, 2009 at 03:47 PM | Permalink

Comments

Hypolite?? The name does not inspire confidence for a run-stopping DT :-)
Jokes aside, we have a serious issue at DT. Definitely requires a defensive scheme change to account for the personnel we currently have at that position.

Posted by: Prashanth | Aug 5, 2009 5:16:29 PM

Charles -

Does putting him on IR free up any cap space?

Posted by: jeff | Aug 5, 2009 5:27:07 PM

Charles -

Does putting him on IR free up any cap space?

Posted by: jeff | Aug 5, 2009 5:27:08 PM

No it does not. I asked the other day and found out it does not!

Posted by: darealpanther | Aug 5, 2009 5:55:41 PM

is it just me, but couldn't we make a trade for a decent DT? just saying we have to do something...otherwise we need to change our offensive scheme to compensate and keep our D off the field...just my two pennies

Posted by: Clay | Aug 5, 2009 6:32:31 PM

Somebody else has to step up.

Posted by: zon | Aug 5, 2009 6:38:59 PM

Obviously we want our offense to keep our defense off the field...that's a no brainer.

I'd say since we already have a new defensive philosophy with Meeks as DC, we entertain the idea of switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and let our LB's help fill in the gaps. We have more talent with our LB than the remaining DT. Maybe since we signed E. Brown we move Pep to an outside LB position and let him give us fans the same type of show K. Greene used to give us.

Or like Clay said, plain and simple someone else just has to step up.

Just a thought.

Posted by: PNTHRFAN | Aug 5, 2009 6:55:44 PM

Sad, but moving on. If one guy makes or breaks this team - or a season - then we ARE in sad shape. Meeks will plug someone in and here we go - we'll be fine.

Posted by: Rip | Aug 5, 2009 7:34:42 PM

We're going to miss Maake Kameltoe this year...is Sam Adams available?

Posted by: Neu | Aug 5, 2009 8:01:26 PM

Sirius NFL Radio says that we would likely want to strike a deal with the Giants who have an abundance of DTs. The process of doing that would take a few days or maybe a week.

Posted by: Authority | Aug 5, 2009 8:40:13 PM

It does free up some cap space, or they would have never put him on the IR. The reason for that move was so they could free up some money. Most likely Kemo would have been able to play the second 1/2 of the season, this move was made to bring someone else in.

Posted by: Roy smith | Aug 5, 2009 8:49:19 PM

No they put him on the IR to free up a roster spot..

Posted by: Appstate2336 | Aug 5, 2009 9:23:52 PM

Our D-line was desperately thin at tackle last year, and my biggest misgiving over our draft was not getting another run-plugger early. Kemo was our only true Nose tackle, so losing him is going to hurt sorely. Nose tackles are just about the hardest defensive position to find, and we're out. Be prepared to be run on, no matter the scheme.

Posted by: Jon | Aug 5, 2009 10:20:36 PM

What about Grady Jackson? Or track down Dawin Walker, who was a Panther the last two seasons. And why all the hype about Corey Irvin if he suddenly isn't good enough to fill in. C'mon, Panthers - DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!!!

Posted by: ASU2007 | Aug 5, 2009 10:41:20 PM

Corvey Irvin can't fill Kemo's shoes. He's not a run stuffer, even though he did play some nose tackle at UGA. Definitely gonna need to sign/trade for a big veteran DT who can stop the run.

Posted by: DB | Aug 5, 2009 11:03:39 PM

Our D-line was desperately thin at tackle last year, and my biggest misgiving over our draft was not getting another run-plugger early. Kemo was our only true Nose tackle, so losing him is going to hurt sorely. Nose tackles are just about the hardest defensive position to find, and we're out. Be prepared to be run on, no matter the scheme. Posted by: Jon | Aug 5, 2009 10:20:36 PM

I couldn't agree more. I love it when I can read some brilliant commentary from the other fans.

On another note--- switch to a 3-4?? Are you serious?!? While we're at it, lets all take turns fanning Peppers' sack while he is waiting to play on the sidelines!?! Give it a rest. Seriously.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Aug 5, 2009 11:30:12 PM

Kemo got hurt during pursuit drill. A huge body may not be the best thing with Meeks new aggressive schemes. Just my two cents worth.

Posted by: JT | Aug 6, 2009 7:01:04 AM

its gonna hurt us early, but we'll be able to fill in. Damione Lewis is ok, Nick Hayden has potential to be ok, Corvey Irvin will be ok. Our D-line will be our weekest link, but they will be able to pressure the qb, which will help, our overall D.

Posted by: James T | Aug 6, 2009 11:11:58 PM

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