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August 22, 2009

Post-game observations

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Some thoughts after the Panthers' 27-17 exhibition loss Saturday against the Dolphins:

-- DeAngelo Williams' 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter reminded us of the kind of special running back he's become. He combined tackle-breaking with elusiveness and an unerring nose for the end zone on that one. The air was sucked out of Land Shark Stadium when he broke free that final time.

-- The offensive line held together well, allowing Jake Delhomme plenty of time to pass. And he looked sharp for the first time this preseason. Bad scare when T Jeff Otah went out limping in the first quarter. But he was OK.

-- Nothing good happened with the Panthers' run defense -- again. The Dolphins ran for 141 yards, an average of 5.0 yards. Ronnie Brown reeled off consecutive runs of 10 and 12 yards on Miami's first possession.

-- LB Jon Beason said he sprained his left knee and will have it examined Sunday. Doesn't think it's serious. S Charles Godfrey also hurt his hand, according to coach John Fox.

-- Josh McCown might have had slightly better numbers than Matt Moore -- completing 7-of-12 passes for 61 yards to Moore's 4-of-9 for 41 in the battle to be the No. 2 QB. But Moore looked sharper. His two medium-range hookups to Dante Rosario (24 yards) and Jeff King (22) were impressive.

-- If you're a Jimmy Buffett fan, this is the stadium to for you. But the continous "Fins To The Left, Fins To The Right" that kept playing on the P.A. system after every good thing that happened for the Dolphins started getting old. But hey, Buffett paid for the (naming) rights to do it.

-- Rookie RB Mike Goodson got lots of work with the second team and picked up 23 yards on eight carries. He also returned two kickoffs for an average of 25.0 yards. He still doesn't have the knack to hit a hole and burst through it like is needed in the NFL.

-- Another rookie, Captain Munnerlyn, went from one extreme to another on punt returns. He returned one 58 yards -- and appeared to be heading for a TD -- before he was bumped out bounds. Wow, he's got the job, we all thought. Then, he fumbled (luckily for him he recovered it) on a seemingly innocuous hit. Oops, maybe he doesn't have the job. Munnerlyn's long return, though, guarantees he'll continue to get a strong look. Ryne Robinson's inability to get out of the way of a bounce on a late punt -- leading to a Dolphins touchdown -- certainly didn't help his chances of winning back the job he lost when he hurt his knee last season

-- Lots of work for the tight ends: New starter Gary Barnidge had two catches and Rosario and King each had three. The Panthers probably aren't going to have the luxury of keeping all three.

-- Fox blamed the dirt -- muddied from an early-game rain storm -- in the stadium's baseball infield for the bad snap by newcomer J.J. Jansen on a John Kasay field-goal attempt. "We didn't practice on the baseball field down at Wofford (for training camp)," said Fox. "I thought (Jansen) snapped well."

-- The Panthers have 10 fumbles in their two exhibitions -- losing five of them.

-- Rookie DE Everette Brown, though undersized, was drafted for his speed. That's exactly what he used to get to Chad Henne in the third quarter, when he forced the Dolphins quarterback to fumble. -- David Scott



Posted by Observer Sports on August 22, 2009 at 11:47 PM | Permalink


Y'all miss me tonight?

Posted by: J pep | Aug 22, 2009 11:53:34 PM

Is it Goodson doesnt have it down yet to hit the hole, or JUST THAT HE COULDNT HIT THE HOLE ESPECIALLY TONIGHT

Posted by: jake the snake | Aug 23, 2009 12:20:41 AM

lack luster, please tell me they will figure out how to stop the run.

Posted by: Scott | Aug 23, 2009 12:32:37 AM

1-Stop the run thru the middle.
2- Get to the QB
3- Where is the #3 Riciver (Jarett) Not one catch.
Long shot to the playoffs> at best 8 and 8

Posted by: Korge | Aug 23, 2009 8:39:15 AM

If the Panthers are what they were as Division champions and almost superbowl winners,they have to make us fans,the owner,organization, foes and themselves a "TALK OF THE NFL".Learning a new system is a case in point but other organizations are putting their shouldier's to the wheel each time they play.It is not the size of the dog that matters in a fight:but the size of the dog.Of course yes the "CARDIAC CATS" are a bunch of brave warriors-so fight on ! "BRAVE WARRIORS"!!!!> "A LUTA CONTINUA-- THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES"

Posted by: Joseph Sakpa Rogers | Aug 23, 2009 11:48:34 AM

Peppers did not get run over regularly. He made a down field tackle, and I told my friends, there goes Peppers taking plays off. Get over it. He is getting paid. Tyler Brayton plays tough, but Everette Brown and Charles Johnson should be getting first team reps. Also, how bad does Favorite, Irvin, Harvey, and Williams have to out play Hayden to get some run with the good players. They are big bodies that have good strength and push up the middle. This kid is absolute garbage. He gets pushed around and has zero moves. The interior run defense shores up dramatically when the aforementioned four players get in the game. I know they charge full price for tickets, but its still preseason. We will blow Miami out when it counts. I was mad at the first of the game, but Davidson got tired of them flexing and called some more advanced plays. We started moving the ball. Championships trophies are not given out at the first of September.

Posted by: Mountain App | Aug 23, 2009 1:53:55 PM

I watched the game in Palm Beach,FL. For the first 30 minutes Directv was accidentally using the Charlotte feed, i loved seeing bojangles ads and listening to the Panthers commentators. Mm I want some bojangles.
And by the way, I'm boycotting Landshark beer. PANTHERS!!!!!!

Posted by: SouthFloridaPanthersFanClub | Aug 23, 2009 7:08:08 PM

they might as well get irvin in there and get him as many reps as possible. him and favorite are already as good as hayden.

Posted by: ray | Aug 24, 2009 12:01:56 PM

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