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September 21, 2009

#Panthers don't want 0-3; Only 3 teams since '90 have made playoffs after 0-3 start

It is absolutely not exaggerating to say the Carolina Panthers will be very close to a must-win situation when they play at Dallas next Monday night.

Carolina is 0-2, and beating the Cowboys would keep them from an 0-3 start that has been extremely difficult to overcome for other teams over the past 19 years.

It has been 11 years since any team started 0-3 and made the playoffs. And since 1990, when the NFL expanded its playoff field to 12 teams, only three teams have survived 0-3 to reach the postseason -- the '92 San Diego Chargers (who were 0-4), the '95 Detroit Lions (back in Barry Sanders' heyday), and the '98 Buffalo Bills.

All three were wild-card teams and none reached their conference championship games. Of the three, only San Diego won a wild-card game, but then lost in the divisional round.

The '92 Chargers, by the way, won 11 of their final 12 regular-season games. Current Panthers general manager was part of San Diego's front office that season, and Carolina head coach John Fox was the Chargers' defensive backs coach.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on September 21, 2009 at 11:47 PM | Permalink


To me, the stats of the past doesnt mean anything, anything can happen any season. Before last season, did anyone look at the past 50 years & say how many teams went 0-16 like the lions? the odds of that happening must have been bad yet it happened so stats mean nothing to me.

Posted by: mrbernz | Sep 22, 2009 1:11:46 AM

To me, the most important stat is the final record. Then again, look where that perfect record got the Patriots. I'm not giving up on the team. For those of you who want to bail out early, let me know, and when I get back from the "sand box", I'll look you back up.

Posted by: Airborne | Sep 22, 2009 4:11:23 AM

The fact is that at 0-3 with the schedule the Panthers have is rock solid outta the playoffs. Anyone who doesnt believe that is fooling themselves. It's not like we have a team that doesn't have issues either. 0-2 with this team and it's injuries and defense and shaky QB means no playoffs, 0-3 solidifies that.

Posted by: Heel Observer | Sep 22, 2009 6:41:24 AM

It amazes me the amount of criticism the defense gets when that unit has 2 players missing from last year & a slew of injuries, not to mention a new defensive coordinator & new schemes to learn, but the offense gets a free pass on everything. The offense has the same players from last year with the same offensive coordinator. There shouldnt be any talk about the offense is coming along, it shouldve shown up by now! This same offensive unit with the same players from last year is putting up half the points so far it did from a year ago but everyone is blaming the defense.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Sep 22, 2009 8:31:30 AM

Seems like this bye could be a double edged sword. We are used to getting the bye close to mid-season, which helped heal the injuries. If that happened this year, how many games would it take the defense to click with the new schemes? On the other side of the sword, the early bye will enable the team to fine tune, including those defensive schemes, but not give the time to heal any future injuries.

Posted by: Airborne | Sep 22, 2009 9:11:07 AM

This hurts man. I mean you get worked up all offseason to see your fav team play and they come out of the gate looking like duds. I think we made a really bad business move by signing Peppers for all that money. That really tied our hands. If we let him go today, I am not even sure how many teams will be lining up to sign him. Also, If we get to 0-3 or worse 0-5, I would give Matt Moore and Hunter Cantwell a chance just to see what we have in them, that way we can deal or draft a QB next yr. We have the makings of a very good team, we just need some aggressive play calling, a better coach(sorry, but JF does not have it anymore). Just look at the Jets, they had good players, a good coach and good QB just enhanced it.

Posted by: PantherPride | Sep 22, 2009 9:21:23 AM

I could not agree with you more TARHEEL. In my mind, this is not the second game for an offense which is "coming along". The offense is at the point they should have been at for pre-season game #2. Because of the offense inability to maintain ball control, our defense is on the field entirely too much. 10 of 28 third down conversions don’t cut it for a run first ball control offense. The time of possession 28 minutes for the Panthers versus 31 minutes for opponents is not indicative of a ball control offense.

Posted by: Jeff | Sep 22, 2009 9:22:41 AM

Offense? Defense? It looks like Carolina is the new, "Detroit Lions"!!! Lets bring Frank Reich out of retirement, He provides us a better chance to win!! Delhomme, WHAT A JOKE!!! As far as Julius Pecker goes, enough said...

Posted by: Jay | Sep 22, 2009 11:10:19 AM

0-5 and you may see a mid season coaching change like Terry Bradshaw so wisely predicted.

Posted by: ripp | Sep 22, 2009 11:10:49 AM

Everybody was saying the preseason meant nothing. It now means a six game loosing streak since AZ.

Posted by: ripp | Sep 22, 2009 11:13:01 AM

it looks like it was a hugh mistake to keep peppers.we could have upgraded ourself at a lot of positions. as it is now we have i wide receiver,1 def tackle and no safeties.
plus, giving jake that extension is dumbfounding.
this is not the major problem though. there is not an ounce of passion on this squad. you have to blame the head coach for that. fox needs to go, and take that special teams coach with him.

Posted by: ray | Sep 22, 2009 11:17:21 AM

Good report Chucky! I like the extra tidbit at the end. But again, if you are realistic about this season, with all things considered, it would be much to as of this team to make the playoffs. Also, let's not overlook the fact that they also have to face the Saints and Falcons twice a year too, which are two blazing teams in the NFL right now! So the first part of this was no real news, now was it? That being said, if this team somehow finds a way to scratch its way into the playoffs, then HOLY S---!!!!!!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Sep 22, 2009 3:32:16 PM


Deangelo Williams fumbles the ball and John Fox wasted a first round pick for him. They should fire Fox!

Kemoatu, Hayden, and Leanord get injured. Also Harris and Diggs get injured too. That is way too many injuries. Bill Cowher didn't have that many injuries on defense! They should bring him in.

Cowher made the Superbowl in his third year and was they youngest coach (at that time) to make it to a Superbowl. In only his 15th season as a head coach with the same team, he won a superbowl and immediately retired, only to make a move and lobby for a different coaching position in the Carolinas.

Fox made it to the Superbowl in only his second year and in his seven years with the same team, he has not won the Superbowl. Last year his team dominated and most had them picked (even from the beginning of the year) as a Superbowl favorite. The handsome and mosts winningneststed Panther QB in history had a uncharacteristic game, fumbling and throwing interceptions, and so the team had an embarrassing performance. I know so cause the TV said so. It was only one bad performance so he deserved a big contract because I love to go to Hardee's in the morning and Mr. Richardson is so wonderful. Anyway, Fox didn't bring in a good backup QB, and I don't care how much cap space he had. So it's John Fox's fault that Jake sucks, even though he has a run first offense and it has been said by many that he does not give Jake many opportunities. Fox should have never made that contract that much for Jake. It makes Jake nervous. Did I say how much I love Jake. He is the reason this team wins so much! GO JAKE!

So, in conclusion, we should fire Fox and hire Cowhard!! Go Cowhard!!! I love Cowhard too!!!!!
Oh did I say that Fox only makes the playoffs every other year on average and has way too many injuries on his team!
Posted by: Typical Panther Fan | September 20, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Is it a bad thing when you make yourself laugh too hard?

Posted by: SYRPIS | Sep 22, 2009 3:33:35 PM

now the blog before mine was the most stupid and funniest blog today..idiots making posting about something have no clue about..i guess you are a panther fan because you like the color of their jerseys, right..lol

Posted by: tim | Sep 22, 2009 4:11:23 PM

The panthers just have to get in the groove of things and then they will be back at the top of their division. Just because of a shaky start doesn't mean that is how the rest of the season is going to go. And for all you band wagon fans, don't even bother putting up comments because nobody wants to read them

Posted by: Seth | Sep 22, 2009 7:01:57 PM

thats it koolade drinker . gloss over all the mistakes this coach has made and the teams complete lack of heart and enthusiasm,the horrible special teams, the peppers fiasco the d.t situation,the fact we dont have a safety that can cover anybody or tackle.hire shanahan!

Posted by: ray | Sep 24, 2009 10:41:06 AM

I thought the giants started 0-2 in their superbowl win couple of years ago!

Posted by: pantherfan | Sep 26, 2009 4:24:23 PM

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