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November 30, 2009

New Giants-Jets stadium rising next door

During the Panthers-Jets game Sunday at Giants Stadium, there was a good view from the press box of the new $1.6 billion stadium where the Giants and Jets will play starting next season, being completed next door. Thought you'd enjoy a look of the new building rising above the lights of the current facility:

Giants Stadium photo
 
 
 



 

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 10:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

UPDATE: Beason disputes assault charge, to plead not guilty, says his attorney

Panthers linebacker Jon Beason disputes a misdemeanor assault charge against him and will plead not guilty, according to his attorney.

Beason was arrested this afternoon and charged with assault with the intent to inflect serious injury stemming from an incident at Uptown Cabaret in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, after Carolina's home win over Atlanta the previous day.

He was released today with the promise to appear in court.

Beason was arrested after his accuser, Gregory C. Frye, obtained a warrant despite the fact that a police investigation in the matter was not yet complete, according to Beason's attorney, George Laughrun.

"Jon is adamant that he had nothing to do with the assault and he will plead non-guilty," said Laughrun. "He looks forward to his day in court and to getting his good name cleared."

A copy of Beason's arrest warrant said probable cause was found that he "did unlawfully and willfully commit an assault and battery" on Frye "by punching the victim in the face with his fist, inflicting serious injuries," resulting in Frye sustaining a crushed nasal cavity and swelling to his nose and eye area.

Frye has a long history of legal troubles, according to court records, including charges of assaulting a female and writing a worthless check in 2008, both of which were dismissed.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney released a statement saying, "We were aware of the police department looking into the incident and have addressed it with Jon. At this time there appear to be two different versions of what happened.”

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 05:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (44)

BREAKING NEWS: Panthers LB Beason arrested, released on assault charge

Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason was arrested this afternoon on a misdemeanor charge of assault to inflict serious injury, according to police records.

Beason was released with the promise that he'd appear in court.

Updates coming as we get them.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 04:56 PM | Permalink | Comments (25)

Panthers tight-lipped about Jake, but Cowboys' Romo missed 3 games in '08

The Panthers aren't saying much about how long -- or even whether -- quarterback Jake Delhomme will be sidelined with a broken finger on his right (throwing) hand, but a similarly-described injury caused Dallas quarterback Tony Romo to miss three games last season.

Romo also had the benefit of a bye week after his third missed start, giving him four weeks to recover before returning to the lineup.

Panthers officials haven't given any indication of the severity of Delhomme's injury, and whether it's comparable to the break sustained by Romo.

Current Vikings quarterback Brett Favre played with a broken thumb while with Green Bay, but Fox said Delhomme has a non-thumb injury.

Broken fingers are fairly common in the NFL and sometimes don't sideline non-skill position players, but can be much more debilitatiing when the injury involves a quarterback's throwing hand.

Coach John Fox said only that Delhomme would be "day to day," but certainly wouldn't be ready to take snaps when practice resumes Wednesday. That'll move backup Matt Moore into the lineup to work with the first team.

The closest Fox came to indicating how long Delhomme might be out came when he said: "I think with a broke finger, he's going to get a little time away from it."

Asked if Delhomme's injury could be season ending, Fox told reporters he'd learned of the injury in the past hour and would keep them posted.

Delhomme suffered the injury late in Sunday's 17-6 loss to the New York Jets when his hand was hit by a defender while completing a 24-yard pass to wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett.

Moore was careful Monday not to say whether he expected to start next Sunday against Tampa Bay, but said he thought it would be difficult for a quarterback to play with a broken finger on his throwing hand.

"I'm sure he could do it, but I'm not a doctor, I'm not Jake, so I don't know," said Moore. "It would probably be hard, I would imagine."

Delhomme wasn't available to talk to reporters in the locker room.

Fullback Brad Hoover said he thinks Moore, a third-year player who was 2-1 as a starter late in the 2007 season, is ready to take the helm.

"He's given an opportunity waiting in the wings, and now it's  up to him to take advantage of that," said Hoover.

"We've worked with him off and on through minicamps and training camp, but (having) an opportunity to get in there with our first offense is going to be something he's going to have to get used to, and we're going to have to get used to him as well. ... We'll just have to make the best of it."

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 04:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Peppers: Hand is 'better'

-- Defensive end Julius Peppers, bothered by an injured right hand in recent weeks, looked to be nearly at full strength in Sunday's loss against the Jets. Peppers, who had a half-sack and now has 7.5 for the season, had been playing primarily on passing downs and said Sunday the hand is “better.”

Peppers was part of a defensive effort that held the Jets to a field goal and one offensive touchdown -- and that came after one of Delhomme’s interceptions.

Peppers also had four tackles, one tackle for a loss and two quarterback hurries.

“It’s hard to lose any game, whether you give up 400 yards on defense or if you get beat the way we did today,” said Peppers. “It’s still tough, it’s still a loss.”

-- Middle linebacker Jon Beason’s 17 tackles – which tied a career high – were one off the franchise single-game record (18, set by linebacker Thomas Davis against Philadelphia earlier this season against Philadelphia, strong safety Mike Minter against Atlanta in 2002 and linebacker Micheal Barrow against the Falcons in 1998). -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 03:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

UPDATE: Finger injury may force Fox to replace Delhomme

   Carolina Panthers coach John Fox may have no choice now but to start Matt Moore at quarterback in place of Jake Delhomme.

   In a development that apparently came as a surprise even to him, Fox announced Monday that Delhomme suffered a broken finger on his right (throwing) hand late in Sunday’s 17-6 loss to the New York Jets that may sideline him for next week’s game against Tampa Bay.

   “Obviously, he’ll be day to day and we’ll see what he can take and can’t take,” said Fox. “I’d say it’ll probably be pretty hard-pressed for him to take (practice) snaps Wednesday.”

   Fox said “it’s fairly safe to say” Moore would get Wednesday’s repetitions with the first team offense.

   Delhomme was injured with 2:24 to go in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard completion to Dwayne Jarrett, according to Fox.

   “I think he got a (defenders’) hand caught in between his fingers and kind of moved (a finger) in a non-normal direction,” said Fox.

   Fox declined to specify which finger was injured because NFL rules don’t require him to do so.

   Fox said he learned about the injury about an hour before his weekly meeting with reporters. Neither Delhomme nor team officials were aware he’d sustained a significant injury during the game.

   “I think more or less it got sore overnight and it was definitely sore this morning, and the docs took a look at it today,” said Fox.

   Fox already had said after the game that he’d re-evaluate the entire offense for possible lineup changes. It was the second time this season that he’d left open the possibility of benching Delhomme. The previous time, following a 20-9 loss to Buffalo on Oct. 25, he decided to stick with Delhomme.

   Delhomme had a 12.7 passer rating against the Jets, his lowest of the season and second lowest in his seven years with the Panthers, trailing on the 12.3 he had in a win at Oakland last season.

   He was 14 of 34 passing against the Jets for 130 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions.

   He already has established a single-season career high with 18 interceptions, tied for second most in the NFL behind only the 20 by Chicago’s Jay Cutler. Three of Delhomme’s interceptions have been returned for touchdowns and six more resulted in TDs.

   Fox almost defiantly defended Delhomme Monday when asked if it might actually be good for Delhomme to get some time off, considering what this season’s struggles likely have done to his confidence.

   “I think with a broke finger, he’s going to get a little time away from it,” said Fox. “If his finger wasn’t an issue, I couldn’t with a straight face make a change just to him.

   “That was a combined effort by the offensive players, not just one player – just for the record. And I would say we get a chance to research those things. It was poor not just by the quarterback.”

   The Panthers totaled just 179 yards of offense against the Jets, their fewest since a season-opening loss to Philadelphia, a game in which Delhomme had four interceptions and a fumble.

   Moore had a 2-1 record as a starter at the end of the 2007 season, when Delhomme was sidelined following reconstructive elbow surgery. However, he didn’t play at all last season and only sparingly this year, completing 6 of 12 passes for 63 yards and an interception.

   “We haven’t gotten a chance to see him in a whole lot of live play lately,” Fox said of Moore. “I think he’s capable of making all the throws. He’s got the height, weight and arm strength you look for.

   “The quarterback position is about decision-making. Until you get in there in live situations, you really never know, and he hasn’t had that opportunity a lot. I think he prepares hard and he’ll definitely give his best effort.”

 

   Charles Chandler: (704) 358-5123 and @CharlesChandler on Twitter.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 02:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (89)

Transcript of John Fox news conference on Delhomme, Moore, etc.

Here's a transcript of highlights of Coach John Fox's weekly news conference today. Questions and answers were edited for clarity and brevity:

 

(Injuries from Sunday's game vs. Jets): Tank Tyler a knee sprain, DeAngelo ankle sprain, Dwayne Jarrett ankle sprain, Jake Delhomme broken right finger.

 

(When and how did Jake hurt his finger?): 2:24 to go in the fourth quarter, I think it was fourth and long, on that throw to Dwayne Jarrett. I think he got a hand caught in between his fingers and kind of moved (a finger) in a non-normal direction.

 

(Which finger?): Just right hand.

 

(How does this affect your plans at quarterback?): We’ll evaluate that as we move forward. Obviously, he’ll be day-to-day and see what he can take and can’t take. I’d say it’ll probably be pretty hard-pressed for him to take snaps Wednesday.

 

 

(If Jake is healthy, will he start Sunday vs. Tampa Bay?): I can’t deal with ifs. I think it’s fairly safe to say Matt Moore will be there Wednesday and we’ll evaluate it day to day.

 

(Could this be a season-ending injury?): I just found out about it an hour ago. We’ll keep you posted.

 

(Did Jake know about it yesterday?): I think more or less it got sore overnight and it was definitely sore this morning, and the docs took a look at it today.

 

(How do you feel about Matt Moore possibly taking over?): We’ve started Matt Moore before. It’s been a few years. He’s stepped in and did a pretty decent job. We’ve had more time with him now. We’ll kind of go from there.

 

(What else are you going look at doing on your offense?: We didn’t execute very well at all, not just the quarterback position. I think there were miscommunications in the protection routes, the run game, from first play on, so we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.

 

(How do you explain so many problems in so many areas on offense?): Obviously, we didn’t do a good enough job preparing them. We weren’t ready to play. That starts with coaching, all the way down to the players’ responsibility. I thought there were some phases of our game that were  pretty good. The offensive phase was below average.

 

(Will you make other changes to the starting lineup?): We have that right every week.

 

(Do you foresee any?): I don’t try to foresee, just evaluate.

 

(Why was there so much miscommunication yesterday?): It comes up every week, it just came up more often this past week than weeks past.

 

(If Jake finger sidelines him, would taking a break be good for him?): I think with a broke finger, he’s going to get a little time away from it. If his finger wasn’t an issue, I couldn’t with a straight face make a change just to him. That was a combined effort by the offensive players, not just one player – just for the record. And I would say we get a chance to research those things. It was poor not just by the quarterback.

 

(Specifically, what finger is it?): It’s a right hand finger. That would not be the thumb.

 

(Do you not want to say what finger you’re dealing with?): No, because we don’t have to.

 

(How did you feel about the play of the defense yesterday?): As far as our `musts’ going into the game, I think obviously the run game was going to be fairly critical. I thought all in all, we did a pretty good job in the run game. When you can hold an opponent to 10 points, you should win your share, and that wasn’t the case. We did have three takeaways – two fumble recoveries and an interception.

 

(Was DeAngelo affected much by the ankle sprain?): It happened on their sideline. I can’t remember exactly what quarter it was, but I think it was in the second half. I’m sure that was sore on him.

 

(Why do you believe you've continually had difficulty getting Steve Smith involved? He had one catch for 5 yards.): He had one in the end zone I remember.

 

(Did you think it was a touchdown?): Obviously, it wasn’t.

 

(Why has it been so hard to get him the ball?): We got it to him on that other play. It could’ve been a touchdown, but we didn’t hang onto it. That was a fairly big play.

 

(How is Steve playing?): Again, 4-7. just like we’ve all coached and like we’ve all played.

 

(Because of the nature of the position, do you think Jake takes more criticism than he should?): I think there’s no question, but that’s true in the other 31 cities in the National Football League also. I don’t know I’d say (it’s more) than he deserves, I’d just say it’s the nature of his position.

 

(Do you anticipate you’ll have an announcement Wednesday about who will start at quarterback vs. Tampa Bay?): We’ll have to wait and see what Wednesday brings. I mean, today is Monday. I hope I’m here Wednesday. I hope you are, too.

 

(Could you you elaborate on how you feel about Matt Moore?): We haven’t gotten a chance to see him in a whole lot of live play lately. I think he’s capable of making all the throws. He’s got the height, weight and arm strength you look for. The quarterback position is about decision-making. Until you get in there in live situations, you really never know, and he hasn’t had that opportunity a lot. I think he prepares hard and he’ll definitely give his best effort.

 

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 01:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (28)

Fox: Delhomme has broken finger in right (throwing) hand, Moore may start

Coach John Fox announced today in his weekly Monday news conference that quarterback Jake Delhomme suffered a broken finger on his right (throwing) hand late in Sunday's 17-6 loss to the New York Jets.

Fox said he became aware of the injury today, and that Delhomme apparently didn't know he'd be injured Sunday until he had pain and swelling today.

Fox said it's likely that backup Matt Moore will start out with the first team in practice Wednesday, greatly increasing the likelihood he'll start Sunday vs. Tampa Bay. While Fox wouldn't speculate on how long Delhomme could be sidelined, he made it clear Delhomme's status is uncertain for the foreseeable future.

Fox also said Delhomme was hardly the main person to blame for the Panthers' woeful performance on offense against the Jets, saying others on the offense played poorly also.

Other injuries sustained in the game included sprained ankles by running back DeAngelo WIlliams and receiver Dwayne Jjarett, and a sprained knee for defensive tackle Tank Tyler.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 12:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (67)

Delhomme languishing among benched QBs, rookies

As the debate swirls this week about whether the Panthers should bench quarterback Jake Delhomme, the NFL released its weekly stats today (through Sunday's games):

After Delhomme's four interception, 12.7-rating performance against the Jets, he is the NFL's lowest-ranked starting quarterback.

His 59.4 rating -- ranked 31st in the league -- is better than only Oakland's JaMarcus Russell (47.7) and Cleveland's Derek Anderson (36.2), both of whom have been benched. Even Tennessee's Kerry Collins, whose 62.0 rating places him one spot ahead of Delhomme, has already been benched.

Immediately ahead of Collins and Delhomme are two rookies -- the Jets' Mark Sanchez (62.1) and Detroit's Matthew Stafford (62.4).

Delhomme's 18 interceptions tie him with Stafford for second most in the league behind Chicago's Jay Cutler's 20. Cutler has 16 touchdowns passes, however, and Stafford 12. Delhomme has eight TD passes. -- David Scott

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Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (13)

Monday's Panthers-Jets links

Monday's Carolina Panthers-New York Jets links from around the Internet:

Another Jake re-run ends in Panthers loss / Charlotte Observer

Sorensen: Jake's fallen and he can't get up / Charlotte Observer

Defense not pointing fingers at Jake / Charlotte Observer

Notebook: Hoover tweaks ankle again / Charlotte Observer

Fox considering changes at QB, elsewhere / Charlotte Observer

Tom Talks: Williams, Stewart grounded / Charlotte Observer

Scott Says: 5 things I didn't like / Charlotte Observer

Grades, key plays, photo gallery, more / Charlotte Observer

Another poor showing for Panthers / Rock Hill Herald

Defense not ready to give up on offense / Rock Hill Herald 

Fox promises to evaluate offense / Gaston Gazette

Grades / Gaston Gazette

Notebook: Peppers back to full duty / Gaston Gazette

Time to find out if Matt Moore can play / Gaston Gazette

Sanchez gets green light, passes test / NY Daily News 

More from the New York Daily News

Coverage from New York Post

Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2009 at 06:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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