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October 03, 2010

Final: Saints 16, Panthers 14


    The Carolina Panthers came so close to the upset of the year, but a desperate fourth-down pass fell off the hands of Dwayne Jarrett, and the Saints held on for a 16-14 win.

    The Saints took the lead on a ridiculous 18-play, 86-yard drive that chewed up 9:25 worth of clock.  The Panthers continued to play stingy in the red zone, but John Carney's 25-yard field goal was good for a 16-14 margin with 3:55 left.

    The Panthers drove, with David Gettis converting and improbable fourth-down play of his own. But with Steve Smith still in the locker room, the Panthers ran out of options, and Jabari Greer batted the final pass away from Jarrett.
    More from the locker room in a few.

-- Darin Gantt

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Posted by: hellfish | Oct 3, 2010 4:16:00 PM

that play's a game changer. there's maybe a 25% chance that gets overturned, and I think you take that chance.

Posted by: andy | Oct 3, 2010 4:18:20 PM


Actually the call could have went both way, Captain M was down before the fumble. But he wasn't down by contact.

Anyway, poor game clock management by Williams and Clausen. Having a run lost and a sack, but at least they played with their heart out.

Despite the defense being on the field for 38-40 plus minutes.

Posted by: adam carter | Oct 3, 2010 4:18:43 PM

It was a good game. Jimmy continues to improve...but there were some bad passes in the 4th quarter. Even if DJ caught the last pass the clock would have ran out.

We lost, but you have to feel better about our team after this game compared to the first three weeks.

Posted by: BRO ICING BRO | Oct 3, 2010 4:20:44 PM


The reason CM fell down was contact by the saints so it would have been down by contact. If you watched the replays, after CM fumbled he got the ball back while saints players were on him and they punched it out, meaning he was again DBC but the refs were only counting that he dropped the ball and I guess he had to get smashed in a dogpile for them to consider it possession.

Posted by: jovox | Oct 3, 2010 4:22:55 PM

@ jovox

Thanks for the advice.

Posted by: adam carter | Oct 3, 2010 4:27:01 PM

You have to be kidding me...Two double tightend sets two plays in a row. Davidson has to go take Fox with you. That says hey were gona run the ball bring all 11 up here to stop us. Spread them out run a delay. How about having a set game plan for these situations and getting the play in on time. Everyone wants to blame clauson but thats shody coaching. The defense played great. Too great to lose. The plays came in slow the entire game. This is bad coaching. Give the kid a chance to win the game. Put your recievers out there and letm rip. Its disheartening. (sp) Anyhow it just sucks when the team has a chance to win the coaches are the ones who got us beat by showing theyre hand...There is no imagination in the play calling or consistency. Time to Fire people. Davidson at the very least.

Posted by: Randy | Oct 3, 2010 4:27:34 PM

I just cant understand those last 3 play calls in the 2 min drill........How frustrating to watch the coaches implode on themselves

Posted by: Randy | Oct 3, 2010 4:29:24 PM

I just cant understand those last 3 play calls in the 2 min drill........How frustrating to watch the coaches implode on themselves

Posted by: Randy | Oct 3, 2010 4:29:29 PM

When you get hit and fumble without contacting the ground it's a fumble...and Clausen needs to be COACHED up on those t.o's...what's those play's on your wrist for?..don't call a t.o. run a play even if it's a draw play in the 2nd half especially...DON'T WASTE T.O's today it COST the game....quit defending coach D.A.

Posted by: hellfish | Oct 3, 2010 4:29:45 PM


I forgot to break it into two paragraphs where I said "if you watch the replays" as it wasnt directed at you, just a general statement of what I saw.

Posted by: jovox | Oct 3, 2010 4:30:04 PM

so, lets get this straight. Davidson sitting up in a luxury box calls the play to the assistant QB coach and backup QB. Then they send clausen a number that has to be translated into a play from a wrist band. Then clausen, under a time pressure situation has to evaluate the defensive lineup and call the play. UNREAL. Its not the players that are screwed up, its the system.

Posted by: stork302 | Oct 3, 2010 4:32:15 PM

I didn't understand the 2 early timeouts in the 1st quarter. It doesn't take nearly 25-30 seconds to run another play, so it was both Williams and Clausen fault.

Clausen knows about 80-85% of the playbook, let him call the right plays.

Posted by: adam carter | Oct 3, 2010 4:32:32 PM

What? The Freak! Happened. We. Usually. Kick. A. Field. Goal. Why. Not. Now.

Posted by: Anude Dude | Oct 3, 2010 4:33:39 PM

No way i cant blame clauson davidson has never been a good play caller and this is his fault. He's the coordinator. He's the coach. its his bad

Posted by: Randy | Oct 3, 2010 4:35:32 PM

Ya know, clausen was pretty smart in school. I say lets get davidsons big ole fat butt down on the field and make him call in the play. Not a number, the play. I think jimmy has the I.Q. to understand it. Heck, Peyton Manning couldn't play in this stupid system.

Posted by: stork302 | Oct 3, 2010 4:36:39 PM

good call Adam Carter

Posted by: stork302 | Oct 3, 2010 4:41:45 PM

Professional athletes, high school coaching system.

Posted by: stork302 | Oct 3, 2010 4:42:44 PM

good call Randy

Posted by: stork302 | Oct 3, 2010 4:43:58 PM

Clausen is supposed to know what # is what play. Afterall, he played this offense in college didnt he? He had the worst play clock management in the history of the Panthers. His throws were not very accurate either. A couple of his throws hit the ground 3 yards in front of receivers. Smith and Fox had to call a time out for him or they would have had delay of games. Poor playing by Clausen but its all stuff he can be trained to do well.

Posted by: MrBernz | Oct 3, 2010 4:45:49 PM

Wow, great game, sad it didn't fall our way.

Regarding having Clausen call his own plays, well, it's the superdome. One of the loudest, if not the loudest, places to play in the NFL. Yes, Clausen knows the playbook but he and his receivers are still not quite on the same page. Take that Gettis pass that Clausen threw behind him. Calling the right play is one thing, but knowing if your guy is going to break of his route, extend his route or sit on his route takes time.
The play on both sides of the ball is improving.

Posted by: Versus | Oct 3, 2010 4:50:00 PM

Bernz, what don't you understand about the point being made. Jimmy C has not called a play since he was drafted. It goes through three channels before he gets a number sent to him on the field. When he does finally get the number, he has to translate the number into a play, evaluate the defensive alignment, check the game clock, check the play clock and call for the snap. All in about 6 seconds. Doesn't leave much time for audibles now does it? Very High school.

Posted by: stork302 | Oct 3, 2010 4:54:17 PM

Nope, can't blame it on the rookie. That's Davidson's fault. If he can't get the play in on time so the ROOKIE can digest and regurgitate the play to the rest of the team, it's the OC's fault. Don't blame the rookie. I guess he could've kept a better eye on the play clock, but this was not on Jimmy.

Posted by: Tarheel Soldier | Oct 3, 2010 4:54:48 PM

JD has got to go; let the QB coach call the plays and let's see how the offense performs. Our offense keeps stinking up the joint. Special teams plays great (except for one fumble, but you have to credit the Saints for a great hit), the defense plays pretty well, and the offense gives it away...again.
I didn't like the defense only rushing 3 DL when the Saints had 3rd and long; that gave Brees too much time. This wasn't the best tackling effort by the defense, but on the whole they played well.
Please fire Jeff Davidson now...

Posted by: SCPOAB | Oct 3, 2010 4:56:40 PM

does anyone want to look at the play calling, strategy, and overall game plan? that all falls on the coaching staff. keep hanging on close calls and keep seeing L's.

Posted by: getridoffox | Oct 3, 2010 5:04:53 PM

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