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October 07, 2010

Panthers hope to get sacks on track vs. Bears

The New York Giants had 10 sacks last week against Chicago – more than twice as many as the Panthers’ sack total for the season.

So you might imagine Carolina’s defensive linemen have been salivating this week to get at the Bears and their immobile 38-year-old quarterback, Todd Collins.

The Bears announced Thursday the 16-year journeyman will make his first start in three years in place of the injured Jay Cutler, who sustained a concussion while getting pounded by the Giants. New York set an NFL record with nine sacks in the first half of their 17-3 win.

“You have to get excited. Nine sacks in the first half, you don’t see that – not even at the college level,” Panthers defensive end Everette Brown said. “You’re preparing for a team that has given up a lot of sacks, you just have to look for those keys, those pre-snap reads … so you can get up the field and get the quarterback.”

Carolina coach John Fox and Panthers rookie DE Greg Hardy looked at the Bears’ horrendous performance a little differently. They’re confident that Lovie Smith will have “fixing the pass protection” at the top of his to-do list this week.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t have them last week. We get them the week they get to fix everything and make all the adjustments,” said Hardy, still searching for his first NFL sack. “But it’s exciting to be a defensive lineman and watch a team give up sacks.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 7, 2010 at 03:43 PM | Permalink


Hardy summed up the Panther's season in a nutshell - a day late and a dollar short....

Posted by: TJ | Oct 7, 2010 3:58:16 PM

"We’re disappointed we didn’t have them last week."

You should rather be happy about it as if it was last week Jay Cutler would have played and it would have been 9 touchdowns instead of sacks in the firt half.

Posted by: Vikram | Oct 7, 2010 4:03:26 PM

show me when cutler has done anything other than rack up a large amount of yards against prevent defense AFTER throwing early interceptions to put his team behind.

the broncos traded him for kyle orton. enough said.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 7, 2010 4:06:14 PM

Hopefully Ron Meeks will blitz more than 3-4 guys on 3rd and long. This Dline isn't like the Giants, so blitz dammit.

With Collins, he doesn't have the arm strength to throw 50-60 yards down the field as Jay C. Stop the run, eliminate the slant or screens.

Not only but also get creative for once, the Bears secondary is suspect. Attack Chris H, he doesn't have the speed to stick with anybody.

Posted by: adam carter | Oct 7, 2010 4:15:51 PM

....And Kyle Orton leads the league in passing yards.

Posted by: Shane Jack | Oct 7, 2010 4:15:59 PM

Guess thats a win for Denver, huh

Posted by: heelfan#1 | Oct 7, 2010 4:25:23 PM

I hope the Panthers get their wins on track first - then work on the sacks!!!!!!!


Posted by: charlotteobserversucks | Oct 7, 2010 4:55:59 PM

I hope the D-line finds that key and pre-snap read to the QB. If anyone in the stands find or see one, please send it to the Panthers bench. Thanks!!

Posted by: charlotteobserversucks | Oct 7, 2010 5:01:57 PM

They traded him for Kyle Orton AND TWO FIRST ROUNDS PICKS AND A THIRD.

That's a very, very, expensive trade.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Oct 7, 2010 6:38:33 PM

And actually, Cutler was having a pretty good season this year.

No matter how much you may hate Cutler, can you really say 38 year old Todd Collins is better?

They also suck at running the ball, so its not like we are worried they will run the ball any.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Oct 7, 2010 6:40:35 PM

I don't think Lovie has much talent to fix their line with. One of their starters is Frank Omiyale that was a backup with the Panthers. I'm looking forward to the Panthers finally duplicating the preseason and getting 5 or 6 sacks in this game. If Ev Brown can't get one or two, I think maybe we now start grooming someone else to be Pep's replacement. Go Hardy! Defenses will rule this game. It'll be decided by a field goal.

Posted by: Ron | Oct 8, 2010 9:40:14 AM

Oh how the mighty has fallen. The once proud team known and feared through out the NFL is salivating at a possiable win over the Bears who's weekness got expose last week. Note to all Panther fans: they are 3-1 and we are 0-4. Why does no one want to address the real problem in which I have been complaining about for the past three years. And if anyone who goes to the games, this problem is staring at you right in your face.

Posted by: TiJo | Oct 8, 2010 10:02:46 AM

The problem we fans all see at the games that it takes too long (way too long) for the passing plays to develop. Here is the truth, the system is BROKEN. Our coaches are putting bandages over the problems instead of fixing them. I hoping this 0-4 start will wake them up.

Posted by: TiJo | Oct 8, 2010 10:13:11 AM

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