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October 21, 2010

Panthers shaking up offensive line

Quarterback is not the only position the Panthers are changing as they seek to improve the NFL’s worst offense.

Coming off its bye week, Carolina has shuffled its offensive line headed into Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

Right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau said Thursday he has been replaced by Geoff Schwartz, who is shifting from right tackle. Garry Williams, the second-year player from Kentucky, is in line to make his first career start in Schwartz's old spot.

The Panthers, who have allowed 17 sacks, have started the same five linemen through the first five games.

Bernadeau said he understood why the change was made.

“They said I’ve been playing pretty well, but not to the best of my ability. And I know I wasn’t. Little things were holding me back, nothing too crazy,” he said. “Right now we just need a win and we’ve got to make some changes, and that’s one of them.”

The Panthers are still waiting for right tackle Jeff Otah to return. Otah is recovering from two knee surgeries, the most recent of which was an arthroscopic surgery in August.

Williams, 6-3 and 296 pounds, has played mostly special teams his first two seasons.

Left tackle Jordan Gross said the Panthers’ offensive problems – they rank last in the NFL in points, yards and passing yards per game – extend beyond one player.

“I definitely don’t think the reason we haven’t been doing well on offense is because of one offensive lineman,” Gross said. “But sometimes when things aren’t going right you want to make a change, and that’s what the coaches decided to do.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 21, 2010 at 02:36 PM | Permalink


awesome, glad it took the coaching staff this long to realize that their offensive line sucks too

Posted by: Bobscat | Oct 21, 2010 2:48:41 PM

Does anyone else get the feeling that Otah may never play another complete season and have a career shortened by injuries?

Posted by: lemmotlow | Oct 21, 2010 3:02:06 PM

Who cares!

Posted by: jd | Oct 21, 2010 3:10:59 PM

Good, Mac B had been getting beat like he stole something almost every down it seemed like. Sedrick Ellis beat him bad when we played new orleans. I think his arms are too short for the NFL if you ask me. Hopefully it gives us a spark or at least some protection consistancy.

Posted by: slail04 | Oct 21, 2010 3:19:24 PM

What we need is to trade our whole offensive line for a third round pick next draft. How do you know it won't work unless you try it?

Posted by: Moronic Fanbase | Oct 21, 2010 3:25:52 PM

This will hopefully kickstart the running game and double trouble. 2nd and 8 followed by 3rd and 7 is too much for this offense to overcome.

Posted by: td | Oct 21, 2010 3:57:20 PM

Anything to help our offense out! But going against a 3-4 might be tricky for a RT's first start...

Posted by: Jaysip | Oct 21, 2010 4:03:23 PM

Anything to help our offense out! But going against a 3-4 might be tricky for a RT's first start...

Posted by: Jaysip | Oct 21, 2010 4:03:24 PM

Wharton did better at LT and Bernadeau at LG seemed to work pretty well in the second half of last season. They should go back to that configuration on the left and put Gross back at RT since he's been under-performing on the left side.

Posted by: Nate | Oct 21, 2010 4:20:25 PM

Instead of throwing away talented players, trading them, just fire Fox and get a breath of fresh air in here....... We all know its going down next year, just fire Fox Let Meeks take over and audition and Let Davidson call some stuff without the Foxy Microscope.....

Posted by: Robert | Oct 21, 2010 4:25:12 PM

Yeah I have a strong feeling Otah will never play a complete 16 game season. I just hope he isn't forced to retire prematurely

Posted by: tom P | Oct 21, 2010 4:35:05 PM

Change is GOOD! Maybe SOMETHING will work.
I doubt we ssee Otah this season, if ever again. Something isn't right.

Posted by: Jrauhauser | Oct 21, 2010 4:55:54 PM

FIRED SOMEBODY.....Someone needs to go down for a 0-5 start..............

Posted by: boydsgrigg | Oct 21, 2010 5:12:33 PM

It moves Schwartz to his natural position, and means now there's only one sub. Should have started the season this way, imo.

Posted by: Scott | Oct 21, 2010 5:32:11 PM

Unless you are on the inside you are all just spectators to a game. Even if you know the game you do not know the situation. Let the professionals handle the situations and you just sit back and watch....or not.

Posted by: dma | Oct 21, 2010 7:50:14 PM

Schwartz has never played guard before. How is that his natural position?

Posted by: Darin is an idiot | Oct 21, 2010 7:51:27 PM

But what if the changes make the o-line play bad? Oh, wait.....

Posted by: Scott | Oct 21, 2010 8:22:15 PM

Gross has been under performing? Wow, how is that. He's been the most consistent Olinemen, giving up only 1 sack with 2-4 penlaites.

Kalil has struggle with pass protection audibles. Wharton is flat footed, he needed help against the elite LT's in the league.

Posted by: adam carter | Oct 21, 2010 8:42:32 PM

Im all for the move since there is nothing else to lose at this point. But there no guarantee it will work. Schwartz is playing a new position and Williams has never even started a game before.

Posted by: Darin is an idiot | Oct 21, 2010 9:21:35 PM

anybody dat got sense know if da defense is stacking da line,why do u still run a power play....dummy u know wat sweep left or right is,and if u cant catch a football join jarret...u dnt belong n da n.f.l

Posted by: subb | Oct 22, 2010 3:46:12 AM

my suggestion is...dis is for da receivers that cant catch a football.if u drop a wide open pass... football isnt for u..lafell etc.go back hme.ur wastin tv time,my time,and steve smith time..thanx..try a sport dat dont invovle catchin.

Posted by: sullivan | Oct 22, 2010 3:57:03 AM

The absolute ignorance of some of these so called "fans" blows my mind. Yes, what is being done isn't working. Yes, some of that can be attributed to Foxy. Yes, our receivers are under performing and missing catches on the few balls which are actually making it out from under center. All of that being said, the only clearly underperforming unit on the offense is the Offensive Line (pun intended). This unit was supposed be be our strong point on offense going into the season and clearly cannot seem to get thier heads in the game. Hopefully this shake up will make some changes for the positive. Maybe we'll be able to run the rock. Maybe our green QB's wont have to run for thier lives and have a chance to develop good mechanics... maybe

All of this being said, the administration of the panthers made some horrible personell decisions over the spring summer. We have almost no veteran talent to provide on the field training to our offense. Our receivers are all rookies. Our QB's are kids... We were certain of a loosing season as soon as Hoov and Moose left the building and the front office neglected to make any real free agent moves.

Fox aint gonna get it done this year true... but I dont think it would be any difference it we had Bellicheck, Fischer, Ryan or any of the other top tier coaches. You cant coach experience and that is exactly what we need to win.

Posted by: Dissappointed | Oct 22, 2010 7:29:01 AM

I dont care how good your offensive line is its impossible for 5 guys to block 8 and 9 guys on every single play.

Posted by: Darin is an idiot | Oct 22, 2010 8:35:18 AM

Who cares??? The Bobcats start next week!! Go Bobcats, go to He(( Panthers!!

Posted by: jstblowme | Oct 22, 2010 9:36:57 AM

Bring on Jim Harbaugh!

Posted by: Jimmy #2 | Oct 22, 2010 9:48:51 AM

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