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November 28, 2010

A chip shot, right?

CLEVELAND –- John Fox referenced “Groundhog Day” after loss No. 10 – the Bill Murray movie where his character keeps repeating the same day.

And while the losses keep repeating for the Panthers this year, this latest one was the toughest of a tough season.

Jimmy Clausen and the Panthers get the ball on their own 5 with less than a minute left, out of timeouts. Raise your hand if you thought the game would end with Clausen under a pile of Cleveland players, stripped of the ball and/or his helmet.

But Clausen tosses a swing pass to Mike Goodson, who refuses to go down on a 32-yard gain to get the Panthers to midfield. A couple plays later, Clausen lofts a pass toward Brandon LaFell, who runs a perfect corner route and makes a diving catch – and manages to get out of bounds.

That sets up a 42-yard field goal for John Kasay with five seconds. A chip shot for the reliable Kasay.

Not with this team. Not this year.

“By no means am I ever going to blame a loss on John Kasay,” Fox said. “He gave everything he had, just like our team did. We just fell a little short.”

Clausen grew up a little Sunday, but he still has only one touchdown on the season. The running game came to life for a season-high 151 yards behind Goodson and Jonathan Stewart.

And the Panthers matched their season high with 23 points.

But they needed three more.

“I wish I would have made that kick,” Kasay said. “Things would be real different.”

Instead, as Fox suggested, it was more of the same.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 28, 2010 at 08:49 PM | Permalink


Frankly if I were any Panthers starter I would simply mail in the rest of the season. God knows nothing they do the rest of the way is going to matter. Save yourselves for next year.

Posted by: David R | Nov 28, 2010 9:18:14 PM

If you were a Panthers starter and mailed in the rest of the season, you wouldn't have a job next year...on any team.

Posted by: winminter | Nov 28, 2010 9:58:50 PM

Thank you for justifying the two roster spots you take up, Mr. Kasay.

Posted by: jason | Nov 28, 2010 10:11:24 PM

Remember the PATRIOTS in the superbowl our kicker cost us a title.every and i mean every team released his kicker if he messed up in the playoff game but no we kept our kicker.

Posted by: john | Nov 28, 2010 10:38:41 PM

Without Kasay, we never would have made the Super Bowl that year. Yes, he needs to hang it up and the Panthers need to draft a kicker in a late round this coming spring.

Posted by: Phil | Nov 28, 2010 10:51:17 PM

people forget how many games he has won for us over the years. He is still a good kicker, he just had a bad day, and they weren't "gimmie" kicks either.

Posted by: james | Nov 28, 2010 11:16:01 PM

Kasay was good in the past, but he could no longer do KOs forcing the Panthers to use a valuable roster spot on an extra kicker to handle KOs. He no longer has the leg required for 50+ yard FGs, and now he's not as reliable with FGs in the 40s.

Kasay has become average as a FG kicker and he needs to be great as FG kicker if they were to keep on using a roster spot in having to carry an extra kicker in order to keep him. It's time for the Panthers to find their next Kasay before the one they have misses more kicks costing them the game. There comes a time when every player's career is over in the NFL, it appears to be Kasay's time.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Nov 29, 2010 1:17:11 AM

I think you have to blame Kasay when he misses two FGs in a game that we lose by less than 6 points.

Posted by: Usuck0123 | Nov 29, 2010 1:33:08 AM

Hey Out of Town, get you facts straight.

He made a 55 yarder this year which is the longest kick he's made since 1998.

Even with the two misses yesterday, he's connecting on 81.8% of his kicks this year, which is .2% above his average of 81.6%.

If you want to blame him for yesterday's loss, that's fine. But, you've also gotta blame the coaching staff. Once Foxy gets to the opponents 30 yard line, he go's ultra conservative and settles for the field goal.

Also, LaFell was touched down in bounds and the clock should have run out without Kasay even having a chance to miss.

Posted by: wisdomfromhighonthemtn | Nov 29, 2010 8:26:04 AM

Yawn, is it NBA playoff time??

Posted by: ThePanthersSuck | Nov 29, 2010 8:40:30 AM

One thing about the panthers over time is that you could trust kasay to make his fg when it matter the most, but it's a different ball game now, you know the panthers are done this year when you can't even count on mr. clutch anymore, this season has gone to hell in all facets of the game..this is by far the worst panthers team in this franchise history, but this is only one season, so let's hop efor the a great draft this spring and no lockout..

Posted by: teemac1974 | Nov 29, 2010 8:57:26 AM

Some years are just jinxed. Not only are the Panthers making mistakes, but they've got bad karma. And yes, it spread virally to Kasay yesterday. But he's still one of the best kickers around. He's kicked 3 out of 4 from 50+ yards this season. So for anyone saying he needs to be let go, get over it. If indeed it becomes a pattern, sure you have to think about letting him go. But to have a knee-jerk reaction, forget it.

Posted by: itsnotapattern | Nov 29, 2010 9:36:57 AM

IT IS WHAT IT IS. Why get 6 when you can settle for 3?

Posted by: Nosebleed fan | Nov 29, 2010 12:44:07 PM

You guys have nothing to do but complain all day. Your whistling a different tune if we were 9-1would you. A bunch of fair weather fans you are just shut up!

Posted by: jojo | Nov 29, 2010 12:44:26 PM

I was at the game yesterday and told the browns fans I was comfortable with kasey from 50 yards in. Just another in a line of losses in a very tough season. Wouldn't have wanted anyone else kicking for the win. Just didn't go through the uprights.

Posted by: Pantherfaninohio | Nov 29, 2010 12:53:26 PM

Kasey wasn't able to watch his field goal miss because he was run into by a browns player... ummmmm isn't that a penalty??

Posted by: yoyo | Nov 29, 2010 1:22:52 PM

Yoyo....I haven't seen the play, but I wondered the same thing when I read it. Perhaps it was unintentional, but I find it hard to believe that some other teams (I'm looking at you, New England and Dallas) would't have gotten the roughing-the-kicker call and had another shot at the kick.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Nov 29, 2010 1:47:25 PM

The problem is that he choked. He's Mr. Reliable when the game isnt on the line...but if it's a big game and it comes down to him, he chokes.

Posted by: dan | Nov 29, 2010 2:24:30 PM

I agree Dan. I still remember that KO out of bounds in the SB when the game was at hand. He can still make 50+ yard FGs, but not on a consistent level. He has made 3 out of 4 attempts in 50+ FGs this season because there was no pressure with those kicks, the Panthers were going to lose no matter if he missed or made them.

Last season Kasay was 1 out 4 in FGs attempted from 50+ yards. The year before last he was 1 out of 3 in FGs attemped from 50+ yards. For his career he was 40 out of 78 FGs attempted from 50+ yards. So he was slightly over 50% in career with making FGs of 50+ yards, but over the last few years, even counting the ones he made this season with zero pressure on them, he's 45% in making FGs from 50+ yards.

Now when these kicks are attempted with the game on the line his percenage goes down a lot. He has already missed 3 FGs in the 40+ yard range this season, two of those were when the game still mattered.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Nov 29, 2010 3:00:57 PM

I've been a proud Panther fan since day one, but it doesn't bother me to say we have the most clueless fans in the NFL. Maybe it's because NC is a basketball state. Kasey is a choker?

Posted by: nemov | Nov 29, 2010 4:15:28 PM

Oh give me a break all you PRO Kasey fans. He DID cost us the Superbowl and he DID cost us the game yesterday. You are only as good as your last play/game. This is a what have you done for me lately league.... As a matter of fact, life is about what have you done lately. You can do 100 good things and 1 bad...what do people remember?

Posted by: voiceofreason | Nov 29, 2010 5:34:26 PM

Kasay is not the problem. Too young of a team is the problem.

Posted by: monty todd | Nov 30, 2010 7:36:51 PM

Kasay is not the problem. Too young of a team is the problem.

Posted by: monty todd | Nov 30, 2010 7:36:52 PM

Kasay is not the problem. Too young of a team is the problem.

Posted by: monty todd | Nov 30, 2010 7:36:52 PM

Kasay is not the problem. Too young of a team is the problem.

Posted by: monty todd | Nov 30, 2010 7:36:52 PM

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