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December 26, 2010

Panthers win by losing; clinch No. 1 pick

Fitting that the Panthers' most fruitful Sunday came on a weekend when they were off.

Victories by Cincinnati and Denver (over San Diego and Houston) took the Bengals and Broncos to four wins, allowing the Panthers to clinch the No. 1 pick in next year's draft.

Carolina (2-13) won't have to worry about Atlanta resting its starters now. A Panthers' team that proved time and again over the past 16 weeks it was the NFL's worst won't have to go to strength-of-schedule charts to confirm it.

Raise your glass, Panther fans. You haven't had much to toast this year.

Freed from having to follow the Bengals and Broncos in Week 17, Panther nation now can ratchet up its obsession with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Let the man-crushes begin in earnest.

There is still the business of replacing John Fox and getting a new CBA in place. Oh, and it would help if Luck actually declares for the draft.

But those are matters for another day. Cherish the moment, Panther fans: You're No. 1.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 26, 2010 at 07:54 PM | Permalink

Comments

YES...our LUCKy day!

Getting the #1 pick for the 1st time in team history was not the "first" I had in mind for this year, but it's the only consolation we have at this point. If you're gonna suck and miss the playoffs, at least suck enough to get a franchise-changing player.

Posted by: DB | Dec 26, 2010 8:25:35 PM

We suck! We suck! We suck! We suck!

Posted by: Darin is an idiot | Dec 26, 2010 8:25:44 PM

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!

Posted by: hope we get luck-y | Dec 26, 2010 8:57:15 PM

Bricng back the fututr all pro WR D. Jarrett! He would have been huge this year! With a little "Luck", he'll be back!

Posted by: Todd | Dec 26, 2010 9:05:23 PM

I just hope Marty Hurney and Don Gregory are shown the door after the season. The new GM, HFC, and College Scouting Director all need to be on the same page as the Panther's go forward.

Posted by: owen | Dec 26, 2010 9:29:27 PM

if it wasn't for the stupid armanti edwards trade they would have the first pick of the second round too.time for hurney to go

Posted by: don | Dec 26, 2010 9:48:06 PM

hire harbaugh and make sure luck comes out. How many years did we blame the wr's, when it was the bad qb's?

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 26, 2010 9:52:43 PM

ppl ANDREW LUCK IS NOT COMING OUT! nick fairley will be the pick, sad but true. but we will probaly have a top pick in 2012 when he will declare. jim harbaugh told peter king that He gets the impression luck will stay in school because academics are so important to him. I hope to god its not the case come April, and harbaugh is going to THE 49ERS mark it down. I think We should draft aj green tho and sign donovan mcnabb if we wanna win next year. Mcnabb would thrive in a play action go deep offense not that pussy west coast mike shanahan and his lying little chicken shit son kylie. But 89(who's not going anywhere) and Aj Green with our running game good gawd!!!

Posted by: james | Dec 26, 2010 11:07:18 PM

No team is going to win with a washed up lazy McNabb.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Dec 26, 2010 11:51:58 PM

Finally!!!! Hopefully we will look back on this day years later as our LUCKy day!

Posted by: Elizabeth | Dec 27, 2010 12:26:58 AM

James, I would be really surprised if we didn't use our pick to upgrade our offense. It just wouldn't make sense to pick a defensive player after we scored the least points in team history. If Luck doesn't declare, I'd hope we'd take Green. Best case scenario though, Andrew Luck!

Posted by: Brooks | Dec 27, 2010 2:00:00 AM

Luck should be our #1 pick. with the rest of our picks we need to draft linemen, D and O.

Posted by: rafi | Dec 27, 2010 2:00:27 AM

@ outta town panther fan, i live in md and there is ALOT more to it than that, he has no weapons, no running game and the shanahans are just trying to run him out because donny bucked with kyle shanahan about the offense. If Luck doesnt come out then i think donovan would be a good pick up if we added aj green. Shannys short passing game offense doesnt fit donovans skill set, he throws one of the best deep balls in the league and i think it would be an obvious upgrade over our current qb's. Washington is a circus and to say he is lazy and washed up is not accurate at all so stfu!:)

Posted by: james | Dec 27, 2010 2:31:01 AM

What about Cam Newton as a possibility?

Posted by: Murrell | Dec 27, 2010 5:36:31 AM

The Panthers are getting a new QB. Worried if Andrew Luck wont declare for the draft? DON'T! If a player is projected to go #1 overall, they make themselves available. They would have nothing to gain by waiting because they can't go any higher. Plus, Charlotte looks like a better place to live then Cincinnati or Buffalo (2012 likely first pick overall).

Posted by: Mike | Dec 27, 2010 10:35:27 AM

why go for offense. Look at the NFL box in the CO with the team statistics. 186 points all year, about 100 points less than the other dog teams like Detroit, Bengals, broncos, etc. Be honest, if we had Vick...no, let's say, if we had Tebow who scored TWICE in the 4th quarter yesterday to win, we wouldn't have won more games? We have NO OFFENSE! And, it starts at quarterback. Heck, I'd even take that clueless guy Dallas played behind Kitna the other night at AZ. He didn't lose it...the defense lost it. And, BTW, how can you make such a big deal about getting AE and just sit him on the bench all year. Can we get a story on this? Is he just crap? Has a player ever been more hyped and then ignored like AE? Well, Jarrett, I guess. There are plenty of NFL rookies contributing big time this year. Yet, the Panthers maneuvered to draft one of the most exciting and productive offensive weapons in College Football History, score an embarrassing league low 186 points this year and then let AE rot on the bench...please give us the inside scoop on this!

Posted by: 186 Point Year | Dec 27, 2010 11:07:17 AM

luck or newton, you can't go wrong with either, and whoever made the statement that if you are projected to be number one pick you will come out, why wait to possibly get hurt and fall out of the first round or cost your hole career with a injury, dosen't make sense, trust me he will come out and i would rather be in carolina than cincy or buffalo on any day

Posted by: callingitlikeiseeit | Dec 27, 2010 12:23:13 PM

Who inherits the Panthers when Richardson is gone? Is it the two sons he fired?

I don't have any confidence in how this organization handles anything; fans, drafts, coaching, press conferences. It's all done with a 1950's mind set. It's hard to imagine them not botching the 1st pick, based on everything they did this year and the lack of explanation given every time it didn't work out.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Dec 27, 2010 12:38:54 PM

My point is that non-expansion teams that are in position to pick first tend to be there because of poor ownership/management decision making. Which carries over to the draft day decisions.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Dec 27, 2010 12:49:48 PM

I agree Sportsdon, either Hurney or Richardson could end up being the easter grinch and trade away this pick because of pride and money. Pride cause they got Clausen all wrong and money cause Richardson has become Mr. Cheaperson.

Posted by: Are we this Lucky? | Dec 27, 2010 1:28:22 PM

i don't think it was poor management. i think it was excellent execution of a great long term plan.

how much you wanna bet jerry is lobbying for 2 drafts and a lockout right now. we're going to be one of the only teams with no payroll liabilities going into a shrunken cap and with a youth movement already in place not to mention number 1 picks.

while a lot of you guys bash hurney for the edwards pick, we haven't seen whether or not he pans out. not everybody produces as a rookie ask charles johnson. hurney's theory of trading future picks to draft now can be the difference between developing a great talent and not. While it hasn't panned out in a few cases, you get a guy that you don't need until next year, but you get him now and you get him a year to learn the ropes. we didn't need edwards this past year. he wasn't going to be the difference between 2-13 and playoffs. we probably didn't expect david gettis to jump up and snag that number 2 slot, but it just leads to great competition at the receiver position going into year 2. we've got 3 young talents that will greatly benefit from a new QB and new offensive coordinator.

we did the same thing with jeff otah in 2008 and it was brilliant. we did the same thing with everette brown last year and i think if you look at this year as brown's rookie season, he didn't quite play as a mid first round pick but he did show a lot of promise and has added the size he will need going forward. like i said, ask charles johnson.....the kid could be really good here.

all i'm saying is, let's not bash hurney over the edwards pick before the kid is given the dwayne jarrett standard of 5 years to rot on the bench. i definitely don't wanna see any of you wearing edwards jersey's if the kid becomes something next year. crazier things have happened ask danny woodhead or whatever his name is that the jets cut and the patriots made a household name (sort of).

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 27, 2010 1:39:44 PM


Are we this Lucky, let me clarify something.
Marty Hurney is garbage, Matt Millen is better (at least he was a good player).
The panthers still dont understand the reload philosophy. When you draft a Dwayne Jarrett(who was a younger, dumber version of Keyshawn), you allow the veteran to mentor him, and teach him a few tricks, and then the coaching staff will have something better to work with. However we draft Jarrett, without seeing how he will pick up on the playbook, cut Keyshawn, so now we dont have anyone he can relate too. And Steve Smith is still triple covered and we lose.....again. Blown Picks=Jarrett, Otah, Clausen, the list goes on....From the 2002 Draft to the 2005 Draft, we still have 4 players on the roster from those years...4, is that the idea of building through the draft? and of those drafted we sent 2 of them packing, Peppers and Witherspoon, kept Morgan who had all the heart in the world but was nothing better than a taller version of RUDY.... from 02-05 we passed on 22 probowlers on offense and Defense in the first couple rounds and only got one in return in those early rounds. I have no faith in our drafting abilities Carruth, Biakabutuka, and Clausen says it all.


Posted by: Travis | Dec 27, 2010 5:09:37 PM

@ Owen:
I don't see Mr. Hardjangles cutting ties with his good ol' boy bud, especially after just giving him a new contract with so much uncertainty with the future and giving nobody else (including players) extenstions. What is pretty laughable about it is that Mental Hurnia doesn't even know some of the players on the roster by name. Typical good ol' boy way of doing things, backward-a$$ loyalty is what I'm referrign to, and it's mind boggling.

Richardson and his franchise has pretty much become "the cow that tips its own milk!"

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 27, 2010 5:36:25 PM

I thin' the panthurs draft gud!

Posted by: Tim Biakabutuka | Dec 27, 2010 6:55:03 PM

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