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January 06, 2011

Panthers have no Luck at all

Well, it would have been interesting.
The year the Panthers get the first pick and have their eyes on a foundation-building QB who could have been the face of the franchise for 10-15 years … and Andrew Luck decides he wants to finish his architectural design degree.
Damn the luck.
There is really no way to overstate how big a hit this is for the Panthers. Can't call it a blindside hit, because Luck made it clear this was always a real possibility.
Still, it's a tough pill to swallow for a Panther fan base that had nothing to cheer about all fall. Luck represented hope, a new beginning and – most importantly, a QB who could throw downfield.
Sure, Da'Quan Bowers is a great talent. But he plays defensive end.
The Panthers, as you witnessed the past 17 weeks, need a quarterback.
Cam Newton? Jake Locker?
The Panthers have four months to figure it out. But with no Luck, it's no lock anymore that they hold on to the pick.
--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on January 6, 2011 at 02:57 PM | Permalink


this might be better than we think.

bring in kyle orton + josh mc daniels. Andrew luck is playing russian Roulette with his life lol. Well there would be no better team to play for than the panthers. The offensive line is there, the running backs and the defense. This isnt Detroit lions - Ahem how is Standford doing.. wait he injured his shoulder for the 3rd time in a row. From what i can sense - panthers have learned their lesson with Fox - and they wont let that crap happen again. They will get very able co ordinators not some fool that walks in looking like a fridge.

Panthers can still trade down and just have a ball this offseason.
Funny - i actually feel better not having crazy expectations. :)

Thank you and Good Luck.

Posted by: nick | Jan 6, 2011 3:09:56 PM

The Panthers need more than Luck. How do they not "recruit" Jim Harbaugh? This would have been a package deal that would have excited so many ticket holders.

They need picks. Who knows if Jimmy "Crazy Legs" Clausen can play. They surrounded with him with nothing. This was a shadow of team and the owner elected to save money and punt ths season. If they can trade the #1 pick for 2-3 picks, let's Hunery and his couts are better prepared.

Posted by: Mark | Jan 6, 2011 3:13:10 PM

Way to blow it with the "assistant coach" route...Now Hurney CAN miss!

Posted by: hellfish | Jan 6, 2011 3:17:22 PM

I am numb. Not to compare this to the darkest moments in the team's history (Fred Lane, Carruth) but from a pure football standpoint, this has to be as low as things have, or will ever, get. What a total humiliation of the franchise. The team completely telegraphs to Luck that, yes, if you come out, you are the no. 1 pick, and you have the last chance of avoiding a wage scale and locking down $40M guaranteed. And he stays in school and takes the chance that next season he's drafted by the likes of the Raiders or Browns.

And now we have a no. 1 pick that we won't be able to trade without a wage scale in place, because there's no clear-cut no. 1 player out there anymore. We'll have to burn it on a DT or a CB, or take the chance of grabbing Vince Young 2.0 with Cam Newton, a head-case system QB like Mallett, or the wild card of Jake Locker. And then we resign ourselves to watching Jimmy Clausen complete 50% of his passes, all 6-yard checkdowns, then watch him zombie-talk his way through the post-game presser. Meanwhile, look at our division...it's the best in football. The defendning SB champions and two young, rising teams, one of which is 13-3 and a SB favorite this year.

It's going to be a long, long time before we matter.

I can hear John Fox laughing from here.

Posted by: JF | Jan 6, 2011 3:18:31 PM

Move this stinking pile of manure team to LA. Let them watch 7-9 every year. I'm tired of it. Charlotte is jinxed. They should just rid of all pro sports instead of being the butt of all the jokes

Posted by: God | Jan 6, 2011 3:19:56 PM

The Panthers picked a bad year to have a bad year.

Posted by: jgib48 | Jan 6, 2011 3:21:28 PM

Thanks a lot Jerry for your alzaheimers press conference.

Posted by: jay | Jan 6, 2011 3:22:03 PM

Far from "damn the luck", I would say. The Panthers manangement can not afford to pay players or coaches with the upcoming strike. Luck pulling his name out allows them to trade out of the first round. Those hoping for a "big name" coach" are fooling themselves. Be happy we have a team Charlotte, it may be playing in LA sooner than we think.

Posted by: B | Jan 6, 2011 3:22:47 PM


Posted by: Jimmy Clausen | Jan 6, 2011 3:23:00 PM

Just start Jimmy Clausen, we'll have first pick again next year.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 6, 2011 3:24:35 PM

Joe, you and Nick have completely missed it. We need a QB? The offensive line is there? There has never been a worse offensive line assembled in the history of the sport of football, on any level. Jordan Gross deserves to go to the Pro Bowl about as much as the average caged monkey.

We need at least 2, and possibly 3, O-linemen, a DT and a CB that can be immediate starters out of this draft. We need a new #1 receiver too, as Steve Smith has completely lost the ability to actually catch the football.

Let's get some real, actual, PROFESSIONAL players in here before declaring that Clausen can't play.

And JF - If you think this is worse than the last game of the 2001 season, you're crazy.

Posted by: J | Jan 6, 2011 3:26:05 PM

I hope Jerry Richardson is paying attention. Luck did not want to play for you! This is what happens when Richardson makes it clear his number one priority is being cheap, and not winning. No way this guy would have stayed in school had the number one pick been to any other franchise. You don't pass up this once in a million type of opportunity in life.

Posted by: The Real Truth | Jan 6, 2011 3:26:15 PM

The only good thing to come out of all of this?

No more ridiculously corny playing on the word "Luck" by all you journos.

Posted by: John W. | Jan 6, 2011 3:27:20 PM

We don't need anymore rookie qb. We need a coach that can develop the ones we have and fix the offensive line that allowed 33 sacks. Our defense wasn't horrible either when we can't go mor than 3 plays with out punting what do you expect players to do. how about building our the qb we have now.

Posted by: daniel | Jan 6, 2011 3:27:32 PM

luck blows knee out in 3rd game next season

Posted by: heartlessowner | Jan 6, 2011 3:29:41 PM

Yeah it doesn't get much worse than this.

We are screwed. What the hell are we going to do now?

Fairley? Mallet? that guy from Mizzou? Oh god.....

Posted by: tom P | Jan 6, 2011 3:29:54 PM

The hardest part is knowing that Luck was ours to pick, not a wish-he-would-have-fallen-to-us situation, but an absolute certainty. Instead, we will take a very good DT or WR, whatever it is, and feel absolutely cheated. Robbed. Because we know that when Luck is drafted it almost certainly won't be by Carolina (as bad a Carolina was this year we almost didn't get teh overall number 1). And when we watch him star for the Cardinals, or Bills, or whatever team gets him, winning Super Bowls as I believe he will, it will NEVER escape my mind that he should have been HERE, in Carolina, building the next NE Patriots-style powerhouse behind his cannon arm. Its just sickening today, and will be for the next 10-15 years, I fear, and that's the hardest part of it all.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Jan 6, 2011 3:32:42 PM

That's what your cheap arse gets Jerry you're such a liar you scumbag. Fox is laughin his arse off right now. The fans deserve so much more from your organization. A once prized franchise to the laughing stock of the N.F.L. You see what happens when you didn't want to give someone a second chance alla Mike Vick now look at you now with no chance of Luck!!

Posted by: LASHON1072 | Jan 6, 2011 3:33:11 PM

Marty will screw this up for sure now.

Posted by: jay | Jan 6, 2011 3:33:41 PM

Until Marty Hurney is GONE it really will never get better. Richardson is the owner but Hurney is the GM and if he isn't willing to stand up and say... "Yo Jer, this may be how you did it at Denny's but this here is the NFL...it ain't no Denny's" then we are doomed to be that rollercoaster team that has a good season every now and then.

Look at the most successful teams in pro-sports. They are all willing to spend the cash because they have sense enought to know that when you win...you make big cash. Richardson is happy with his little hobby and isn't willing to take the risk to make bank. I am thankful for he and his family for going out there and helping bring a team to CLT, but its time to sell it and move on. I am convinced Charlotte is doomed as a pro city because we can't seem to get a team owner who is willing to pay the bucks needed to play at the big league level.

Posted by: Dub | Jan 6, 2011 3:33:41 PM

I mean let's be real, given Luck's choice is it really that hard to believe he chose to stay at Stanford? Hell, who can argue with the kid not wanting to come play for a team as flat out crappy as we are in every single way??!!

I have lost all faith and confidence in JR since the press-conference. Trust me, that confidence was waning well before he got in front of a mic and did his best "I'm a bitter old man in a world full of young punks" routine.

Then again, maybe things continue on their downward spiral and we go 0-16 and get another shot at Luck. Course if that happens Luck will probably choose to become that Architect he is so anxious to be....

Posted by: really? | Jan 6, 2011 3:34:09 PM

No team is trading to #1. Just won't happen. Its Bowers or Fairley and both have major question marks.

Carolina just cannot catch a break.

Posted by: Brian | Jan 6, 2011 3:34:44 PM

yep I'm numb too ....

gosh darn it I thought we had some sunlight comin....

kyle orton is not the answer....

Posted by: Scott Silverstein | Jan 6, 2011 3:35:11 PM

Hopefully Richardson forces a lockout and we get #1 again next year....or he tanks again (which it seems like there doing) and we #1 again next year.

Posted by: Neu | Jan 6, 2011 3:35:32 PM

Those 14 partners of Jerry's should go kick his ass.

Posted by: jay | Jan 6, 2011 3:35:47 PM

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