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September 05, 2011

Panthers standing pat at corner

After trying to updgrade at a couple of positions through waiver claims and free agent signings, the Panthers decided to stand pat at cornerback, a spot head coach Ron Rivera acknowledged was a question mark as recently as two weeks ago.

The Panthers will head to Arizona -- where Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald await -- with Chris Gamble and Captain Munnerlyn as their starting corners. Munnerlyn was an extra defensive back for much of last year, but became a starter after Gamble was benched due to ineffectiveness and injuries.

The Panthers also kept R.J. Stanford, who, like Munnerlyn, is a small corner. The team did claim rookie corner Josh Thomas after the Cowboys waived him, but made no significant moves at the position.

Rivera said the Panthers talked about several players, including former Philadelphia CB Joselio Hanson. But in the end the Panthers did not think any of them represented much of an improvement.

"You just feel that the other ones out there are similar to what you have. You would like to bring guys that are different, have unique qualities that fit you a little bit better. We looked at trying to find guys that have something different than what we have," Rivera said.

"By that I mean, Captain Munnerlyn and R.J. are two guys that have unique physical ability, unique physical stature. But a lot of those guys are very similar to them. So we opted to stay with the guys that we know that we've had for a month that know what we're doing, so there is no transition period."

The Panthers moved to upgrade their injury-depleted offensive line by signing free agents Max Jean-Gilles and Geoff Hangartner, who will compete at the right guard spot. Hangartner, who was drafted by the Panthers in 2005 and played four seasons in Charlotte, has 55 career starts.

Jean-Gilles started 26 games in four years with the Eagles, but was cut last week by Cincinnati.

The Panthers waived OL C.J. Davis injured to make room for Hangartner.

In other news:

--Rivera said the team has not made a decision on who will back up rookie QB Cam Newton. Veteran Derek Anderson played well last week vs. Pittsburgh and is listed at No. 2 on the team's web site. But Rivera said he would not decide between Anderson and Jimmy Clausen until later in the week.

--Several teams called the Panthers inquiring about DE Everette Brown, cut by the Panthers over the weekend. Rivera said most of the teams asking about Brown run 3-4 schemes.

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on September 5, 2011 at 03:28 PM | Permalink

Comments

I'm really glad that the Panthers picked up Jean-Gilles and Hangartner. That showed that they're serious about having an offensive line to protect Cam with both the running game and pass protection.

Staying with the CBs that they have is pretty perplexing. If only they would've gone after Asante Samuel awhile back.

Posted by: Al Asher | Sep 5, 2011 3:57:04 PM

If several teams were calling about Brown then why not trade him instead of outright releasing him? At least get a 7th round pick for a failed first round experiment. I know he was drafted in the 2nd but we gave up a first rounder to get that pick.

Posted by: Panther Fan #34 | Sep 5, 2011 4:13:38 PM

I think they mean teams wanted info on him, not offering to trade. Pretty sure the info provided would be "Hurney's an idiot..."

Posted by: GamecocksRock | Sep 5, 2011 4:31:53 PM

Yeah thats strange. If teams called to inquire about Brown, they were obviously willing to give up something for him, even if just a conditional late round pick. Something is better than nothing. And we've managed to find solid players in the late rounds over the years.

Posted by: DB | Sep 5, 2011 4:33:37 PM

Yeah thats strange. If teams called to inquire about Brown, they were obviously willing to give up something for him, even if just a conditional late round pick. Something is better than nothing. And we've managed to find solid players in the late rounds over the years.

Posted by: DB | Sep 5, 2011 4:33:37 PM

They almost certainly called after he was cut, and asked Rivera if he thought Brown could play OLB in a 3-4. If they had called before, they would've traded him for anything...even a new cheerleader or two. They aren't stupid.

Posted by: sensei | Sep 5, 2011 4:46:57 PM

Signing Hangartner and Jean-Gilles provides much needed depth, especially when the inevitable season-ending Otah injury takes place.

Posted by: Phil | Sep 5, 2011 4:50:55 PM

And all our other needs were filled by our pickup of Jack Schitt on waivers. There were some good players waived (at least one-year fill-in types) and we had first shot at all of them and picked up Hangartner and that's about it. Seriously?

Posted by: Authority | Sep 5, 2011 5:13:28 PM

Marty Hurney needs to go, but his head is so far up Jerry's ass its impossible to seperate them.

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Sep 5, 2011 5:16:32 PM

Veterans decide where they want to sign. Almost all of the best players that were cut did not want to come to a rebuilding team. A guy like Brian Waters who has played on a bad team for years (except last season) obviously would pick a franchise like the Pats over the Panthers.

Theres no reason to toss out more money than they are worth just to win maybe 1 or 2 more games.

GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEADS, WE AREN'T GOING TO BE THAT GOOD THIS YEAR. We will be improved, but we won't be good. So with that in mind, just analyze what you have and don't over spend for what you don't.

Posted by: GB20 | Sep 5, 2011 5:16:56 PM

Should've kept Burney at CB

Posted by: NorthKakylak | Sep 5, 2011 5:32:48 PM

Folks, why don't we all just stop pretending that we somehow know better. No one is calling any of us to run their franchise because we don't have any idea what we're talking about, peroid.
Get off Hurney's back, he knows more than us.

Posted by: Kenny | Sep 5, 2011 6:17:21 PM

Kenny, I agree.

Posted by: djfoams | Sep 5, 2011 6:34:38 PM

well at least with pick up some big bodies for the ol, but we need some cb, gamble is done after this year, i do like godfrey coming back and davis as well..thomas williams is a sleeper

Posted by: teemac | Sep 5, 2011 7:20:58 PM

"Should've kept Burney at CB"

Burney was put on the practice squad by the Panthers. What has he done besides the Giants game to earn a spot on the roster?

Posted by: oh boy | Sep 5, 2011 7:24:27 PM

What has Gamble done lately to earn his spot on the roster? Our CB's arent going to scare anyone away from trying to throw 300+ a game against us, and our DT's arent going to scare away anyone from trying to run for 150+ against us. I think they should have kept the defense mostly tampa 2 with some blitz packages, instead of changing the scheme entirely. Most of the players on our D have starred in the tampa 2 scheme Fox employed, and did well with it. Trying to convert them into full time attackers with little or no preseason is going to hurt us more than help us. On top of that, McDermotts scheme hasnt kept anyone out of the endzone in a couple years now (the reason Philly cut him) so that doesnt help much either.

Posted by: CBHelp | Sep 5, 2011 7:53:57 PM

Ron R will have input into the defensive playcalling, so it's not Sean M. Teams was beating the Panthers even with the cover 2 scheme, i'm sick and tire seeing horrible run defenses. 4 man rushes with very little blitz. Their will probably be games where they use the cover 2 scheme again, heck even some 3-4 packages.

Posted by: oh boy | Sep 5, 2011 8:33:36 PM

Marcus Harrison has failed his physical btw, i wonder who they are looking for at DT? Both Fua and McClain should sit and learn for this year, but maybe play situtaion downs.

Posted by: oh boy | Sep 5, 2011 9:12:18 PM

Marcus Harrison has failed his physical btw, i wonder who they are looking for at DT? Both Fua and McClain should sit and learn for this year, but maybe play situtaion downs.

Posted by: oh boy | Sep 5, 2011 9:12:18 PM

Yes Harrison did fail his physical. Theyl have to go elsewhere, but u dnt sit rookie DTs they need to play to get better. There's a lot of technique and strength to gain over the yr as well as game experience. And I agree with GB20 were doing well enougj, we've got a long way to go and will b competitive but not good. So y waste money when it doesn't need to be wasted...? Develop who u have and go from there.

Posted by: randy | Sep 5, 2011 9:23:59 PM

Go Panthers

Posted by: charlie zambrano | Sep 5, 2011 11:05:10 PM

totally agree with panther 34. u took the words right out of my mouth. if teams inquired about brown, how did we not at least come away with a 7th rounder for brown?

i love stupid unc fans who say we should have kept burney. that guy totally sucked in the preseason. being a starter at an acc school doesn't mean you will be worth anything in the nfl. just ask e. brown

Posted by: i hate unc | Sep 5, 2011 11:11:43 PM

Marty Hurney and Don Gregory are two of the worst evaluators in NFL history! Don Gregory is only in the NFL because he is a sorry ass minority and Marty Hurney is in the NFL because he was a sorry ass reporter that sucked up to Bobby Beathard and now he is sucking up to King Ding Dong himself, Jerry Richardson.

Posted by: Charles | Sep 6, 2011 1:09:11 AM

I agree with the majority here. Panthers won't be awesome, but they will compete. Let us not forget what made us successful under Fox was the Defense and running game. Jake Delhomme's arm (when working) was a plus. We still have those factors. They have a plan and are sticking to it. Building with core players and through the draft. Can't predict what players will do once under contract though.

I agree with what the Panthers are doing. They want to compete while building. Win now attitudes have been successful a handful of times and only on an interim basis. Be patient with the new system, new team and new staff and remain a fan. As much as we all want them to win, we will have some heartaches along the way. But there will also be some excitement.

Posted by: BBall Junkie | Sep 6, 2011 11:08:21 AM

how has chris "having me on your team is a huge" gamble made so much money in the NFL? he is truly the ryan secrest of the NFL. doesnt really contribute anything to the business but makes millions standing around doing nothing.

Posted by: dar456 | Sep 6, 2011 2:59:58 PM

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