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October 03, 2012

Panthers sticking with Nakamura

The Panthers are sticking with Haruki Nakamura.

The free safety gave up a pair of touchdown passes to Roddy White and allowed White to get behind him for a 59-yard reception in the final minute to set up the game-winning field goal last weekend in a 30-28 loss to the Falcons.

But defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and secondary coach Steve Wilks called Nakamura in Tuesday to tell him he was still their starter.

“This is a first-class organization. Week in and week out, we're trying to turn this thing around. We want to turn this into a winning organization, potentially a championship organization. And with those type of errors, you're not going to get there,” Nakamura said.

“For them to still have confidence in me and look me in the eyes and say, 'We know what type of football player you are. Those mistakes are correctable.' But at the same time they expect more.”

The decision says as much about the Panthers' lack of faith in Sherrod Martin, a two-year starter who has become a special teams player since Nakamura's arrival as a free agent. Martin angered management last season with a series of missed tackles in the open field.

“There was 164 plays in that game. There were not 163 perfect ones,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “The guy (Nakamura) had an interception in the red zone. The guy knocked away a ball in the end zone. To do a complete turnaround and shutdown, I don't know if it's warranted.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 3, 2012 at 03:17 PM | Permalink


I just vomited a lil in my mouth.

Posted by: panthers fan | Oct 3, 2012 3:25:48 PM

This team will never win a championship with 43 at safety!

Posted by: martyhurneysucks | Oct 3, 2012 3:30:59 PM

Yeah Im with Panther Fan I just yelled out in disbelief at work!!!!!!! WOW I have nothing else to say about this organization...........

Posted by: big daddy | Oct 3, 2012 3:52:14 PM

“This is a first-class organization."

do true first-class organizations say this?

Posted by: big gulps | Oct 3, 2012 3:52:46 PM

Martin won't do any better so you may as well stick with the new guy.

Posted by: James Reed | Oct 3, 2012 3:53:55 PM

Ouch.. Well I'm not worried about Nakaumara this week. We will have the ball run down our throats until we give in this week. We can't stop the run and Seattle CAN run the ball. Marshawn will have at least 150 yards rushing.

Posted by: Tiny Tom | Oct 3, 2012 3:58:26 PM

Sadly Martin must not have been performing very well in practice these past few weeks. Unfortunately it appears that the Panthers have 2 mediocre safeties. Does this surprise anyone? Hurney's talent selection is so poor. This team represents him. John Fox had his limitations when he coached here. My guess is one of them was playing the talent that Hurney gave him to play. Get used to it. This is an organization that will not be a consisent winner as long as Hurney is GM. This is his 10th as GM. Has the local sports writers done any real reporting regarding his poor perfomance? No. Little writers and broadcasters in a little city.

Posted by: dardjohn | Oct 3, 2012 3:59:35 PM


Posted by: PSLOwner | Oct 3, 2012 4:03:48 PM

So we sit Joe Adams for a coupled muffed punts but Haruki blows his coverage all day and it's ok?

Posted by: Rick | Oct 3, 2012 4:05:10 PM

The man is garbage...not just against the Falcons, but all year. He's too slow, constantly out of position, and undersized. This sums up the season for the Panthers.....PATHETIC!!!!

Posted by: sticky | Oct 3, 2012 4:05:27 PM

I guess #43 isn't to completely blame. What kind of dumbass coach runs a cover 2 defense when we have ATL pinned at their own 1 with under a minute to go and no timeouts. I guess the Dime, Nickel or Prevent options didn't make sense. Out-coached once again Rivera, Chud, and McDermit

Posted by: sticky | Oct 3, 2012 4:08:25 PM

FACT: We will win this week.

I think we should also recognize that we - as fans - do not know if he was really out of position on some of those plays. Perhaps he thought he was supposed to take the underneath coverage? Maybe it was a mix up by Norman or Gamble? We really don't know what happened... Could have been the coach too...

So let's just chill and let them correct it.

One thing that I do know for a FACT is Rivera is a great defensive coach - so he will get this fixed.

Posted by: Dom | Oct 3, 2012 4:11:38 PM


Nor with Marty Hurney as GM!Yur name says it all!

Yea Nakamura >First class organization to you that keeps making boneheaded decision starting with JR & keep you starting!!


Can't believe I'm still invested with this organization with PSLs!!!! I'm thinking JR is in it for the $$$$! Not the for the community & fan base!

Posted by: panfan1 | Oct 3, 2012 4:12:11 PM


Sell your PSL's, don't watch any more games and don't spend one more dime on Panther's stuff.

It's a very simple choice you have.

Shut up and stop whining!!!!!!!

Posted by: Paul | Oct 3, 2012 4:20:49 PM

“This is a first-class organization."

What planet is this fool living on? Around the league, the Panthers are pointed out as the model of how NOT to run your team. Poor ownership, horrible management, sub par product, simply put they are garbage.

Posted by: Really?? | Oct 3, 2012 4:21:56 PM

There were 164 plays in that game and Naka gave up 2 tds (pass to White and td run by Turner) and the bomb that decided the game. 43 shouldn't be in the league, let alone starting.

I've been a fan of this team since the Clemson days and a football fan all my life. Absolutely the worst decision I've ever heard. Where is the accountability when as a safety you give up not one, but two long bombs that cost the game and you can't tackle anyone? And talk about Sherrod Martin not tackling last year, has anyone seen scrawny #43 try to hit someone? Pahleeze! At least Martin could play a ball in the air and didn't look like an idiot moonwalking down the field not once, but TWICE! Come on!

Rivera, this decision will cost you dearly and possibly your job when it's all said and done. This secondary is a joke and that falls squarely on Hurney and Rivera. I'll still be a fan, but will never forgive the horrible loss last week that never should have been and the lack of accountability from the coaches down. I have a sinking feeling about this year.

Posted by: gradyhog | Oct 3, 2012 4:22:08 PM

You remember the Big Rat's promise to bring a championship to Charlotte within the first ten years? We are approaching twenty...

First class? LAUGHABLE!!!

Posted by: GO AWAY JERRY RICHARDSON | Oct 3, 2012 4:24:03 PM

Naka wouldn't start for 10 teams in the SEC.

Posted by: big gulps | Oct 3, 2012 4:25:23 PM

Rivera needs to find his nutbag just like Marty Hurney, cant wait till Naganainterceptit gets burned by Golden Tate this weekend.

Posted by: Chris | Oct 3, 2012 4:27:14 PM

Fast forward to next April...

Roger Goodell: "With the 11th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select...David Amerson, Free Safety from North Carolina State University."

Posted by: Mark | Oct 3, 2012 4:31:17 PM

Now the rest of the teams know to target NAKA!!! Guaranteed win for them!

Posted by: big daddy | Oct 3, 2012 4:32:11 PM

Mark, what ten teams are going to finish with worse records than the Panthers?

The kitty cats will be jockying for the last place team yet again. 4-12 at best.

Posted by: Fed up | Oct 3, 2012 4:32:44 PM

look at it this way either hell get better or wont. 43 def sucks and he knws it. but mayb the panthers can get rolling so it doesnt come down t0 43 having to mke a big play.

Posted by: ziggy | Oct 3, 2012 4:33:28 PM

and another thing. we def have not bad but terrible coaching. u run the ball wit cam mre than the rbs.then u play it safe wit 4 min left wen u could easily run plays to get multiple first dwns. then u call the worst def play ever. evry1 knos to pull the entire team back on that bomb to roddy.

Posted by: ziggy | Oct 3, 2012 4:37:05 PM

I think you people are missing the real point. I can dance! And look at my smile! I am an entertainer baby!

Anyone need a laptop??

Posted by: sCam | Oct 3, 2012 4:37:05 PM

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