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October 02, 2012

Roddy White describes Atlanta's big play

On the biggest play of Sunday's Carolina-Atlanta game, the Panthers stacked eight men in the box and still couldn't get pressure on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

On this screengrab (via NFL Rewind), you can see the four defensive linemen, nickel back Captain Munnerlyn, Jon Beason at the mike, Thomas Davis as the second linebacker and Chris Gamble coming on a late corner blitz.


Wide receiver Roddy White told ProFootballTalk in an interview Tuesday that Ryan said in the huddle that they just needed one big play to have a chance to win.

“He just told us that we need a big chunk," White told Mike Florio. "We know that we had a minute left on the clock and we knew we had an opportunity to score but we had to get one big chunk of yardage to help us get all the way down there. That was our whole plan to get one big play.”

The Panthers tied a franchise-high with seven sacks Sunday, but they could have used an eighth on this play. The Falcons' offensive line held the line against the Panthers just before Ryan released.


In Cover-2, the Panthers' last line of defense was free safety Haruki Nakamura, whose Sunday struggles may ultimately lead to his demotion

“(Ryan) said, 'Hey man, I’m going to give you a chance to make a play on the ball,'" White said. "My whole thing was to just to come out there, get in position and make the catch. I knew they were going to be deep, and he threw the ball like 60 yards and gave me the opportunity to catch it."

Nearing midfield, cornerback Josh Norman released White, but Nakamura allowed the team's top receiving to get behind him and ultimately make the 59-yard grab.


And another angle:


--Jonathan Jones


Posted by Observer Sports on October 2, 2012 at 03:07 PM | Permalink


So the front four gets pressure by themselves all day long and then suddenly he wants to blitz our best corner from the 1 yard line? Why not blitz with Davis and actually cover Jones and White with Munnerlyn, Norman, and Gamble? Idiotic coaching is killing us.

Posted by: Greg | Oct 2, 2012 3:51:00 PM

nice fundamentals by Naka "Pop Warner" Mura.

Posted by: big gulps | Oct 2, 2012 3:58:19 PM

BLitz with Davis? Funny stuff. He couldn't tackle my grandmother. He is done, finished, washed up. Ditto for Beason. Start Luke in the middle and let these two bow out somewhat gracefully.

Posted by: too short | Oct 2, 2012 4:17:37 PM

Why stack 8 at the one yard line. You gotta play a sort of prevent defense on that play. Protect the sidelines and deep ball, its not that hard. The coaches put together a great gameplan, but stacking 8 at the 1 yard line probably cost us that game.

Posted by: Joe | Oct 2, 2012 4:44:28 PM

I agree, should've been in prevent D. Make the tackle in bounds and pin the guy to the ground for a couple seconds, let him throw a temper tantrum because you pinned him to the ground and thatll run off a couple more seconds. Easy win. Why the hell they would be BLITZING is beyond me, a corner blitz is the most idiotic call period in that position.

Posted by: Evan | Oct 2, 2012 5:30:33 PM

really, would not have come to that had the coach not trusted offens

Posted by: watne | Oct 2, 2012 6:27:33 PM

it made me remember when Jake would throw up a lame duck and hope steve smith caught it! time to move Luke to the middle!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 2, 2012 6:32:31 PM

The biggest defensive problem the entire Atlanta game and all of this season has been tackling skills. For some reason, our defensive players try to "explode" the offensive player when attempting to tackle him, every freakin' time. We hit the offensive ball handler at the chest, shoulders and/or head. Instead, one should tackle at the waist or below. Think about center of gravity. If you disrupt the lower half of the body in motion by tackling at, say, the lower legs...the upper body will have no choice but to tumble over and stop moving forward unchecked. However, when one tackles at the shoulder or chest, you are faced with a larger mass of body weight from the offensive player and are far more likely to bounce off without impeding his progress. Thus, the offensive player continues to gain more yards until the next defensive idiot tries to tackle him up high again.

If we can't draft players who already exhibit this skillset (Marty), then can we at least hire coaches who can sense this deficiency and teach the players accordingly (Rivera, McDermott)?

Until we have players big enough, skilled enough, fast enough and strong enough to "explode" on most tackles, teach the freakin' basic skills of how to most effectively bring down a beast who is running the opposite direction. He can't run without his feet, ankles or legs. That much I confidently promise you.

Posted by: dangburnit | Oct 2, 2012 7:05:28 PM

Oh, and McDermott in another article is all slobbery over Nakamura...what great character he has. Bull freakin' crap, Sean. When have ANY of us EVER seen a safety back-pedal for 10-15-20 yards with the ball in the air for a bomb (40+ yards)? This is one of two things; 1) An extremely gross lack of skill at realizing you're in the process of getting burned, otherwise you'd be running normally (forward) at top speed to make the play, or 2) you simply don't care that you're about to make a HUGE blunder and let your teammates down dearly.

Nakamura managed to do this very back-pedaling at leaast twice in the Atlanta game, once for a TD and the other time we all know, for a 60 yard Atlanta gain that lead to a FG and ATL win.

Posted by: dangburnit | Oct 2, 2012 7:33:05 PM

More accurately though for Nakamura's sake (why in the hell am I going there?), he played fairly well on a short field, but horrifically on anything longer than 30 yards. That's not good for a starting free safety in the NFL.

May some super-power bless this mess?!


Posted by: dangburnit | Oct 2, 2012 7:48:49 PM

Whatever happened, I'm just glad we got the play off. The Panthers had kicked our butts up and down the field the entire game. But good teams find a way to pull it out. #riseup

Posted by: Confess_Jesus_Now | Oct 2, 2012 7:50:50 PM

great players have bad days. nakamura isn't that, but he's in his first year of significant playing time. norman was picked on just as much and got bailed out by other teammates (including nakamura) on at least 3 plays. and norman got torched the other day against the giants. but these guys' play isn't anywhere near as bad as jimmy clausen's QB'ing 2 years ago. they will learn. but they are capable. that's key.

you gotta be patient with a young team. not TOO patient obviously, but rivera seems way too knee-jerk to me right now. there were 5 or 6 critical plays where if it goes the other way in ANY of the 5 we win. they all went the other way. and only 2 of them were on nakamura. smith's fumble was critical, newton's was too, the screen play to turner was ridic. And anybody saying that was on nakamura is nuts. that was on all 11. you don't have a guy go 60 yards on a screen and blame it on one guy who plays free safety and was blocked down field.

if dude didn't intercept the pass and just broke it up instead, and broke up one of the other passes that went for a touchdown, we STILL lose a close game.

Smith's fumble was far more critical because it was a turnover that gave atlanta a short field. That all said, he clearly needs to play better. and the regular refs missed just as many calls this past week as the replacement refs the week before.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 2, 2012 7:59:58 PM

Dangburnit, you're right about the tackling. I think they go high at times to try and force a fumble. Other times, it just hurts more to be whacked by a churning leg than an upper body.

Posted by: Ben | Oct 2, 2012 8:36:03 PM

Stupid a Sean mcdermott. Andy Reid fired him for a reason. He's no Jim Johnson, never was. He can't call defensive plays. Geez, fire him and see. He will never be a d coordinator again!

Posted by: Buford | Oct 2, 2012 8:50:45 PM

Dont know as much as a former defensive coordinator for San Diego (a real defensive powerhouse) but why do you line up with 9 guys within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage? I guess you think that they are going to run the ball - which might make sense if John Fox was the opposing coach. Matt Ryan is their quarterback. They have to go 99 yards and have no timeouts. OF COURSE they were going to throw it long! Only person more JV than Rivera is Marty Hurney. When do the Bobcats tipoff?

Posted by: Buster | Oct 2, 2012 9:33:55 PM

I love how all of these overly critical "fans" want to bag on the coaching staff and the players who missed plays, but take nothing positive from this game. Even the Observer staff, there is nothing positive to report here, let's feed the sharks and have them start hating on the home team. The negtivity is disgusting.

This young Panthers team went into Atlanta, where the Falcons have only lost 4 games over the last 4 years, and played them to the wire. Yes, it sucks for your team to lose, especially when the game is so close. However, a lot of you are missing the fact that the game was close because these guys played their asses off and the coaches game-planned to beat one of the top teams in the NFL right now. They almost pulled it off, even being heavy underdogs against a veteran team. If they played Atlanta the same way they played the Giants, I could understand the anger, but after that game?

This is a better team than we saw in 2011, and much better than 2010. If you don't want to wait for them to progress, jump on another bandwagon.

Posted by: Godly Football Critics | Oct 3, 2012 12:32:48 AM

yea i completely agree with this guy, panthers suck.

Posted by: sayword | Oct 3, 2012 1:07:17 AM

There was no reason to be in cover two. Panthers should have been playing deep and Nakamura should have never been on an island. Play the sidelines and don't let anything behind you is the way you play that ball. Let them throw in the middle of the field and burn 20 seconds. Poor defensive strategy. No other way to describe it.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Oct 3, 2012 11:06:14 AM

it's Beason's fault. that clown should be on IR. Joseph Person can linebacker better than him.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Oct 3, 2012 2:09:08 PM

they should have let Atlanta run the ball give them short stuff while protecting the deep ball and the sidelines. Use the clock as an extra defender in that situation! instead if you noticed, Atlanta max protected against our blitz! there were only three recievers in that route combination!

Posted by: Gwanedm | Oct 4, 2012 2:44:23 PM

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