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October 26, 2012

Stewart will start vs. Bears

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will make his second consecutive start Sunday against Chicago, although coach Ron Rivera plans to get DeAngelo Williams more work than a week ago.

Williams, the franchise's all-time rushing leader, was on the field for five of the Panthers' 62 snaps against Dallas, finishing with 2 carries for 4 yards. Stewart carried 10 times for 35 yards as the Panthers sought to establish more of a traditional rushing attack.

Rivera said he wants his backs to get in more of a rhythm, rather than substituting them every play or every couple of plays like the Panthers have done since Stewart arrived in 2008 to form the so-called “Double Trouble” rushing tandem.

Rivera also said the Panthers are not moving completely away from the zone read concept. But he made it clear he wants the Panthers to rely on more of a standard rushing attack.

The message being we want to pound the ball—well, not really pound it—but we want one guy to develop a rhythm,” Rivera said. “And then when he gets hot, ride him.”

On the injury front, DE Antwan Applewhite (knee) is out for the game, and second-year DE Thomas Keiser is doubtful with issues with both of his elbows.

Starting DE Charles Johnson (hip) was limited during Friday's practice, but is listed as probable. DT Dwan Edwards (hand), TE Ben Hartsock (calf) and CB Captain Munnerlyn (leg) are all probable, as well.

--Joseph Person



Posted by Observer Sports on October 26, 2012 at 01:33 PM | Permalink


This has become Jon Fox ball! Run, run, run, punt!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 26, 2012 2:24:32 PM

Can't argue this move. D'angelo is always looking to bounce it outside. He needs to hit that hole instead of looking for cutback lanes.

Either way it's all pointless, the offensive line is not going to block anybody anyway, then they'll just go to that read option. Then when that's stuff we'll just look to throw the ball 40 yards down the field for an incompletion and we'll lose the game at the end. Yet another year of losing in Carolina. This is the worst.

Posted by: Smitty | Oct 26, 2012 2:26:15 PM

I think all of the fat cats in their silver seats are regretting locking in those PSL nows. I'm gonna be able to get myself some tickets on the 40 yard line once Obama gets reelected and starts making the fat cats pay their fair share once and for all.

Posted by: Len Jackson | Oct 26, 2012 2:30:49 PM

Hope Rivera enjoys his one trip to CHI as head coach, he and the rest of the coaches are going to be part of the house cleaning in Jan 2013.

Posted by: manu4t | Oct 26, 2012 2:40:50 PM

Williams and Stewart each need 10-15 touches in this game.

Posted by: PantherJon | Oct 26, 2012 2:48:51 PM

Wait, he wants to change what made them the best rushing tandem in the NFL? Um...maybe that's the problem?

Good to hear we're trying to get back to an actual pro style running game. Too bad this won't be the week it takes off. I give our line about a 2% chance of blocking those boys in the trenches. You might even see Pep make more than a play or two this time around.

Posted by: Mike P | Oct 26, 2012 2:55:24 PM

Well, it looks like Williams is to be the scapegoat for the sluggish running game. That's a shame. None of the backs have fared well behind this O-line. I'm not sure that any RB can do well when they are immediately met by a wall of defenders on almost every run.

Posted by: Jerad | Oct 26, 2012 3:27:23 PM


Hope you're kidding...those same fat cats are the ones that create jobs. And you're not gonna have one of those, so you aren't buying a ticket to anything.

That is, unless you EBT it...

Posted by: Responding to Len | Oct 26, 2012 5:16:59 PM

Cam is leading the team in rushing and his yards are coming from running for his life!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 26, 2012 5:36:26 PM

RB's will never have any success with Cam holding on to the ball as long as he does Gaps close fast in the NFL. I swear, last I went to get a beer and the Newton/Stewart exchange was still taking place when I got back. Len, when that happens all pro sports teams will fold who do you think creates jobs the unemployed

Posted by: WildWilly | Oct 26, 2012 6:20:26 PM

I like the idea of going to a "more of a traditional rushing attack", as it seems the zone read hasn't been working at all this year. However, I have to question Rivera announcing days before the game that we're going to be making this change. If we're going to a strategy that's different from what opponents have seen on film this season, wouldn't it be a good idea to keep it quiet? Maybe preserve that element of surprise?

Posted by: OffTheRadar | Oct 26, 2012 9:11:57 PM

-Smart move. We actually look like we want to win our next game. Making all necessary changes.
-Lets be honest, Stewart is the better RB. He's quick for his size, and he fights for yards. Williams doesnt do anything except pick up 0's and 1's.
- This is usually the time of year when the run game explodes and becomes another shining star in this dark season. Last year, we ran greatly over Chicago. Hope to do the same this year.

Posted by: Goddy | Oct 27, 2012 5:08:59 AM

Sorry Len,

As long as you believe wealth comes from others, you will have less. Wealth is created by you. The sooner you figure that out, the sooner you will be sitting on the 40 yard line. But if you think you can wait this thing out.. go right ahead.

Posted by: hampton | Oct 27, 2012 6:39:26 AM

Looks like the big game where Sweetheart Newton gets caught and cracked open like an egg with multiple fractures crumbling begging for him mommy to protect him since all NFC protect officially off.

Nomore 50% free production as Goodell has stepped up after the Saints ratted on by Newton Crime Family whos almost at an end of the road plus Hurney taking the axe leaves QB wide open as punch drunk RR in a haze.

Richardson begs 747 Turbo Jet TEBOW to come to a pathetic dump pile as savior like the real Superman offering the deed to BOA s, the franchise kicking in 500 million cold cash to TNT doing anything to get rid of the Newton mistake.

Bears prepare for the slaughter and feast. 20 ambulances at Soldier Field engines running to handle real and fake injuries even with Beason gone.

Slop may pull a WWE fake injury knowing his days numbered too. Hurney pissed as hell he got the axe and never took a snap.

BEARS by 30


Posted by: Bears Smell A Dead Rat | Oct 27, 2012 7:38:35 AM

cosign mike p,

can't understand how the guy can not know that the very things he's swearing "won't work" already worked very well in the past. 2008 and 2009 happened. only reason we weren't better in 2009 was delhomme losing his mojo. we were still way better than we are under rivera.

john fox football worked btw. he passed the ball enough for steve smith to lead the league in receiving in 2005 and mushin muhammed to have a monster year in 2004 so....i mean.....that also happened.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 27, 2012 10:45:10 AM

good move stewart over williams..i said this last year..

Posted by: pantherworld | Oct 28, 2012 9:55:30 AM

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