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November 03, 2013

Roddy White inactive for Falcons, Thomas and Norman inactive for Panthers

Undrafted rookie Melvin White will likely get the start at cornerback opposite Captain Munnerlyn with cornerbacks Josh Thomas and Josh Norman inactive for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

He won't be going up against Atlanta's top receiver Roddy White, though. White, who's been battling hamstring and ankle injuries, is inactive for the Falcons. He was listed as questionable this week.

Also inactive for Carolina is WR Marvin McNutt, WR Tavarres King, TE Brandon Williams, DT Sione Fua and DE Wes Horton. DT Dwan Edwards is set to make his first appearance in a game since Week 2. LB Chase Blackburn (foot) is also active for today's game. He was limited in practice this week.

--Jonathan Jones


Posted by Observer Sports on November 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM | Permalink


If there is one thing I'm proud of in this paradox of an ugly, yet spectacular win, it is that Gonzalez was catching passes in the first half, then he didn't catch any in the second half. That's how you adjust. We knew he was going to get the ball, but when you change defensive plans to prevent their most recent biggest and most targeted pass catcher, you've done something!

Posted by: Big Rob | Nov 3, 2013 4:31:47 PM

here comes the bandwagoneers.

and the "cut stewart" crowd? how did he look in his first game in a year?

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 4, 2013 9:56:46 AM

I never got off the band wagon and I still say cut Stewart. He never practices, misses several games a year and hasn't come close to living up to his contract.

Posted by: Panther Joe | Nov 4, 2013 10:18:18 AM

Thanks Panther Joe. Charlottean, looks like you are one of those jumping on the bangwagon. You thought and still think Rivera is a horrible coach and needs to go.
Are you changing your tune now that he has coached a 5-3 team? If so, you are jumping on the bangwagon.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Nov 4, 2013 12:07:21 PM

he only missed a bunch of games this year and last year. and when he plays, he makes plays. that's valuable. there are a ton of guys who can show up to practice and NOT make plays on sunday. what good does that do?

I'm far from the one jumping on the bandwagon. Rivera still clearly IS a bad coach. We still aren't winning close games. We've been blowing people out with TALENT, not coaching - although the defensive and offensive schemes are a big part of that. those are things I haven't complained about other than last year's horrible 3rd and short play calling and the prevent D in the 4th.

I'm the guy that was saying how we had a stacked team. how we went 7-9 last year with 7 of the 9 losses coming down to one major coaching gaff or in some cases 2.

you guys are the clowns that bailed on beason before he got a chance to get back. bailed on stewart before he got back (and made some big plays yesterday). bailed on williams when he just wasn't getting the ball.

blamed hurney and claimed we were in "cap hell" while he assembled an extremely young and talented team last year that rivera cost us from being a contender. the same team returns this year with minor tweaks and we're something like 20 million under the cap, 5-3 and blowing people out.

I'm the same guy that didn't miss a snap of 2-14. and knew what the eff they were doing when they blew the team up that year in the uncapped season.

but yeah.....i'm sure i'm the one that jumped off the bandwagon. you think rivera has been brilliant in strategy during this 4 game winning streak? no. they've just been manhandling weaker teams. the guy went for it on 4th down, up 4 with a gimmie field goal. the PLAY CALL was great, but the decision to go for it there was mathematically wrong. and he will never understand that.

he just went from NEVER GO FOR IT ON 4th DOWN to "always go for it on 4th down" and his players have fortunately executed in those situations thus far. but in the last 4 games, he's gone for it at least twice where he absolutely should not have.

don't believe me, ask belichick or any real coach.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 4, 2013 12:32:21 PM

It's funny when teams lose it's the coach!We have heard our players after close loses say "we knew exactly what they where doing we just didn't execute the plays"A bad coach want do that, A bad coach doesn't have the top ranked defense or top 5"before the panthers" year in and out.What changed is his understanding of how to win"giving the team confidence and not having that "just hold on mentality, learning when to be more vocaland holding players accountable"This was his "first Head coaching job" Any real panther fan knows if we go for it in so many close games the past 2 years 6-10 and 7-9 probably are winning records"at least .500 That's not bad coaching

Posted by: Devon | Nov 4, 2013 2:49:37 PM

charlottean = http://budlight.whipnet.com/mp3/cherldr.mp3

Posted by: Peach | Nov 4, 2013 2:55:00 PM


If you think Hurney did a good job tell me where I can get what you are smoking.

Posted by: jeff | Nov 4, 2013 2:55:49 PM

hurney brought in........williams, newton, lafell, davis, kuechly, olsen, tolbert, stewart, munnerlyn, johnson, hardy, edwards, senn, nortman, kalil, silatolu, bell, anderson, wharton (the first time), kept gross, kept smith even though he was demanding a trade........he even hired rivera as a coach if you think that he's a positive......

but sure.....he doesn't deserve any of the credit right?

you think he wasn't going to draft lotulelei?

gettleman gets credit for mitchell, lester, white, ginn, klein, blackburn, short* definitely.

but yeah....he left us in cap hell even though we're ~20 mil under and 5-3 almost entirely with his guys.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 4, 2013 4:47:33 PM


Obviously you were not a math major. Hurney along with Jerry left us in salary cap hell, which will still take 1 more year to get out of. Godfrey is one of the highest paid safetys in the league and no one pays 2 Running backs that kind of dough.

Posted by: steve | Nov 4, 2013 4:51:07 PM

how are we in salary cap hell if we have a stacked team that has blown 5 teams out and lost 3 games on bonehead errors while being almost 20 million UNDER the cap????

how is that cap hell???? and no i wasn't a math major, just a finance major with an 800 math SAT among other things. that's part of the problem, you guys speak on what you don't understand.

hurney's strategy was......long, large contracts that weren't guaranteed to young talents and constantly renegotiating to true market value. that's how gettleman has 20 million under the cap this year.

godfrey is not overpaid. that guy is a top 5-7 safety in the league (or was before getting hurt) and he was given a 6 year 28.7 million dollar deal. of which, he won't receive the 10.3 over the last 2 years. those are in there for leverage. he's not a free agent, but we can cut him at any time. it's absolute brilliant strategy that you simple minded effs are too dense to comprehend. if the guy outperforms the 5 million figure for next year, that's all he gets. if he under performs, he'll get less. but what won't happen, is us NOT having the option to keep a talented guy.

4 years = 18.7 for a top tier guy in his prime is less than what ed reed is getting NOW to struggle to stay on the field at the end of his career. (waits for you to say that 35 year old ed reed is worth more, because you WOULD say that)

olsen and godfrey among others will have their large salaries restructured, we will replace some older players with draft picks coming in on rookie scale and won't lose ANY of our talented players while still having money to ADD talent to the current mix.

how are we in salary cap hell? we brought EVERYONE back from a number 10 defense, number 12 offense last year and added blackburn, lotulelei, short, mikell, mitchell, florence, ginn, scott, wharton, and klein.

who did we lose? chris gamble. who lost his starting job several times over the last few years before RETIRING after being cut.

again, how is that salary cap hell?????

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 5, 2013 4:13:03 PM

lets see Godfrey top 5 with zero pro bowls. Hurneys bad contracts equaled no free agent activities and also was responsible for how many bad seasons, he should have been canned when FOX LEFT.

Posted by: jay | Nov 5, 2013 9:27:23 PM

show me where free agents have won superbowls for teams.

4 safeties make pro bowl every year. name 7 safeties that are better. and keep in mind that he's been a bright spot on a rebuilding team as opposed to a contender these last several years. 2010 should have been a pro bowl year for him but we were 2-14 so that wasn't going to happen.

hurney put the guys on the field that were the number 10 defense and number 12 offense last year. we lost those games because of coaching errors. he put the guys on the field that have us 5-3 right now. his biggest error was hiring rivera.

fox didn't leave, he was pushed out. and if you think that was deserved, you're just making the argument more clearer.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 6, 2013 10:10:20 AM

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