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February 03, 2014

Seattle's Super Bowl blueprint a positive sign for Panthers

The new Super Bowl champs are led by a young, mobile quarterback, a power running game and an in-your-face, tenacious defense.

If Seattle's Super Bowl blueprint looks familiar to Panthers' fans, it should.

The Seahawks smothered Denver 43-8 on Sunday night in New Jersey with two defensive scores, a special teams touchdown and near-constant harassment of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

The lopsided game -- the first Super Bowl dud in more than a decade -- stood in stark contrast to Seattle's hard-fought, 12-7 win over the Panthers in Week 1.

There's a reason the Panthers and Seahawks played to a virtual stalemate the past two seasons (each a Seattle victory): They're built in the same fashion.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is as mobile as Russell Wilson, and has a stronger arm.

The Panthers might not have a running back as strong as Marshawn Lynch, but collectively the trio of DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart -- when healthy -- can power Mike Shula's ball-control offense.

Seattle's no-name receiving corps is younger and faster than Carolina's.

Defensively, the Panthers finished second in the NFL behind Seattle in total defense and scoring defense in 2013.

There's no question Seattle's secondary is superior to the Panthers' "Legion of Whom." The Richard Sherman-led secondary has held Newton to the two lowest passing totals of his career -- 141 yards in 2012 and 125 in '13.

But the Panthers' linebackers are better, and their defensive line is comparable to Seattle's if Greg Hardy returns.

The two teams really were as close as Steve Smith thought after the Week 1 game, when the veteran wideout predicted the Panthers would see the Seahawks again deep in the playoffs. The Panthers fell a game short of flying to Seattle for the NFC championship game.

But they'll get a shot at Pete Carroll's team again next season when the Seahawks come to Charlotte for the third year in a row.

Don't expect a lot of offense.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 3, 2014 at 09:31 AM | Permalink


Cam is not 75% of Russell Wilson. Wilson is a winner. He is a team first player who cares zero about being an "entertainer" or "megastar". He does not sulk, always talks up his teammates, and is engaged in every minute of every game. Given the chance to take either Cam or Russell, 32 teams pick Wilson.

Posted by: What? | Feb 3, 2014 10:21:38 AM

Actually 31 teams take Russell.

But I totally agree. Wilson is a natural leader and comparing him with Cam, the one advantage Cam has is size. All the intangibles including work ethic go to Wilson.

This won't be Russell's only Super Bowl win.

Posted by: Gettleman | Feb 3, 2014 10:58:48 AM

Russell is a great QB, better than Cam at the moment, but stop trolling. Enough with the Cam detractors, the man has proven he can win, lead a team, and set records. If your a true Panthers fan, please start supporting your 'franchise' QB.

Posted by: Daniel | Feb 3, 2014 11:12:45 AM

Funny thing is, you can say Russell is this and Russell is that. But any of those young qbs, Luck, Newton, Kapernick....would have went to the super bowl with that Seattle defense. Its not a one man show people. Bashing Cam is just wrong. Yeah Russell got a Superbowl win, but it was more of a Seattle defensive beat down. And if we interviewed 32 gms half would prob take Russell and half would take Cam....you can't deny 6'5 250

Posted by: Ron | Feb 3, 2014 11:24:36 AM

Were you two members of the "Cam is a Bust" club watching that game? Denver's defense made Wilson's day easy, and his defense and special teams sustained the momentum. And have you watched a Panthers game since 2011? Because you're both working off a tired and old script. I guess Russell Wilson is a better QB than Peyton is too. Go bad mouth somebody else's QB. I'll take Cam, and his athleticism, and the way he has this locker room (you don't listen to other players' interviews either, do you?), and his work in this community (do you live around here?), and what he will continue to do for this team. Work ethic???? Really? Seriously. Have you listened to other Panthers players talk about Cam? Nice Skip Bayliss impersonation, but sorry, you weren't right about Cam, and you still aren't.

Posted by: Suzanne | Feb 3, 2014 11:28:28 AM

Was this article about The Panthers & Seahawks or about Cam & Rus? I got lost. Cam needs to work with all his wideouts during the offseason. This 1 is 4 free, how bout roll tiers sideline 2 sideline & let your mobile QB put put the ball threw the holes. It kills 2 birds with 1 stone. Mobility & accuracy. Keep pounding my freinds.

Posted by: Cooler than U | Feb 3, 2014 11:32:17 AM

plenty of mediocre qb's win superbowls with great defenses. dilfer, johnson, and rypien all come to mind. no telling whether we look back at this game and think of wilson like them, or like brady.

either way, it hinges a lot on them keeping that defense that stout.

i think most offenses would rather have cam to make a play but most teams would rather have wilson leading them.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 3, 2014 11:33:31 AM

You guys are just gaga over Wilsons new perm. Cam is much better than Wilson.

Posted by: Omaha | Feb 3, 2014 11:40:05 AM

Congrats to Wilson, but my pick will always be with the hometown QB. Cam has grown and will continue to do so. More individuals (including transplant fans) will join the wagon for years to come. We are only a few players away from a ring ourselves. I don't know Cam on a personal level and I'm in no position to judge. Most who judge him should take a self inventory of themselves...

Posted by: bt | Feb 3, 2014 11:40:13 AM

Not sure I want my quarterback celebrating every first down, or chasing after teamates every touchdown to take the ball from them to give to some kid in the stand.

Maybe that player doesnt want the ball taken from him.

Posted by: Kevin | Feb 3, 2014 11:43:54 AM

Can't please everybody...

Posted by: bt | Feb 3, 2014 11:48:02 AM

Cam may have the stronger arm, but Wilson has "touch" on the passes that need to be lobbed. It's only the past year or two that Cam has been challenging his brain. He always got by on pure talent. There is still hope that Cam will be able to understand what the defense is trying to do. Wilson is a few months older than Cam. Colin K is a year and a half older. It's Cam's lack of experience that is the first hurdle to overcome, then it's his accuracy and versatility with different types of passes. But, the Panthers can win a Super Bowl as Cam is now.

Posted by: Ben | Feb 3, 2014 12:06:42 PM

Must achieve... "balance", Danielson!

Posted by: Me | Feb 3, 2014 12:15:51 PM

Am I the only one tired of these Cam bashers?
I guess they weren't around getting their hearts broken every Sunday during that 2-14 season huh? Or the 1-15 season back in the day. Maybe they forgot....

I'm proud of my Cats. Reminding us what winning is like.

Like Russell and the Hawks -- Cam & the Panthers day is coming.
Keep pounding.

Posted by: C | Feb 3, 2014 1:13:00 PM

Am I the only one tired of these Cam bashers?
I guess they weren't around getting their hearts broken every Sunday during that 2-14 season huh? Or the 1-15 season back in the day. Maybe they forgot....

I'm proud of my Cats. Reminding us what winning is like.

Like Russell and the Hawks -- Cam & the Panthers day is coming.
Keep pounding.

Posted by: C | Feb 3, 2014 1:13:01 PM

No troll here, Mecklenburg resident and Panthers fan. Cam had a good year but his one playoff game was not quite as bad as Manning's last game.

Does anybody know how many SuperBowls have been won by QB's who went to UNC-CH? Hint: low number...

Posted by: Gettleman | Feb 3, 2014 2:33:59 PM

and how many nba titles have been won by nc state basketball players?

what does it have to do with ANYTHING being discussed here? guys like you amaze me. it's always about what school you went to or what neighborhood you live in. like that has anything to do with how much of a jackass you are.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 3, 2014 3:03:07 PM

Your name is misspelled Charletan-

Look it up, Carolina Troll...

Posted by: Gettleman | Feb 3, 2014 3:35:12 PM


hilarious. you even managed to misspell the attempted burn.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 3, 2014 3:48:12 PM

Last I saw, Russell Wilson was drafted out of Wisconsin. Seems NCSU didn't need him after his three years of work. At least, it's a Wisconsin tee shirt he holds up in his tv ad when he refers to his "College Days"...

Posted by: Craig | Feb 3, 2014 3:50:21 PM

Now we are the heart of the issue- a State guy wins the Super Bowl. And UNC-CH cheats and still can't do it.

Maybe you need to get some more rental cars for your guys; the basketball team has plenty.

Posted by: Gettleman | Feb 3, 2014 4:14:12 PM

I'm gonna tell Chris Washburn to write you a letter when he learns how to write.

Posted by: blue devil | Feb 3, 2014 5:29:55 PM

Washburn's academic legacy has been eclipsed by Julius Peppers at UNC. We've seen Pepper's transcript and he wouldn't have made it without all the free AFAM studies grades. He's the "functional illiterate" that they all have been talking about.

Washburn would have been on the "Dean's List" if he had played at Carolina- you know that Dean recruited him?

Posted by: Gettleman | Feb 3, 2014 6:00:11 PM

Stupid article. Everything about this league changes year to year. Goodell will make sure of that. As far as the article I agree about the receivers. We need some speed to go with are one good one #88 Olsen who is not even a WR>. Keep Pounding!

Posted by: chuckwagon | Feb 4, 2014 6:46:00 AM

Release the Kraken!!

Posted by: TheKraken | Feb 4, 2014 9:02:19 AM

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