Reporting Mark Seidel
Yesterday in BOA Stadium, Panthers fans experienced a bit of deja vu. Win the first 3 quarters of a game only to blow the game in the 4th. Panther fans have already starting pointing fingers…Ron Rivera should have gone for it on 4th and 1 in the 3rd, in their own territory, with a defense playing so well. No he shouldn’t have. If they don’t get it, he’s an idiot. Ron Rivera is only 2-13 in games decided by a TD or less, he can’t coach. Wrong again, the Panthers don’t have any weapons other than Steve Smith. DeAngelo Williams is not the player he was 4 years ago. You have to look at the fumble he had at the 5 yard line after a great run…keep in mind that was only his 8th career fumble. 8th. A great play by a great defense led to the Panthers making a mistake.
This Seattle team was picked by many to go to the Super Bowl and the Panthers held their own against them. Good teams make plays to win games when it matters and the Panthers didn’t make plays. They aren’t far away but there is work that needs to be done. The Panthers are in desperate need of a vertical threat and have one on the sideline with as Frank Garcia would say a “governor” on him. Contrary to what many believe, I think Ted Ginn showed in the pre-season that he can be that guy. With the ball in his hands he makes plays and that is what the offense needs….but then you realize Cam Newton attempted only 4 passes of more than 10 yards down field Sunday. That isn’t going to cut it.
The way the defense played, the Panthers deserved to win this game. That’s why I think the play calling that Mike Shula has implemented is going to be the downfall of this team. The field needs to be stretched in order for the running game to work. We’ve been here before and it looks like the Panthers are headed down the same road. So I say this to the Panther coaching staff…unleash the weapon you have in Cam Newton. Let him throw the ball down field where he is most effective. Until that happens, we are stuck in Groundhog Day minus Bill Murray.