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Panthers Lose A Close One- Will Coaches Learn?

December 22nd, 2008 Listed Under: Charlotte News, Living Here

Charlotte nc Carolina panthers logoIn First Play Off Game of the Season, Players Deliver, Coaches Go Cold in the 2nd Half

Charlotte NC   Along with many of you I watched a good, hard fought December football game, one of the best of the season. Won in overtime by the New York Giants, no team caved,  no player just lost it, the officials didn’t decide it, and Giants won it after each offense was stopped once in overtime- a playoff game in all but name.

It was a game the Panthers could have won, arguably should have won as they controlled, no led,  the game for 57 minutes out of 60. But momentum shifted much earlier, when with 3 minutes to play in the first half and an 11 point lead, they ran 3 unimaginative plays telling their entire Panther team they were just happy to be here.

The coaching went further south with something like 10 of the first 12 plays runs up the middle for little or no gain. They  became one dimensional, and the Giants were determined to stop the run,  which they did. Jake threw a few times on 3rd down but he too was ineffective. They never even tried to get outside with their excellent runners.On defense they were no better, with a few exceptions running an unimaginative defense that produced no pressure, allowing Eli Manning enough time in the pocket to make a sandwich, to complete all the important passes including the tying 2 point conversion, with nary a blitzzing linebacker in site.On the tow most important Giant drives, where was the defense?How about a line stunt- something?

How many close late season losses will it take for this staff to understand that if your offense is running on all 8 cylinders, and you have a lead, that it is Not a time to downshift.

The best teams in the league- those playing meaningful games in December and January, those teams stop one dimensional teams routinely.   tm


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Terry McDonald
I'm the owner/team leader of The McDonald Group at Wilkinson and Associates ERA Powered real estate brokers here in Charlotte NC. A transplanted Washinghtonian, my family and I came from the NYC area in 1993.
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