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Shawn Zobel
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Shawn Zobel

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Crisis in Carolina


The Carolina Panthers made a very big mistake this offseason when they signed quarterback Jake Delhomme to a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension. After coming off an absolutely awful playoff appearance against Arizona that included five interceptions and one fumble, the Panthers rewarded their average-at-best quarterback with a deal that would suggest that he led them to the Super Bowl.

In addition to signing Delhomme to one of the worst contracts in recent memory, the Panthers also traded their first round pick in the 2010 draft in order to move up to select Florida State defensive end Everette Brown in 2009. I really liked Brown in last year's draft, but for a team that has no real quarterback of the future on their roster, it was a very large mistake to give away their top pick in a draft, that could include top quarterbacks Jevan Snead, Jake Locker, Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, and Tim Tebow.

The Panthers have started the season 0-2 and have a very difficult schedule the rest of the way. With road games at Dallas, Arizona, New Orleans, the New York Jets, New England Patriots and the New York Giants, this team could be on its way to a having a pretty bad season. That's not counting some tough home games against Atlanta, Miami, Minnesota, and New Orleans. I could very easily see this team having a Top 10, if not Top 5 pick in the 2010 draft. Too bad they traded it away.

If the Panthers have the type of year that I think they could be headed for, head coach John Fox figures to be fired. Following this potential move, Carolina-native Bill Cowher would have to be among the favorites to land the coaching job for the Panthers. When the only upside coming for this team appears to be a coaching change, you know that they are in for some trouble.

The Panthers struggling this season and their future struggles all started with Jake Delhomme's six-turnover game against Arizona. This game kicked off what could be a long stretch of losing in Carolina.

By Shawn Zobel  |  September 21, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  | Category:  Carolina Panthers , Draft Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Nice write up. However, you forgot the Panthers happen to have one of the NFL's most dangerous rushing attack. The Panthers would have probably won yesterday had John Fox managed the clock better and gotten a field goal before the 1st 1/2 ended.

Fox also did not challenge plays he should have and he did not have his team sprint to the line after they had a questionable offensive play and he had calls reversed on his team.

Finally, I see the Panthers winning that game if Williams does not fumble. Jake had a great day with one interception...and the team still had chances to win in the last 2 minutes.

Watch out for the big issue from yesterday...Louis Leonard was lost and the Panthers have only ONE true starting defensive tackle and that could be a big issue for the Panthers, who are trying to finish the 9-7 or 10-6 record they will finish with.

The Panthers will own Dallas on Monday

Posted by: rickn3car | September 21, 2009 4:52 PM

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