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This week we will look at the Carolina Panthers se 2 months 3 weeks ago #169939

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Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the Hog Molly Report Color Rush Taylor Moton Jersey , where winning in the trenches is all that matters. Before we begin, we open with the reciting of our usual motto:In the spirit of Mr. Gettleman’s words (regardless of him having moved on) and the philosophy of building a team from the inside out, my goal will be to watch the hog mollies each game during the season and give them a grade based on their performance. from a lineman perspective and think about where this team needs to head in order to be more consistent in the future. The fortunes of the team definitely coincided with both the health of Cam Newton and the ability of his offensive line to keep him clean, and the lack of pressure from the defensive line on most occasions.Offensive Hog MolliesYards per Carry: 5.1 (1st, NFL)Yards per Play: 5.9 (8th, NFL)QB Hits: 77 (11th, NFL)Sacks allowed: 32 (T-6th, NFL)Third downs converted: 42% (9th, NFL)Scoring PPG: 23.5 (T-14th, NFL)Rating: 4 out of 5 Hog HarbingersThe Carolina Panthers offensive line started the season surprisingly strong, and were a lot of the reason the team wrapped up the first half of the year standing at 6-2. Then the Pittsburgh Steelers game happened, and suddenly things started falling apart. The team was able to consistently run the ball all year long, but the left side of the offensive line, especially whoever was playing left tackle, was a recurring problem like it has been for years now. If Matt Kalil, Chris Clark, or Marshall Newhouse line up as a starter at that spot next season, it is going to be more of the same. I still believe this team’s greatest need, despite the awful defensive numbers Color Rush James Bradberry Jersey , is a quality left tackle. Too many things ride on it, highlighted by the health of our star quarterback’s throwing shoulder.Looking down the rest of the line, it was a pretty good year for everyone. Greg Van Roten, while certainly not producing like Andrew Norwell, had a mostly good year in his first season at left guard. Ryan Kalil closed out his career with a strong and healthy final season at center, and the right side of the line was fantastic when both Trai Turner and Taylor Moton were lined up together. Looking forward a pressing need will be figuring our who replaces Ryan Kalil at center. Tyler Larsen filled in for him admirably a season ago, but in his limited reps at guard this year did not look very good at all.With no other listed centers, competition is certainly going to be brought in, and there might be a draft pick at the position as well. Otherwise, it will be about finding depth along the line. I am not opposed to bringing Chris Clark back in a reserve role, and I think the team is hoping Brendan Mahon can recover from his injury and continue to build on his strong preseason last year. I believe that we have probably seen the last of Daryl Williams, as regardless of his pair of really bad injuries, someone is going to be willing to pay him more than we are, unless a secret plan is hatching to move Taylor Moton to left tackle and bring him back at right. I would be shocked to find that out, however.Defensive Hog MolliesYards per Carry: 4.7 (20th, NFL)Yards per Play: 6.0 (26th, NFL)Sacks given: 35 (27th, NFL)Third down allowed %: 40% (19th, NFL)Points per game: 23.9 (19th Youth Kawann Short Jersey , NFL)Yards per game: 353.2 (15th, NFL)Rating: 2 out of 5 Pathetic PigsIt was a woefully bad season for the defense as a whole, and those problems definitely started up front with the defensive line. Outside of a couple randomly occurring great performances, the Panthers were not a unit to fear by anyone across the league, and certainly not by opposing quarterbacks, as there wasn’t a single game where their four man pressure did much of anything. They finished the season with a bottom five sack total, and their lack of effectiveness ballooned their yards per play average to near bottom five levels. They were the worst team in the league at allowing opponents to convert third down with more than six yards to gain, and that happens because of a lack of ability to pressure.Kawann Short had a good season, but not nearly what you’d expect from a guy getting paid like he is. Dontari Poe was an utter disappointment. Both of these guys will almost certainly start at defensive tackle again next year, and regardless of what I just said, that will probably be just okay. The main let down about Poe is that he has the ability to make some game changing plays at a position you don’t usually see them, and the fact is, we didn’t see any. He was just another capable space eater, which is fine, but not thrilling. Our rotational guys, Vernon Butler and Kyle Love, were actually pretty decent. Provided that Love doesn’t retire, I expect to see both next year. Vernon Butler is probably never going to live up to his draft billing, but he could end up being one of those guys who do a decent blue collar job at an NFL yeoman’s salary for us.Defensive End is the real problem http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-da_norris-searcy-jersey , and the future there is not bright either. The team absolutely must invest high draft capital in the position, potentially with their first round pick. If a great option at left tackle isn’t available, I hope this team grabs the best pass rusher they can, we need it badly. Whether he wants to play again or not, Julius Peppers can’t be counted on for starter duty any longer. I believe that pairing Mario Addison with a premiere talent on the other side can be a good combination, but again, we’ll have to go out and acquire that talent. Depth wise, Wes Horton is fine there but Marquis Haynes, Efe Obada, and Bryan Cox jr. are all serious projects.Hog Molly of the Year: Taylor MotonTaylor Moton is an easy shoo in for this honor, as he was without a doubt our best overall lineman. He allowed an average of less than one pressure per game on the season (as did Trai Turner), and is one of the most exciting young prospects on the roster (at least to people like me, who can get excited by good blocking). People keep talking about moving him to the left side, but honestly, I would leave him right where he is so he can thrive. Even in a game where the Cowboys and Panthers failed to put many points on the board, there were several statistical happenings worthy of note. The defensive side of the ball provided most of these. Luke Kuechly and Kawann Short repeatedly made their respective presences felt and that resulted in the duo being the top two ranked players on the Panthers defense according to Pro Football Focus. Kuechly amassed 13 tackles en route to his team high grade and sank several hundred thousand Carolina hearts as he hobbled off the field with a lower leg injury. Thankfully, he was able to return to the field to finish his bidding and now sits second in the league in total tackles. For his part, Kawann Short terrorized the shaky interior of the Cowboys offensive line and finished the day with a game high two sacks and four quarterback hits. He was one of eight players to tally a pair of sacks in the NFL’s opening weekend. He was joined in the sack column by Mario Addison and Wes Horton, who each had 1.5 sacks http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-wes-horton-jersey , as well as Shaq Thompson who had a sack of his own to go along with his 9 tackles. All of that culminated in a Panthers defense that finished week 1 ranked third in both yards and points allowed. The offense was unsurprisingly led by quarterback Cam Newton, who accounted for nearly 75% of the Panthers’ total yardage. Newton put up ho-hum numbers as a passer but did a lot of damage as part of the Panthers main triumvirate of runners alongside Christian McCaffrey and CJ Anderson. The trio combined for 143 yards on 30 carries, a healthy 4.77 yards per tote. McCaffrey also reprised his role earning the team’s most targets, finishing the contest with 6 catches on 9 targets for an additional 45 yards receiving. Devin Funchess led the Panthers aerial attack in the second half after tight end Greg Olsen left with a foot injury. After failing to secure either of his two official targets in the first half, the third year pro hauled in all three of his targets for 41 yards in the game’s second half.Notable Snap Counts9 players were on the field for 100% of the team’s snaps: Cam Newton, Taylor Moton, Greg Van Roten, Ryan Kalil, Trai Turner, James Bradberry, Donte Jackson, Mike Adams, and Shaq Thompson.McCaffrey dominated the backfield snaps, taking the field for 57 snaps compared to Anderson’s 12.Rookie DJ Moore was on the field for 17 snaps, fourth among the team’s wide receiversColin Jones got all 21 of the snaps missed by starting safety Da’Norris Searcy. Rookie Rashaan Gaulden did not see the field on defense, but did get 9 snaps on special teams.
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