Problems in Preseason Game #2

Reminiscent of 2010, the Panther’s almost looked like they took a few steps back from the way they were against the Giants. Miami put up an astounding 307 yards in the first half that was more productive than the entire game for the Panthers at 199 yards. The run game was ineffective to say the least and neither Cam nor Jimmy could get it done at QB. There was not a lot to be proud of and overall performance in last night’s game could cast a shadow of doubt over a season of promise for the young team.


Thomas Davis saw his first action from nearly 2 years of absence and it was great to see him out there. Or was it? Davis has told reporters that he often felt “out of breath” trying to keep up with the pace of the game and it definitely showed. It was apparent that his play wasn’t sharp when most of the first half he was lagging behind and missing tackles. The middle of the field was exposed nearly the entire game and Miami definitely took advantage. Especially with Jon Beason still out. As a result, Reggie Bush made several impressive plays where he should have been stopped earlier. I don’t believe that this will be a big issue further down the road, but Davis needs to put in a lot of work if he wants to get back up to speed for the regular season.


Penalties were probably the biggest play killer throughout the whole game. The Panthers continually shot themselves in the foot with penalties when they could have converted for a first down. Miami got their first seven points from a penalty against the Panthers for having 12 men on the field near the goal. It was especially hard to swallow because it gave Miami a free shot at the endzone and negated a possible fumble on the 3 yard line. As hard as it is to play without crucial players like Smith, Otah, Stewart and Gamble, penalties will guarantee a frustrating game and in this case, significantly reduce chances for getting the big plays.


Although neither QB got it done in Friday’s game, the results were not all bad.┬áCam did make some good passes to the TE’s and Jimmy led a recovered fumble to the endzone for a TD late in the game. Plus, there were no interceptions or fumbles to help the Dolphins increase their lead. That may have been the best thing to come of the passing game though. Both quarterbacks made questionable passes that should have and would have been picked off by stronger defenses. This needs to be sorted out very quickly.


If Cam wants to be the guy against Arizona, he needs to learn how to make something happen when it looks like the play is faltering. There was more than one occasion where it looked like he could have made a pass instead of running out of the pocket. That kind of intuitive playing will take time and may convince fans that a start in Arizona for Cam might be a little too presumptuous right now.



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2 Responses to “Problems in Preseason Game #2”

  1. Owais says:

    Horrible game from all angles. There were very few positive aspects of the game. To the coaching staff’s credit, it didn’t seem like they were calling plays to advance the ball or that were appropriate for the circumstance. It seemed that the coaching staff were just trying to test the weaknesses of the Panthers to see how they respond (both the Panthers and the defense). This was evidenced by the lack of dedication to the running game (arguably the biggest strength of the team). While we may have been looking at the game or a drive as means to an end (touchdown or victory), the coaching staff seemed to use it as a trial run to calibrate for the regular season.

    • Trey Woody says:

      That’s an interesting thought. There wasn’t going to be much in the run game specifically since both Stewart and Goodsen were out. There’s no sense in trying to wear out the best tailback on the team and risk injury for a preseason victory. Looking at the game I do think there was plenty of time to make pass plays even with some of the pressure they received. Smith was out and he would have definitely opened up the passing game a little, but I don’t know if they could have gotten the ball to him. I’m not sure if it was strategy so much as sheer coincidence that it became a passing only test for the QBs. In which case, no TDs but no turnovers. With the amount of yards that Miami put up, they could have easily scored one or two more TD’s. The defense did a decent job of holding their offense to only 20 points. The bad part is 17 came in the first half. There was no doubt the defense was sloppy. I do think it’s possible the coaches ended up fashioning the game to work certain parts of the offense and defense, but I don’t think it was entirely planned. The penalties occurred in the worst possible moments (goal line defense and first down offense). But we are still pushing hard and there haven’t been any more injuries. Maybe we will see something special at Cincinnati.

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