Not a Convincing Win but Loss

AP

AP

Panthers lose the lead late in the 4th Quarter (24-23 Buffalo). The Buffalo Bills did not earn a convincing or decisive win but the Panthers managed to put together a convincing loss.

While the Panthers do not have the formula to win games, they have the formula to lose.
I guess, if you’re going to lose, lose BIG.

Associated Press Mike McCarn

Associated Press Mike McCarn

According to Cam, “After so many close games, you’d think we would know by now.” How to win (via Joe Person, Charlotte Observer).

In another “close but no cigar” game the Panthers once again, fall short, this time to the Buffalo Bills. Panthers record now sits at 0-2. Looking to face the NY Giants next week, also 0-2.

Panther fans are disappointed and frustrated with a team posed to execute but come away with no answers; no antidote for Wins.
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The past two regular season games, though close, have been boring to watch. The defense, predicted to rush, block, and sack the QB against Buffalo, was unimpressive. The secondary is staggering. The linebackers appear to be off routed, with some LB’s falling behind. And the big guys, the “hogmollies” up front have been sluggish in regards to preventing the run (against Buffalo they allowed RB, Spiller 100+yds). The defense was unimpressive against Buffalo.
Offense did not fair any better. The O-Line was consistently beat, allowing pass rushers to get to QB Cam Newton. The Offensive play calling was at times dreadful to watch.

Panther fans can no longer accept excuses. How many times have fans heard EXECUTION?

The Panthers are 2-14 in games decided by a TD or less under Ron Rivera.
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Rivera: “There’s only one option- show up, go back to work, and win.” “It’s disappointing.” “This was a great example of it being too close,” and you can’t do that. “We’ve got to learn to finish it off.”

Bad coaching calls are looming. Settling for field goals instead of TD’s are costly. Playing to the “stay in the game” philosophy can and often is dangerous. The conservative coaching of John Fox’s approach had the same effect here in Carolina. Panther fans are tired of complacency and mediocrity. Panther fans have seen the glimmer of the “What if’s,” have seen the potential that lies ahead for a talented personnel. The strategy for success has not been implemented and it is taking its toll—on the players and fans alike.

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What the Players are saying (via Twitter) AJ Klein “Tough loss…Back to work tomorrow.” WR Steve Smith: “It’s tough. It’s sickening…As players we have to execute. That’s just the fact of the matter.” QB Cam Newton: “In tight situations we have to somehow make a play.” TE Greg Olsen: “We can’t sit and ask why this happens to us. It happens to us because we allow it to happen. There’s a lot we could have done.”

Fans called out the lack of a vertical attack against Seattle last week and, this week are offered “Cam-bombs” that are mistargeted with a possibility of no-target in sight.

One would like to state the Positives of the game but with the glaring loss against Buffalo it fades into the background of utter irrelevance. Until sound answers can be given and right action to make solid changes can be offered, The Panthers and fans alike, will have a hard time moving forward. No excuses.
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Some stats:
C. Newton 21/38, 2TD, 1 INT
D. Williams had 22 carries for 85 yards = the RUN game was shut down.
Top leading receiver? –Olsen had 84 yds.
Offense total yards – 308, 1 Turnover
7-16 3rd down efficiency
183 passing yds
125 rushing yds. out of 32 attempts

Cam: “We won’t quit.” We’re relentless. We’ll keep going. “It’s frustrating.” We’ve got to learn how to convert effort into points. The story of our life—being in tough, tight games. We’ve got to find a way to win. Our efficiency has to be better, starting with me. “I know I can do better and get better.”

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The team needs to get bit by the Winning bug—winning is contagious. “[It]Won’t just be an individual to ‘take the team to the promised land,’ it must be a team effort.” “Everybody must jump on board.”

Highlights (with Kuechly penalty):

http://www.nfl.com/videos/carolina-panthers/0ap2000000244978/Week-2-Panthers-vs-Bills-highlights

Injuries (what we know so far): Josh Thomas –concussion; Charles Godfrey-Achilles; Quintin Mikell-leg
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Depressing: http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/86355/locker-room-buzz-carolina-panthers-2

Written by: Phillip Boyce
Twitter: Phillipjboyce


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