(Written by David Gabriel)
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK!! say that like you want to pull your hair out. A year ago MMQB started after a disappointing loss to the AZ Cardinals and the Panthers dropped to 1-3. I was calling for Riverboat Ron’s job and called out anyone I could think of. I guess the good news here is we are 2-2 this year!…. I’ll get to the offense later but Defense, what in the world?! 38 points given up, 75 points in the last 2 games? Went from a defense that was #2 overall last year to this now. No pressure on the quarterback (thanks Greg) where ya at Charles?, secondary (*cough* Roman Harper) you better figure out something soon because here is a list of upcoming QBs we face: Cutler, Dalton, Rodgers, Wilson, Brees, Foles and Ryan. Yikes! Roman Harper just gained 100 more grey hairs. Oh and he just missed another tackle. Ice up gramps.
Now for the other side of the ball the offense, or lack thereof. A banged up quarterback with his top 3 RBs injured is not the recipe for success on any team, unless your Peyton Manning. Wait, who’s running the ball?! What’s his name? He’s on the team? That would be Darrin Reaves and Tauren Poole and to be honest I could tell you nothing about either besides they are the 3rd and 4th string RB. Can Stephen Davis come out of retirement? Cam is most effective when we can run the ball with purpose and the D can do their part to keep it a reasonable score. The past 2 weeks we have failed to do either. Panther Nation I would say I have some optimism but the body language of the team yesterday spoke volumes to me. They look defeated and it’s only week 4. The injury bug has hit the Panthers, again. But we can’t blame Roman Harper for everything.
Standing at 2-2 is not as bad as it seems. Tied for 1st place in the NFC South and the way Tampa and NO are looking is pleasing. The next 7 weeks before the bye will truly test us. Time to put these last 2 behind us and move on! KEEP POUNDING. Chicago comes to town next Sunday and for the love of my sanity please dominate (oh yea and win). As I finish this weeks disappointing MMQB I tip my hat off to you agent 89. For 11 years we had the privilege to watch you go to battle and represent our ball club. I’m not shocked at all you are turning into the #1 target and emotional leader up in Baltimore. You sure did make the secondary look like school yard kids minus Roman Harper, pretty hard to make him look young.