I'm going to be honest and say that I didn't stick around to watch much of the game midway through the second quarter. Granted the defense showed up after giving up what looked to be an asinine amount of yards on the ground and two scores resulting in a very long day. The offense however, is still trying to find itself. Once again we were treated to an array of stuffed running attacks and mishandled snaps. Oh and lets not forget the intereceptions. For the first time, we got to witness what it felt like to be on the receiving end of Julius Peppers freakish athletic ability. He looked good didn't he folks? I kinda wished we had kept him but this sport is all about opportunity and money which is what Peppers wanted...especially the opportunity to play in a 3-4 and utilize his talents from the outside linebacker position. I'm not going to dwell on the game and anyone who witnessed that debacle doesn't want to be reminded of it. I know I don't. What I do want to say is that I believe the Panthers are a team struggling to find its identity. Despite the losing record, Carolina showed alot of promise hanging with New Orleans and I felt they would use that momentum to carry them into this week's game against a team that A) gave up ten sacks to the Giants last week and B) was starting two rookies on the offensive line. After the first couple of series it seemed as though the more experienced and able line belonged to Chicago. Carolina hasn't been consistant this year; well unless you want to count turnovers and missed snaps/handoffs. Given their play I'm looking forward to two immienent possiblities: 1) the release of John Fox and 2) scouting the top NCAA talent for a possible top five pick. I hate writing them off so fast but unless the offense starts clicking, I don't see them bouncing back and finishing with a respectable record.
I want to briefly touch on something I had mentioned last week regarding the possible trades of Steve Smith or DeAngelo Williams. I read on ESPN's website that prior to this week's game with Chicago, two teams contacted the Panthers about the availabilty of Williams. At the current time the Panthers stated he was not available nor was any mention made as to what would be given to Carolina as compensation. The writer, Evan Silva, noted that if a trade was made the Panthers might ask for a first round pick in return. He further noted such a trade would make sense given that Williams is in a contract year and the Panthers are in a rebuilding mode. Week 6 is just around the corner and Carolina has a bye week so it will be interesting to see what happens over the course of the next seven days. I really hope it doesn't come down to losing D-Will but I'm not the guy who has any say when it comes to these type of decisions. I know I'll be keeping a close eye on things throughout the week.