Thank goodness for bye weeks. At least most of us get a one week reprieve from watching what could possibly be another embarrassing loss. I think a bye week allows teams to get a perspective of their season and much needed rest if needed. Teams like Carolina have alot of questions and I'm not sure they have enough answers to go with them. Carolina earned the moniker "Cardiac Cats" for their knack to come back in games after getting behind. Well, they are going to have to bring a whole new meaning to that nickname and try to attempt a major turnaround to gain some respectablilty. That turnaround could possible come against the San Franciso 49ers on 24 October. Barring the outcome of the Niners next game against Oakland this weekend the name for their matchup with the Panthers is what I've dubbed the "Toliet Bowl". It could very well feature a matchup of two winless teams. I have yet to see any lines for that game but I would imagine a slight advantage would go to San Fran just because they are the home team. The way I see it, if Carolina is going to notch some wins this season their best bets are against the Niners and Browns. Sadly, both of those games are on the road but honestly it really hasn't matter where they've played though they seem to have played a little better away from Charlotte.
Moving and shaking. What I don't get is why there is talk about benching rookie QB Jimmy Clausen. Matt Moore proved in his short playing time this past Sunday he isn't a better option and I doubt seriously John Fox will give the reins to 6th round pick Tony Pike. Clausen needs to develop and learn. He has to take accountabilty for his miscues and work on limiting those mistakes in the future. It doesn't help matters none when the issues on offense are put solely on his shoulders. The O-line is terrible. I've seen more sacks given up through the first five games than I saw all of last year combined; five of which came last week. The running backs aren't getting the holes they're use to seeing. Then their are the receivers. Outside of Steve Smith there is no clear cut second option even though for now I feel that David Gettis is deserving of that title. Smith's injury doesn't help Carolina's cause any. The sad truth is this is a young team and with youth comes inexperience. Think about it...we're lucky Carolina didn't get beaten any worse than what they were against Chicago. That game could have gotten lopsided in a hurry if the defense didn't show up when it did. Changes are going to have to be made. However, I'm not the one that can say when or how that process will begin. I feel they need to start from the top and work their way down.