Panthers Paw Prints
We get our first set of positive Paw Prints this week Panther fans. Let's start with our re-inserted signal caller Matt Moore, who had this explanation for his earlier play this season:
No longer pressing, Moore delivers for Panthers - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"Maybe I felt pressure early on," said Moore, who went 4-1 as a starter last season. "You can’t play like that. You have to play this game loose and aggressive. That was the kind mentality I took and I tried to keep that mentality all game."
Loose and aggressive, I like it!...
You could say LB Jon Beason predicted Moore's Sunday performance:
Matt Moore is back starting behind center for us Sunday against the Niners. During this whole process he’s held his head up and had a good attitude. He was just the same old Matt. That shows maturity and shows that you can’t break him. The kid makes plays, and he just needs to take what the defense gives him and pick his moments. He can’t try to do too much. There’s so much pressure to be better than Jake’s legacy, that makes it tougher for Matt. But at the end of the day a quarterback is only as good as the players around him. We’re confident in Matt, and personally, I’m happy for him.
Sounds like the players have a different twist on Jake's legacy, so much so it may have caused undue pressure on Moore. Have I mentioned how much I love Jon Beason?...
For all the accolades given to Moore and Gettis, many on the West Coast point to the play by DE Charles Johnson as the key tot he game:
Why the 49ers lost their starting QB - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Johnson, the Panthers' strong-side defensive end, beat Anthony Davis to the outside. Panthers safety Charles Godfrey lurked near the line of scrimmage on the same side, drawing Dixon toward him. Anthony Davis retreated in a futile attempt to recover, but he had no chance at making the block on Johnson. Dixon couldn't help because he had drifted forward toward Godfrey near the line of scrimmage.
I hate to see key players knocked out of game but it was a clean hit...
Though I think he's going to be a good #2 Wr the remainder of this season, I would leave him on the your fantasy waiver wire for now:
How I See It: NFC South Stock Watch - NFC South Blog - ESPN
David Gettis, wide receiver, Panthers. Since Carolina won a game, we’re going to make sure we take the rare opportunity to get one of the Panthers in the "rising’’ category. Against San Francisco, he had eight catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns. A sixth-round pick, Gettis is doing more than earlier picks Brandon LaFell and Armanti Edwards. In an otherwise dismal season, Gettis has been a bright spot.
Bright indeed. I'm coining the phrase "Moore to Gettis 6 points" as in 'Get us'...hee hee
Wasn't it just a couple weeks ago many people were doubting Kasay could hit a 54 yarder to win the Saints game (that is until Williams gaff)?
NFC South by the numbers - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Before kicking a 37-yard, game-winning field goal, Carolina’s John Kasay made a 55-yard kick. That gives Kasay 39 field goals of 50 yards or longer in his career. There are only two guys in NFL history with more than that. Jason Hanson holds the record with 42 and Morten Andersen had 40 in his career.
Considering that kick would have been good from 60 yards should put that notion to bed...
Color me one who can never resist the notion of Irony:
Wrap-up: Panthers 23, 49ers 20 - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Irony of the week: Back in 2007, coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney went out and signed quarterback David Carr. That season, he came in and played so badly that Fox and Hurney developed twitches that surfaced every time you mentioned Carr’s name. Finally, that can stop because Fox and Hurney finally got something out of Carr. Now a backup in San Francisco, Carr was forced to enter the game after starter Alex Smith was injured. Throwing into double coverage with just over a minute left, Carr was intercepted by cornerback Richard Marshall. That set up John Kasay’s game-winning field goal.
Furney finally 'got something out of Carr'!, too funny!
Though I think BigDavis offensive analysis shows it was not all rosy with the new offensive line, it was certainly an improvement:
Panthers' pass rush beginning to return to preseason form - CharlotteObserver.com
Carolina shuffled its line for the San Francisco game, sliding Geoff Schwartz from right tackle to guard and giving Garry Williams his first start at right tackle. Fox said Williams, an undrafted free agent in his second year, played "pretty good," as did the line. "I thought his protection was good. It wasn't a big factor," Fox said. "We mis-fit some different runs a little bit, playing a 3-4 for the first time in a while. ... But all in all, good enough to win."
That's about as much praise a Fox can muster at this point I guess...
How about the spark Smitty gave us on special teams?
Steve Smith goes back to his roots to ignite his game, Panthers - CharlotteObserver.com
"It was a decision I made early in the week," Smith said. "I talked to the coaching staff. They didn't really give me too much hassle about it. They agreed. "It felt good. It was like riding a bike. The first one I got on the bike and kind of wobbled a little bit, but it was pretty good."
New handheld device enhances stadium experience - CharlotteObserver.com
Fans in a dozen NFL cities are using a new handheld device at games that allows them to see replays from angles not available on television, follow their fantasy lineups in real time, check out other games via NFL Red Zone and see updated stats from the game they're attending. FanVision is a wireless device that streams live football on a digital TV channel. It retails for $200 and is not quite half the size of an iPad, with buttons on the side to navigate between football games, features and functions.
If anyone has used one of these I would love to hear your opinion of it.