Aug 17, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) reacts during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Dolphins 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
Preseason is about working out the bugs and getting things right before the start of the season. So before we congratulate the Panthers too much on their victory over a struggling Dolphin team lets look at what we can still learn. Last week the Panthers performed well in the area of penalties only having 4 for 24 yards in a lacl luster loss to the Texans.
After a chippy week of practice and what can only be described as a very chippy game the Panthers had 9 penalties just int he first half. Several of them hurt and resulted in less points getting on the scoreboard. Yes the Panthers scored 20 first half points but in all honesty it should have been 27-28 points. So the big question is should we be concerned? Here's the detail on the 9 penalties:
- Holding on LaFell stalled a drive and resulted in a FG instead of a TD
- Off sides on Hardy results in 2nd and 5 - The drive does eventually stall
- Hardy off sides again results in another 2nd and 5 - Drive results in a Dolphins TD
- Holding on TE Gary Barnidge results in 1st and 19
- Next play, holding on OG Amini Silatolu, now 1st and 28
- Next play, false start on RT Byron Bell, now 1st and 33...this drive is almost resurrected on 3rd down when Tolbert caught the pass in the middle of the field and had the 1st down but then fumbled on the hit.
- Holding on LB Ken Onatolu on a punt return - 10 yards
- Holding on WR Louis Murphy negates a 1st down and results in 3rd and 8 - drive stalls leading to a punt
- Illegal block by Josh Thomas on a punt return right before the end of the half