In case you missed it, here is the underrated bracket:
Most Underrated Panthers
1. Chris Gamble
||1. Chris Gamble
|16. Brentson Buckner
|8. Mike Minter||???|
|9. Nick Goings|
|5. Michael Bates||12. Will Witherspoon||???|
|12. Will Witherspoon|
|4. Thomas Davis||4. Thomas Davis|
|13. Travelle Wharton|
|6. Brad Hoover||6. Brad Hoover
|11. Keydrick Vincent|
|3. Al Wallace||14. James Anderson|
|14. James Anderson|
|7. Jeff Mitchell||???||???|
|10. Brandon LaFell|
|2. Charles Johnson||2. Charles Johnson
|15. Kris Mangum|
Today we're voting on the 8 vs. 9 matchup -- Mike Minter vs. Nick Goings.
Mike Minter was always a solid player for the Panthers, but he never seemed to get any recognition from anyone outside of the Carolinas, and that's really a shame because he's still one of the best safeties (if not the best) that has ever put on a Panthers uniform.
In case you're unfamiliar with Minter's career stats, here they are:
It's a shame that Minter didn't get as much recognition as he deserved, but it is what it is.
Nick Goings is also a guy who was underappreciated for what he brought to the table. I guess one could argue that it's hard to underrate a guy who wasn't expected to do anything, but the fact that he's rarely recognized for carrying the 2004 team after they lost three running backs to injury is enough to put him in this bracket.
During the 2004 NFL season, Goings went from fourth on the depth chart to starter, once Stephen Davis, DeShaun Foster, and Rod Smart all went down with injuries. Goings led the team in rushing, and played in all sixteen games. His 121-yard, 3 touchdown performance against the Arizona Cardinals earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
He also led the NFL with five 100-yard rushing games, and tied Davis' team record with four consecutive 100 yard games. The next season, he moved up to the third slot on the depth chart, and thanks to his impressive 2004 season, he was used much more often in game situations.
With another injury to Davis, he was the backup to Foster towards the end of the season. As Foster went down in the NFC Divisional Game, Goings was once again the starter. He started in his first playoff game in the NFC Championship Game on January 22 against the Seattle Seahawks, but was knocked out of the game on the first drive with a concussion sustained after he suffered a helmet-to-helmet collision with Lofa Tatupu.
We know that both of these guys were underrated. The task now is to decide which one was underrated more, so let's vote.
Who do you think deserves to move on in the tournament? Let's open up the poll and find out who comes out on top. This is a tough vote, but it has to be done. So, who do you think was more underrated -- Mike Minter or Nick Goings? Cast your vote now!
Please remember that voting will close in 48 hours.