Loss in the Meadowlands. Are we done already?

Matt Moore having a rough day in Jersey.
I expect all the Jake Delhomme comparisons to continue all week. I can write that off to the nature of fans. We love our team and we want to see them do well.

It was a terrible loss and definitely a game we should have and could have won. And a lot of accounts will refer to this as revenge and so forth and so on. Thats fine. But we were beat by a sloppy team and that tells me that there are things to improve on. Week 1 is the time to get to work on that.

So what went wrong?:Indeed the Offensive Line let us down. My expectation was different, but this I fear may have ended up a bit more costly. Excuse me, It could get very costly. At the time of this writing, the status of Matt Moores health is still in question. Pass protection was very poor today. Very poor. Besides all the sacks and forced fumbles, 10 Quarterback hits were recorded. In an earlier conversation today, Dkes from carolinagrowl told me he felt like Moore may have had a concussion before he was taken out. That does raise a good question, “Was Matt Moore literally knocked silly?” by the time he got around to his last two interceptions? Who knows? He did manage to get the ball to the end-zone?
In short, I just feel like the O-Line let Moore down. Jordan Gross tends to see it that way as well and sounds like he is ready to lead the way in correcting the problem.

And I do agree with Eric completely about Marshall and Gamble. Where were they at? Marshall did show up big time with a tackle to delay a touchdown, but as far as pass defense goes, all the PD and Int stats have Godfrey and Munnerlyns name on them. Beason and Anderson also stepped up to that task a bit as well. Hopefully, Meeks will address this come practice time.

And finally for this part will be Matt Moore. All the turnovers and so forth will turn a lot of the coming weeks conversation to, “Are we going to have another Delhomme like season?” Not really a nice way to put that but that is how it will be put forth. Okay, yes. 3 interceptions in the red zone area is an alarm, but I doubt it is time to throw Matt out and bring Clausen in just yet. Remember, we did the same thing to Josh Freeman last year and the last time I checked, Tampa is not ready to throw him out just yet. So before the drum beats of “Fire him” start, lets wait till he deserves it first.

What did we do right? Yes, there are some things to be pleased with besides the fact they found the stadium and got their jerseys on correctly.
If I had to pick a player of the game, how about this? That kid from Penn State Dan Conner. He obviously came to play today. Not only getting the lone sack on Manning but leading in tackles and getting 3 Tackles for Loss. Seems to be filling the MLB spot pretty nicely.

Would you believe that we were more efficient at 3rd down conversions as well. (47%) I realize that not scoring as many points is the one that counts, but I am just saying we are not hopeless. And don’t forget that Double Trouble has never started out very strong.

And if you take a look at the rushing stats on this game, you may notice that the better back was DeAngelo Williams. This also tells me that our run defense did better than they will be given credit for.

And Mike Goodson had a terrific showing as a Kick Returner. By his own tweets, he got poked in the eye and he is doing fine.
And it was nice to see Steve Smith hit the end zone,score, and tap his arm as if to say “See! Chump Proof”

All in all, I would not worry too much about today. Yes it was a loss and an ugly one at that. But this is Week 1. All we can do now is trust that the team will get at it hard in practice this week and get ready for these next guys coming up. Last I heard is, they are hungry after three straight losses to the Carolina Panthers, but more about them later.

In all, I would say this is Week 1. Although there is much room for progress there is still time but I would implore Fox not to waste this time. Right now we will have to await what will become of Moores Concussion, and knowing Fox, he will promptly update us all on this late this week. Very late. Until then, I say let the guys work out some things this week. Remember, they have thus far worked out getting into the end zone and some scarily terrible special teams play. So I expect they can get these problems handled as well.

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Tags: Captain Munnerlyn Carolina Panthers Charles Godfrey Chris Gamble Dan Conner Double Trouble James Anderson Jimmy Clausen John Fox Jon Beason Jordan Gross Matt Moore Richard Marshall Steve Smith

  • http://lovefm.co.jp/program/w_aj.php?id=108 AJKeesh

    This has been a quick flashback reminder of what it was like to watch the Panthers games for the last year and a playoff game packed into one season opener. Thanks, it has as though nothing ever changed!

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  • Japhy Ryder

    You’re not the only one reporting that he was concussed earlier in the fame, during the third quarter. He decided to keep playing, and someone needed to stop him. It was incredibly irresponsible to let him stay in the game, and let’s hope that the second concussion hasn’t caused serious damage.

  • John

    If that’s true about Moore being concussed early and returned to play I move my coaching grade in my other post to an F-. They had every chance to go get a serviceable vet to be a backup and mentor. The fact that they didn’t would be why he would be put back in. And now what?

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      Completely asinine decision by the coaching and training staff to let Moore continue to play if he was in fact concussed earlier than late in the game. If that rules to be true, I hope a fine is imposed on whomever let him back out on the field. You can’t jeopardize a person’s well-being for a friggin’ game.

      • Dkes

        I’m not sure they knew. Matt was getting banged around alot. If he didn’t tell them, how were they to know. Once he got up slow and took a knee, there was no hiding it anymore.

        • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

          Good point, and I thought that as well, but aren’t there indicators like slurred speech and such that perhaps the training staff should have been able to pinpoint?

  • Dkes

    I hope I’m not the ONLY one that started this rumor about him being concussed earlier in the game. I’d hate it if that were the case. Nevertheless, I think someone eluded to it during the John Fox presser today too. If you watched Matt’s demeanor closely during the game, he changed a bit. After the first couple of bad plays/picks he was fiery and angry. After the last couple…he just looked dazed. The camera showed him on the sidelines staring blankly at Clausen’s lap while Jimmy tried to show him some Polaroids and explain the previous play. Jimmy looked engaged and studious while Matt looked like…well…”Batman”. Just my theory.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      Yeah, I noticed that too…I believe it was somewhere around the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter that from what I saw (not thinking about a concussion at that point), Moore just looked as though he had given up and was going through the motions. I hafta say, I admire his tenacity to play through injury, but that was ridiculous. He showed leadership without speaking it by staying in. I don’t want to see that, but it happened, and I respect him as this team’s starting quarterback all-the-more.

  • http://CatCrave.com gkillette

    Fox has said today, they feel like it did happen early on and I am guessing they missed it. :smh:

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      How does a training staff miss that? And even the coaching staff?! That’s inexcusable!

  • John

    They are saying it happened one series before he came out but I think it was earlier than that personally. Now granted it should be different at the pro level but I can tell you from spending time on the sidelines as everything from player to Athletic Director it can be easy to miss something if the player wants to keep it hidden. With that said there is so much sideline coaching in the pros I find it hard to believe there wasn’t someone who should have noticed something.

  • phillip

    100% agree that oconnor was the player of the game for the panthers. He was the only one that looked like he wanted to win and was very hungry. Now lets get to the worst secondary in the league. Captain Munneryln and Marshall were getting abused by eli. They were laughing the whole time why they made them look like the biggest chumps in the NFL> As for Gamble they showed a little more respect for him as they only threw his direction a number of times. But how about seeing him give two of the worst wiffs on a tackle I have ever seen. Stop playing scared and play for the millions that you earn in a season. As for the safeties being confused I dont know if our defensive coordinator is that bad or if they are that dumb. But the secondary blew the game for us, although the offensive line was pretty terrible the secondary looked like a community college skill level of players. Now every team knows that any receiver with any size, put on the same side as munnerlyn or marshall. Anyone agree with me or am I just a pessimistic fan.

    • http://CatCrave.com gkillette

      I can agree with that. the tackling was pretty shoddy.