Good morning, Cat Crave faithful! I have returned, on a contributing capacity, and am looking forward to bringing you premium content to this already pawesome website! This week begins Cat Crave’s FIRST edition of “Paws and Claws,” a spin-off of “Rants and Raves.”
Paws: What an amazing season we’ve experienced so far! The Panthers are 2-8, and at worst headed toward the same record they had as a year ago, or with at least one more win, they improve on their win total from a year ago! Regardless of their record though, it’s been an exciting year to watch the offense. This team is scoring more than it did possibly two years ago, even!
More after the jump…
The offense, with Cam Newton at quarterback, is giving us some exciting plays to watch. Granted, Newton has thrown his share of interceptions, but it’s great to have a quarterback who isn’t afraid of working out of the red zone. The errant passes of Jimmy Clausen and game managing of Jake Delhomme are all but distant memories. Add to it, first-year head coach Ron Rivera’s philosophy on the field, and his demeanor in press conferences are a far greater welcoming presence than what we’ve seen in years past, although John Fox’s press conferences last year tended to be somewhat humorous during an otherwise dismal season.
Claws: Unfortunately the defense has been lacking, but let’s be real for a moment. The injuries to key personnel have not helped matters at all. What’s more, I have to wonder if it’s too soon for us to expect so much from our still fledgling defense, especially given that defensive coordinator Sean McDermott’s defensive philosophy is more of an aggressive attacking system, than the “let’s hang out and see what happens” defensive philosophy of past years. I’m willing to hang back and see how this develops in the meantime.
So what has been more irritating to me this week than even the aforementioned defenseless defense? It’s not a gripe against Steve Smith, nor wondering why DeAngelo Williams hasn’t “done enough” to earn his contract. My rant this week involves towels endorsed by Gatorade. Why does Cam Newton throw a towel with the Gatorade logo on it over his head? Does he endorse the drink? Why doesn’t he try to get in the spirit a little more and throw a Growl Towel (the Panthers’ official rally towel) on his dome? Or maybe a hand towel from his bathroom? He could endorse Martha Stewart Living! Well, whatever keeps the sweat off his head and out of his eyes. I don’t have a problem with the act, myself. The towel has become something of a fashion accessory itself; in so becoming, the towel is here to stay. And I don’t have a problem with that.
Stay tuned, as another edition of Paws and Claws is certain to return!