The second tough loss in as many games for the Carolina Panthers came with an additional price yesterday.
Starting free safety Charles Godfrey is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. as per the Carolina Panthers official website. Click on the words in blue for the full story there.
The article goes on to say “The injury occurred early in the third quarter when Godfrey broke up a pass in the end zone intended for wide receiver Stevie Johnson. He tried to walk back to the huddle before realizing something wasn’t right.”
I saw this all live, and when he behaved the way he did, I feared the worst, which turned out to be true.
In other news, The Panthers came to terms with strong-side defensive end Charles Johnson, clearing $4 million dollars in cap space for the coming season. Read more about the specifics here.
With the Panthers losing their 14th game out of the last 20 where they’ve had a fourth-quarter lead, Head Coach Ron Rivera “Calls Out” his team.
According to the article there, Rivera claims he hasn’t met with ownership and isn’t concerned about his job security.
To THAT, I say Ron, you had BETTER be. Going 6-14 when you have a LEAD in the fourth quarter is NOT the path of a successful NFL Head Coach! In fact, my friend and fellow Catcrave writer, Joey Riollano, were doing a live blog of the game yesterday and Joey voiced concerns about the coaching of the team.
Cam STILL has major issues in his throwing motion – namely, throwing off his back foot all the time – and that’s something that SHOULD have been corrected a long time ago. He’s in his third season now and SHOULD be hitting his stride as an NFL franchise quarterback.
The same thing goes for staring down his primary receiver. Joey and I both noted multiple plays where he obviously did exactly that, and one of those plays resulted in a near-interception which easily could have been 6 points going the other way, but the defender couldn’t haul in the pass as he jumped the route and dove for the football.
The Carolina Panthers are a team in as much turmoil as anyone after two weeks…this Sunday’s game at home against the struggling 0-2 New York Giants should be a very good gauge of just where this ball club sits.
If they win, there could be a glimmer of hope for the rest of the season as the Giants have a TON of talent at the skill positions on offense.
If they lose, the 0-3 start likely seals the Panthers out of the playoffs in the tough NFC, and should eventually lead to a brand new coaching staff for Opening Day in September, 2014…if not sooner.
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