Carolina Panthers: Houston, We Have a Problem, or Do We?


Everyone remembers the most classic line from “Apollo 13”, where Tom Hanks dramatically pauses and comes out with “Houston, we have a problem”.  These words have a dramatic impact on the entire movie, as it appears as though Hanks and team might not make it home alive.  But, everyone knows that through hard work by the crew and teamwork, Hanks and his team make it home.

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Now you ask, are the Carolina Panthers in “Apollo 13”?  Well, no.  However, the Carolina Panthers have signed Chris Houston, which many will ask why, the last thing we need is another cornerback since we already have nine of them.  So the common fan would say, “Houston, we have a problem”.

But, similar to “Apollo 13”, the end result is going to be good for the Panthers and here is why.

Yes, we have added another cornerback, but Houston is not any cornerback signed off the street to be a player to include at practice as a body.  Houston was a second-round selection by the Atlanta Falcons in

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2007, which means he has veteran experience to be able to coach the younger players and be a leader in the locker room and on the field.  He adds to the veteran leadership with Roman Harper and Charles Tillman for the younger players.

Some veterans are considered veterans because they have been in the league for a long time.  Houston is a veteran who has made a name for himself in the league, contributing in significant ways on the field.  Over 99 career games, Houston has 376 total tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 13 interceptions and 3 touchdowns.  Not to mention he lead the NFL in interception return yards in 2011.  Pretty impressive for a 5 ft. 11 in., 185 lb. cornerback.

The signing of Houston is going to help the Panthers.  Although he missed last season due to injury, he will have an impact for the Panthers in 2015.  So simmer down fans and never say “Houston, we have a problem”.