Panthers All-22: 4 overlooked thoughts from Week 2 loss at NY Giants
By Dean Jones
After watching All-22 footage from the Carolina Panthers’ loss at the New York Giants, there are some overlooked thoughts to discuss.
With all the turbulence surrounding the Carolina Panthers after their 0-2 start, the details lie in the tape as always. Fans and analysts get a great chance to view exactly this via the NFL’s coaches – or All-22 – film, giving a broader perspective of what’s occurring all over the field on any given play.
Results are the most disappointing factor of all, especially to Panthers fans who’ve witnessed the team win just 10 times since Matt Rhule was appointed head coach. But positive elements or false narratives can sometimes become prevalent when examining the tape.
Sunday’s game at the New York Giants was a prime example of this. Even though it’s a contest Carolina should have won considering Brian Daboll’s men were missing some key personnel on defense, leaving Rhule facing serious questions about his future once again.
With that being said, we picked out four overlooked thoughts after studying the All-22 from the Panthers’ ninth-straight reverse dating back to last season.
Overlooked Thought No. 1
Derrick Brown was forceful on Carolina Panthers DL
If Derrick Brown had plenty of criticism thrown his way in Week 1, he responded finely at the New York Giants. The Carolina Panthers are expecting big things from the former No. 7 overall selection in Year 3 of his professional career and there was a lot to like about the way he applied himself at MetLife Stadium.
Brown sheds his blocks well, was an imposing run-stuffing presence over the opening three quarters, and took up enough space for others like Matt Ioannidis and Brian Burns to have a bigger impact on proceedings.
This was a step in the right direction for Brown. One he can hopefully build upon throughout the campaign.