It may only be corollary, but Carolina generally makes the playoffs when they begin the season 2-0. Carolina has started 2-0 six times and they have made the playoffsRead More
The Buffalo Bills traded up in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds, just the ahead of the Panthers. In both of these rounds, the selected players that the Panthers had met and of positions that Carolina addressed in that same round.Read More
It was so just a matter of time before Sean McDermott landed a head coaching position. After three years of off-season considerations from teams like the Eagles to and Redskins, the Buffalo Bills have hired McDermott, the Panthers defensive coordinator for the past five years, as Head Coach.
The headlines may have spotlighted Cam Newton throughout McDermott's tenure, but the team's heart and soul has always been the defense. It's been the real identity in the shadows of Cam's starlight.
McDermott had a rough first year as a coordinator for Carolina. The Panthers finished at the bottom in nearly every defensive category. The next four years, however, Carolina was able to field a top 12 defense and a top 10 defense three of those four years. In 2013, McDermott's defense was second only to Seattle, which was one of the best defenses in NFL history. Carolina wasn't far behind either, tallying a record-setting 64 sacks that year.
McDermott has been a fantastic coordinator for Carolina. Most impressively, he's helped coach Carolina's defense into a league-leading with used and discarded parts. Carolina's secondary is shows it best. McDermott helped Josh Norman grow from a stubborn kid from Coastal Carolina into a star corner. He helped vets like Roman Harper and Drayton Florence find success in the Twilight of their careers, and he even helped retreads like Mike Mitchell get paid.
Sean McDermott to Buffalo. Steve Wilks is a shoe-in for CAR DC unless he gets L.A. job. If that happens, CAR will have to rebuild D staff— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) January 11, 2017
McDermott has been instrumental in Carolina's success in the last four years. Sure, it's a sign of success for an organization when a coordinator gets poached to be a head coach, but this is tough loss for Carolina. Most believe Carolina will promote Assistant Head Coach Steve Wilks to Defensive Coordinator. Wilks has garnered some interest outside the organization, but an internal promotion would be a familiar move for both him and the Panthers. He intimately knows Carolina's personnel and understands defensive philosophy by working closely under McDermott's guidance. All of this will hopefully lessen the blow that naturally comes when a coaching staff reorganizes.
The challenge will probably be more difficult for McDermott in the end. As the Bills' head coach, he will have to try and find a way to win in a division that has been dominated by the New England Patriots for over 15-years without a quarterback, a star receiver who hardly plays, and a host of contractual challenges many attribute to inept management.
By the Professor, aka Tony Dunn
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After week two, we once again realized how little everyone knows about how the 2015 season will pan out. The the experts told us for months who would be great and which teams shouldn’t bother lacing up the cleats and playing the games. The Colts and Broncos would be near unstoppable in the AFC. The Seahawks and Eagles would either shut teams down or blow them out.Read More
It wasn’t the crisp start we had hoped for Carolina. Matt Cassel moved the ball effectively against the Panthers first team defense, which failed to generate any real pressure. Picking on veteran corner, Charles Tillman, who played noticeably off opposing receivers, exploiting AJ Klein at times, and running adequately against the Panthers front, Carolina started the game flat.Read More
Buffalo's first two units seemed to have its way with the Carolina Panthers. Matt Cassel was accurate but had receivers getting open and the running game was really working well for the Bills. His second drive resulted in a missed field goal, but Buffalo should be encouraged about how they were able to move the ball against the first unit.Read More
We’ve heard endlessly from Cam haters that Derek Anderson is the efficient pocket passer who plays well enough to win. In the time the Anderson saw while Cam was injured la, he played better than Josh McCown did in Tampa and comparable to Sam Bradford in St. Louis. Anderson is a better option than the former and a cheaper, more reliable option than latter.Read More
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— Cat Chronicles (@Cat_Chronicles) August 9, 2014
1) Panthers' front seven is still boss: Carolina's front four ate em up all night. Kawann Short played particularly well. Hardy grabbed a sack after Dwan Edwards tied up Buffalo's interior line. Ealy looked motivated to prove he belongs. All of this, and Charles Johnson didn't play. Watch out opposing QB's, Jack Bauer is right--there's no time!!
2) Barner got all the reps at halfback: It looks like the Panthers coaching staff is high on Kenjon Barner again. He got nearly every carry in the first half and was back there returning kicks. He did have a dropped pass, which came in a little hot but was a catchable ball. Even with the added weight, you can tell he is still going to get muscled around out there if he can't use his speed to get it done.
3) Carolina's secondary left something to be desired. Antoine Cason didn't have the best start, getting burned and picking up a flag for illegal contact. Josh Thomas continues to rack up penalties, and Norman is talking trash still. The Bills marched the ball down the field on the first possession, only to be stiffled by that front seven. We'll need to see this unit improve before the season starts.
4) Kelvin Benjamin is going to eat defenses up. I was wrong on this guy on draft night...I admit it. KB is legit. If Derek Andereson wouldn't have been a scaredy cat, you would have seen Kelvin Benjamin add a great 3rd down conversion to that nasty 30 yard touchdown catch he made on Stephon Gilmore, who even interfered on the catch. KB landed on the ball, while making a crazy awesome catch. This guy is big, tough, and AWESOME. Basically, all those cats who questioned Benjamin's hands just made something up to talk about!
5) Panthers offense is going to be better than most people expect. Derek Anderson led this offense effectively tonight. Yes, Derek Anderson converted a third down by running, threw a 30 yard TD to Benjamin, and proved that with Cam back there, and DeAngelo Williams...oh and Mike Tolbert, the Panthers aren't going to roll over this year. This offense looks as if it could be better than last season's!!
By: the Professor