In my professional career I learned how to stare a crisis in the eye. I think one of the most valuable things I learned was there are times you act in a calm and decisive resolved manner and to be able to look around and recognize when to do this and ignore screaming and chaos. And then there are times you have to grab the situation by the throat and attack it furiously.
I debated picking up my blog after Week 1, as it seemed to pick up where I left off but I decided to wait and see what Week 2 brought. For various reasons I put it off again and waited on this last MNF game.
So this will not be a pleasant blog at all. But then again, what pleasantness can be drawn from 0-3?
It is what it is
It has become the Post-Game mantra in Charlotte. When asked about things going badly, the common answer has become “It is what it is.” This is usually presented with a shrug or a look of “Well, what else can we do?”
Robbar summed that notion up for me today perfectly.
“When you do what you always do, you got what you got!”
Personally, I am sick of that phrase, "It is what it is" especially at 0-3. It is completely unacceptable and tells me that you accept that performance you just presented and do not feel like there is hope to turn it around. Stop it!!!!!!
Now is the time to say, we stunk and we cannot let this go on. I am a fan dammit, don’t give me that “It is what it is” crap and shrug!!! At least act like you have some balls and try to improve, have some dignity and say you were slack and seriously give it a shot at improving. Stop telling me “there is no need to hit the Panic Button” and post a 0-3 record.
Just stop it and grow some nuts already! Stop giving the weekly excuses and fix the damn problem!
Jake thanks for all the great games you gave us. You got us to a Super Bowl and plenty of great victories. That said and out of the way……
Right now Delhomme leads the league in Interceptions. We sit at 0-3. I think it is time to understand that he is not going to get us where we need to be. No need to go over the numbers. The fact alone remains.
Williams and Stewart
Meanwhile the greatest rushing tandem the franchise has ever had has a total of 64 rushing attempts in so far. Only 64.
There have been 108 Pass attempts.
Have Williams and Stewart fallen off that much and become liabilities to this team?
Lets look at YPC average for 2009
I’m sorry, I know I am not a mastermind like Parcells or Walsh, but I could accept a pair of runners with that kind of average YPC.
[SIZE="7"]ESPECIALLY ON WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A RUN FIRST OFFENSE!!!!!![/SIZE]
Last night was not pretty but I saw some terrific runs made and the Cowboys were bouncing off of Stewart once he got going…..well when they let him work.
If it works I say get them on the freaking field.
Ron Meeks on Julius Peppers
"We will utilize him in the best way we can to be productive," Meeks said. "We will definitely utilize what he has to bring to a football team. There's no question about that."
Now that sounds like a plan. I was listening to Gruden and those two other guys last night and someone had spoken with Meeks and quoted Meeks as pretty much saying that this defense depends on Peppers being dominant. Actually that really does make a lot of sense to me. It was the most logical thing I heard the whole night of the game. And it made complete sense to me.
And I think it is working out just like that too.
Seriously, take a look at Peppers performance….9 Tackles and a Sack! Pretty doggone impressive huh?
And that is for the whole season. Beason out did that [SIZE="5"]LAST NIGHT[/SIZE]! In one single night!!!
This is where all of our cap room has been committed. So Peppers can audition, as many have put it. At least give us a decent audition is all I am asking. I think over 300 grand a tackle is expensive.
Look, I love this team and I ain’t going anywhere. Pretty much, these are the same guys who went 12-5 last season when no one expected them to do anything. I know what they are capable of doing and I guess that is what pisses me off. And I am definitely staying with them even if it goes to 0-16. Even if it means watching San Francisco get the first overall pick. It is looking like a tough season ahead. But there is a chance we go 13-3. Extremely doubtful, but you get my meaning.
But this team has to seriously find what the problem is and fix it. This is not a time to have your homer glasses on. We suck right now. I am asking every true Panther Fan to say it loudly and demand it be fixed before it gets much worse.
One last thing.
Twice recently, I have heard Steve Smith lumped into a prima dona category with Terrell Owens and Chad whateverhisnameisthisweektogetattention.
I take exception to this. This was his quote last night.
“Jake was expecting me to cross his face,” Smith said. “I should have crossed his face and I didn’t cross his face. I put Jake in a bad situation. I second-guessed my route and I shouldn’t have. The bottom line is that I screwed Jake.”
I have said it before and I say it again, this is why Smith is my favorite player in the league. You may not like what he has to say, but I have not seen him turn away from adversity. He stares it right in the eye and has been nothing but loyal to his teammates. Even when he was wrong he was man enough to say it and confront it.
People outside the Panther Nation can bring up Ken Lucas all they like but they forget how he handled it. And yes he can be loud when he is on the field. He still takes at least two to cover him. Not bad for a short guy.
And you will never stop the intensity he brings to the game.
He never gives up!
Funny. All the haters seem to be fans of the teams he has burned.
All that aside, it is time for that “Keep Pounding” attitude to find it’s way back to Charlotte.
is what it is. Get the attitude back!!!