Carolina's offense has gone 0-for-42 this preseason

Jets and Cowboys fans have been complaining about their team’s offenses.  The Dolphins, Chiefs, and Giants have certainly looked rusty at times.

None of them can match the marathon of futility the Panthers offense has embarked upon this month.

Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer points out that the Panthers offense has started 42 offensive possessions during the preseason.  They’ve yet to score a touchdown.

DeAngelo Williams was running on Saturday night behind the first team offensive line, and he only put up 13 yards on nine carries.  Matt Moore hasn’t looked awful, but he’s missed a few key throws.  The personnel around him looks overmatched.

Sure, Jonathan Stewart and Steve Smith haven’t been out there.  But that
points out Carolina’s weakness: Their skill position depth ranks among
the worst in football.

The Panthers threaten to have a very good defense this year and could make a surprise run to the playoffs.  They will probably need to score some offensive touchdowns to do that.

17 responses to “Carolina's offense has gone 0-for-42 this preseason

  1. Does anybody else think that Jake Delhomme was not the real cause of the problems in Carolina?
    It will be interesting to see the Browns win more games with Delhomme this year than the Panthers with Matt Moore.

  2. It is stunning that the Panthers have been weak on offense so far. They turned it around late last year and I think they can get the offense going once the season starts.
    SF Saints fan – I never thought Delhomme was the real problem last season; that he played as poorly as he did surprised me. I don’t think the Browns will win more games than the Panthers, but I do think the Browns will become a big spoiler in 2010.
    I’m still thinking the Panthers can challenge for a wildcard playoff spot in 2010.

  3. Per Panther loving co-worker.
    “They just dont want to open things up in the preseason”.
    Whatever that means.
    Kravon
    PFT Charter Member

  4. “SF Saints Fan says:
    August 30, 2010 11:33 AM
    Does anybody else think that Jake Delhomme was not the real cause of the problems in Carolina?”
    Um…no.

  5. Mike Daly-I agree with everything you said.
    Their problem, now that they have the great run game circa 2008 that they haven’t had since 03, is no real #2 WR threat. They’ve tried with Keyshawn, Moose part 2 (he was a #3 by the time he got back there) Jarrett, Gardner, Colbert, etc but they haven’t found an answer. Their TEs are more of blockers so they don’t have and havent’ had another proven player besides #89 who can put any pressure on defenses. Run game or no, if you have no decent WRs beyond a #1, you still will have issues passing the ball effectively.
    I am actually surprised they don’t have some sort of vet QB in Carolina either. With all the inexperience they have, I think that may hurt them in certain situations, as will their overall youth might(winning games late, situational football etc).
    Carolina’s defense looks EXTREMELY good so far and when a team has a D like that (if it continues into the regular season) a team is always in the mix.

  6. YawnFlorio says:
    August 30, 2010 12:20 PM
    Bet the Panthers fans never thought that they would miss Jake Delhomme.
    Delhomme sure looks good so far this season.
    ————————————————–
    Eagles fans will have some company in missing their QB this year

  7. No one around here (CLT) is missing Delhomme. Not at all. Moore will never be a great QB, but he is good. The offense in general seems off. This may just be my perception, but it looks like the line isn’t as strong as it should be.
    BTW – to whoever said the BBQ is good – the BBQ here is like our QBs – not that great.

  8. Not a Panthers fan but live in the area now and got great free tix to the preseason game vs Tenn so I went. The offense looked brutally bad, from the play calling on down. I know its preseason etc, etc but when your passing game looks so out of sync why are you running on 3rd and long? They looked like they needed as many game reps as you could give them. Some of the bad I’m sure was that without Steve Smith nobody is going respect the deep ball unless someone else makes them.

  9. I still don’t undertand the logic in lettting go Jake Delhomme when you’re paying him 12.5 mill guaranteed? Have him compete against Moore for the starters job, if he wins it great, and if he loses it, at least you have a solid backup and ur not throwing 12.5 mill down the drain.

  10. The Panthers will be like last year’s version of the Bucs… a big collapse ready to happen. Lame duck coach and GM, the youngest roster in the league, best player on D is gone, the offense can only run the ball and little else… look for the Panthers to lose 10 or more this year while the Bucs rebound and win 7 or more.

  11. “DeAngelo Williams was running on Saturday night behind the first team offensive” …um did you notice that huge missing man “Jeff Otah” (the Panthers best run blocker)?

  12. The Panthers will be like last year’s version of the Bucs… a big collapse ready to happen. Lame duck coach and GM, the youngest roster in the league, best player on D is gone, the offense can only run the ball and little else… look for the Panthers to lose 10 or more this year while the Bucs rebound and win 7 or more.
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    That assumes that Julius Peppers was their best player on defense. About 5 years ago, that might have been true, but the reality of the situation is that 20% of his entire defensive output occurred in 1 game against Tampa Bay on October 18. 5 of his 10.5 total sacks for the year came in 3 games against the Buccaneers and the Redskins, who had a combined record of 7-25. In 1/3 out of the 15 games he played last year, he registered 0 sacks. Carolina played 10 games against opponents with winning records. In those games, he posted 3.5 sacks.
    10.5 sacks seems like a decent number, just as 14.5 sacks the year before seems like a pro-bowl type number, right? Except if you look at the 2008 season, the last year of his last contract, it looks quite similar.
    Going into week 10 of the season, he had posted a total of 4 sacks in 9 games for the year. Then he had a flurry of them in 2 games against the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions (5 total), raising his total to a more respectable 9.5 sacks in 11 games. All told, 8 of his 14.5 sacks, (56%) occurred in 4 games against teams with a total combined record of 13-51. Carolina played
    Peppers is fools gold. He looks good in fantasy leagues, but he disappears in nearly any game that counts. He feasts on the lousiest teams on the schedule, but is virtually irrelevant against the best teams on the schedule.

  13. For the record… Jake D was done in Carolina and it was well past time to move on. 5 ints in the playoff game against Arizona in 2008 was the start. If Matt Moore can manage the game the Panthers have a team similar to the ravens that won the super bowl. If you look back our special teams have not done a whole lot and Edwards does not have a clue yet, it was embarassing to watch him returning punts. We are going to be ok, no team has repeated as NFC South Champs! Let’s do this.

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