Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Panthers Fall Flat Again;Fire GM Hurney

Coming off a bye week in which the Carolina Panthers seemed to refocus their efforts, the team once again looked anemic against an up-and-down Dallas Cowboys squad on Sunday. Quarterback Cam Newton threw an interception inside the Cowboys' 5-yard line that cost the team at least three points, and Tony Romo connected with Miles Davis on a 26-yard TD pass that would help the Cowboys to a 19-14 victory. Kudos to the defense for their effort on Sunday. They kept the cowboys in check, allowing just 87 rushing yards and holding them to just 19 points.
On the other side of the ball, however, it was awful. Neither DeAngelo Williams nor Jonathan Stewart could get into the flow of the game, Newton continued to be average at best, and there was not enough time given by the offensive line to allow for a decent passing game to develop. Afterwards, Newton asked the members  of the press to drop suggestions in a suggestion box as to what was wrong with the Panthers' offense, because, he said, he had no clue.
In a post-game press conference, GM Marty Hurney hinted that his job may be in jeopardy, taking the blame for putting together the unit that is this year's underachieving squad. True enough, Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson announced late Sunday evening that Hurney had been fired after 11 seasons as the Panthers' General Manager. A replacement for Hurney has not been named.
Also, Head Coach Ron Rivera told the media on Monday that starting CB Chris Gamble would need season-ending shoulder surgery and that Gamble had been placed on the injured reserve list.
When it rains, it pours Panthers fans.
Brandon LaFell reaches across for one of two Panthers touchdowns against the  Cowboys on Sunday.
I would say that the Panthers could rebound against the Bears this Sunday, but against the Panthers, the Bears will probably be a dominate force to contend with.    

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