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CAROLINA PANTHERS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS



The Panthers netted their 11th victory of the season in a defensive sluggfest against the Ravens. That was no beautiful football if you like an offensive shoot out ; but in you like a game decided by sacks and pick six, that was the one to watch.

The Panthers forced 5 Interceptions, of which 2 were returned for TDs. The offense managed 3 FGs and that was it.

More than that, the Panthers are now sure to to be the 5th seed as with one game left, the other pretending to a WC spot would end no better than 10-6.

After a season that saw their starting QB, their starting HB and their #1 WR go down to season ending injuries, the Panthers are feeling like back from the dead.

The goal set by GM Ratajczak is now reached; but look out, because those cats are hungry for more.
Forum Discussion (by O_Ratajczak on 11/28/2016) Replies - 2 :: Views - 29
PANTHERS - HALF MARK STATUS


After 8 games played and a bye week (so we're sitting in week 9 of this season), the Carolina Panthers are a 5-3 team.

They've been delt major blows as QB Matt Barkley,WR Mohamed Sanu and HB Johnathan Franklin are out for the season. That's three major starters out. Both Barkley and Franklin could have been back this season, but the management felt it was better to put them on IR to save cap space to ink in players.

Indeed, rookie QB Homer Davidson did a decent job, but when the defense has an off day, his rookie mistakes loose games. It was so decided to sign QB Matt Ryan from the UFA pool. His veteranship has since then helped the team in a good way.

As for Franklin, back-up Anthony Downs has not the same skillset and the GM felt an upgrade was needed. So to sign Montee Ball, Franklin had to be put on IR. Unfortunately, Montee Ball is now out for 4 weeks after the week 9 game. The injuty bug still affects Carollina this year.

WR Sanu was put on IR because his injury won't heal before the end of the season. The team had trade talk for another WR ; but looking back at the roster, decided to play WR Rashard Clarke who was left behind on the depth chart (shamely). Well, in the game against the Buccas in week 9, he had 4 balls caught for 140 yards and a TD. Quite a good way for a first career start as WR #1.


So here's the schedule so far :

1 vs Redskins : Won 31-27
2 at Cowboys : Won 24-22
4 vs Falcons : Won 26-14
5 vs Saints : Lost 17-31
6 at Lions Lions : Lost 13-14
7 vs Buccaneers : Lost 7-20
8 at Saints : Won 50-48
9 at Buccaneers : Won 45-38

As you can see, weeks 5 and 6 were winnable games, and rookie mistakes costed the victories. Matt Ryan cam for the Buccs game at Carolina, but was still too rusty. Weeks 8 and 9 showed that he's still a winner QB, with good revenge of home losses to the Saints and Buccs.

The rest of the schedule gives the team 3 hard games against the Rams, Browns and Bengals. A 10-6 team has the end is reachable. We hsold wait and see if that'd be ok for a playoffs spot.
Forum Discussion (by O_Ratajczak on 10/06/2016) Replies - 0 :: Views - 6
PANTHERS TRAINING CAMP



PREVIOUS SEASON ANALYSIS

Hard for the new GM to analyse the what's what of the previous season. What looked obvious nonetheless is that the team was on the edge : games won could have been losses and vice versa. Scores for mot of the games were close ; so wether the offense or the defense couldn't put down the opponent. The talent was there , so it's obvious that the key should be game focus and conditionning.

Effectivness is also another key word : Matt Berkeley has to cut donw the TO's, and the ground game should be more featured to balance an attack at times soporific. The defense should pressure more and pick more : 19 Ints for the QB to 15 Ints picked by the secondary won't cut it.

The defense is poised to bemore aggessive : the GP's last season looked more read and react than really aggressive : the Panthers have the roster to set fire nad so it shall be next season.

All in all, things won't drastically be changed, but be sure to have the right mindset and to produce otherwise days may be numbered. The roster is as talented as any in the league, so a playoffs spot is no way a long shot.


The other key mindset for the GM was to infuse youth to the roster. Indeed, to him, the roster was aging and the risk was to one have to rebuild with a lot of talent with no experience. As so, he wanted to focus on the draft, resign who was clearly a must-not-go ; and cut the rest accordingly to effort and cap room.

This explains the moves made before and during the draft.


OFF-SEASON MOVES

Pre-draft :

- SS McFarland was resigned for 5 years. Important move to consolidate the secondary.
- Coaches : all are reatained ; but next season will be a serious test for them.
- DE Vinny Curry was cut : disgruntled by his role playing and being in the dof house for vocifering his miscontent, he was shown the door.


Draft :

1.10 - LE Shaq Lawson - Clemson.
GM Ratajczak had clearly positions he wants to upgrade before the start of preseason. DE was one of those identified. Bolden was the target but with no time and no ammunition to trade up, Bolden was definately out of reach. But no problem, because Clemson Lawson was there for the picking.
Less polished than Bolden (80 AGI ; -6 to Bolden), he has nonetheless eveything you for a DE : size, speed, Strengh, a killing first step and good tackling skills for a rookie.
Odin Fuller will surely play the RE position where Vinny Curry's days are clearly numbered.


2.10 - CB Mackensie Alexander - Clemson
Well, not that it was on purpose, but the Panthers drafted another Clemson player in CB Alexander. Trufant is now tearing the years, and apart Nguyen, the depth was enough but in need of youth and talent. Alexander was a player GM Ratajczak had an eye on, to the point he thought about trading back to the 1st round. Well, alexander fell to 2.10 to the relief of the team. Great skills pre-skew, he may be a tad shor ; but his jumping will compensate. Good speed, good AGI and ACC ; decent AWR to start with, Alexander should be a great fi for years in Carolina's secondary


3.10 - QB Homer Davidson - Michigan
The Panthers came in the third round after the battler had been delt with. This said, the team is happy to draft a prospect with third round grade from their board. Not sure if he'll be the QB of the future, but Davidson has already good skills : his THA, ACC and AGI and SPD are good to excellent for the position. May lack size and THP to some ; but to helll with that may tell someone named Drew Brees !


3.25 - DT Josh Flowers - North Carolina
The home pick ! Flowers was also someone the team considered to pick in the third. He was there to another relief from GM Rtajczak. DT was no basically a need, but the talent was not to be passed by. Will need some conditionning as his 86 STR will limit him in GZL, his combination of SPD,ACC and AGI is elite. will surely give versatility as he is also a possibility as a 3-4 DE.


4.10 - TE Tyler Bush - Ohio St.
Bush doesn't have the modern elite speed of modern TE, but he's a monster of mismacth : at 6'6", 260 Lbs and 80 STR, he'll give his share of problems to safeties and Linebackers in the passing game. With already 63 PBK and 65 RBK, he's already a proven blocker that can easily get to the second level, and should be a force on the strong side.


5.10 - WR Seven Wong - Fresno St.
Wong has enough speed and CTH to be a factor in the WR rotation. He's also a crisp route runner with 95 AGI. Lacks ideal first step to burn out CB's, he would ideally succeed in sperating through route running ans chemes. Fine bet at this stage of the draft.

7.10 - Pick not signed so not reviewed.


Trades :

None : Talent was to be kept, and picks also. GM Ratajczak wanted to gain some more but his block had no taker.



ROOKIE WATCH

With the rookie camp and the training camp, now the staff has a better look of the rookie, and their final ratings :

* 1.10 - LE Shaq Lawson : SPD 85 / STR 80 / AWR 65 / AGI 80 / ACC 85 / TKL 76
* 2.10 - CB Mackensie Alexander : SPD 95 / STR 54 / AWR 67 / AGI 94 / ACC 93 / CTH 59 / TKL 60 / JMP 92
* 3.10 - QB Homer Davidson : SPD 71 / STR 57 / AWR 70 / AGI 62 / ACC 68 / THP 90 / THA 86
* 3.25 - DT Josh Flowers : SPD 68 / STR 85 / AWR 62 / AGI 63 / ACC 75 / TKL 78
* 4.10 - TE Tyler Bush : SPD 72 / STR 80 / AWR 54 / AGI 71 / ACC 76 / CTH 76 / PBK 65 / RBK 65
* 5.10 - WR Steven Wong : SPD 94 / STR 48 / AWR 62 / AGI 83 / ACC 87 / CTH 80

Homer Davidson is looking like a steal as his attributes ; except size and THP (skill that can be worked), he looks no snout comapred to Carson Wentz (comparison).

CB Mackensie also looks another steal ; he didn't skewed down and with already 67 AWR has a shot at starting on the outside.

They all look promising in camp, TE Bush particuary showing good blocking skills and good hands. At 6'6" and 260 pounds he'll be atough matchup.


CAMP ACTION

As to fulfill the measures taken for the comng season at conditionning, the OTC has been applied as followed :

Training :
- CB William Nguyen : + 1 SPD +1 AGI

Conditionning :
- MLB Trinidad Walker : +5 STA
- LE Odin Fuller : +5 INJ

The most important is Odin Fuller who will play as of now RE, and wanting to avoid any physical problem added to a new oposition to learn, it was important for the team to limit his ijury probability.
Nguyen still need to sharpen his route mirroring ; but with point at speed and AGI, he's on the right track.
Trinidad will now benefit of a better stamina, and will thus feel fresher for end of games.


As of drills, the two biggest we can talk are about quickness and conditionning.

Conditionning : Yoga fit

1) Lying Opposite Arm, Opposite Leg
This movement is amazing to warm up the hip socket, shoulder socket, and abs, as well as syncing the breath with the movement; critical for the quick, elusive moves you need on the field. Try it for two to four minutes.

2) Lunge Twist
This pose will increase strength in the legs while stretching the quadriceps and increase the rotation in the back. Just watch a receiver and you will know how important it is to be able to twist and torque to catch a less than perfect pass. Great execution of this pose will also help you better your balance, which also can come in handy when landing from a leaping grab or having to have the presence of mind to land with your feet inbounds.


3) Plank Pose, Elbow to Knee Variation
Performing a plank on its own will increase your abdominal and hip flexor strength, but adding the elbow to knee variation will deepen the ab crunch and strengthen the wrist joint (which needs to be strong in the event that you land on your wrist after a tackle or diving catch). Having the best abdominal strength will support your back in all compromising positions on the field.

4) Chest Down Shoulder Stretch
This yoga pose will give you a deep opening in the anterior deltoids (front of the shoulder), stretch the biceps muscles, neck and spine; all very important to run and turn on a dime to prevent or make a catch.


5) Frog
This pose is a long deep hold up to 20 minutes and will release the groin and inner thigh. To prevent injuries, inner thighs need to be open to make a sudden stop and change direction. Also this is another example of opening the hips in all directions to keep the knees safer and more exempt of stress and strain.



Quickness : dot drill

Football players need quick feet. This drill, is designed to help in that area.

The five dots will take the shape of the five dots on a set of dice. Each of the five dots should be one yard apart. The pattern can easily be painted in the grass with regular field paint to look like this:



Variation 1
The player will start with one foot on each of the No. 1 dots. At the sound of your whistle, the player is to jump and land with both feet on the No. 2 dot. Next, the player is to jump out to put each foot on one of the No. 3 dots. The player will then hop backwards to the No. 2 dot, and finally back to the starting position. This drill should last for 30 seconds, and the focus should be on quick feet and constant movement.

Variation 2
The player will start with one foot on one of the No. 1 dots and then proceed to hop in a figure 8 pattern. This should last for 15 seconds per leg. Try having the player face one direction throughout the entire figure 8, and then try the drill having the player face in the direction of their next hop.

Variation 3
The third variation of the Dot Drill is similar to drill 1, but after the player has landed on the No. 3 dots he will jump and twist 180 degrees and start forward in the other direction. This drill should last for 30 seconds.


In the end, the TC points allocation will be to reinforce AWR and speed to key players.



WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

Positions battles :

CB Nguyen Vs CB Alexander - as of now, Nguyen has the upper hand having more AWR ; but Alexnder has more the mold and STR to play the bump on the outside. Both are taking rep at CB #2, and it will be interesting to see what will be decided come week 1.

DT Campbell Vs DT Flowers - Flowers lacks ideal STR but his skills are superior to Campbell, who has more than the size required. Something has to give for the DT #3 because it is clear that one will cut to make cap room.


Projected LU :

QB : Matt Barkley (back-up : Homer Davidson)
HB : Johnathan Franklin
FB : Travis Kelce
WR : Mohamed Sanu / WR Rashard Clarke
OL (left to right) : David Bakhtiari / Felix Trinity / Joe Madsen / Walter Edwards / Tyron Smith

DL (right tp left) : Odin Fuller / Trevor Harper / Ron Green / Shaq Lawson (*)
LBs (right to left) : Lavonte David / Trinidad Walker / Calvin Hamilton
CBs : Desmond Trufant / William Nguyen / Mackensie Alexander
FS : Kenny Vaccaro
SS : Kendall McFarland



Pilates and Osteopath :

On the way to change things and have a proper conditionning to footbal effort, a partnership has been reached with Pilates of Charlotte Sutdio to come and have session with the roster two times a week if possible ; one at least. Special session can be had for those who ask.

Moreover, the training will count now with a full set of 3 osteopath dedicaded to those who are recovering and don't need physical effort of at least 3 days, as a session forebids to do any physical movement and effort related to sport for 3 days.


REcord projection :

12-4 and division champ. Gm Ratajczak is looking forward to play against the division and to try to win it from highly regarded and GM legend Anthony Fernandez
Forum Discussion (by O_Ratajczak on 07/18/2016) Replies - 0 :: Views - 20
PANTHERS 2021 GZL DRAFT - PRE SKEW



1.10 - LE Shaq Lawson - Clemson.


GM Ratajczak had clearly positions he wants to upgrade before the start of preseason. DE was one of those identified. Bolden was the target but with no time and no ammunition to trade up, Bolden was definately out of reach. But no problem, because Clemson Lawson was there for the picking.
Less polished than Bolden (80 AGI ; -6 to Bolden), he has nonetheless eveything you for a DE : size, speed, Strengh, a killing first step and good tackling skills for a rookie.
Odin Fuller will surely play the RE position where Vinny Curry's days are clearly numbered.


2.10 - CB Mackensie Alexander - Clemson


Well, not that it was on purpose, but the Panthers drafted another Clemson player in CB Alexander. Trufant is now tearing the years, and apart Nguyen, the depth was enough but in need of youth and talent. Alexander was a player GM Ratajczak had an eye on, to the point he thought about trading back to the 1st round. Well, alexander fell to 2.10 to the relief of the team. Great skills pre-skew, he may be a tad shor ; but his jumping will compensate. Good speed, good AGI and ACC ; decent AWR to start with, Alexander should be a great fi for years in Carolina's secondary


After that, GM Ratajczak got caught up admist the clamors and celebrations of the victory of France over Germany in Euro 2016 ; to the point that he did his third round drafting afther the roudn ended. He did draft nonetheless.

3.10 - QB Homer Davidson - Michigan


The Panthers came in the third round after the battler had been delt with. This said, the team is happy to draft a prospect with third round grade from their board. Not sure if he'll be the QB of the future, but Davidson has already good skills : his THA, ACC and AGI and SPD are good to excellent for the position. May lack size and THP to some ; but to helll with that may tell someone named Drew Brees !


3.25 -
DT Josh Flowers
- North Carolina


The home pick ! Flowers was also someone the team considered to pick in the third. He was there to another relief from GM Rtajczak. DT was no basically a need, but the talent was not to be passed by. Will need some conditionning as his 86 STR will limit him in GZL, his combination of SPD,ACC and AGI is elite. will surely give versatility as he is also a possibility as a 3-4 DE.


4.10 - TE Tyler Bush - Ohio St.


Bush doesn't have the modern elite speed of modern TE, but he's a monster of mismacth : at 6'6", 260 Lbs and 80 STR, he'll give his share of problems to safeties and Linebackers in the passing game. With already 63 PBK and 65 RBK, he's already a proven blocker that can easily get to the second level, and should be a force on the strong side.


5.10 - WR Seven Wong - Fresno St.


Wong has enough speed and CTH to be a factor in the WR rotation. He's also a crisp route runner with 95 AGI. Lacks ideal first step to burn out CB's, he would ideally succeed in sperating through route running ans chemes. Fine bet at this stage of the draft.

7.10 - Pick not signed so not reviewed.
Forum Discussion (by O_Ratajczak on 07/07/2016) Replies - 3 :: Views - 69
CAROLINA PANTHERS HIRE NEW GM
The Carolina Panthers have annouced that they Hired a new GM in Olivier RATAJCZAK. That is a relief for the team as the draft is looming.

Olivier RATAJCZAK is no stranger in GZL, as he had a previous stint in KC as GM of the Chiefs.

In his Press Conference, his basic points were those :

- Cap room : there will be actions about it as Carolina is on a short leash, and will need some to sign the rookies.

- Youth movement : Carolina is having an aging roster. GM RATAJCZAK wants to rejuvenate it ; and mostly through the draft. With a pick in the top 10 of each round of the next draft, the movement starts now.

- Disgrunted player will get their wish : wether by trade or cuts. As of now, DE Vinny Curry, LB Davonte David, WR Mohammed Sanu and OG Walter Edwards are on the block. More may come before or after the draft

- Long nights for draft : indeed, the GM annouced that he wants to revise the draft board in all

- SS McFarland was resigned for 5 years. important move to cnsolidate the secondary.

- Coaches : all are reatained ; but next season will be a serious test for them.

He does thank the owner for this challenging and motivating work ahead, and tha aim is to give Carolina back its winning ways. The roster is talented and he doesn't see why with some talented youth, the Panthers can't grab a playoffs spot.
Forum Discussion (by O_Ratajczak on 07/01/2016) Replies - 2 :: Views - 53

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At A Glance

PANTHERS FRONT OFFICE
GM O_Ratajczak
Head Coach Mike Shanahan
Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison
Defensive Coordinator John Marshall
Special Teams Steve Hoffman
Salary $168.92M
Cap Penalty $0K
Cap Room $5.08M

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER POS OVR LENGTH

NFC South
RNK TEAM W-L-T PCT DIV
#2 Falcons Falcons 1-0-0 1.00 1-0
#4 Panthers Panthers 1-0-0 1.00 0-0
#21 Buccaneers Buccaneers 0-1-0 0.00 0-0
#30 Saints Saints 0-1-0 0.00 0-1

PANTHERS SCHEDULE
WK DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT
1 Sun vs Broncos Broncos #27
Won 24-10
2 Sun vs Saints Saints #30 TBD
3 Sun at Falcons Falcons #2 8:30pm
4 Sun vs Redskins Redskins #10 1:00pm
6 Sun at Chargers Chargers #3 4:15pm
7 Mon at Saints Saints #30 9:00pm
8 Sun vs Falcons Falcons #2 1:00pm
9 Sun vs Chiefs Chiefs #1 1:00pm
10 Sun vs Bears Bears #15 1:00pm
11 Sun at Packers Packers #14 4:15pm
12 Mon at Buccaneers Buccaneers #21 9:00pm
13 Sun vs Vikings Vikings #18 1:00pm
14 Mon vs Buccaneers Buccaneers #21 9:00pm
15 Sun at 49ers 49ers #29 4:05pm
16 Sat at Raiders Raiders #31 4:05pm
17 Sun at Lions Lions #16 1:00pm

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