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Cat Scratch Reader Jan 27, 2022
NFC South notebook: Bucs on brink of losing Leftwich, Payton moves on from Saints

NFC South notebook: Bucs on brink of losing Leftwich, Payton moves on from Saints

Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports The biggest NFC South headlines from SB Nation blogs Let’s take a look around the NFC South and check out the latest SB Nation news and notes revolving around each team, starting with our Carolina Panthers. Carolina Panthers In Charlotte, the Panthers officially brought on former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo. In doing so, the team is signalling a desire to rely on a more veteran offensive coordinator presence after disposing of the 32-year-old Joe Brady during the season. One Cat Scratch Reader writer questions just how...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 26, 2022
Panthers 2021 rookie report card: Defense

Panthers 2021 rookie report card: Defense

Photo by Grant Halverson/ All four of the Panthers defensive rookies showed promise relative to where they were drafted. Nothing gives NFL fans more hope than a fresh crop of rookies. In 2021 general manager Scott Fitterer, himself a rookie in his new role, drafted 11 players who have now survived their first professional seasons. Here’s how the year played out for each of the new faces on the defensive side of the ball. Note: My grades reflect players’ production relative to where they were drafted with a “C” meaning they met expectations. Anything above a...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 25, 2022
Panthers 2021 rookie report card: Offense

Panthers 2021 rookie report card: Offense

Photo by Grant Halverson/ Chuba Hubbard and Brady Christensen passed the test while Terrace Marshall needs to enroll in summer school. Nothing gives NFL fans more hope than a fresh crop of rookies. In 2021 general manager Scott Fitterer, himself a rookie in his new role, drafted 11 players who have now survived their first professional seasons. Here’s how the year played out for each of the new faces on the offensive side of the ball. Note: My grades reflect players’ production relative to where they were drafted with a “C” meaning they met expectations....
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 25, 2022
Hiring Ben McAdoo is a small step forward, if not the leap we hoped for

Hiring Ben McAdoo is a small step forward, if not the leap we hoped for

Mark Hoffman via Imagn Content Services, LLC The fanbase is divided whether hiring Ben McAdoo to be the Panthers next offensive coordinator is a good thing, I’d call it a sensible thing. Like I would assume was the case for many of you, when I found out the Carolina Panthers were hiring Ben McAdoo to be offensive coordinator, my first reaction was that of apathy. Not necessarily that I didn’t have feelings on the hire, but more so, general hangover from a disappointing season where the Panthers certainly did not feel like they took a step forward under second year...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 24, 2022
Panthers bolster cornerback, offensive line in two new mock drafts

Panthers bolster cornerback, offensive line in two new mock drafts

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Daniel Jeremiah, Pro Football Focus both release their first mock drafts While many foresee the Panthers making an immediate investment into the offensive line in April’s upcoming NFL draft, not every ‘draft guru’ sees it that way. In Daniel Jeremiah’s 2022 NFL mock draft 1.0, the NFL.com writer has the Panthers taking cornerback Ahmad Gardner out of Cincinnati to pair up with last year’s first-round selection, cornerback Jaycee Horn. While it would make for an enviable young secondary, it’s tough to see Panthers fans rejoicing...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 22, 2022
Matt Rhule reportedly interested in Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan job

Matt Rhule reportedly interested in Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan job

Photo by Lance King/ The current Michigan coach may be interested in an NFL job, while the current Panthers coach might be interested in an off ramp. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora is reporting that Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule “would be very interested” in an open head coaching position at the University of Michigan. Current Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is apparently a top target for the Las Vegas Raiders job. La Canfora also reports that Rhule was interested in both the Penn St and LSU jobs in recent months. These reports do not carry any indicating...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 21, 2022
Panthers expected to hire Ben McAdoo to fill open OC job

Panthers expected to hire Ben McAdoo to fill open OC job

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ The Carolina Panthers will now proceed to filling out their open position coach positions. The Carolina Panthers are expected to hire former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo to be Matt Rhule’s new offensive coordinator. This rockstar hire comes with 18 years of NFL coaching experience. That includes 1 3/4 years as a head coach. He was fired in his second season at the helm of the Giants after starting the season 2-10. The #Panthers are expected to hire former #Giants HC and ex-#Packers OC Ben McAdoo as their offensive coordinator,...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 21, 2022
NFC South notebook: Panthers host Jay Gruden and Arians’ helmet slap drama

NFC South notebook: Panthers host Jay Gruden and Arians’ helmet slap drama

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports The biggest NFC South headlines from SB Nation blogs Let’s take a look around the NFC South and check out the latest SB Nation news and notes revolving around each team, starting with our Carolina Panthers. Carolina Panthers The Panthers hosted former Washington coach Jay Gruden for his second interview with the team this week for the vacant offensive coordinator position. That comes after Pep Hamilton declined an interview with the Panthers. All of the following candidates have now interviewed for the job: Gruden, Ben McAdoo, Klint...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 20, 2022
Mel Kiper mock draft 1.0: Panthers add OL help with Charles Cross pick

Mel Kiper mock draft 1.0: Panthers add OL help with Charles Cross pick

George Walker IV / Tennessean.com ESPN’s draft guru helps out the Panthers at a big area of need ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. released his Mock Draft 1.0 Wednesday morning (ESPN Insider required), and his pick for the could wind up being two of the most common we see over the coming months. and he’s got a potential franchise left tackle heading to Charlotte. Here’s how SB Nation’s Chris Pflum put the importance of Kiper’s mock drafts: “There are a few major outlets we like to pay special attention to for their contacts with front offices around the NFL. Kiper is...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 19, 2022
Final 2021 ratings for the Panthers defense, per Pro Football Focus

Final 2021 ratings for the Panthers defense, per Pro Football Focus

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Here’s how all of the key players stacked up from the Panthers 2021 defense. The good people at Pro Football Focus spend enormous amounts of time breaking down every player’s performance on every individual play throughout the season. In the end, players can then be given a final rating somewhere between zero (poor) and 100 (elite). If you want to learn more about their methodology, you can read PFF’s Player Grade overview. Most of us as fans view PFF ratings this way: “If the grade fits my opinion of a player then it’s credible,...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 18, 2022
Final 2021 ratings for the Panthers offense, per Pro Football Focus

Final 2021 ratings for the Panthers offense, per Pro Football Focus

Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/ Here’s how all of the key players stacked up from the Panthers 2021 offense. The good people at Pro Football Focus spend enormous amounts of time breaking down every player’s performance on every individual play throughout the season. In the end, players can then be given a final rating somewhere between zero (poor) and 100 (elite). If you want to learn more about their methodology, you can read PFF’s Player Grade overview. Most of us as fans view PFF ratings this way: “If the grade fits my opinion of a player then it’s credible, but...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 17, 2022
NFC South notebook: Buccaneers advance, Calvin Ridley rumors heat up

NFC South notebook: Buccaneers advance, Calvin Ridley rumors heat up

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports The biggest NFC South headlines from SB Nation blogs Let’s take a look around the NFC South and check out the latest SB Nation news and notes revolving around each team, starting with our Carolina Panthers. Carolina Panthers In the rush to replace former offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Matt Rhule’s search process doesn’t appear to be going swimmingly. That comes afterJay Glazer said on Fox NFL Sunday, “Matt Rhule has to hire a rock star offensive coordinator for him to actually save his job.” The latest coach connected to...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 14, 2022
Panthers fans’ confidence rises despite 7-game losing streak to end season

Panthers fans’ confidence rises despite 7-game losing streak to end season

Photo by Grant Halverson/ Panthers’ fan confidence rose to 32 percent after the season finale that brought the team’s record to 5-12. The Panthers lost the season finale to the Buccaneers 41-17 (a game that I personally can’t forget soon enough) and ended the year on a 7-game losing streak where four of those seven losses were by at least 17 points. The Panthers have gone 10-23 over the last two years, have one of the worst offensive lines in the league, have a huge uncertainty at quarterback and don’t have the draft capital necessary to rebuild the roster this...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 13, 2022
Inconsistent

Inconsistent

Photo by Jared C. Tilton/ Matt Rhule has been the opposite of everything he has preached as a head coach, and made the Panthers worse for it. Matt Rhule has a process. It’s working, too. Or at least that is what he will tell anybody who asks. Consistency, which seems now to be defined in Charlotte as faith in the process, seems to be the guiding virtue of the day. The process can tell him that a players measurables are a more valuable indicator of success than film or experience. The process can tell him that highlights can be the rule and not the exception to Sam...
Cat Scratch Reader Jan 12, 2022
Matt Rhule’s list of offensive coordinator candidates doesn’t inspire confidence

Matt Rhule’s list of offensive coordinator candidates doesn’t inspire confidence

Photo by Rey Del Rio/ In either his or the Panthers future. . . there isn’t a lot of good news right now. It was the quote heard ‘round the Panthers world this week. “I know it’s put out there that he’s safe,” Jay Glazer said on FOX NFL Sunday. “Not so fast. Matt Rhule has to hire a rock star offensive coordinator for him to actually save his job.” Since then, Carolina has been connected to a long list of current and former NFL coaches. It is not an encouraging one for Rhule’s future. The latest coach connected to the search is former Vikings offensive...

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