Cat Tracks vs. Arizona

The coach and the players all acknowledged that they weren't ready to play this game. There was an element of thinking that, after all the close losses, they could show up for Arizona and break their 13-game losing streak without much effort.

QUARTERBACK

Chris Weinke set club record in attempts and completions with 63 and 36 respectively, but the total yards passing is telling…just 223. He was off-target much of the day, despite a good bit of time to throw in the first half especially. CAT TRACKS: 1 PAW (OUT OF 4)

RUNNING BACKS

There were some signs early on that the running game was going to work. In the first half, Richard Huntley had 12 carries for 62 yards. But, he also had the costly fumble on the second play of the game that turned into an Arizona touchdown. He also had a later fumble that the Panthers did recover. Chris Hetherington should go down as a receiver in this game, he tied for the team lead with 7 catches. Bottom line: the fumble was huge. CAT TRACKS: 1 PAW

RECEIVERS

Isaac Byrd had 7 catches and couple of bell-ringing attempts, but he also dropped a touchdown pass in the third quarter. CAT TRACKS: 1 PAW

OFFENSIVE LINE

Give these guys credit for a solid effort. They were opening holes early for the running game, and giving Weinke great protection. They didn't break down until the second half when Arizona knew the Panthers were going to have to throw each down. For the third time this year, they didn't allow a sack, and stand on the verge of setting a team record for fewest sacks allowed in a season. CAT TRACKS: 3 PAWS

DEFENSIVE LINE

Michael Pittman found gaping holes and Jake Plummer was rarely pressured. CAT TRACKS: 0 PAWS

LINEBACKERS

This was the best of the defensive units, in fact the three top tacklers were linebackers: Lester Towns, Dan Morgan and Darren Hambrick. CAT TRACKS: 2 PAWS

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Plummer completed 12 passes for 173 yards including a 61-yarder to David Boston. Speaking of Boston, he had pretty nice numbers: 7 catches 127 yards. And they were going to focus on stopping him. CAT TRACKS: 0 PAWS

SPECIAL TEAMS

John Kasay missed two field goal attempts, though I'm still wondering why Seifert had him attempt a 52-yarder when his 44-yard attempt a few minutes prior seems to die along the way. Todd Sauerbrun's string of games with a 60-yard punt ended, Steve Smith put in his usual solid effort. CAT TRACKS: 2 PAWS

COACHING

The Panthers weren't ready to play and showed very little emotion. Yes, they are professionals, but, following a week during which stories were coming out about how their coach has told them he intends to be back next year, they played like a team that didn't really like hearing that, or that really feared for their jobs. Once again, questions were being asked about play-calling, especially in the red zone, on the one play they finally looked into the back of the end zone, Donald Hayes got a touchdown catch. I thought the Arizona drive at the end of the first half, which featured two Panthers unsportsmanlike penalties, was telling. It's a team that has lost its composure and/or the coaching staff has lost control. CAT TRACKS: 0 PAWS


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