Found November 14, 2011 on Inside The Panthers:
The Panthers have been at or near the bottom of the league in several major special teams categories all season. In a 30-3 loss to Tennessee on Sunday, the Panthers allowed Marc Mariani's 79-yard return for a touchdown. It was the third punt return for a score Carolina has yielded this season, a franchise high. But first-year coach Ron Rivera today defended special teams coordinator Brian Murphy, saying the spate of injuries this season has made it difficult to get the right personnel on the field for special teams. The Panthers have 11 players on injured reserve, including a couple of special teams members in linebacker Thomas Williams and tight end Gary Barnidge. Rivera also pointed to a trickle-down effect, citing middle linebacker Dan Connor as an example. With Connor getting more defensive reps after Jon Beason's season-ending injury, the Panthers have not used Connor on every special teams, as they normally would have. "When you're moving guys constantly from ...

Kealoha Pilares hoping for more chances

The Panthers made a change at kick returner last month in part because they wanted to see what rookie Kealoha Pilares could do. But the new kickoff rules have made it difficult to do much of an evaluation. Pilares, the diminutive receiver from Hawaii, lined up deep seven times Sunday against the Titans. And seven times he either caught the ball too deep in the end zone to bring it...

Rivera, Panthers look to future

(By Joseph Person, After losing two of three games on their recent homestand, the Panthers hit the road for a three-game stretch talking about what really has been the focus throughout Ron Rivera's first season - the future.Coming off an embarrassing 30-3 loss to Tennessee, Rivera says he'll use the last seven games to evaluate the team'...

Rivera to chippy players: Act like a professional

The Carolina Panthers not only lost their game on Sunday, but they also lost their composure on the last drive of the game.That didn't sit well with coach Ron Rivera, who said Monday in a news conference that he was "embarrassed" by Carolina's 30-3 loss to Tennessee. His comments echo almost exactly what I thought of the last couple of minutes, so most of this column...

Tennessee Titans 30, Carolina Panthers 3

The Titans jumped on the Panthers early in this game and they never looked back.  Marc Mariani returned a punt 79 yards for a TD early in the game for the Titans and they never looked back.  Cam Newton completed 23 of 40 passes for 212 yards with 0 TD passes and 1 INT.  He also carried the ball 7 times for 55 yards (7.9 ypc) in this game.  DeAngelo Williams had another so-so...

Halftime blog: Titans 17, Panthers 0

The Panthers did next to nothing in the second quarter against a Titans' defense that took an interesting approach. Tennessee blitzed rookie QB Cam Newton on first down, then would drop back in zone coverage on second and third downs and allow Newton to complete all the underneath passes he wanted. The approach resulted in several second-and-long situations for the Panthers....

Titans 20, Panthers 3, end of 3rd quarter

   If the Panthers are going to pull out a victory against Tennessee today, it's going to take a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback as the Titans hold a 20-3 lead entering the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium.    The good news for the Panthers in the third quarter is they finally scored, scratching out a 29-yard Olindo Mare field goal that was set up by Chris Gamble...

Panthers look flat, fall hard in Titans romp

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As the losses mounted in the first half of the season, the Carolina Panthers buoyed their spirits...

Tennessee Titans-Carolina Panthers inactives, gameday thread

The inactives are out for today's game as the Titans make their first regular season visit to Carolina since they dealt the Panthers their first loss way back in 2003, and here they are:CAROLINA PANTHERS: TE Richie Brockel, QB Jimmy Clausen, RB Mike Goodson, CB Brandon Hogan, DT Frank Kearse, LB Jason Phillips, OT Lee ZiembaTENNESSEE TITANS: DE Dave Ball, DT Zach Clayton, CB...

The not-so-special teams

(By Ron Green Jr., Bad days often begin with bad starts.It could hardly have been worse for the Carolina Panthers.

From Charlotte to Chicago, NFL emotions boil over

A heavy dose of testosterone replaced professionalism in the NFL from Chicago to Charlotte. Blowout games brought out the worst in some players on Sunday - and not just the losers, but in the winners, too. In the Windy City, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford got upset after his third interception and grabbed Chicago Bears cornerback C.J. Moore by the helmet. Stafford threw him...
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