The Carolina Panthers are not very proud of their efforts against the Houston Texans during the 2012 preseason opener for both teams. Ron Rivera has made it abundantly clear that the effort was not what he expected going into the contest. As a huge Carolina Panthers fan myself, I agree completely with Rivera's assessment. The first preseason game is usually one where you see maximum effort and guys flying around the football field trying to make the team. This game did not have that type of feeling around it at all. That said, there are some very specific things I am expecting to see when the Panthers face the Miami Dolphins for their second preseason contest.
Expect to see guys flying to the football
Ron Rivera knew exactly what he was doing when he called out players for not putting in the effort. When you challenge an NFL player's effort, you bring out the best in them or they simply fade away. Most of the guys on this team will get the message. Others may regress or whine but that will make roster cuts that much easier. Expect to see some big time effort against Miami.
Expect to see more of the first team
Week two of the preseason usually means the starters play a bit more, so I expect to see Cam and the boys until halftime or so. Hopefully we will be as lucky with injuries as we were in week one. Only Nate Ness came away hurt against Houston.
Expect more vanilla offense and defense
For those that don't remember, the Panthers employed the same strategy during the 2011 preseason. Rob Chudzinski is not about to reveal any new wrinkles or plays during the preseason. I remember being very worried during the preseason and then Cam Newton and the boys came out firing in week one. I expect a very similar preseason during 2012. Our defense employs the same strategy with blitz packages and so on. Expect a very plain showing but maximum effort in week two.
Expect the defense to look much better
The Miami Dolphins are not even close to the Houston Texans offensively. People forget that Houston is a juggernaut on offense and we held them in check fairly well in the first half. Our defense is going to find things a bit easier against Matt Moore and company. I imagine he will be wanting to show well due to being a former Panther and all, but I suspect we will knock him around a bit. The west coast offense takes time to learn and the Dolphins are still in the baby steps stage.
Expect to see a great deal of Tauren Poole
This guy means business folks. I realize that Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are the running backs for this team. I also think that they should consider keeping this guy as a Mike Goodson type of replacement. In training camp, he has been touted as a guy that never stops and constantly works. On the field, he looked like a million dollars against the Texans. He might be worth keeping simply to avoid having him play against us. He will get a long look against the Dolphins.
*Southern is a huge Carolina Panthers fan that is convinced that he will see a Super Bowl Trophy in Charlotte within five years.
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