by Will Brinson
The Carolina Panthers got flat out pummeled by the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. Take out the first possession from each team and it was one-sided the entire way. Let's put it this way: if Edgerrin James has more rushing attempts than DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewartcombined, you can be pretty certain that the Panthers gameplan crumbled.
"Our plan was to try to run the ball on them. That's what we've hung our hat on all year, being successful in the running game, and I still think we could have done it," Hoover said. "Not to question things but, when you start putting yourself in a hole, and we did pretty fast, it's hard to just run the ball when you've put yourself in pass situations."
And, hey, not to question a coaching staff for giving Jake Delhommemore throws or anything, but the game kind of unfolded like a Madden mismatch (me = Lions, my brother = Patriots) where one team just doesn't have the kind of firepower/gameplan to play catch-up and just ends up making more mistakes.
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Brad Hoover (Correctly) Feels Like the Panthers Abandoned the Run a Little Early originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Mon, 12 Jan 2009 15:10:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.