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.
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"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.
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.