Re: Six Personnel Errors That Haunt the Patriots
posted at 9/4/2011 5:49 PM EDT
Now that we've examined how personnel mistakes can haunt a good team like the Pats, let's look at a team that has made practically nothing but personnel mistakes...the Carolina Panthers. Don't forget, just three short years ago, the Panthers were hosting the NFC championship game on their home field.
I'll just limit it to 5:
1.) Resigning QB Jake DelHomme:
Jake tossed five (5) picks, and lost a fumble, in a 33-14 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, in the semi-final round of the 2008 NFC playoffs. This occurred despite the Panthers going 12-4 in the regular season, including a perfect 8-0. Instead of cutting ties with DelHomme after this debacle, the Panthers chose to give the UFA QB a 5 year, $42mil. deal. But..."Things didn’t get any better for Delhomme in 2009. He played in just 11 games, throwing eight touchdown passes and 18 interceptions. He struggled reading defenses, displayed poor decision making and routinely forced passes into covered receivers..."
DelHomme was released in 2010...but: "thanks to their horrendous decision to sign him to an extension, the Panthers still owed Delhomme $12.5 million in guaranteed money. With 2010 being an uncapped offseason, $12.5 million could have gone a long way for a team that had UFAs Steve Smith and a pass rusher Julius Peppers to contend with.
Why the Panthers signed Delhomme for that much money is anyone’s guess. One would have thought that then coach, John Fox, and/or his coaching staff, would have seen that Delhomme’s skills were deteriorating...and convinced the front office not to offer him such a lucrative extension. The Panthers’ inability to see what others saw cost them big-time" http://www.scoresreport.com/tag/jake-delhomme-contract-extension/2.) Deciding Not to Cut/Trade Julius Peppers:
Going into 2010, Peppers had great value. Though the Panthers knew that they would not be able to resign him, they chose to franchise him...tying up close to $17mil. in cap space. But, because Peppers refused to sign his tender, he basically held the Panthers' hostage in 2009. Had the Panthers lowered their trade demands to, say, a second round pick in 2009 and 2010 to, say, the Dallas Cowboys or the Patriots...they might have come out a lot better, than simply losing him, and getting a late 3rd round compensation pick.3.) Trading to Draft DE Everette Brown:
In a desperate move to replace Peppers, the Panthers traded their #1 draft choice in 2010 to the S.F., for the 49ers 43rd and 109th overall picks in 2009. For some reason, the Panthers envisioned that the 6'1", 256 lb. tweener Brown to solve their pass rush troubles. After two Gholston-like seasons, he was cut by Carolina yesterday. No other team has attempted to pick him up;4.) Drafting QB Jimmy Clausen:
Though Mel Kiper declared Notre Dame Jimmy to be the second coming of Joe Montana, no one else was buying it. As a result, Clausen slid through the first round of the 2010 draft faster than a tulip caught in a mud-slide...before the Panthers decided to waste their 48th overall pick on him. Because of the trade to get Brown, discussed above, Clausen was the Panthers' top pick in 2010. He's been about as effective in Carolina as the Beck Girl was in Miami;5.) Trading to Draft QB/WR Armanti Edwards:
The Panthers traded their second round pick in the 2011 draft to the New England Patriots, to obtain the Patriots' 89th overall selection, and use it to acquire WR Armanti Edwards. Edwards played QB at Appalachian State in 2009, and is best known for engineering that teams' upset win over Michigan. Yet, Edwards has done nothing in the NFL. Meanwhile, their 2011 second round pick turned out to be the first pick in the second round, #33 overall...,and was used by the Patriots to select Db Ras-I Dowling. This from ex-Panthers' coach, John Fox:
John Fox concedes that the Panthers likely blew it by trading a 2011 second-round pick for the right to draft Armanti Edwards last April.
"You don’t know what that player’s going to develop into. Time will tell," said Fox. "But it doesn’t look very good at this point." The Patriots wound up with the No. 33 pick in this year's draft, a selection considered "gold" because of the layover from the first to second round. Edwards, who wound up costing Carolina both last year's No. 89 pick and this year's 33rd, had almost as many fumbles as games played in his rookie season. Mar 23 - 2:35 PM;