By: Sara Allen
Carolina Panthers fans are disappointed for yet another football season. After releasing Jake Delhome, fans had high hopes that Matt Moore would lead the team to more victories. So far, the Panthers are 1-7. The most recent loss was to the New Orleans Saints.
Moore was taken out of the game in the second quarter because of a shoulder injury. DeAngelo Williams, the starting running back, sat out for the second consecutive game due to a foot injury. Two more running backs, Johnathan Stweart and Tyrell Sutton, suffered head and ankle injuries.
“Pretty pathetic. That would be the only thing I could say. No explanations. No excuse. Obviously Matt going down early, that hurt us, and it pretty much snowballed from there. Downhill. Full speed,” Steve Smith said about the Panthers’ performance against the Saints.
The only points scored by the Panthers came from kicker, John Kasay. He kicked a 20-yard field goal, scoring the only three points the panthers earned. Later in the game, he missed a 40-yard field goal.
At the beginning of the game, Richard Marshall made a play that gave fans hope. He intercepted a pass thrown by the Saints QB, Drew Brees, and ran for 66 yards before getting stopped at the New Orleans 28-yard line. “The interception was fun, but I need to score more with it. I need to find a way to get the ball in the red zone. That’s what we need to start doing, scoring on defense,” Marshall said.
Carolina fans are beginning to get used to and tired of disappointing seasons. Most are predicting a 1-15 season. “Definitely the most embarrassing loss of the season. In 25 years, it’s the lowest I’ve felt. We’re not this bad,” Jon Beason, line backer for the Panthers, said.