Von Shining Moment: The Unofficial Official Super Bowl Fifty Timeline

Sunday, January 31, 2016 - Denver moves on to the Super Bowl in a thrilling win over New England that goes down to the final minute. Three hours later, Carolina advances with a win over Arizona so lopsided, Cam Newton plays the entire fourth quarter without a helmet, wearing a “Panthers NFC Champions” hat.

Monday, February 1, 2016 – The Panthers arrive in California, and Cam Newton’s pants trend on Twitter. And I don’t have a joke here, either. That’s actually what happened. [Read more…]

Why Aren’t the Panthers Getting More Love?

By Michael LoCoco
PSDC NFL Beat Writer

Listen to what the media types and pundits are saying about the NFL. Listen to what they’re saying about the best teams. Some say it’s the Patriots. Some say it’s the Cardinals. A few say it’s the Bengals. Sure it would be unfair to say that nobody is saying the Panthers, but for the life of me I cannot understand why this team is not getting more love. They are 12-0! They will be heavy favorites in their last four games and as such, heavy favorites to become only the second team in the history of the NFL to go 16-0 in the regular season. Barring a spectacular egg laying a la Green Bay versus the Chiefs in 2011, the Panthers will have set themselves up to make history like no other team since the 2007 Patriots. So why aren’t they getting more love? As I look at the team the answer seems apparent. They just don’t pass the ball very well.

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NFL Training Camp Brouhahas

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff, Chicago Guru & NFL Writer Extraordinaire

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith had his jaw broken in two spots today in a locker room fight, in which he was “sucker punched.” Besides being a very Jets occurrence, it continues a proliferation of training camp altercations around the league. Smith is out 6-10 weeks and the player that whacked him, IK Enemkpali, is out of work, waived by the Jets about 30 seconds after the punch.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

And if this is the reaction to Geno Smith who will never be thought of as the second coming of Troy Aikman, imagine the blow-back if it was an actual GOOD quarterback. [Read more…]

Monday Morning Quick Snap: NFL Week 12

Each week the crew at Project Shanks will take a look back at what caught our eye from the previous weekend of NFL football. Every Monday, we will have a cast of various writers bringing you what piqued their interest from the Sunday before, and this will be our Monday Morning Quick Snap.

Are the Carolina Panthers Legit Contenders in the NFC?

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Don’t look now but the Carolina have won seven straight games and positioned themselves as a contender in the NFC. They currently hold the third best record in the NFC behind Seattle and New Orleans. The NFC South crown is definitely still up for grabs as the Panthers and Saints have yet to play each other this season meaning two of their final five games are against each other. [Read more…]

Daily Randomness: October 25, 2013

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Director of Randomness

Random Coffee of the Day: Community Coffee New Orleans Blend

Random Tequila of the Day: Bracero Reposado

Random Song of the Day: Tommy the Cay – Primus

Random Word of the Day: Vituperate

Random Sports Stat of the Day:

Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in the Panthers’ win over the Buccaneers on Thursday, improving his career totals to 52 TD passes and 25 TD runs. Newton, who entered the NFL in 2011, is the first player in league history to have at least 50 touchdown passes and 25 touchdown runs in a span of three seasons.

Thursday’s game was the 17th of Newton’s career in which he both threw and ran for a touchdown. That’s 11 more than any other NFL player over the last three seasons (Tom Brady, of all people, is second, with six) and Newton has already matched the career total of games with a TD pass and run for noted dual-threat QBs Randall Cunningham, Steve McNair, and Jeff Garcia.

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2013 NFL Team Preview: Carolina Panthers

By Bryan Douglass
PSDC Go-To Guy

Finishing at 7-9 in 2012 certainly left the fans in Carolina wanting more, but the close of a challenged campaign also gave those fans hope. The season began with an all-or-nothing offense predicated on talents of Cam Newton, and more often than not, the result was Cam Newton. The read option offense allowed the Panthers to lose focus over the first half of the schedule, falling to 2-8. Over the second half of the season, the offense returned the run to the rushers while letting the passer pass, and the results followed. The Cats got the W in five of their last six games (including wins their final four) to spark optimism for the season ahead.

The Panthers enter 2013, the third under head coach Ron Rivera, with a new offensive coordinator in Mike Shula, pledging a more thorough use of the talents on hand to support the undeniable gifts of the QB. However, Shula may represent the most substantial addition for the offensive roster this season. The Panthers continued to emphasize defense via the NFL Draft while free agency grades are reliant on players best rated as gambles.

Are the Panthers too concerned with defensive power and thus exposed in an offensively-juiced NFC South? Let’s take a look. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Fantasy Football Preview: Quarterbacks

Here we go kiddos, it is time again to get ready for everyone’s favorite pastime: FANTASY FOOTBALL! We here at Project Shanks have lined up a top-notch crew of Bryan Douglass, Alan Posey, Joe Hines, Bobby Roberts, Matt Rogers and Robbie Marbury to bring to you all the knowledge you will need for this upcoming fantasy season. We have compiled everyone’s ranking for each position, with the writer that had the most and least amount of love for a player giving you their commentary as to why that particular player should be higher or lower on your draft board. This approach will give you the good and evil that comes with each player.

In this installment, we will be bringing you our expert opinions on the most important part to every NFL team; the quarterbacks. After last season’s craze of having to get one of the top 3-4 QB’s in first round fizzled out miserably (just like we told you it would) most experts have gone back to the traditional line of thinking that you should shore up an every-down running back or elite receiver with your first-round pick. There were seven QB’s that finished within 2.5 points-per-game of the leader, Drew Brees, by season’s end. Drafting a QB in the first round is not a must, but just don’t get stuck having Eli Manning as your best QB.

1. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

(Robbie) Rodgers wasn’t a unanimous choice as the No. 1 ranked QB, but he was first or second on every contributor’s ballot. He is young, mobile, strong-armed, plays in a pass-happy offense and has three talented receiver. It’s no wonder why he was no worse than second on every ballot.

2. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)

Good (Robbie) Last season Brees finished first in passing yards and passing TD’s. He has finished no worse than third in passing yards over the past three seasons, and no worse than third in passing TD’s over the past five seasons. With the return of Sean Payton to the sideline the New Orleans offense should be more stable and have less turnovers and sacks. Brees will also be playing all his home games indoors, as well as two road games in domes. In the final eight games of the season, the Saints will play one game with potential bad weather, at Seattle in Week 13, but that one game will be before the start of fantasy playoffs. The other top QB’s this year (Rodgers, Manning and Brady) all play their home games outdoors in cold-weather cities. Give me the QB that is considered one of the top three or four in the league playing in a comfortable setting.

Evil (Bryan) Brees comes off his worst completion percentage since 2003 and his receiving corps is as depleted as it’s been in years (Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston are the only targets worthy of trust, & Colston comes off three consecutive years of rising returns… a trend I don’t anticipate will continue as Colston reaches 30 years of age). However, my rank may be influenced more by several statistical oddities I see in his splits from last year, leading me to believe the decline has begun… and I’d rather not be on the wrong side of it. [Read more…]

From the Penthouse to the Outhouse: The Gene Chizik Era at Auburn

By Robert Murphy
PSDC SEC Expert

On January 10, 2011, Gene Chizik let out a resounding “War Eagle!” as he raised the crystal football following Auburn’s first BCS National Championship. On Sunday, Nov. 25, Gene Chizik was fired as the head coach of Auburn University’s football team, confirming now more than ever that the Southeastern Conference is a ‘what have you done for me lately conference’ on steroids, HGH and whatever Lance Armstrong took.  [Read more…]

2012 NFL Team Preview: Carolina Panthers

By Bobby Roberts
PSDC Staff

Cam Newton added the firepower needed to put a spark back in Carolina Panthers’ fans. They spent the last few years without an identity and tore through three bad quarterbacks the year before his arrival. Expectations are now at an all-time high for the franchise, but can they deliver?

Fans need to take a step back from Newton’s hype and remember they were the worst team in the NFL as recently as 2010. If they can slowly improve their team each year, they are building a foundation to be a yearly contender…but they are not there yet. [Read more…]