I posted this on the Panther Site yesterday and received a ton of grief for it. The Link is from the Charlotte Observer.
Excerpts from the Charlotte Observer on Chase Blackburns Comments:
"It was helpful to the Panthers defense that Blackburn, now a Panthers linebacker, called out the plays before the ball was snapped. "I had an idea of what they run and what they like to do in situations," Blackburn said. "We had a great game plan going in. I’ve been sharing all the information all week. Guys, all of us, linebackers were out there knowing what to do; (defensive backs) knew what kind of routes they were going to get off the route combinations. "It makes for a big difference when you can play the game at that speed. We were able to play fast because we were aware of what they were going to do."
My Comments: As a Giants fan I’m disappointed in our performance but now feel comfortable in the fact that the Panthers were tipped to the Giants Play calling by Chase Blackburn. He was a good pickup by the Panthers since he is smart and knows the Giant offense and defense like the back of his hand. That combination route interception the Panthers got was a definite tip off to from Chase to the corner backs and they made the play. Every offensive formation the Giants got in the Panthers knew exactly what was coming. On Defense you saw how the Panthers would crowd the offensive line and be in the Giants back field at the snap. Almost like they knew what was coming because they did. On offense Cam would check out of plays and make some amazing passes to open receivers on known Giant Coverage packages. Not to mention Chase Blackburn doesn't play in two game for the Panthers but becomes an overnight starter against his old team? Just saying you don't have to be a genius to figure this one out.
Now as for the Giants coaching the fact that they didn’t think about this is hard to believe. They kept the same Play books on offense and defense. If this in fact is the case then our OC Kevin Gilbride deserves the most blame for this loss. He didn’t change the plays or make adjustments and the Giants got burnt. I know the Panthers aren’t that good and I know the Giants aren’t that bad.
I would like to see how the Panthers play against teams who’s play books you guys don’t have. I will give credit and say for the most part the Panthers are much improved and even with the knowledge they had were able to execute a decent game plan. Also I will give credit to their front seven because they flat out beat our offensives lines tails. Saying all that it helps when you already know what is coming and you can just react. Wonder what everyone else thinks this?