A few thoughts after landing from Dallas:
-- First off, I kept thinking back to my high school English class, when Mrs. Garrison made us read Coleridge, something that barely made a dent in my 17-year-old head.
It finally came back to me last night, as I was wandering around Cowboys Stadium.
"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan, a stately pleasure-dome decree."
The place is massive. Every bell and whistle imaginable. Dancing girls on platforms, the biggest TV screen in the world. It's either everything that's right with America, or everything that's wrong. Maybe both, and all at the same time.
Jerry Jones wanted a spectacle, and boy, he got one.
-- The Panthers have a lot of problems, but I keep coming back to the lack of production by DE Julius Peppers. He's simply not a factor.
I asked him what the Cowboys did to keep him in check. His answer: "Nothing special."
-- You realized how much the Panthers missed a few particular guys.
Without Chris Harris, we have clearly learned that Charles Godfrey doesn't need to be calling the signals, and he doesn't need to be in the box.
Without Na'il Diggs, you realize that the simple act of tackling people is very underrated.
Without Brad Hoover, you learn that no matter how young, strong and fast Tony Fiammetta is, he's years away from being trusted. If he played half a dozen snaps i the second half, I didn't see them.
You know who else the Panthers miss? Muhsin Muhammad. Back when he could get open, he was all the complement they needed to Steve Smith.
-- Are we really having the "give the backup a chance" conversation again?
Playing Matt Moore or A.J. Feeley now makes no more sense than playing Chris Weinke did in 2006.
Jake Delhomme's a marked man in the public eye, but the good news is there are people who understand he's the best quarterback on the roster.
Go back and look at the throws Delhomme made last night. Imagine if every pass didn't have to be dropped-in-a-basket perfect to be completed.
Having another target might help.
-- Sixteen rush attempts. Six in the second half.
That's a problem.
What the Panthers need more than anything is a good 40-carry game, regardless the yardage.
That's their personality, and they stray from it far too often.