|To say Kyle Allen 'was overwhelmed' is an understatement|
|Panthers have no choice but live in moment|
|Published Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:15 pm|
|Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen tossed four interceptions in Sunday's 26-3 loss against Atlanta, his most as a professional.|
The Panthers are going to learn the hard way whether Kyle Allen is actually a capable NFL starting quarterback.
The trend is certainly heading in the wrong direction after a mistake-prone afternoon against Atlanta where Allen tossed a career-worst four interceptions in a 26-3 loss at Bank of America Stadium. The plays that mesmerized the club and fan base during a 4-0 run to open the Allen Era have given way to mistakes and a 1-3 skid that’s opened fresh debate about next year’s priorities behind center. Cam Newton’s looking pretty good right now, even with a hobbled dog he can barely walk on, but he’s on injured reserve.
Why not give the backup’s backup, Will Grier, a try? Shoot, trot Jake Delhomme out of the old legends house for a few snaps.
It can’t get any worse, right?
Actually, it could.
“He is a young quarterback who’s going to make mistakes, but that's why you put him out there because, again, it’s a learning curve,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said, trying to sound as magnanimous as anyone can be rightfully asked given what he witnessed. “I’m not worried about it. He threw the ball in the directions he needed to, he just didn’t do the things he was supposed to do.”
Yes, that’s the thing. Secure the ball. Get ball into your receivers’ hands, especially when throwing into the end zone. Score points. Win game. Simple.
“The accuracy, the decision making, it’s just got to be better for me over the last four games,” said Allen, who completed 31-of-50 passes for 325 yards but earns points for not making reporters wait for the postgame lowdown. “I can look at the film and understand what happened exactly and try not to repeat the mistakes. I think that’s the main thing. We’re not winning these games because the turnover differential is not in our favor the last four games or so.”
Rivera’s message to his team was simple, too: Start over.
“After you answer the questions about today,” he said, “tomorrow when you come back, start asking questions about next week.”
But the questions will be there for his quarterback of right now. NFL really is the acronym for Not For Long, and it didn’t take much time to figure Allen out. Give him time and jump on his eagerness to make a play. The Falcons, who beat New Orleans last week, were up to the task.
“They're all tough,” Allen said. “No interception is good, especially in the red zone.”
“It just got overwhelming for him,” Rivera admitted.
Allen, for his part, isn’t buying the narrative of a young quarterback still learning the league. There’s a difference between inheriting and earning a job, so the excuses are ringing lame right now.
“It doesn’t matter how old I am or how many starts I have, this is a really good football team,” he said. “If I keep turning the ball over, it’s not putting us in a position to win so I’ve got to learn those things in the film room, on the practice field so that it doesn’t happen in the game and I just need to play better.”
Or ol' Jake might get an emergency call in the broadcast booth.
|Everyone talked about how good Kyle was during his first 4 games and he believed it. Then he got the starting job for the rest of the year. His lifelong dream was coming true. So he went out there and tried to be a superstar and make big plays. Now he is waking up from his dream and learning he isn't so good after all.|
|Posted on November 18, 2019|
|I've watched high school teams play better than the Panthers did against the Falcons! I wondered more than a few times who our quarterback was playing for... idk what's happened since he started, fear of eating more grass or being stomped into the ground perhaps??? Whatever it is he needs to get over it and start playing like he did in his first 4 games with the offensive line protecting him better and the defense needs to perk back up|
|Posted on November 18, 2019|
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