John Kasay will be kicking for New Orleans:The best Carolina Panther ever has gone to work for the Saints

Posted by Andy Durham on August 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm under Professional | 12 Comments to Read

Working for the Saints? What are you talking about Willis? This guy is a Saint……And he is the best-ever Carolina Panther player…..Not just their best-ever kicker, since he is the only one that they have ever had, but their best-ever player…..

Yes, better than Steve Smith, better than Kevin Greene, better than Muhsin Muhammad, better than Ricky Proehl, better than Brad Hoover, better than DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart, better than Jake Delhomme……

John Kasay is the best-ever Carolina Panther and he didn’t come with strings attached…..You never knew when Steve Smith was going to go off….He still might go off at any time….He could run routes and catch passes with the best in the NFL, but he might put one of his teammates in the hospital on the opening day of practice/training camp, if he decides he wants to hit his Panther teammate/teammates up side the head, when they are going one-on-one with pass defense, or when they are walking off the field at the end of a drill…..You didn’t want to turn your back on Mr. Smith…….

But in retrospect, look at this……Nobody can come close to what John Kasay has done and he did it with respect and dignity, and you don’t see that much, any more, in professional sports….Kasay treated his opponents and teammates alike, with respect and John Kasay was the mold for what you would want your team leader to be……He led by example and if you followed his example, you were headed into the right direction…..

Kasay the kicker is gone from the Carolina Panthers, but for a team that was at one time well-known for their exploits with characters such as Rae Caruth and Fred Lane, it is nice to see a man with character, a man/football player in John Kasay, come through the Carolinas and we were fortunate to have him come our way and to play for the Carolina Panthers…Thank-you John Kasay for the time you spent helping this team and for the time you spent helping to build character, within this franchise………

CLICK HERE to read about John Kasay to the New Orleans Saints…..


  • Just sayin said,

    If Kasay didn’t kick the ball out of bounds in the Super Bowl the game would’ve went to OT and the Panthers more than likely would’ve beat the Pats. If you remember Carolina won something like 5 games that season in OT. Instead we gave the ball to Brady on the 40 yard line…..He completed a few passes and the rest is history!

  • Andy said,

    I blame that on the other John, John Fox……He wasn’t the kicker, but he wasn’t a very good coach either….I think the best coach the Panthers ever had was the first guy they had, Dom Capers…..

    I still think Kasay is the best-ever player and the coaches have all been like coordinators and not head coaches….Capers was a defensive man, George Seifert was the worst coach the Panthers had and he was an offensive man and not a head coach, Fox was a defensive man and now Rivera is a defensive man and possibly not head coaching material……Bill Cowher could have led this team…….He sure did a good job in Pittsburgh…..

  • Just sayin said,

    Come on Andy……Capers better than Fox?……People can say what they want about Fox but he did take this team to 2 Championship games and a Super Bowl. Also it’s not like this is High School Football. Its the NFL and you’re telling me a professional kicker can’t put the ball down field on a kick off. He Choked simple as that…..Can’t blame the coach for everything!

  • Andy said,

    Capers built the foundation of this team and I will admit, Fox was good for awhile and after a while, it became, “it is what it is”……Kasay had a bad kick on that day and many Panther fans still hold that against him, but we need to hear from others, this is a good arguement and I like it, who is the best-ever Carolina Panthers player and who has been their best coach…..Who is that guy that is with Jacksonville, Jack Del Rio???? I thought he would have made a good head coach for the Panthers, he is another defensive minded coach…..He used to be the Panthers assistant and I believe he was in charge of the Panthers defense at one time before heading to Jacksonville to run that team…..

    Best-ever Panthers player?
    Best-ever Panthers coach?

    Steve Smith over John Kasay, don’t go there…….Please don’t go there, but if you must, back it up for me………

  • Gfan said,

    Julius Peppers…baaahhaaaaaaahaaaaaa

    He probably belongs in the most overpaid for what he couldn’t deliver. Another that belongs in that category is Kerry Collins…what a loser. Remember the day he told the coach that he just couldn’t play anymore.

    Andy I like your pick of Kasay but you know Louisianna Jake Delhomme was a force when he was in his prime. I think you have to pick a team leader and Kasay and Jake were always cool characters in crunch time.

    I think Fox was the best coach. I think he just became a little too comfortable in his position which can happen with about any leader. That’s why term limits are a good thing.

  • Andy said,

    Julius Peppers is a good arguement, but again, the question is how much return did the Panthers get back on their investment in Peppers….He was one whale of an athlete and I remember seeing him play runningback for Southern Nash versus Northeast Guilford in the NCHSAA football playoffs a few years back and he probably could have made a living in the NBA if he wanted to……Quite a specimen, Julius Peppers, the frame and his athleticism are still a measuring stick for many young high school athletes today…..

    I spoke to Howard Coble a few years back, say 15-20 years ago, and our Congressman said he was against/opposed to Term Limits….Agriculture Secretary Jim Graham made turned Term Limitations into a Lifetime Contract……

  • Just sayin said,

    Best Players
    Offense
    QB-Jake Delhomme, Collins
    FB-Hoover
    HB-Williams, Stephen Davis, Foster
    WR’s-Smith, Muhammad
    TE-Walls
    C-Jeff Mitchell

    Defense
    DE-Peppers,Rucker
    DT-Jenkins, Buckner
    LB’s-Morgan, Sam Mills, Kevin Greene
    SS-Mike Minter

    K-Kasay (still sucks he kicked the ball out of bounds in the SB)

  • HS Football said,

    Panthers Head Coach records

    Capers 95-98
    Wins—-31
    Lost—–32
    Playoffs–1-1
    Winning % .470

    Seifert 99-01
    Wins—-16
    Lost—–32
    Playoffs 0-0
    Winning % .333

    Fox 02-10
    Wins—–78
    Lost—–74
    Playoffs 5-3
    Super Bowl app—1
    Winning % .513

  • Andy said,

    Love to see those old names like Sam Mills popping up on here….Have to respect that man through and through….Also like the return of Stephen Davis and Wesley Walls…..Walls was one heck of a tight end and his son turned out to be a very good high school linebacker…..Minter’s son is a DI runningback prospect now playing HS ball out in Nebraska….

    Very good record for Capers considering he was the one who had to construct or build the team from scratch, if you will…….Capers only one game under .500, maybe the Washington Redskins should sign him to a retainer……Didn’t Capers design the Super Bowl winning defense with Clay Matthews’ son(Clay Matthews III) and company that they used to win last year’s title?????

    Good solid discussion…..What about this year? Do you see (6-10), (5-11), (4-12) or worse? Or do you all see this team over-achieving with new QB Cam Newton??? (8-8)? Will Newton start game one and will he still be under center or under the gun in Game 16?

  • Panthers Fan said,

    I’m thinking the Panthers might surprise a few teams this year……I don’t know if they’re ready to contend for the Lombardi trophy just yet but I could see them giving teams like Atlanta, Tampa, and New Orleans fits……Cam will start on day 1

    Panthers Record 8-8

  • Larry said,

    Brad Hoover was the BEST Carolina Panther. He was over at High Point Central and they ran him away and he went to Ledford and played for the Panthers there at Ledford and later played for the Panthers in Charlotte. Fox is the best coach. He got them to the Super Bowl with a win at Green Bay and that is NOT easy in January. This year Panthers will go 7-9.

  • Marshall Brown said,

    My vote is a two way tie between Kasay and Hoooooover. Interesting how when Hoover left suddenly Lightning and Thunder were more like those snap and pop things you throw on the ground. As far as best coach I think all of them sucked! Fox is an alright coach i guess, and a very fine man from what I hear, but he has got to be the most gut-less, unimaginative playcaller I’ve ever seen! I dread him being coach in Denver and can only pray someone else is calling the plays…