I'm excited to see what happens when teams can't just double team one WR this year. Its exciting since for the first time in over a decade we MAY (I stress may since Funchess is still an unknown) have a legit NFL WR Corps
I think you should go back an re-read it then. They basically said worst case scenario we're a sub 500 team. Then predicted us to go 7-9 which in their own words would be the worst case scenario. So basically they said yeah all this good stuff could happen and they could be like 11-5 or 12-4 and make it to the NFC Championship game or even the Super Bowl OR all this bad stuff could happen and they could be Sub 500. But ALL this bad stuff has to happen not one or two of these things but ALL of these things have to happen for them to be sub 500. fug it let's just assume ALL the bad stuff will happen because... why not... 7-9
Because of how they worded their worst case scenario "A sub 500 season is possible" it seems they chose to go Worst Case Scenario for us.... Were they only able to choose one or the other? Oh man I'll be glad when the season gets here so we can shut people up.
And that view is wrong. The Panthers did as much for Steve Smith as Steve Smith did for the Panthers. They made a decision and it was a decision based Solely on Steve Smith and his actions. At the end of the day cutting Smith made the Panthers better (I don't think Benjamin had as good a season last year if Smith was on the team) and put the leadership into the hands of the man who the team wanted to be the leader moving forward (wasn't going to happen with Smith still here) But it also worked out for Steve who admitted he busted his ass to get in the best shape his been in in years.... "to show them". He played well and was on a team that made it to the divisional round of the playoffs. No I don't feel bad for Smith (there's a reason we never developed a #2 under him and it wasn't all USC curse or Hurney's piss poor drafting) and I think as a fan I can be more grey when it comes to Steve. Its not black and white. I DON'T have to love him just because he gave us X-clown and played here (he got paid well to play here) but I don't hate him either. I just don't care if he retires here or not because of the way he handled things... which ironically gave me all the proof I needed to justify cutting him and moving on.
I'm not talking about trash talk. Go back and look up the things he did last year. The subtle jabs at the Panthers when they were not the topic to that crap about Cam struggling in the red zone. We all knew he would trash talk and that didn't bother me he took it to another level. The problem is he isn't the first or last person to be cut from a team and sooooo many more people showed more class. It is what it is. I still love Beason of course he didn't show his ass though.
I'm one of those bridges. Before he left I knew he would come back and retire a Panther and that made me feel good. Then after all the crap he pulled and said I now just don't care either way.... and that's sad.
One of the main reasons for this was the film's budget was only $130 Million vs $200 for GotG. And I agree with you. Yes it had the second worst opening day weekend for a MCU movie (Hulk was slightly worse) BUT it was only right behind The first Avenger and well you have to look no further than Winter Soldier to see how much a sequel can jump up in revenue. I think the reason Ant-Man "struggled" (which how high are we setting this bar here?) is because well unless you're a comic book fan you ask yourself "Who the hell is Ant-Man?" If you're a comic book fan this doesn't matter but the masses don't know. So you're selling a film about a guy who can shrink to the size of an ant and well talk/control ants.... That's his super power. That's a hard thing to sell and yet somehow Marvel pulled it off. For the comic book fan it was great seeing Hank finally. I mean you have the Avengers you have to have Hank Pym. The problem is how do you introduce Ant-Man so far after the Avengers were put together in the MCU (Even after Ultron...) well you acknowledge the Hank Pym Ant-Man existed but make me a covert spy and move on to Lang. It was perfect to me at least. As far as the knocks go meh its a comic book movie about a guy who can shrink and talk to Ants. A lot of what Hank brought to the team has already been done basically by Stark so you know some flaws can be forgiven. I'm really excited for Wasp (Cause I mean Wasp is better than Ant-man and it allows them to keep that power while Rudd moves on to being Giant-Man) And overall I really enjoyed the movie.
To be honest though this thread should be renamed "The Problem with Marvel is they keep making Enjoyable movie after Enjoyable movie and I'm scared DC is going to poo the bed."
Ginn was successful in SF.... when? Certainly not his last year there. LaFell did look pretty good last year. Smith came out and said he busted his butt to get into the best shape of the last 5 years just to prove the Panthers wrong (which is ironic since he was cut not for his play) You are arguing things in a vacuum and things don't happen in a vacuum.