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    I certainly bleed my Panther blue, and have followed the team so long, that I'm beginning to feel like history as opposed to remembering history. That being said, I follow the Panthers very closely and am truly a Panthers fanatic in the best sense of the word.

    In addition to following the Panthers and the NFL, I also write poems and essays regarding different aspects of race relations in America, and sometimes the world. You can see some of my poetry at blackpoems.net, and perhaps more importantly read my essays on race at racerelations.net. Yes, I know that dealing with racial issues can seem somewhat taboo at times, but my goal is to provide forums where people can at least open up a dialogue and discuss racial issues forthrightly, but respectfully. It is my dream that people will get to a point where, like Dr. martin Luther King expressed, people will be judged by their character and not skin color. Moreover, I have been known to write reviews and opinions on different aspects of the wireless industry, and other issues that affect consumers.

    Lastly, I am a family man who works a penny ante job, enjoys sports and very few TV shows, and plays video games. I am in some ways the quintessential "starving artist", who somewhat revels in being a rebel and covets a Bohemian lifestyle.


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  1. You say that as though our division foes were resting on their laurels. They got better too. When Hurney took this team over, it had some potentially serious shortcomings, and I don't necessarily believe that it could have all been fixed with one offseason and one draft. Moreover, we have a new OC and DC. And, yes, I understand that the systems are similar, but there will be a transition with growing pains nonetheless. In my opinion, it would be absolutely foolhardy to clean house based upon the circumstances. Now mind you, I didn't say that it would have been crazy for Tepper to just come in and clean the slate---that would have been fully understandable, if not acceptable---but what I am saying is that if you listen to what Tepper has said about the football side of things, in my opinion there is no way to reconcile or justify cleaning house from this point unless we are just abysmal this season. Tepper seems like a patient and sober-minded guy. Plus, he is not some Joe Blow that doesn't know the game. He isn't looking at the team or the league through one end of a tunnel, he is getting the bigger picture, and upon that is what I believe he will base his decisions.
  2. Honestly, I thought Kerley should have been looked at in the spring (last year), and I said as much (along with Juzczyk), so I wonder what that means... I'm not going to play the second-guessing game over Kerley though. I will say that this is the best I've felt about the team going into camp in a long time.
  3. Doesn't appear to be a professional camera...
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    Sugar coating RBs, CJ lead back

    I mean, I remember Anderson accruing tough yards against our talented defense in Super Bowl 50. It was really him that put the nail in the coffin I guess that's what JAGs do... No harm in playing behind Anderson, not that it really matters. C-Mac is going to eat, and everyone knows it.
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    Sugar coating RBs, CJ lead back

    Perhaps, but CJ was still probably the lone bright spot in their abysmal offense last year. He has had some injury concerns in the past which has affected his bottom line so to speak, but calling him a JAG just doesn't cut the mustard. He's been a good back. By the way, teams let good backs get away. Indeed they let good football players get away due to many reasons, especially fit and economics all the time.
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    Sugar coating RBs, CJ lead back

    I've read my three free articles this month. With so many free news sources, but the Charlotte Disturber still thinks they're the only game in town. EnTeeway... I always believed that Anderson will be the workhorse back. I'm not sold, and I don't think that the OC or HC is sold, that C-Mac is a legit power back. That being said, I think that he can do it in spurts. Turner wants to rightly get C-Mac into space and let him do his shake-n-bake thing and carve up the opposition. Smoke routs and wheel routes, screens and draw plays should be fun to watch. C-Mac is a legitimate offensive weapon that I'm pretty sure will be used to acquire the most all-purpose yards on the team. Between him in space and on the outside, and Anderson running o the inside and catching underneath, I really don't see how we'll be stopped with Olsen and the playmaking receivers. Provided Cam consistently goes through his progressions (and has time to), there should always be someone open when we're not running through the opposition. And, even if they possibly happen to cover Cam's plethora of weapons, Cam won't be. Our offense should be pick-your-poison on steroids. They damned sure don't want to leave C-Mac open, but you know that he's going to get open. He did last season, and that's without all the legitimate weapons.
  7. Well, it's not like there's much to talk about, but this story will make me smile all the more when we bring a can of whoop-ass to the 'boys in the opener. https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2018/7/16/17575016/the-people-betting-on-the-cowboys-to-beat-the-panthers-in-week-1-are-doing-so-confidently "This means that 59% of the bets placed have been on the Panthers to cover; however, 52% of the money has been placed on the Cowboys." Let the money roll before we make heads roll! Are we seriously headed towards being de facto 'dogs? It's a big game. Outside of a victory against a division foe--there is no more satisfying win than sticking it to the entitled fans of the so-called America's Team. The game may have huge conference ramifications for teams coming out of (arguably) the toughest divisions in football. Team seeding and perhaps even a postseason appearance may literally ride on this game. I'm not saying we have to win it, but losing it would not be a good look. Honestly, I think that our D-line will limit Zeke to under 100 yards rushing, and I believe our unheralded secondary will stop Dak and company through the air. The Cowboys will be offensively challenged against better defenses and we are in that number. Our offense will roll. Every player and coach will be motivated to put on a winning performance for new owner David Tepper. They're not going to beat us.
  8. Well, maybe if Rob had prettier legs...
  9. Mercedes Cringe stadium is the epitome of getting too cute for your own good.
  10. When I was going through the pics, I thought that the Holiday Inn in downtown Raleigh was a good bet for NC, but I didn't know they had transported the hotel to Charleston. Damned twins!
  11. First off: Why is this question directed toward so called "Hurney defenders?" I don't think that it's a matter of defending Hurney as much as it is judging his work since his return. I think that what has been said about 2.0 (if you will) has been fair. Furthmore, it's more about a wait and see attitude and what's been done on paper. Secondly, these questions are going to have to be answered by everyone (who cares). The coming exodus is not really a Hurney thing. It's somewhat about Gettleman, but even more about the natural cycle of attrition that is part of the dynamics of an NFL team. The draft is obviously an important part of the answer. Being able to identify values in free agency that fit what you're trying to accomplish (like signing a C.J. Anderson or Torrey Smith). And, of course, player development and bringing the next man up will be important as well. I always suspected that Mario Addison and Horton (to a lesser extent) were better than advertised, but just like they took time to come into their own (so to speak), the cupboard isn't exactly bare with Hall, Cox and maybe even Obada. Sure they're largely unknowns, but there is some level of talent there. Moreover, we also have RBs currently on the roster that may surprise as well (in Artis-Payne, Hood and even Bonnafon ). As for Love, he is a nice rotational piece, but let's not act like he isn't replaceable. Butler really needs to be given the opportunity to step it up being that he cost a lot of draft capital, but there is always some veteran value (much like he was) seemingly every year (and the same goes for all the positions). Basically, we are just gonna have to look at all the avenues and make some decisions, but it will get done. Sometimes you have to take one step back to move a few steps forward. As long as you keep your eye on the pulse of what's going on, and align your expectations within reality, I don't see it as a huge deal (or at least nothing out of the ordinary). edit: I seemed to have overlooked LB, but that should pretty much speak for itself. Thompson is the presumed heir apparent to TD, and the rookies we have this year don't appear to be dog meat. Smith may be a serious draft day steal. Moreover, I know that some want to sleep on Jared Norris, but the kid was notably good in college. He's had a couple of years to learn how to be a pro (behind the best LB in football).
  12. Well I think that there was way too much bleeding in the defensive backfield to ignore it. We just had to address it (which is a shame considering all the draft capital put into it the previous draft). I also think that we needed to address receiver, regardless of whether Benjamin was here or not. And, on that note, we rightly kept the younger and more dynamic of the twin towers. But back on point, between the versatile Moton, Sirles, and Williams (and Turner), OG should be fine. I can see where Hurney was going with that when he "skipped" OG in the draft in favor of other positions. Indeed, if we get a decent or better DB out of this draft, I don't think anyone is going to miss missing out on a high quality OG which is arguably much easier to find in the draft and free agency (and probably from among the ranks of UDFAs as well).
  13. The biggest problems from last season were addressed, and you can't totally fix everything in one offseason. Arguably, the biggest problem with the O-line, and perhaps the entire team, was and is the LT position and the absolutely horrendous contract---both financially and structurally---given to Matt Kalil. That money could have been used a whole helluva lot more efficiently not only in terms of the O-line, but perhaps other positions. Moreover, Gettleman had several years to address the position adequately. If He and the coaches thought Moton was up to the task, then Kalil probably wouldn't have been signed. As for Norwell, there was nothing really to do accept try and find an adequate replacement because Hurney rightly let him go, as he played himself out of our budget. Guard is a lot easier to replace because it's really not as critical as the tackle or center positions. Like it or not, Hurney had to pick and choose, so he chose to upgrade our receiver and corner positions, and acquired Sirles as a possible replacement or insurance for Norwell. And, honestly, I might rather have an OK vet out there than to bet on a rookie. I understand that people make this-or-that proclamations about draft classes, but it really is more hyperbole than reality, because the reality is that these guys haven't played the first down in the NFL. That being said, it's ultimately all guesswork, but still you come up with a way to field the best team possible considering the circumstances, and it appears like Hurney has at least done that on paper this offseason.
  14. If we aren't successful this season, I give Hurney about a 40-60 chance of being around this time next year. Sure, we play in probably the toughest division in football, and there logically is a transition period that may make things a bit more complex, but this isn't Hurney's, Rivera's, or Norv's first time around the block. They are seasoned professionals, and we won 11 games last year. You have to hold serve and compete! I'll give you the opportunity to make your case for failure, and you might be able to talk me into another year, but I must see progress and improvement relatively early into my tenure as owner.