InterestsI 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.
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The response was specifically for TheRed. But, since you mentioned it, I have never been a proponent of trading first round picks at all, much less 3 for Torrey Smith. I would rather draft my own high round receivers and develop them. Moreover, I am a proponent of trying to get proven vets in free agency, or, at the very least, receivers with some upside depending upon budget. Generally, I love getting a deal. As for upgrading the receiving corps, I have probably been the most vocal for the longest amount of time. We're talking probably somewhere around nine years. But, even if not, I have been extremely vocal about it so everyone on this site that has been paying the least bit of attention knows where I stand. I have been smack dab in the middle of the front lines, so much so that tiger7_88 called me a "WR extremist" (http://www.carolinahuddle.com/boards/topic/117327-rosenthal-in-reality-the-panthers-have-a-roster-full-of-no-4-receivers/?do=findComment&comment=3441768). Now I am not saying this as a matter of pride, I am just saying it because it is what it is. There are others who have been hardcore of late like Proudiddy, Ace Boogie, and CRA, but I am driving the train. That's just how I have rolled after seeing our offense sputter like a one-winged bird trying to take flight for so many years because of a lack of legit weapons at WR. It has really been handicapped on a consistent basis since Moose left for Chicago the first time. We had a small break when he returned, but Delhomme fuged that run up against the Cards. After that, we returned right back to wide receiver wilderness. But, again, you took the words kind of out of context because I was volleying poo back to Red.
Dave is spot on. Oher has been a revelation, and Cam continues to improve. I am a little less hawkish on Ealy's supposed improvement (he basically won his job by default), but Ealy did show notable progress towards the end of last season. Other than maybe a smash-mouth run game that has appeared to be more "mouth" than "smash", the receiving corps is our weakest link. Perhaps Funchess and Norwood will make us serviceable.
Matters of perspective are like looking at a diamond while changing angles in the sunlight. Sometimes you have to keep an open mind about which angle provides the best view...or at least realize that your view is not the only view, and not the only one that has a good angle behind it.
Arguing about whether or not any team in the NFL would be hurting if they lost both their top two receivers is really immaterial. The whole purpose of acquiring depth is to provide insurance in case something unforeseen happens. Regardless if you value upside or not, upside is a major part of the equation of depth. if you can't understand that, then I don't know what else to tell you.
Don't you dare suggest any more names in this thread, people will shoot them down because they don't believe that they have any value and are a bunch of scrubs. Lord knows that it is just impossible and illogical that they would be a better fit for the Panthers and possibly---if not likely---upgrade our group.
That receiving corps is no where near as "shitty" as our 2014 corps. It has waaaaaaay mor upside. No one is saying there are a "ton" of teams that are stacked, just several of them (some being real competitors) that would at least be able to have a semblance of a passing game based on their upside alone. After KB and Funchess, there is no real upside. Some analysts even believe our WR is suspect even with a healthy Funchess. Why argue against upgrading a "shitty" corps? I will never know. Edit: let me put it this way, better to be in that number of teams, however big it is, than not.
Well, I can agree to disagree about the rule, but just not your reasoning. Your rationale supports the rule change as opposed to arguing against it. If you don't like the rule because you believe it leads to more ties (exactly one per year on average out of all the games), then that's all you had to say.
The game cannot end on a field goal, unless the opposing team fails to move the ball and at least get a field goal. If they can't then they really don't deserve to win, because the opposing team just did what they couldn't...plus the rule only applies to the first possession.