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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I agree with you to a point, but it's not like the QBs or teams we have faced make up Murderer's Row. Beating The Seahawks in Seattle will validate our undefeated start , give us that true belief that we are for real, and put the league on notice of the same. My bulletin board would read: "Erase all doubt!"
Demaryius Thomas was actually hurt his rookie year. Anyway, our organization is about as conservative as it comes when injecting new talent. The only reason that KB got to play so much last year was because he was needed. Gman dumped 89 due to philosophical and cap reasons, so we were basically in a one-time situation. This year we haven't really needed Funchess nor Norwood thus far due to our level of competition, the ability of Greg Olsen, and the re-revelation of Ted Ginn Jr. I could be wrong, but I suspect to see an uptick in Norwood's and especially Funchess' production as the year progresses. It's way too early to be concerned about either one's production or lack thereof. Allow the nature of the game to take its course.
Who said anything about finding a no.1 receiver? I'm tired of the straw man arguments that are always presented here like clockwork as it pertains to upgrading the team in general mid-season. It's not about finding a no. 1 receiver, it's about finding a receiver who can make more than one catch per game at this point (and, yes, I am being facetious with the one catch, but you get the point).
Having Gettleman who is adept at finding talent, even among undrafted free agents, mitigates the dealing of later round picks. Acceptable deals for vets, even ones in the last year of their deals is not unthinkable nor out of the ordinary. We pretty much must do something (like some of us have been saying for some time) if we want to really go deeper within the post season than last year and maybe even win it all.
Perhaps some of you should take the BYE week and ponder more on how to improve our offense than focusing on being the unabated apologists that is your modus operandi.
Yeah, they went 11-5 with Matt Cassel. Bledsoe was decent, but Brady was the man that carried the Patriots and Belichick to the next level. But just to entertain you, here is an article that makes a case for BB, and TB: http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2014/story/_/page/hotread150128/tom-brady-versus-bill-belichick-deserves-more-credit-new-england-patriots-success One thing is for sure, you can't give all the credit to either man.
I have said it several times: until teams respect our receivers, then this is basically how it's going to be. KB kept teams honest last year. This year we just don't have any one WR that strikes fear in the opposition, now they can stack the box with impunity and cause us to have a very awkward ground game.
You're probably right, simply because the voters are reluctant to think outside of the box. In many ways the MVP thing is a popularity contest (kind of like a football message board), and we all know that Cam isn't going to win any popularity contests for different reasons. But if people were to completely judge his accomplishments (thus far) on a relative basis, like Brandt suggests, then the argument for Cam is most compelling.