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  • Interests 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. top dawg added a post in a topic Despite recent trade, Panthers still in need of receiver help   

    I absolutely get what you are sayng about Rivera. One thino to keep in mind though is that he had a young team last year at key positions who were not ready to consistently contribute until later in the season.  Some of it was due to injury,  and some of it was due to lack of experience or being ready on each player's part. Both he and Dave Gettleman mentioned as much immediately after the season. I don't think this can be overstated. 
    Rivera can only work with what Rivera gives him,  and if that is an abnormally high percentage of inexperienced rookies or vets that are better suited in back-up roles,  then the whole process of getting them "ready" may take longer than we'd like. 
    Moreover, there is an argument that the whole culture of the organization is slow to make changes or adjustments in a timely manner from Jerry Richardson,  to Gettleman, to Rivera and Mike Shula right on down.  Perhaps it's just a matter of perception. The truth probably lies somewhere between reality and perception. As such,  I can't give Rivera all the blame for the state of the wide receiving corps. Some of it is above his pay grade. But,  he does get the lion's share of the blame for his coaching decisions while in practice, and basically all of it on the sidelines. 
    People are so quick to say that preseason is about evaluation. The games are central to this process in my mind.  And you can't just keep giving some opportunity after opportunity when things are going south to the detriment of others during such an important part of the evaluation. You have to think outside of the box sometimes. On the sidelines is where this is arguably most important. 
    Overall I like the direction of the team, but all parties involved are going to have to resolve this problem of lack of depth at the wide receiver position with more than a few dollars and lip service. 
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  2. top dawg added a post in a topic Starters at WR not set in stone yet per Reed   

    I don't know whether to call it ironic,  surreal,  poetic justice or what,  but I guess "sad" is as fitting a word as any. 
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  3. top dawg added a post in a topic Starters at WR not set in stone yet per Reed   

    BTW,  The word "maybe" does actually mean something.  
    Maybe it was Rivera's idea for those who actually care at this point.  I don't.  
    I just want the best people in the best spots,  so a competition to the end is fitting in light of what has transpired. 
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  4. top dawg added a post in a topic Starters at WR not set in stone yet per Reed   

    That's all fine and good and one way to handle it,  but it doesn't necessarily speak to honest competition.  Brown stunk up the joint and probably cost others an opportunity to get some playing time in to show what they can do. At the end of the day, he is playing Thursday, as well he should be. He still has something to prove, the same as the others vying for a roster spot. 
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  5. top dawg added a post in a topic Starters at WR not set in stone yet per Reed   

    You're right.  Some of y'all ain't that bright.  Not trying to be mean. 
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  6. top dawg added a post in a topic Starters at WR not set in stone yet per Reed   

    After seeing Rivera's apparent unwillingness to get someone else in the game last Friday and sit Brown down,  he gets no benefit of the doubt from me.  And I have been one of his staunchest supporters. 
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  7. top dawg added a post in a topic Starters at WR not set in stone yet per Reed   

    I doubt Ginn plays. He is the best thing going right now. Plus,  he's had a great month. 
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  8. top dawg added a topic in Carolina Panthers   

    Starters at WR not set in stone yet per Reed
    At this point,  I don't know whether Ron Rivera is blowing smoke, or being real,  but Yahoo Sports (per Steve Reed of the Associated Press) is reporting that our wide receiving corps is still "in flux", so much so that even Corey Brown is playing.
    "Normally Rivera rests his starters for the final preseason game, but said Brown and a few others will play Thursday night at Pittsburgh because they have something to prove with roster cuts coming."
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/panthers-wide-receiver-position-remains-state-flux-193221189--nfl.html
    Perhaps the coach-speak has finally been put on hold with all the dropped passes against the Pats and Monday's practice. Maybe Gettleman has FINALLY lit a fire up under Rivera's tail and brought back some common sense to the situation.  I hope so anyway.  "Competition" is not supposed to be a rhetorical phrase. 
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  9. top dawg added a post in a topic How Many Gettleman Trades Have Worked Out?   

    Perhaps we can pick up a conditional by dealing Trusnik, Glanton or Klein.
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  10. top dawg added a post in a topic Seahawks Fan Reactions to Norwood...   

    If Gettleman traded for him, then I gotta believe that he has something that we need.
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  11. top dawg added a post in a topic Tommy makes an excellent point re: Norwood   

    Mr. Clutch has reliable, sticky fingers if you listen to scouting reports.
    Like I alluded to in the other thread, his scouting report says that he is a smart player that gives his QB help when plays break down. I have never seen this mentioned in a scouting report. He sounds a lot like Baldwin and Kearse to be honest.  Maybe that was a repetitve thing in Seattle, but it should be a good thing for us.
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  12. top dawg added a post in a topic Is Norwood the 6th WR or will he replace Bersin/Boykin?   

    Sure, but is it Boykin's or Bersin's roster spot...?    ***coy smile and a raising of the eyebrows three times in quick succession***
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  13. top dawg added a post in a topic Looks like Panthers have signed WR Kevin Norwood   

    Meh. I know what I have seen the last two championships. And it's smart receivers who get open and consistently give their QB help when plays break down.  
    Kind of like Norwood's scouting report...
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  14. top dawg added a post in a topic Is Norwood the 6th WR or will he replace Bersin/Boykin?   

    I haven't a clue.  If he does take one of their spots, I assume that he sees something he really likes because all of them are really possession type of receivers. On paper they all seem to be the same receiver.
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  15. top dawg added a post in a topic Looks like Panthers have signed WR Kevin Norwood   

    Oh, they just won a championship, and probably should have won another one. That tells me all that I need to know. Contrary to a simplistic narrative, they just make plays when the game is on the line. The Seahawks are not a one or two man show. No NFL team that hopes to compete for championships really can be. 
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