I agree with Igo on this one. Back in the day Defenses were beefed up to stop teams running on them. So Offenses got quicker and threw on them. Now, most Ds are built to stop the pass. All lean and quick, with no meat on the bones. Now is the perfect time to unleash a beastly O-line and pound those smaller Ds. Force them into making adjustments to stop our running attack. Once that happens, the passing game could take off.
With our WRs, if we force teams to respect the run, only good things can happen. Tire the D out, force them to adjust, and we can be effective without having to be unconventional. Shula ball can work with what we do against Ds that are not geared to stop it.
I concur wholeheartedly that he has his work cut out for him. Best case-he takes over at DE, and never looks back. Worse case-winds up at the bottom of the depth chart, and is never heard from again.
Best case. Rivera would love this. Not only does it settle his line, it gives him all year to play with Ealy. First, the ONLY thing Rivera loves more than having his LB corp. settled, is having his D-line settled. It allows him to set his practice up the way he wants it, not the way he has to. You only have so many reps to go around. It helps when you are filling out the practice schedule, to know who your starters are. The more important benefit of having that starting line set? Getting your rotations set. In both game, and practice settings.
Ealy can wind up being our 6th man this year. Star needs to come out, put Ealy in and see how it works. KK? CJ? Any time you need a blow, Ealy is our man. Sorry. See where he seems to excel, or where he struggles. Use this year to evaluate the heck outta him. There are some tough decisions acomin'. Knowing what you can expect out of Ealy can make at least one of them easier.
Technically, we go with 4 dedicated 3rd down guys. The Panthers call it their "Nascar" Package, cuz everybody rushes 100 mph.
Not sure we are going to get a superstar out of our group. Ealy may come closes, if he can put it all together. And of course there is Big Frank. The Panther DE enigma. The Panthers would love for one of these guys to step up and take that last spot on the Front 4. Which would allow them to better set up their rotation. Setting up a solid rotation is much preferable to the "D-Line by Committee" of last year.
Now, come on folks. We all know folks out there know all about us. They just want to see us put it all together. No more up, then down then look good turns into WTF football, win one year, lose the next. In other words, "The Lions Syndrome."
Win the Division-Playoff team schedule the next year-don't make the playoffs. The next year-get non-Playoff team schedule, make the Play Offs. And the cycle continues.
We may have had a...hic-up along the way, but we are BTB NFCS Champ. Let's just keep winning and leave all that other shhhtuff for folks without a Play Off team to figure out.
I don't know if I would necessarily say overrated, but you got to admit, the kid has garnered his fair share of interest recently. With good reason I would think. If he could somehow win the LE job, man, that would help our D immensely Not to mention his opportunity for him to earn himself, a good sized raise.
Let's see, what would disappoint me about the upcoming season. Cam taking a step back. Stewy only playing a dozen games would be disappointing.But the one thing that would disappoint me? Only playing 12 games. Now that would disappoint.
IMO, the Panthers have turned the corner where is comes to smart "Football IQ type" players. If you are wearing a Panther uniform, I pretty much know I can trust you to know the game. Plenty of guys that are versatile. Plenty of depth to go around. If I didn't know better I'd say we have the makings of a pretty good team here boys.
Culture. That one word resonates through us all. Gman don' gon' changed ours all up and such. People around the Football World see what's going on down here. Who knew there were benefits to being fiscally responsible. That using FA cleverly, and drafting well were cornerstones to building a successful franchise. Gman don' messed up. He let the genie out of the bottle. If we can continue to ascend. We can be a model to follow. Who'd a thunk that.