I think so too. And when I go to training camp, I'm always amazed at how few game-like repetitions they get to begin with. It seems more like the objective is to send our players around from station to station and just get them hot as crap.
It shouldn't be easier to be a Cowboys fan. The Panthers have had 7 playoff wins and 3 first-round byes. Over that time, the Cowboys have only had 2 playoff wins and 1 first-round bye. That's a lot of heartache.
Thanks for getting these stats together. Those of us who believe Rivera overly favors vets definitely need to consider them, but here are a few reasons why focusing on rookie starts does not cause me to totally change my mind. First,our first round picks have been absolute studs (Cam, Luke, Star, Benjamin), so it's not to Ron's credit that they started every game their rookies years Second, a team that plays a lot of rookies may still have plenty of 2-year and 3-year players not getting enough opportunities to develop. Currently, our best example is Tre Boston who has missed many reps in favor of Roman Harper. Our best example in Ron's tenure was Josh Norman missing out on valuable development in camp, preseason, and games in 2013 (for Drayton Florence and Captain Munerlyn on the outside???) and 2014 (for Antoine Cason???) Third, many of our rookie starts have come in the secondary where it was obvious that the "vets" were under-performing (e.g., Nakamura, Florence, Josh Thomas, Mikell, Godfrey, Cason) some of whom our GM cut mid-season, forcing our coach's hand. Fourth, Rivera often makes comments about the important "leadership" of guys like Cotchery and Harper. I would rather we pay our coaches to coach, let guys like Cam and Luke do the "leading" and then just play the players who have higher ceilings. Fifth, Roman Harper is still our starting safety.
In my opinion, that kind of junk should only last a couple games when the other guys are outmatched. You have to play your potential. By the way, I doubt Norman is a new man. I'd say there's a good chance he could blow a game for us this season. But he's too talented relative to the other options to sit on the bench, and he was all those games he was on the bench.
Unless he uses those pronouncements as some sort of bizarre motivational ploy, we really ought to be concerned about his player evaluations more generally. Armanti is MVP, and Roman Harper deserves to start.
I disagree. Harper looked physically outmatched on the field last year. If he starts, it's because of his "veteran leadership," which I do think Rivera puts too much emphasis on. Many of the rookies getting playing time at the end of the year were in because Rivera was forced to by injuries and bad play. But it took too long in my opinion. Let's not forget, for just one example, how long Josh Norman rode the pine because of his "inexperience." We missed out on pretty much all of his team-friendly rookie contract years in order to watch guys like Cason be "experienced."
I agree with this in part. I don't think Steve's stats would have been much higher with a top tier QB during the Jake years because of how locked in to him Jake was. I do, however, think 89 was one of the only receivers in the game who could have caught a lot of that junk Jake was throwing up. Thus the fact that he put up those numbers with Jake is, I think, a sign of his greatness. Don't get me wrong; I loved watching Jake play. But he was a weird quarterback.
I hate to be that guy, but this seems like a pretty basic thing to be teaching a WR. I'm happy Proehl is here, (because I'm a Panthers fanboy), but this doesn't seem like anything any other NFL WR coach wouldn't be doing.