Servant of Cthululelei

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  1. Revenge Tour isnt Finished

    If every game is a revenge game, then no game is.  Maybe that's a good thing though.  It seems to me like this team does not struggle with motivation.
  2. LOL @ Friday Morning Coverage

    Come back to reality, buddy.  Franchise means the organization, not specifically this year's team.  And anyone arguing that the Patriots aren't the number 1 franchise in the modern NFL is clueless.  Regardless of whether or not you think they're cheaters, they've had by FAR the most success in the 21st century, and it's been consistent.  Hell, I don't think they've won fewer than 10 games in a single season since 2000. We are the best team in the NFL right this moment, but we've got a ways to go before we can call our franchise as a whole more successful than New England.  I certainly hope this season is a precursor to that kind of run. We definitely have a good young core that could make it happen.  And we'd do it without any cheating, which would make us objectively better.  But we're not there yet.
  3. The lethality of the Panthers

    Yep.  I've seen a handful of posters who claim to be Panthers fans but still haven't bought into this team because of the WR corps.  The WR corps is only a weakness on paper now - not on the field. They haven't dropped a catchable ball in like 3 games, and every guy has made big plays - Ginn, Brown, and Funchess have all made some big downfield catches while Cotchery and Bersin have been clutch as fug on 3rd down.  That 3rd down conversion by Cotchery on our TD drive this game was sick.  Hell, Olsen, despite still being objectively our best offensive weapon, has dropped more balls than the WRs have recently.  The WRs have stepped up their game.  All of them.  
  4. Props to Oher

    I think this is mainly due to the fact that our coaching staff is really good at putting players in a position to succeed.  With these wiley vets, there's TONS of tape on them, and what has made them successful vs. what has not.  When they come here, we want them to do the things they were successful at.  So many teams just pick up players and expect them to excel at whatever system is in place, rather than adjusting their system to fit their player's strengths.  This is something that I feel we've always done under Rivera, but this year in particular we've been astoundingly good at it.
  5. I beg to differ on the tackle breaking.  If you get Cotchery the ball on 3rd down, he GETS to that marker, no matter how many defenders are between he and it. But yeah, we don't have any Julian Edelman, "catch the ball and make defenders look silly" types.  But just like you, I don't think those are necessary.
  6. Last night a good thing for us?

    This is the only thing I believe when it comes to ref "conspiracies".  Pivotal holding and illegal contact penalties come all too often on drives that could put the game away early for one team or the other.  Particularly in marquee matchups, I believe the refs have been encouraged to put a finger on the scale to keep things close.  These are the types of penalties they could call on practically any play, so there's already reasonable subjectivity built-in.  The NFL would be crazy to attempt significant tampering with their product, and they would likely face lots of unwanted lawsuits if any hard evidence was found that indicated intent to influence outcome.  I'm not a lawyer so I don't know if those suits would have any merit, but you better believe they'd come flying in.  On the other hand, it would be real simple and good for the game (in excecutives' eyes) if refs were just aware that they should "do their best to call the game fairly and as the rules are written...but if a few calls help keep a matchup interesting, that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world."  The first part would be their official stance.  The second part is the unwritten knowledge.  Kinda like how people at an office might know that circumventing certain rules that are inconvenient for their company is actually good for their career.  They don't have to be directly told to know they should do it.   Edit for clarity:  I think they other stuff you mentioned still happens, but that's just because reffing is hard, and a lot of them are bad at it to begin with - not because it's encouraged by the NFL.  However, the NFL definitely doesn't have high enough standards for its refs, so these mishaps due to either incompetence or personal ref bias (like Hochuli vs. Cam) are allowed to persist.
  7. What Cowboys Fans Are Saying

    Yo are we gonna internet fight these fools?  They better be scared, I'm a fuging keyboard WARRIOR.
  8. Good poo, though I'm curious as to what the hell "impressively desperate throws" look like.
  9. Week 11 WIN against Washington - Stats & Analysis

    I mean, I agree, but the way you made your point is a bit counter-intuitive, as the PFF grading system is exactly that.  They watch film and study each individual player and grade them on every play.  I think the problem lies therein, though.  They grade EVERY PLAY.  Guys can get negative or positive grades for plays they weren't really even involved in.  Norman doesn't get off his WR block on a run that doesn't go to his side of the field?  Negative run defense grade.  Newton throws a swing pass that is slightly off target so the receiver has to adjust to it, but still picks up about 5 yards?  Negative pass grade for Newton, positive grade for receiver. The system has value, but it sometimes does a bad job of capturing how a player played in terms of what actually matters.  Like that game Rodgers had several weeks back where his stats were incredible in a dominant victory, yet his grade was negative.  It's because when they reviewed the tape, most of the big plays Rodgers got were "routine", and "easy" completions, so he got either barely positive, or neutral grades on them, while he earned negative grades on a bunch of plays that didn't really matter.
  10. Thank You Carolina Panthers! KEEP POUNDING

    If I say it's been a really crappy year for me too, will I get pie? But for real though, crappy year or not, this Panthers team has made this Fall incredible.  I'm loving every moment of it.  And I hope some of you down on your luck huddlers can get things turned around.  I hear Gettlemagic might do the trick.
  11. Top 3 teams in the NFC. (Be thou Pissed)

    Lol.  Timing is everything.
  12. Honestly, I think the argument can be made that this team wouldn't be undefeated right now if KB hadn't gone down.  I am NOT saying that KB is bad or makes the team worse, but like OP, I think Cam having his safety blanket removed DID force him to put all his skills to the test.  And he's passed with flying colors.  Had KB been around in some of those tight games at the beginning of the season, I think it's likely that Cam pulls the trigger on a contested pass to KB and it could have cost us.  Would it have?  Maybe, maybe not.  But it certainly could have. Now all that being said, I think getting KB back next year will be a huge boon.  Cam has elevated his game, and getting his best weapon back will definitely improve the team.  I just think having it taken away for awhile might have made him better.  Again, Cam has put in all the work.  He deserves all the credit for his fantastic play this year.  We can never know if this evolution of Cam would've played out the same with Benjamin around as a failsafe option.  I think it probably does, but as I said above, there's a significant chance teams would've keyed on Benjamin in critical situations, and it might've cost us a game or two.
  13. Panthers playing for each other.

    Remember when some folks here were panicking because Cam and Josh got in a fight in training camp?  I hope this season helps those people understand how ridiculous that was.  But then again, headless chickens are probably always gonna headless chicken.
  14. What Redskins Fans Are Saying

    Booooooo.  We don't need to lose to win.  Haven't yet, don't need to going forward.