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Mr. Scot added a article in Carolina PanthersCam Looking DapperCarolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was recently spotted at Tim Te-bow's charity golf event at The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass(Ponte Vedra Beach, FL).
Obviously, Cam displayed his unique style, but took it a little further with his shoe choice. I can only dream of the day I am hip enough to pull this look off.
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Mr. Scot added a article in Carolina PanthersPanthers Sign Michael OherThe Carolina Panthers have signed offensive tackle Michael Oher two a two year deal.
Oher struggled last season with the Titans, but some speculate it was mainly due to a nagging toe injury. Oher spend the last few games on injured reserve.
He is now said to be healthy and anxious for a new start.
It is debatable if Oher is an upgrade over the much maligned Byron Bell. Pro Football Focus had Bell ranked next to last in 2014, with Oher a few slots above him. If injuries did play a role in the decrease in Oher's performance, he could very well come in and perform at a higher level than Bell on day one.
I do not think the offensive tackle positions are concrete yet. I still do expect for a rookie and/or possibly another free agent offensive tackle to be brought into the mix by the Panthers along with right tackle Mike Remmers.
I am convinced Remmers will be given a shot at left tackle at some point this offseason. Afterall, Nate Chandler was given that opportunity last offseason... so why not?
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Mr. Scot added a article in Carolina PanthersThanks, SteveFor over a decade, no one's been more exciting to watch than you.
I saw your first ever play as a pro, a kick return for a touchdown that came after a Minnesota Viking player talked trash to you. He wasn't the last guy to make that mistake either. I've seen that scene play out many times, pretty much always with the same results.
The memory of you running, arms outstretched, into the Saint Louis end zone to take us to the NFC Championship is an image I doubt will ever leave my head. That is, to this day,still the best football game I ever watched.
My best memory though? The day you signed an autograph for a sick little boy that coached in flag football. He's since gotten a kidney transplant and is doing fine (and he's a great receiver too).
Football can be a cruel game, but even the saddest moments can't take away from the memories we gain along the way.
So to sum it all up...
Thank you, Steve.
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Mr. Scot added a article in Carolina PanthersBreaking down the league's head coachesA lot of talk about what kind of coach the Panthers should hire (if Rivera is out).
Let's look at where the rest of the league is.
First off, offense vs defense:
SPECIAL TEAMS COACHES:
Next question...What were they doing before they were hired for their current job?
NFL DEFENSIVE COORDINATORS (10)
NFL OFFENSIVE COORDINATORS (7)
NFL HEAD COACHES (5)
Andy Reid (formerly a Quarterback Coach)
Jeff Fisher (former Defensive Coordinator)
John Fox (former Defensive Coordinator)
Mike Shanahan (former Offensive Coordinator)
Tom Coughlin (former College Head Coach, NFL position coach)
NFL POSITION COACHES (3)
COLLEGE HEAD COACHES (5)
John Harbaugh (NFL Special Teams Coach)
Marc Trestman (CFL Head Coach)
- Bill Belichick had been both an NFL head coach and a defensive coordinator before becoming coach of the Patriots.
- Bruce Arians was an interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was ill, but his official position was still as an OC.
- Tom Coughlin and Jim Harbaugh both had experience coaching in the NFL before getting their college head coaching jobs.
- Likewise, Pete Carroll had been an NFL head coach twice as well as a very successful defensive coordinator before coaching USC.
- John Harbaugh has experience coaching in all phases of the game, but made his name in the pros coaching special teams.
- Marc Trestman had several years experience as an offensive coach in the NFL before going to Canada.
And finally, let's take a look at who's been competing in - and winning - the big game over the last decade:
2013 - John Harbaugh defeated Jim Harbaugh
2012 - Tom Coughlin defeated Bill Belichick
2011 - Mike McCarthy defeated Mike Tomlin
2010 - Sean Payton defeated Tony Dungy
2009 - Mike Tomlin defeated Ken Whisenhunt
2008 - Tom Coughlin defeated Bill Belichick
2007 - Tony Dungy defeated Lovie Smith
2006 - Mike Tomlin defeated Mike Holmgren
2005 - Bill Belichick defeated Andy Reid
2004 - Bill Belichick defeated John Fox
2003 - Jon Gruden defeated Bill Callahan
2002 - Bill Belichick defeated Dick Vermeil
2001 - Brian Billick defeated Jim Fassel
2000 - Dick Vermeil defeated Jeff Fisher
Breaking it down...
Numbers tell you the best position to get an NFL head coaching job from is still a pro coordinator (DCs beat OCs by a narrow margin). Guys like Nick Saban, Bobby Petrino and Steve Spurrier made it tough for college coaches to get a look for a while there. Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll may be helping rebuild their image, though truthfully, it's kind of a misnomer to refer to Pete Carroll as a college coach. He had loads of experience as an NFL coach (including two head coaching stints) but his rep had taken a hit before he did some image rehab at USC.
Harbaugh and Coughlin aren't exactly pure college coaches either. Coughlin was a pro position coach before going to Boston College. Harbaugh had a few years on the Raiders staff, but was a pro player for way longer than he was a pro coach (his last year was with the Panthers). Doug Marrone and Greg Schiano have pro experience too: Schiano spent three years as a Chicago Bears defensive assistant (Ron Rivera was also on staff for the last two of those) and Doug Marrone had a three year stint as OC for the New Orleans Saints.
The only pure college coach on the list: Chip Kelly, whose grade so far is most definitely an incomplete.
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Mr. Scot added a article in Carolina PanthersSpeaking of Odd Couples...Since the days of Broadway Joe Namath, quarterbacks have been the glamour guys of the league. it's not at all unusual to see an NFL quarterback on the cover of a magazine like GQ or Esquire. And when advertisers want a pitch man, it's the quarterback they call first. They're stylish, handsome, and ladies everywhere swoon for them. On Sunday afternoons, they're the stars of the show that everyone is watching.
And then there's the middle linebackers.
Dick Butkus wasn't exactly somebody you'd go to for style tips. Ladies weren't swooning over pictures of Jack Lambert (though dentists might have). And if you were an advertiser, you probably didn't want to use a picture of Mike Singletary's eyes to show your product, unless you were advertising a horror movie. With these guys, nobody was expecting them to look good. They essentially had one job: hit people very hard (and they were good at it).
So with that in mind, I give you Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly.
I'm amused that the Panthers right now have a stereotypical "odd couple" in the leaders of their offense and defense.
Jordan Gross asked Newton about how he picked out his gameday outfit. Cam talked about starting with the shoes and tailoring around them. He talked designer labels, fashion and style (which anyone would tell you he's got plenty of, along with tons of charisma).
When Gross asked Luke what kind of shoes he wore on gamedays, Kuechly responded "brown ones".
Call me crazy, but I love that we've got the whole 'fashion plate / lunch pail' dynamic between the guys at the center of their respective units. It's been true of a lot of great NFL teams of the past. I'd love it if our "odd couple" led this team to that same kind of greatness, and it'd be fun to watch along the way.
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Mr. Scot added a article in Carolina PanthersOne hire...or two?Look over the staff of most NFL teams and you'll see someone with the title "Director of Player Personnel". In the majority of management models, this is the guy who oversees all scouting and talent evaluation at both the college and pro level. What differentiates them from a GM or an assistant GM is that they don't necessarily do any actual management, only evaluation.
And yes, the Panthers used to have one of those. The last one was Jack Bushofsky, who retired in 2003 leaving Marty Hurney pretty much running the whole show.
Fast forward to today and you'll see the Panthers staff directory lists a Director of College Scouting (Don Gregory), a Director of Pro Scouting (Mark Koncz), a Director of Team Administration (Rob Rogers, the cap guy), a Director of Football Operations (Brandon Beane, a logistics guy from what little I've been able to find on him ) and - at least up until recently - a General Manager.
But no Director of Player Personnel.
So if the choice were yours, would you want to have a 'chief evaluator' back in the fold, allowing the new GM to focus on roster building and cap management, or is the notion of having that extra guy in the front office seem redundant and you'd rather just have the GM handle all of it?
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Mr. Scot added a article in Carolina PanthersThe Next GMGuess it’s that time again
Now truthfully, there’s plenty of time between now and next season, so a lot can happen. There are a load of possibilities here and frankly, not a lot of clues as to what direction the team might go. Throw in that front office contracts aren't generally publicized and titles vary from team to team, so it's kind of a crapshoot determining who might realistically be a candidate and who might not.
Still, the identity of next GM will likely be one of the hottest - if not the hottest - discussion topics of the season, so why not get an early start, right?
To begin, here's a list of potential candidates. Just so I'm clear, not all of these are names that I would endorse, but they are people who I'd consider possible options. Some have been discussed here before, a few more so than others.
Names that seem to be getting the most discussion so far...
Eric DeCosta - Assistant General Manager, Baltimore Ravens
Marc Ross - Director of College Scouting, New York Giants
Nick Caserio - Director of Player Personnel, New England Patriots
Omar Khan - Director of Football and Business Administration, Pittsburgh Steelers
Russ Ball - Vice President of Football Administration and Player Finance, Green Bay Packers
Doug Whaley - Assistant General Manager / Director of Pro Personnel, Buffalo Bills
Kevin Abrams - Assistant General Manager, New York Giants
Floyd Reese - Senior Football Advisor, New England Patriots
Lake Dawson - Vice President of Player Personnel, Tennessee Titans
Eliot Wolf - Director of Pro Personnel, Green Bay Packers
Ed McGuire - Assistant General manager / Executive Vice President of Football Operations, San Diego Chargers
Jimmy Raye - Director of Player Personnel, San Diego Chargers
Scott McCloughan - Senior Personnel Executive, Seattle Seahawks
Tom Donahoe - Senior Football Advisor, Philadelphia Eagles
Pat Moriarty - Vice President of Football Administration, Baltimore Ravens
Tom Gamble - Director of Player Personnel, 49ers
Randy Mueller - Senior Executive, San Diego Chargers
Dennis Hickey - Director of Player Personnel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tim Ruskell - College Scout, Tennessee Titans
George Kokinis - Senior Personnel assistant, Baltimore Ravens
Vincent Newsome - Director of Pro Personnel, Baltimore Ravens
Brian Gardner - Director of Pro Personnel, Houston Texans
Will Lewis - Former Vice President of Player Personnel, Seattle Seahawks
Tom Heckert - General Manager, Cleveland Browns
Open to other names being thrown into the mix, but this is my starting list. I plan to research these and add info/links as I have opportunity. As mentioned, nothing definitive is likely to happen before season's end, so there's time to look around.
Here we go.
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Mr. Scot added a article in Carolina PanthersSaints expected only a 4 game suspension...So here's a little tidbit that ought to bring a smile to your face.
Apparently the Saints, knowing the league was upset, had already put in place a contingency plan designed to help the team deal with the impending suspension of Sean Payton.
Wise move, right?
The problem: All their plans were based on the expectation that it would be a four game suspension that wouldn't have been in effect until September.
Saints were bracing for a four-game suspension for Payton
Florio goes on to argue that team leadership was dumb to not at least consider the possibility that it might have been longer. He also points out that given what happened, it actually could have been even worse.
So now, not only do we know that the punishment is going to be a painful one; we also know that the Saints organization thought they were well-prepared for it...
...but it turns out they really weren't
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