Our coaching staff has instilled a winner's mentality in the team and a level of toughness we haven't had for a long time. We're beginning to show we are a 53-man team, rather than just our stars. That's how you win the big ones year after year after year.
Nortman needs to just start punting for the sidelines. Apparently, he's the only one who can tackle anymore, and that's really not what we're needing. Gano can boom them out of the endzone, but the wet footing was probably the culprit on his short kick offs today.
Those are four wins we're going to need come playoff's time ... won't matter against who (unless there's a tiebreaker). You want to go somewhere in the post season, you beat the teams on your schedule. This isn't college football where we can tweak the schedule for rankings and a shot at the national championship, lining up just enough pushovers and just enough real challengers to have a shot. You play the schedule the NFL gives you, one that is very similar to the ones the other teams in your division play. Teams rotate through the league to eventually play everyone over the years, and you've got two games a year that are targeted at providing a game of matched capabilities based on last year's performance. It's hard to win games in the NFL, every danged team is filled with pro players, there are no Norfolk States or Elon Colleges on the schedule. Four wins with no losses, that's golden, an A+ effort.
Nothing good has ever come out of Afghanistan, happened there or will happen there. Time and time again it has been proven. It is a cesspool from which no one can enter and then emerge clean. Let it waste away and fester on its own. Destroy our weapons there, load our troops onto planes and leave forever. Bomb the mountain passes and airports on the way out. You can't clean the devil's house.
If he can do this in just one more game this year, it'll be the signing of the season. If he does it more than that... it's just unfathomable. There's Gettlemagic, and then there's a Gettlemiracle. Allen didn't show up in the books, but he was out there taking up a lot of attention from the Bucs o-line. This was an incredibly good week for us. And how about Bersin? Looked pretty good, glad to see him back.
Without a doubt, without a doubt. The original idea of getting everyone coverage was a noble one, for all involved, but like most things that get politicized nowadays by the time it was law it had been bastardized, prostituted, perverted, converted and ruined. This was meant to protect people who had little, in the end it only helped those who have nothing and benefited mostly those who already have it all.
The team has gone through a lot this week with changes on the defensive line and saying goodbye to a couple of familiar faces. The weather here has been terrible as well, and even though the game is in Florida, those NC practices have probably been pretty wearing and not as complete as they normally would. We're playing a team that hasn't been a threat in some time and that many are regarding lightly. They've also got a rookie QB and an apparently soft offensive line. And that's why we have a tough game ahead of us. We're trying to mesh new moving parts under less than perfect conditions while facing up against an opponent that shouldn't give us trouble. It's a classic trap game. I hope that's not going to be the case. My gut feeling is that we're going to come out and fall behind early, then dig in and claw our way back to a tight win. Look for a repeat of last week, but a closer score. Whereas Nawlins had a great day passing and a lousy day on the ground, Tampa will run well but their passing game will be their downfall. Carolina 23 Tampa Bay 18
Just remember, before CJ's injury, our DEs weren't exactly the second coming of Peppers and Rucker. Against three lower end offensive lines, we've really not put up any real pressure. Mario Addison is the only Panther with more than one sack on the books so far. Going into the season, everyone was talking about the power and performance of our front four. They were kind of playing like paper tigers, though. The new additions shouldn't hurt and I hate to throw shade at CJ, but Big Money has played down each year since he got that big contract.
Exactly how much information do you want released by the team? It's a concussion, apparently a severe one. Any more details than that and there'd probably be some sort of HIPAA violation for divulging his personal information. And why do you need to know it? Really? I figure you, like me, are a fan of this football team and follow the games closely. That really is our personal stake in this, right? I mean, let's keep it in perspective here... Beloved football player is injured, team announces it, gives update that he's not going to be healthy enough to travel to the next game. We play slightly less beloved back up football player, team may or may not perform as well. Fans express heartfelt wishes for speedy and strong recovery, await his return, but still cheer for the team. Ehh... that's about the whole story. Just relax and enjoy the show. Luke's understudy is pretty darned good.
Can't fly under the radar forever. He's says we're well built, but doesn't exactly say we're the best. Well-built teams are what it takes to become a respected franchise, though. Nice to see some think we're heading in the right direction.
Excellent post and the best take on the bad calls, hands down. And you're right, when a team wins even when everything goes bad, it shows strength, character and promise. And yes, before we did require everything to go just about perfect for us to win. This team has guts, thanks for putting it into perspective.