Short tenures for coaches and GMs today mean also that you get one throwaway season during your career... and it is only allowed for the first season. Perform over the long haul or die. We're not a throwaway team this year, we aren't having a "build for the future year", we have a team built to work the best it can this year. We have suffered one major injury this year, and it happened to be in an area of weakness. How devastating will it be? No one really knows. We haven't even seen Funchess on the playing field yet. He might be better than KB or he might be terrible. We don't know. Don't go signing off on this year yet. We have no idea how things will play out and that's part of the fun, isn't it? Yes, the Patriots work like a well-oiled winning machine, and I hate them ever the more because of it. We're the Panthers, we rarely win pretty, but we can out tough just about any team there is. Can't wait for real football.
I wouldn't let a decent vet go until I had made it through that last pre-season game. If your team got unlucky and had an injury to that position, you'd be SOL by letting a good replacement go. Good GMs don't let good potential resources walk out the door before they have to. Early cuts are rarely, if ever, because a good guy GM wants a quality player to have a shot at another team.
Don't expect to see anyone with much potential as a WR cut today. A quick check on most of these guys will show they were camp fodder and many didn't even register a catch in the pre-season. Second set of cuts will be more interesting, but who knows, maybe there will be a diamond in the rough.
Luckily, the people who employ each of us don't treat us the way we treat the folks on our teams. These are careers, lifelong dreams and last hopes going away. There are also people that give their all, time and time again, on Sundays and practice days for our team and our entertainment. They deserve more respect than some folks are giving them here.
Let's face it, until Jacksonville, it doesn't really matter how he plays; good, bad, slow or fast he's the undisputed starting QB and the group he plays with are pretty much undisputed starters. If he gets down to Jacksonville and stinks up the joint, then we can get all worked up over it. Until then, just sit back and enjoy the season to come. Cheer for a couple of undrafted guys to make the team, hope that our special teams groups gel and that no one else gets injured. Cam will be fine.
Hardy was a product of the program rather than the program a product of Hardy. Prior to that breakout year, Hardy had been almost dead weight on the team. Then he has a good season as teams start double-teaming Charles Johnson (and remember he pulled a bunch of sacks in one game against the Falcons) and everyone crowns him as the greatest ever. The entire time, too, Hardy proves himself to be boneheaded and at a severe risk for some kind of off field incident -- which eventually happened, costing the team an entire year of his services. How would we have done without Hardy in that 12-4 year? Who knows, but probably 10-6 if not still 12-4. KB, on the other hand, seems to be a good kid and he turned out a great rookie season for us last year, without being bookended with a great WR2 (unlike the Hardy/Johnson team). He was also a ROOKIE performing right out of the box, unlike Hardy's slow climb to relevance. Then KB falls to a non-contact knee injury in training camp. That's a sad accident, not something brought on by a series of bad decisions and a decided lack of wisdom. KB is the bigger loss because of the potential and that it was an injury. Hardy's loss came after his prime playing year, with a big dollar contract, all because of his own stupidity. And let's face it, great DEs are easier to find nowadays than great WRs.
Here's my crazy theory on why Cam is always slow to start in games, but gets into gear by his third series... It's the shoes. Cam always comes out and does his warm ups in his fancy Underarmor cleats. Let's face it, they make a big deal about showing them off before the game, and it is good advertising. League rules require him to change the cleats before the game starts, so it's go back to the locker room, slap on the Nikes, get taped up and get out there. So he has gotten warmed up and acclimated to the Underarmor cleats, then goes back in and switches to a different brand with different characteristics. Athletes are really particular about their shoes, the fit, the breaking them in... and he goes out and prepares with one, then plays in the others. It probably takes him three series on the field to get the feel of them and get situated again. Just to show off some special shoes and pick up some advertising dollars. Could this showboating actually be hurting the team a bit? Love the guy and can't wait to see him play, but if this is the problem, he needs to get his priorities straight.