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  1. The only thing that surprises me about this story is that the Panthers waited as long as they did to let 89 go. If this truly was going on then they waited too long to give him his walking papers.
  2. thennek

    So who's playing LG?

    Since Wharton was a good LG himself, I trust he will make the right decision. He and Gross solidified the left side of the O-line for a number of years. Throw in a young Ryan Kalil.....We were spoiled in those years.
  3. I believe the reason why this kid was drafted was because Brady Hoke coached him in Tennessee and is a big fan.
  4. The 2017 secondary was horrible and I’m glad the Panthers are trying to address it. They have already dumped 2 starters from last year (Coleman and Worley), Captain stunk, none of the other CB’s or safeties stepped up when given a chance and Bradberry also had a “off year”. And Nobody knows if Elder is any good. They brought in Cockrell and now they drafted 2 young guys. I don’t see how this can be a negative as they are improving one of the biggest weaknesses of the team.
  5. thennek

    The Run and Shoot

    I think it was Buddy Ryan that used to call the “run and shoot offense” the “the chuck and duck”...LOL.
  6. I agree that O-line is a big concern specifically as you mention at C, LG and LT. It seems like every year O-line is a concern for the Panthers though. I’m beginning to wonder if there aren’t that many good offensive lineman available anymore. Perhaps colleges are not preparing O-lineman for the NFL any longer. How many other teams in the NFL struggle to have solid O-lines just like the Panthers do? It’s been many years since the Panthers have had an effective power running game without Cam being a big part of it. And I think this is byproduct of having an ineffective offensive line. Cam is not getting any younger and if the Panthers want to win the Super Bowl they better figure this out as we don’t need our franchise quarterback being a battering ram anymore.
  7. The Panthers desperately need to upgrade their WR’s so Smith is a part of the answer. Ginn’s speed was sorely missed last year. Opposing defenses had no fear against the Panthers with no deep threat and just stacked the box to shut down an already anemic run game that features Cam as the main RB. Smith is a piece of the puzzle but the Panthers are not finished overhauling the WR corps yet. I think we will see more changes and hopeful upgrades before The first game in September. I think this offense is going to be fun to watch if Cam can stay healthy.
  8. thennek

    A Josh Norman holdout looming?

    Signing K.Short to a long-term deal is more important than signing J. Norman to a long-term deal. Josh had 1 very good season.....but he also plays on a consistently top ranked defense, and with some of the best LB's in the game (Luke & Thomas). He should get paid, but what he is reportedly expecting to be paid ($14M per year!) is greatly over-valued for what the Panthers will pay for a CB. I hope they trade him, and collect draft picks. Other than Chris Gamble (who was arguably the best Panther CB of all time), the Panthers have historically only had 'average CB's' on some of their best teams. With the right front 7, the Panthers have proven that a 'shut-down corner' is a luxury, but not needed to win.
  9. thennek

    Panthers Trade for Jared Allen

    The Panthers definitely have a very 'seasoned' D-line now: Johnson 29, Allen 33, Edwards 34, and Cole 35.
  10. thennek

    Final Panthers Cuts

    I think Amini gets cut. He has been often injured, and when healthy has been ineffective.
  11. thennek

    Oher Struggling Early in Camp

    The good news is that 3 of the 5 o-line positions should be better than last year at this time, and Kalil should be equal to last year at Center. Remmers and Williams (RT) were not even on the team last year at this time, and Chandler was the starting RT. Amini was the starting LG , and Norwell was not starting yet. And Turner was a rookie and not the starting RG yet. I'm not surprised that Oher does not look like an all-pro LT because he never was. He is a stop-gap until the Panthers can draft a legitimate LT. I think he will be better than Bell just from the fact that the rest of the o-line is better than 1 year ago.
  12. What I saw out of Gettleman's quote: Remmers and Newell were just given a very big vote of confidence, and apparently they are the starting RT and LG going into training camp. Amini is not getting his job back at LG which means (with relief) they have finally figured out he is not really that good, and Newell is better. And that they think Remmers can start at RT.
  13. I am a Panthers fan, and I want them to win whether Cam is the QB or not. Cam is the best Panthers QB ever, and I would love for him to stay a Panther, and sign a contract so the Panthers can continue to build the team. But, is it even possible to sign Cam to the kind of money he wants/deserves, and still be able to field a competitive team? And if not, why would Cam be willing to take less to stay a Panther? Bottom line is If Cam requires more money than the Panthers are willing to pay, than Cam will go somewhere else to finish his career. This a business decision, not a personal or emotional decision. The worst case scenario is Cam will be the Panthers QB for 2-more years. He is under contract for 2015, and they can franchise him in 2016.