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  1. Basically, yes. It was closer to chest bumping than blocking, and a major reason why defenses like the 'Steel Curtain' were able to dominate to the extent that they were. Frankly, I don't know how it wasn't more lopsided than they were, especially when you consider the 5-yard rule for DB's making contact with WR's was also put in place in 1978. Once the league changed the rules, scoring increased significantly over the years. If you look at the Super Bowl champions pre-1980 or so, most were driven by their defenses. Starting with the Walsh/Montana 49ers in 1981, it became just as likely that the top teams would feature explosive offenses. Granted, in the pre-salary cap era it was much easier for top teams (those willing to pay) to have both a top offense and a great defense, but pre-1978 it was much more rare to see the type of explosive, high-scoring offenses (not to mention stat-freak QB's like Marino, Kelley, Elway, Young, Favre, Manning, Brady, etc.) we have seen since.
  2. Yeah, I can't blame Gettleman for signing Kalil given we HAD to do something. There was always a risk it wouldn't work out. A good portion of the league is struggling to find quality OL, especially tackles. It seems to be a growing concern as far as affecting the overall quality of the NFL product. It honestly wouldn't surprise me to see the league change the rules to help the OL's out league-wide, similar to the rule changes they made in 1978 that allowed for OL to use extended arms and open hands when blocking.
  3. Cam is coming off major shoulder surgery that forced him to miss all but a handful of practices in training camp and two throws in the preseason. That he's being blamed for the offensive woes is laughable. I'm not a huge Shula fan, but he WAS our O.C. during a 15-1 season that saw Cam win MVP. If you want to find the biggest single difference between them and 2016-now, look no farther than the offensive line. Shula is clearly a second-rate O.C. but no coordinator can succeed when both OT's are MAJOR liabilities in pass protection. You can disguise that weakness in the short-term via playcalling, but in the long run it's going to sabotage everything you try to do on offense, as we have seen since Super Bowl 50.
  4. The defense has certainly shouldered quite the load in the first 2 weeks and has responded very well. However, if we're honest it HAS only been the 49ers and Bills. That's not to take away from what the defense has done - they can only play the offenses on our schedule, afterall - but it's not as if we've had to play a dynamic offense to this point. People have pointed out the quality of QB's we've played and while that is true, of equal concern could be that neither team we've played thus far has featured a dynamic WR threat that requires game planning against. Looking ahead, we still have matchups with Julio Jones and Mike Evans twice each, as well as Desean Jackson twice, Jarvis Landry, Stefon Diggs, and Jordy Nelson/Randall Cobb before the year's out. That said, I like our CB's a lot this year. Bradberry has looked every bit the part of a #1 corner, Worley has been very good as well despite being targeted more often as offenses have avoided Bradberry to an extent. Also, Captain Munnerlyn's return has had the intended effect as nickel is no longer the weakness it has been since he left for Minnesota. At any rate, the defense does appear to be legitimately Super Bowl-caliber. There really isn't a clear weakness at any level (even Old School Mike Adams has played well at safety) and we've clearly got the depth required to survive a typical level of injuries in the front 7. The concern there is obviously depth in the secondary, especially at safety. But if the offense can't get it's act together - and figure out how to make due without Olsen for 8 weeks - to the point where it's at least functional then I fear the performance of the 'D' will end up being wasted in the long run.
  5. Gary Barnidge

    I tweeted during the game 'Time to call Gary Barnidge?' and it was liked by someone named Jo Barnidge. Could be someone related to Gary, I'm guessing? It almost makes too much sense for us to sign him with Olsen missing extended time. Former Panther, has experience in our offense (at least pre-Shula), has played with Cam before, and is by FAR the best TE available without giving up a draft pick. Plus, Hurney drafted him originally. Not sure why he hasn't signed anywhere yet. Could be money, could be something else. But I find it hard to believe he wouldn't be better than anyone we currently have on the roster. It's certainly possible to view his 2015 season as a bit of a fluke (1,043 yards, 9 TD's), but even last year's numbers (612 yards, 2 TD's) is at least decent production considering the revolving door of ineptitude the Browns were working with at QB last year.
  6. The NFL has an Offensive Line Crisis

    The Star vs. Norwell debate... TBH, I expect this decision will ultimately be decided by the play of Vernon Butler, Taylor Moton, and Daryl Williams by the end of this season. If Daryl Williams proves himself to be a viable long-term starting RT by year's end, that means Taylor Moton no longer needs to be groomed for that position and can become the new starting LG if/when Norwell leaves. Likewise, if Vernon Butler shows he can 1) get and stay healthy, and 2) play at a high enough level, then he becomes a viable long-term replacement for Star, if he should hit free agency. On the other hand, if Daryl Williams struggles at RT and Taylor Moton has to take over, that makes Norwell that much more important given we would have no immediate replacement lined up for him. At the same time, if Vernon Butler doesn't show that he can play at a high enough level to replace Star, that makes the need of re-signing Star a bigger priority that it'd otherwise be. I suppose the worst case scenario is Daryl Williams struggling, Moton being promoted to the starting RT spot, and Butler either not performing well or struggling with injuries. In that scenario we'd be facing the prospect of losing a key starter without a ready replacement regardless of who the front office decides to give a new contract to. However, there's also another scenario where it could end up being that we don't have to keep either Star or Norwell. If Daryl Williams does well at RT this year and Vernon Butler proves to be an impact player at DT, then in theory it'd only be a matter of switching Taylor Moton to LG permanently to replace Norwell and promoting Butler to a starting role to replace Star. At that point we'd only really need to enhance our depth at those positions via free agency and the draft AND be able to spend that money elsewhere.
  7. Meh. He's worth a look, I suppose, but I'm not expecting much. I Remember him being beaten badly against the Falcons in the NFC Championship back in January. Maybe, as some have suggested, he's be a better fit at safety, but there are better options available if we're looking to add safety depth than a disappointing former UDFA who would have to not only learn a new defense, but also a new position before being of any real use to us. Will Blackmon, for example, is still a free agent after being cut by the Redskins, and would provide legit solid/experienced depth. TBH, I would much rather us have just signed BlaAlex Armah to the main roster if we were going to cut a kicker.
  8. I've got a bottle of yellow Powerade for Russell Shepard ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  9. PFF: Refocused Car-23 SF-3

    I love how they don't even mention rust as a likely factor for Cam's performance, especially in the 1st half.
  10. Damn. They're sure to find all those PED's Anderson was taking that helped him light up the preseason.
  11. NFL season opener... Whatcha drinking?

    Don't drink alcohol, but Pats fans' tears sufficed nicely.
  12. They can't even compliment us without taking a shot. Why would Can be jealous of CMC? Hell, if anything Cam should be happy to finally get some help on offense. Besides, Cam is still the QB - and a former MVP at that. That assures he'll be the primary focus of this organization for many years to come. I don't care if McCaffrey is the legit second coming of Gale Sayers in his prime, this team - certainly our offense - will continue to be built around Cam. He's our QB; that's just the way it is in today's NFL. Teams don't build around RB's anymore; they haven't in many, many years.
  13. Don't do drugs , kids.

    I guess being a #1 overall pick who wins MVP and takes his team to the Super Bowl doesn't count.
  14. Carolina Panthers Depth Chart - Week 1

    So 2 TE's and no FB? Have they ever listed 2 TE's as the official starters before? Or does it mean Dickson is essentially our FB?