Regarding them not finding the quarry previously, I just finished Season 5 this weekend; in the episode where Glen and the rest go out for the first time with Nicholas and the other guy, they said they've been "going out in an ever-growing semi-circle. Gotten as far out as 53 miles" or something like that. However, I distinctly remember thinking that the 'semi-circle' comment was weird, so it's possible that they only went in one direction. Seems ridiculous, but might further reinforce just how naïve they are.
I don't really have anything else to say, as I've made my argument more than once. Your straw-man argument about belittling Snead and building up Carolina's receivers is baseless, as I completely agree that Snead has had a better 5-game stretch than almost every Panthers receiver. However, your dataset is so limited that no definitive comment can be made beyond that. Your eye-test comment and comments about offensive scheme being irrelevant are also flawed at best, as scheme makes a huge difference. By your logic, Doug Martin and his 405 yards prove he's a better RB than Demarco Murray and his 130, an assertion that completely ignores the differences in scheme between TB and Philadelphia. I have also said that we very well could have 'missed out' on Snead, but won't know that until 2017 or so, so I am saying 'yeah, we may have missed out on this one.' You, however, are already saying that we DID miss out, which is indefensible - 5 games in a guy's first season in the NFL, or any player in any sport for that matter, is worthless for projecting future performance.
People are the primary MRSA vectors, with about 2% of the population being carriers of one or more of the actual MRSA strains. It's impossible to be 100% sure that athletic facilities are always bacteria-free since so many people come in and out, but I completely agree that there was likely a failure of injection and wound care protocol that put him at risk. The NFL (and all sports teams in every sport and at every level for that matter) definitely needs to take another hard look at cleaning protocol for locker rooms and training facilities. Infection control is not difficult but it does require constant diligent effort.
That makes little sense, mostly because you, as the one making the initial claim, are required to back up YOUR assertion with sound stats and data that lead those you are trying to convince to the same conclusion. Not accepting your dataset and proposing alternative datapoints and variables (such as offensive scheme) is perfectly reasonable and does not make one a 'hater', particularly when your conclusion is based on a statistically-insignificant amount of data and a logical, data-driven approach looking at a wider dataset leads to a different conclusion than yours.
It is in no way, shape, or form an "ain't that a bitch" moment. In 2017, after a couple of productive seasons, it might be. Today, however, the guy has played 5 games: a fairly productive 5-game stretch that includes one excellent game, two pretty good games, and two games where he had fewer yards and a much lower YPC average than Bersin had vs. TB or that Philly Brown had vs. Houston this year and Pitt and Atlanta last year. The guy could continue to break out but proclaiming him "The #2 that we let get away" is premature by any standard.
Keary Colbert looked pretty good in 2004 as well. If Snead is any good in 2017 (nothing against him - best of luck to him) then you can bump this. As of right now, however, he's right up there with Chansey Stuckey and Kevin Ogletree in terms of track record of success.
Not even sure where to start with this. Beyond Geoff Schwartz and perhaps Barnidge, there was a clear-cut reason for pretty much everyone else on this list being cut/allowed to leave. Smitty - pay to production, leadership transition Peppers - Wasn't interested in staying in Carolina at the time, be it current management or otherwise. Evan Mathis - underperformed and was average for years after leaving. Deangelo - pay to production, poor scheme fit. Beason - Overpaid and couldn't stay healthy, rendered obsolete by Luke. Bernadeau - Started for a year and now buried on Dallas' depth chart, Byron Bell-level talent. Hayden - Sucked in Carolina, 2 sacks in 8 seasons, would not make the cut on Carolina's roster. Barnidge - discussed in this thread, wouldn't mind having him but had Hartsock as the #2 TE for run-blocking. Logical to let him walk. Hardy - No discussion necessary. LaFell - punched his ticket out of town when he said, publicly no less, that he had no interest in being 'the guy' at WR. Not that we needed him to be, but he was invisible when Smitty got hurt and DG doesn't want players without that mindset.
The issue lies with proper hygiene and sterile procedure when giving the injection as well as overall cleanliness of the locker and training rooms. Infection control is always a challenge in areas with high skin and body fluid exposure (sweat, blood, etc) since people are the initial sources of these bacteria. From a protocol standpoint, sterile technique, and the tools associated with it, is the same in any clinical setting (hospital, training room, etc), and proper technique is by far the biggest factor in infection prevention. What you propose would preclude the giving of hydration IVs, vaccinations, or any other subdermal treatment anywhere but a hospital, and that's simply not necessary with proper cleaning protocol. That said, places like professional locker rooms should absolutely be treated as bacterial breeding grounds and the league should amp up sanitation protocol requirements to the max. I hope Fells makes a full recovery. I had necrotizing fascitis as a kid (the flesh-eating bacteria - Google it if you feel like seeing some nasty stuff) and about lost my left foot. It's incredibly scary to be told that they may have to remove a limb.
Biggest problem is that QBs will eventually just stop throwing at him. No pass attempts = no stats, and no stats = no DPOY. Nnamdi and Revis had some incredible years at CB in the past decade, likely DPOY-worthy in terms of sheer positional dominance, and did not win. I think Josh would be in the same boat.