tukafan21

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  1. I honestly wouldn't mind it, for three reasons 1.  TD isn't playing for any other team in his career besides the Panthers, he'll retire before playing for anyone else. 2.  Gettleman would do anything necessary to make sure we had the cap room needed to sign him. 3.  This kinda negates point 2, but I have a feeling if TD was a FA, he would go to the team and ask for the vet minimum.   At this point he just wants that ring and is the ULTIMATE team player, I could absolutely see him as the guy who says use the money elsewhere to make the team as great as possible, the money means nothing to him at this point.
  2. CJ nearly changed the game. Nearly.

    What jumped out to me in that picture is the exact reason I think people seem to overlook Star when talking about what extensions need to get done. Dude is getting triple teamed, opening things up for everyone else to rush. He just eats up blockers constantly, he is such an integral and under appreciated part of this defense. Yes I know we can use his 5th year option to delay that contract talk, but we need to make sure he stays long term as well.
  3. WOAH WOAH WOAH THERE!!!!! Now I get it, he was TERRIBLE for us last year, but I'd love to still have him on this team (I'm probably the only Panthers fan in the world who wishes that though) But to be fair, dude was an unbelievable player in college, was one of the two CB's named to SI's All-Decade team for the 2000's, and we were both freshman at Arizona in 2004, and his pick 6 to seal a major upset of UCLA on year is still my all time favorite sports in-person viewing memory, so I'll always have a soft spot for Cason. Having said that, I do agree with the rest of your post, hahaha
  4. This post is my point exactly. He never lost the locker room and the players will run through walls for him.  But that loyalty has also hurt the team at times before, maybe it didn't cost us the game in the SB, and maybe it didn't cost us any losses this season in particular. But that doesn't mean it's not an area that needs to be improved upon. Rivera strikes me as a guy who will look at this past season and be supremely happy at everything outside of the result of the last game, that in addition to his fierce loyalty gives me enough reason to at least pause and ponder whether or not he can or better yet will, make some tough calls to change things that may not have cost us games this year, but COULD potentially cost us a game in the future if changes aren't made. That was the point with my reference to the Arizona basketball team a few years back, yes things have worked out for us up until now, but that doesn't mean it will continue to be that way without some changes.
  5. Do you really care what a player does in practice?  There have been lots of instances in sports where some players aren't great practice players but are able to turn it on come gameday. All I know is Kony was performing on Sundays while CJ was out, then CJ came back and did not perform, and Kony then disappeared as well. It was something at the time lots of posters on here talked about and it's a big reason people want CJ just cut as opposed to re-structure his deal and keep him around. But this is my point, Ron is a loyal guy, he rewards veterans, and probably rewards guys who perform Monday to Saturday in practice, it's the type of guy he is. Which is the initial point of my thread, is he able to make the tough decisions on gameday? I'm not saying I want him to be fired over this or any other reason, I'm just saying I think it's something he needs to improve upon. And let me help those our who will want to say this, I'll say it for you...... "But oh no, he was coach of the year, TWICE!  Why would he have to improve anything?"
  6. I literally have multiple forums with over 10,000 posts on each, and this is the first time anyone has ever called me out on not using proper paragraphs, yet I've many times seen people called out for not using the "enter" button because it's a pain to read on small screens.
  7. No, this would make eyes bleed if trying to read on a phone.... I don't think that's a tough decision when Kuechly was the guy replacing him.  I think playing CJ and/or Allen over Ealy was a big mistake, Ealy had been balling out of control while CJ was injured and then seemed to disappear back into the fog once CJ came back.  There are things Cam needs to improve upon as well, and dude was just named MVP.  Everyone looks at someone criticizing their team as not being a true fan or just being a sourpuss, but that's just life, you constantly need to improve. For example, I'm a University of Arizona alum and die hard basketball fan.  A few years back when we were undefeated 20 games into the season, we had our issues, but anytime someone brought them up, the majority responded with, "we're undefeated, shut up and enjoy it".  Well yes, it was nice to be undefeated and we were enjoying it.  But being undefeated through 20 games isn't going to help you win game #21, if you have an issue, you have an issue, regardless of your ability to rise above it previously.  I want to get better each and every play, every game, every season. Even if we won the game on Sunday, I'd still worry about some gameday decisions moving forward because it's been an issue in the past, one that we have mostly been able to overcome.  But to rest on your laurels and not want to improve, regardless of past accomplishments, is a loser mentality IMHO.
  8. And as I've said, Cam is the MVP and needs to improve, Luke is obviously a top 5 defender, and needs to improve. There isn't a single player or coach in any professional sport that doesn't need to improve in some area, it would be insane to think otherwise. I guarantee if you were to ask Rivera right now, do you have anything you need to improve upon as a coach for next year and I'll bet he'd rattle off a list much longer than anyone on here would come up with.
  9. I know how paragraphs work, but I also know that paragraphs on forums make for a bitch to read,particularly if you're on your phone, so I like to break things up to make it easier on the eye. I may not have a ton of posts on this particular forum, usually a reader not poster here, but I have over 10,000 posts on a couple other forums, it's just my forum posting style for ease of readability.
  10. You just said it there yourself, it has hurt him in the past. Which is the catch 22 in this whole thing, what motivates his players to play for him the most, is also something that has bitten him before. Which is why I'm not saying I want him fired, nothing of that sort, because without that part of his coaching personality, we wouldn't be the team we are today. Perfect example, yes, Gettleman has gotten rid of players in the past, but at the same time, everyone here seems to have said they want Remmers to be kept around, but as a backup. Who's to say if Gettlemen keeps him on the squad with that in mind, that Rivera won't start him because, "look at how amazing our offensive line was in 2015 for the majority of the year, that's my guy, why would I need to make a change based on a few bad bounces in one game last year?"  
  11. I don't think that's a tough decision when Kuechly was the guy replacing him. I think playing CJ and/or Allen over Ealy was a big mistake, Ealy had been balling out of control while CJ was injured and then seemed to disappear back into the fog once CJ came back. There are things Cam needs to improve upon as well, and dude was just named MVP. Everyone looks at someone criticizing their team as not being a true fan or just being a sourpuss, but that's just life, you constantly need to improve. For example, I'm a University of Arizona alum and die hard basketball fan.  A few years back when we were undefeated 20 games into the season, we had our issues, but anytime someone brought them up, the majority responded with, "we're undefeated, shut up and enjoy it" Well yes, it was nice to be undefeated and we were enjoying it.  But being undefeated through 20 games isn't going to help you win game #21, if you have an issue, you have an issue, regardless of your ability to rise above it previously. I want to get better each and every play, every game, every season. Even if we won the game on Sunday, I'd still worry about some gameday decisions moving forward because it's been an issue in the past, one that we have mostly been able to overcome. But to rest on your laurels and not want to improve, regardless of past accomplishments, is a loser mentality IMHO.
  12. And this right here is my biggest gripe about the "true fans" syndrome.  People think to be a "true fan" you need to support every single thing about your team and what they do and be happy that you won a game. Those are three great things, do doubt about it. But how are his past coach of the year trophies, this year's team making the SB, and having a great defense going to help the team next year? They're not, at all. We need to have a great coach, a great defense, and a great team next year to do even better, what are you going to do for me next, not what did you do for me in the past. I'm not saying he should be fired, I'm not even considering that, and I'm not saying he is a bad coach. I'm saying like ALL coaches, he has his flaws, nobody can deny that.  The problem is one of his biggest flaws in my honest opinion is also something that is one of his biggest strengths, his loyalty. My question is does he have ability to make that tough decision that goes against his biggest strength, as it has been an issue in the past. Every team needs to improve at every level, from practice squad players to ownership, even teams like the Patriots who have been a dominant force for almost 2 decades needs to improve. This just happens to be an area our team needs to improve upon in my opinion and I was asking what others thought about it.
  13. Well that's partially my point, Gettleman has got rid of players and put others on the team, but Rivera has a history of baffling personnel decisions with who plays over another. I think off field leadership has always played too much into who plays on the field with Rivera. I have always felt he is an outstanding Monday to Saturday coach, one of the best in the league.  But his Sunday decisions often leave me scratching my head. Now he has grown leaps and bounds in that area over his career, but depth charts seem to be something he still struggles with to me (and many other fans). Another issue I have is clock management, he needs to get better there, why were we not pushing it more at the end of the half?
  14. I'm not making this thread to bash Rivera, but it's an honest question that I've had for a long time. We lost this game for a number of reasons, particularly our play at tackle and our inability to catch the damn ball. We have seen time and time again that Rivera goes with veterans over younger players for whatever his reasons may be, but they seem to not be because of on field results, because if they were, why did Kony take a backseat once CJ came back when he had been playing out of his mind for over a month? I am seriously worried about the ability of Rivera, who is notably a coach who sticks by his guys, at making the tough decisions that are needed to improve the team.  I see him as a guy who tells himself, "look at the season we just had and with a few more breaks what could have been in the SB, why would I need to make major changes when a few plays different and we would have won the Super Bowl?" His loyalty and backing of his players is great and helps us in many situations, but it also has the potential to hurt us at the same time. I'm not someone who says, "look what we have done, I'm going to be happy with it", because it's now about what you've done for me, it's about what you're going to do for me next.  It's the reason I can't stand when people want to not talk about issues because you're undefeated at the moment.  Yes, you could be winning games, but at the same time there could be problems in those games that while they didn't cost you in that game, they may cause a loss in the next one. This team is set up for a great future, but to get there some changes do need to be made, and I just hope Rivera doesn't rest on his laurels and trust "his guys" but makes sure to get the "right guys" on the field next year. Okay, bash away at me not being a "real fan" now.........
  15. JNo - To Tag or Not to Tag?

    I 100% believe Norman will be signed to a somewhat team friendly deal this offseason for a few reasons.... 1. His personality, he knows most teams aren't run like Rivera has done with this team as of late, he is letting the players be themselves, and most teams in the league won't let Norman be Norman like Rivera has allowed him to this year.  2. He wants to win, you could see it when they showed him crying on the sideline after the game, and you can see it all year in the way he acts.  He doesn't want to take the top dollar a mid level team will throw at him, he wants to be on a championship caliber team, and most don't or won't throw $15 million a year at him. 3. His age, he knows he can be tagged each of the next two years and be "stuck" playing for about $12 million for two years and then be a 31 year old going into unrestricted FA.  He's not getting $15 million a year at that age, hell, he might not be getting above $10 million a year at that age.  So you take the $11-12 a year for the next 4 years now and be happy with it. 4. This squad, yes Norman is a shut down corner in his own right, and he knows that.  But he also knows that a big reason he is able to do what he does is the front 7 this team has on defense with him.  This defense has got to be a dream for DB's to want to play in because of the pressure the rest of the team creates, so why would he want to go anywhere else for just a million or two more a year? I would be surprised if Norman is playing in 2016 on the franchise tag, very surprised