I think we have upgraded at every position-especially OL, if that tells you how bad we were last year. We have 4 NEW faces starting this year over last season. We have a much improved WR corps. I think we will run the ball better. Cam is healthy. They see a 1-game improvement? On defense, Bene and Boston will no longer be rookies who were injured early on. Ealy will be a year better, and we improved, if you can imagine, at LB. Star will not be injured and KK is becoming a star. Norman too. We seem to have improved dramatically on special teams, the unit that cost us about 2 games last year. Give me the over. Panthers win 10.
Short was overused in college, where he had to play many more snaps than he should. He was also the biggest stud on the DL, rarely seeing anything other than double teams. So much of his film is of a tired player getting double teamed. If he were in a rotation of any sort, he would have been a first round talent. Spoke to him briefly at OTAs--what a nice, humble person.
To be honest, Hornets would have been a good name had the NBA team not already taken it. It has been a nickname of Charlotte for a while in all 3 sports--Baseball (double-a farm team), football (World Football League--I think Gary Danielson was the QB) and the NBA. However, when the observer asked for potential nicknames for teams back in the day, I sent them "Sharks" "Bloodhounds" and "Copperheads" because all had regional ties.
3. Aaron Rodgers 2. Calvin Johnson 1. JJ Watt (I didn't read the other posts, and I did not watch the stupid countdown because it is a meaningless competition designed to keep fans watching when there is nothing to watch--but I am aware Watt won and I agree with it.
Somebody in Cleveland is selling the fan base. I have family in the Cleveland area, and they have always loved the Browns, hated the color scheme. That didn't change much--I think they made the brown darker and the orange redder, but I am with you--what is going on?
What a stupid reaction to a post that should not need explaining. There is no link between drug use and lack of professional motivation? Wow. Your first post was both dumbass and smartass, all in one swoop. I have found that people who are smoking marijauna or other drugs tend to get defensive about it when someone questions their ability to function in other aspects of life. Stereotyping by me or denial by you?
I am not sure that I understand your point, except to say that you surrounded yourself in the culture I described in my post. I bet your friends talked the same, developed the same senses of humor, and talked about weed a lot. In a sense, it is more than "just weed," it is the common denominator for all of your relationships and interests. Where were the people who didn't smoke weed when you and everyone you knew were high? Go ask your boss. I guess my next question would be, "Why did you all quit if it is 'just weed?'" How was your life going when you smoked it morning, noon, and night? What could you be doing that was significant? I think this proves my point about Alexander. Now that he is clean, he will focus on his job and not his escape. (not getting personal, but just offering an extension of my point. Thanks for playing).
This may have been said before, but I have a few questions related to this incident: We live in a world where PR is the decider of right and wrong. Since there would be a video release, Jimbo Fisher immediately suspends him indefinitely (also knowing he has a qb transferring in from Notre Dame for this season). However, he defended Winston amidst more serious allegations. (Sure, he suspended him for one game, but think about the reason). Ray Rice is given a minor suspension, but when the video surfaces, the penalty is more severe. Even after that, no team will touch him. Is it that they are offended by the crime, or by the viral, visual evidence flying around the internet? I just found it rather humorous that this kid would get suspended when it is not clear that he was the aggressor and it is not clear that he was not assaulted first. However, one thing is clear--it looks bad for FSU. In the aftermath of one QB accused of sexually abusing a female, could they afford another QB scandal? It is my contention that the circumstances is why this suspension is so quick and severe, when they wanted the legal process to play out (with no real backup qb and a national title on the line) in the much-more-serious Winston situation. Fisher has a few options now at qb, they are not in a title chase in June, and there was video evidence that looked bad. Had he been the only qb and had this been in December and had there been no video evidence, and had the program not just been through a qb controversy, would Fisher have taken a stand? No.
Anybody who thinks they know what we have in Frank Alexander on this day, July 8, 2015, is lying to themselves. Here is why, and reasons I am optimistic about him: You are measuring Frank by comparing him to CJ and Hardy in year 4. Compare him to them in year 3. There is still a difference, but a player who fails NFL drug tests repeatedly for marijuana has a serious problem. I read that most NFL players smoke weed, but only one in a thousand gets caught. I have known people who love weed, and it becomes their identity. They surround themselves with other potheads, listen to different music, change their language, etc. Not that he did all of that, but these are signs that it can be a big distraction and impact motivation. Of course, there will be people who read this who get defensive and claim that I do not know what I am talking about--my perspective is from the outside looking in, I will give them that. They will not have long to retaliate, however, because those fries don't salt themselves and the drive thru shows no mercy. Frank joined a church. Again, this is an opportunity for people who know nothing about the church to bash it. Unless they are kissing serpents and drinking poisoned Kool-Aid, I don't give a crap and it is his right to find his method of worship. Call it a cult if you want, but from what I can tell, it is the jolt of positive energy he needed to break away from his drug addiction (I will call it that without proof). I believe that, for the first time, Frank Alexander will be focused. He knows that he is on his last leg, and if the reports of his sobriety are true, you have not seen this version of Alexander. I think we will be fine with him, barring a relapse. If that happens, he is gone.
Easy pick: Funchess Hard Picks: Brian Blechen OLB, Utah. Special teams for now, the third LB when Davis moves on. Dean Marlow, FS James Madison. Again, special teams, but there is room at S behind Boston. Garry Peters, CB Clemson. Every year, we find a rookie CB we didn't know we had. You have to appreciate depth and special teams to get where I am coming from, but these players were gems.