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About magnus

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  1. magnus added a post in a topic Which is worse?   

    Both are hard.  Selling out might be harder, because you put resources into something that didn't work.  If Dom Capers believed Jason Peter was a better football player than Randy Moss, then he's blind, but I can understand feeling like Randy Moss is a player that isn't worth the risk. 
    Trading back up for Randy Moss (I swear, do I remember Mike Ditka wanting to trade back up with 1999-2000 picks, for Randy Moss, after trading for Ricky Williams?) and watching him go Rae Carruth, would be more catastrophic.  Or to put it in more realistic terms, I'd have found trading Sean Gilbert's rights for the eventual Peter pick tough, but knowing that it cost them what it did for Gilbert plus the other picks (Peter, Marrow, and Wiley) hurts more.  I would've gladly in retrospect wanted Carolina to give up the 14 pick and be bad on the DL singularly, than give up 14, plus 1999, plus the 2000 pick, and the rotten return on the 1998 2nd for Rashard Anderson, and two thirds in 1998 for the same eventual outcome.
    In comparison, I wish Julius Peppers had been here in 11, 12, 13, 14 but I get it.  That was just terrible timing and an owner doing what he thought was best, even if it took time to recoil from it.
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  2. magnus added a post in a topic Scripted Plays on Offense to Start Games   

    scripted plays are designed to feel out the defense in certain ways - see how they react to motion, see how they react to different formations.  It's partially confirmation of film study tendency, partially setup for something later in the game.  Seeing on play 1 how they react in base for motion to a trips bunch with a draw is a way of attempting to pickup first down yardage, but also to setup a bigger play later.  It's no different than other types of constraint plays that lead to (hopefully) successful variations.  
    And no-huddle doesn't take the OC out of it.  It'd be very short-sighted to think that a no-huddle doesn't take a heavy amount of OC gameplanning. 
    I mean, unless people just wanted to dog the coordinator, which seems to be the point, so don't mind me over here thinking rationally. 
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  3. magnus added a post in a topic Keep Tolbert as a HB?   

    Tolbert will definitely play a dual role, and if healthy, he'll probably still be an upback on punt team and KR among other roles.  Know that someone will really, really have to impress to knock away Brockel, a good blocker and a core special teamer, too.  
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  4. magnus added a post in a topic Top Panthers PFF Performers- Preseason Week 1   

    it's easy to throw out analytics when they don't agree with them.  That's why they're necessary - the same things that emotionally tell you Player X was really great, are the same reasons you can't rely on them to make business decisions.
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  5. magnus added a post in a topic Top Panthers PFF Performers- Preseason Week 1   

    This has real value. 
    It might not grade "your" player well, but on average, it's a set of skilled eyes grading things like blocking in a way no one here can.  It doesn't mean, in 20 plays, for instance that a career is over.  Game 1 of preseason isn't the end-all, be-all determinant (I saw a "cut Ealy" in the other thread and an all but "it's OK that Lee Ward had a -1" - turns out falling off your man in the hole isn't universally accepted) of a player's career.   Right now, positive is a nice thing to have, but a few negatives aren't catastrophic.
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  6. magnus added a post in a topic Lee Ward / Artis Payne Combo   

    Brockel is a good blocker, covers TE and FB, and plays about 5 games' worth of snaps on special teams.  
    I'm not against Ward by any means, but what I see in this vine?  A good pop, which drives the player back, Ward then falls off his block and the defender is in what would've been the hole.
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  7. magnus added a post in a topic Why did Bill Polian leave us so quickly?   

    Which, the amazing thing about that was, both were possible.  It's not like the team had tough choices to make to keep a team together, everyone was new.  It's not like they had to let people walk because of the cap.  They could spend without dead cap.  
    He could've done what he did and simply also drafted well.  Building through the draft doesn't have to mean suffering through players that shouldn't otherwise be on the field.  You want Sam Mills?  You put a kid next to him.  
    They didn't have to choose.  I think, though, that Polian and JR were both on that same mindset early on.  Don't worry about later.  Hell I don't know if there was such a thing as "salary cap hell" yet.
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  8. magnus added a post in a topic Why did Bill Polian leave us so quickly?   

    I'd heard that Mike McCormack and JR didn't get along with Polian, who was a hot head.   McCormack hastened his own departure, and sure maybe Polian wanted that President job.  I don't know, though - a President oversees a lot but doesn't handle the guts. 
    JR, again just from what I recollect, didn't like the way things went down with Kevin Greene and Polian.  I didn't love Greene forcing a hand, but he was getting paid peanuts and they'd just given Michael Barrow a ton.  Polian wouldn't budge.  When Polian left, Greene returned. 
    The thing about that, though, is JR himself seemed to want to have some say.  A strong, belligerent GM doesn't seem like a guy who'll let you have some say.  Believe that or don't, the next three GMs didn't have a lot of power.  Capers was a really poor choice to have more power, and while that was a bad decision, JR didn't scrap the concept when he went to Plan B of Seifert (wherein A was Holmgren).
    I could go into the idea of using an unknown GM/young coach combo in Hurney/Fox and why, but you hopefully get it.   And this isn't a smear bit on Richardson.  Just the concept that it wasn't just Polian or Richardson.  
    Polian was apparently difficult to deal with, absolutely.  You could attack his early cronyism (bringing on three offensive Bills to a team in which those Bills guys didn't fit), he drafted a bit above average here.  When he got to Indy he was dying to take pieces with him, took Tyrone Poole and there was that rumored debauchery where he wanted Kerry Collins enough to flirt with the pick that was Peyton Manning.   Or so I read - and the one place I posted the link, shows a dead link now.  So call that one folklore, it would've taken a lot of resources to have realistically made that trade anyway.
    I wish I knew the answer to the McNair/Collins debate.  I don't know if they would've ever said.   If I had to guess, they had concerns about Carter, found a good sucker in Cincy to trade down, and figured they'd roll the dice.  Would be interesting to know 
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  9. magnus added a post in a topic It may have taken 20 years, but the Panthers are finally Charlotte's team   

    doesn't hurt that Pittsburgh, Washington teams are on the downswing.   Hopefully you're right, and it's not convenience. 
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  10. magnus added a post in a topic Cam in Baltimore. This should have been a bigger story   

    I guess we can be glad Stephen Hill isn't on heroin instead
    But seriously, I love that they trained together.  I do wish he'd have kept his money more locally, but I imagine it's hard to not be noticed in some places.
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  11. magnus added a post in a topic Welcome back, Chris Harris   

    Legit excited about this. 
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  12. magnus added a post in a topic Panthers PFF Grades   

    hey OP - do you have targeted QB ratings for the receivers and back 7?
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  13. magnus added a post in a topic Panthers PFF Grades   

    Kalil might want to up that pass blocking game a hair
    CJ hit/hurried/sacked the QB 4.5 times per game with no bookend.  That's amazing.
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  14. magnus added a post in a topic A beer at lunch....acceptable?   

    a beer is fine.  Make it count, don't get piss water, get something real.   
    Since we're on the topic: 

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  15. magnus added a post in a topic The Panthers, & Cameron Artis-Payne: Explaining the Fit   

    it's fairly simple.  Unlike a lot of the other zone read teams, Malzahn's spread came from the Wing-T offense he'd run early in his (high school?) career.   So while almost everyone's spread zone read is basically the inside or outside zone runs with the QB option attached, a lot of Auburn's have pulling linemen - which is what Carolina does.  
    They'll pull a guard for a QB power, or a read option, or just a good ol' buck sweep.  They run to power. Most spread RBs don't know a lot about that, and CAP does.
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