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  1. Tillman Most Likely Out

    Panthers are 6-1 in the last 7 games Jones played the nickel. They'll be fine. 
  2. 2015 -228 points scored through 8 games. 2010- 196 through 16 games. Yikes.
  3. Ron Rivera or John Fox?

    First 4 seasons: Fox - 36-28 (.562) 5-2 in playoffs. 2 appearances. 1 division title  RR- 32-31-1 (.508) 1-2 in playoffs. 2 appearances. 2 division titles   Overall as Panthers coach: Fox 73-71 (.507)  5-3 in playoffs. 3 appearance. 2 division titles. (1 winning season in his last 5 here) RR- 37-31-1 (.543) 1-2 in playoffs. 2 appearances. 2 division titles   Ron's the better coach. That will become more evident with each season      
  4. Panthers Roster Projection Update

    I only count 52 names listed. 26 O 23 D 3 ST.    Edit: 53 now. either i mscounted before or you fixed it.
  5. Panthers Roster Projection Update

    The Panthers kept 10 offensive lineman last year. link
  6. Dear NFL: Bring Back the Fullback

    Yeah you're right. Part way through 2013 is when I noticed a shift. But NFL offenses are hard to classify these days, especially with the influence of the College game. Everybody seems to run a bit of everything. 
  7. Dear NFL: Bring Back the Fullback

    Panthers are more Erhardt-Perkins than Air Coryell. Mike Shula is a disciple of Ray Perkins . Perkins coached Shula when he was QB @ Alabama. Later Shula worked for Perkins when Ray was head coach at Tampa Bay. TB ran Erhardt-Perkins when Shula was there under Dungy. When Shula became Head Coach of Alabama he hired coordinators that worked under Perkins.  The classic Erhardt-Perkins is a very conservative offense (ex: the Giants under Parcells). Erhardt famously said "You have to throw the ball to score but you have to run the ball to win" (sound familiar?). While both offenses want to establish the run and utilize playaction,  Coryell is all about attacking vertically. E-P is more about taking what the D gives you rather than having multiple receivers streaking downfield. Chud was an Air Coryell guy. Shula may have maintained some of Chud's stuff but it's a totally different philosophy. 
  8. Carolina Panthers 2015 Roster Projection

    I'd be surprised if they only kept 5 LBs to open the season. I think we went with 5 later in the season last year but that was because of injuries at LB and other positions. The last two years they have opened with 6 and they used to keep even more (8 in 2011, 7 in 2012; Hurney loved LBs). I also think 11 DBs is high. They kept 10 in 2013 but that was the most in recent memory. Last year on D we opened with 9 Dline, 6 LB, and 9 DB. That's what I would expect if we only keep 24 on D again this year. Fox used to almost always go 26O/24D but Ron kept 25/25 his first 3 years. I can't remember a team that had more than 26O or one that had more than 25D. In the two years with DG/RR we have kept 2/3QB, 10 OL, 5WR, 4 RB/FB, 4 TE, 5DE, 4DT, 6LB, 6/5 CB, and 4 S. 
  9. Talking Punt Returners

      He wasn't elite but he was certainly above average.   He was 9th in Yds/pr for players with at least 15 returns last year:   He had the best season average of any Panther with more than 15 returns in a season: