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  1. Let's play pick two running backs

    SImple. You pick the 2 guys who show the most in preseason and up to final cuts. The guys with the inside track are obviously CAP and Fozzy. It is up to Wegher to show the coaches they have to keep him because he brings great special teams as well as starter potential when Stewart gets injured. If you want to be the man, you have to beat the man............
  2. Trai Turner hires new representation...

    Hopefully he has one ring and the chance to be part of the best team in Panther history by 2017 so he wants to be here and will work out a cap friendly deal. And Gettleman who hates to lose his own homegrown talent will pay him 50-60 million dollars meaning he will never have to work a day in his life after he retires even assuming he doesnt make another big payday down the road. Could he get more from Jerry Jones to play in Dallas? Probably. But if he wants to be here and be part of the team then he take a few million less in exchange for playing on the best team in the league. Seems to me that the difference between 12 and 10 million shouldn't drive you away unless money is the only thing. And then you dont really fit in anymore. Just ask Charles Johnson.......
  3. The Black Luke Kuechly...

    I like Michael Irvin's enthusiasm and excitement but the rest is way over the top. Given that Kuechly was second in the nation in tackles his freshmen year and led the nation his sophomore and junior years before coming out early, that is a hard act to follow for anyone. Given the battles it will take just for Smith to play again in the NFL it is actually pretty unfair to expect much of anything out of him let alone to be as dominant as Luke has been since he came into the league. This kind of hype often does more damage than good. I kind of wish he hadn't set up Smith this way.
  4. Garrett > Funchess?

    Garrett has the speed, height and athleticism to be a good receiver in the NFL. I like what I am hearing about his desire and the chip on his shoulder which is shared by many folks on this team. I hope he makes the squad and is a good player for us. Then again I liked Taye Biddle quite a bit some years ago so what do I know......
  5. When a player doesn't fit your system

    Rivera didnt lose them anymore than the players did. You can argue that Rivera wasnt aggressive enough but you could argue that Cam didnt know how to finish games and win in crunch time like he did last year or that players failed to execute on defense and let teams beat them such as Norman's gaffe that cost us the Buffalo game everyone blames on Rivera.
  6. When a player doesn't fit your system

    Every team has a system in place that players have to fit into. And no college system is as complicated as the most simplistic NFL system. That isnt the issue. The issue was whether you pick athletes who have athletic potential and teach them your system, or pick players who have experience in your type of system so they can fit right in. Fox was terrible at developing players. If you couldnt play in his system right away you didnt make it longterm. How many receivers did we ever develop under Fox. Now think how many receivers have we already developed under Rivera.
  7. When a player doesn't fit your system

    Under Fox we did a lot of picking folks who fit our system and using vets primarily, but with the current group of coaches we are bringing in guys who are athletic and teaching them the system. The using guys who fit your system right away is fine if you need instant contributors but using the athletic talented model is much better to raise the overall depth and quality of your team and build for the long term.
  8. Too bad for them you get no credit for winning the NFL in April and May.
  9. Panthers list Jeremy Cash as linebacker.

    Our linebackers and safeties are often interchangeable given we play linebackers in coverage more than many teams and run alot of nickel.
  10. Video: Panthers rookies Garrett vs Sanchez

    I don't think you can look at college film and determine if a player will do better or worse in college without considering that college offenses and defenses are nothing like professional offenses for the most part. College corners for example rarely play press coverage yet in the NFL corners are expected to be able to do that even if you play primary zone. No team lines up in the same coverage or they get abused easily. What you look for is size, speed athleticism and intelligence which you can't teach. The rest you can.
  11. Kony is turned loose.

    Charles Johnson was a third round pick and didn't become a starter until year 4 starting 4 games his first 3 years. Ealy by comparison started 0 his rookie year and 9 games this past year. Seems to me he is well ahead of Johnson's pace at this point.
  12. Kony is turned loose.

    What was consistent about them was their resistance to being coached and doing your job on every play within the system. The problems have been between their ears not due to physical limitations. He is playing for a starter role and to prove he is worth a big contract after 2017. Hopefully like Josh, he gets it.
  13. Trading up with the Titans

    Makes sense. With 2 picks so close they can trade down and pick up more picks. Who would have to be there to justify a 3rd this year and third next year or something close.
  14. Dave likes physically gifted athletic guys on both sides of the line. Butler is just that. So we picked him to replace Love next year and set out DTs for the next 5-7 years. He really likes ours young DEs we already have including Cox and Delaire. Now look at the DT depth and Love is going on 30 and Soleil is 32.
  15. 2016 Panthers First Round Draft Selection Tree

    Coleman is not only a great receiver but could be excellent as a return man. He would be a great replacement for Ginn whose contract ends after 2016. If he is there it would be a great choice. And we likely would trade back up and snag another guy we have a first round grade who drops.