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  1. Let's talk about Ted Ginn Jr.

    Ginn is a great value for a very reasonable price. It isn't that we couldn't replace him so much as he bring a lot to the table for very little.  He stepped up and played as our number 1 receiver and had a very productive year.  Imagine what he will do out of the slot next year. Maybe put Ginn in the slot and Philly in motion.  I don't see us getting into a bidding war for Jefferies.  Or that bringing in a high priced free agent receiver is needed with Funchess and Benjamin already on the roster. I would think a big cost free agent pickup would be more on the defensive side than the offense. Just a feeling I get. 
  2. I suspect that the amount of playing time Boston gets is in direct relationship to his understanding of where to be on every play.  Some guys know it intellectually and don't have the physical skills. Still others have all the physical gifts and not the ability to see what it is developing and make a play on the ball because they could anticipate what was going to happen rather than always be aggressive and get burned by double moves and poor discipline. Boston has great potential but needs the consistency to show he can be where he has to be in this high accountability defense.
  3. Lawsuit against Kony Ealy...bizarre

    It makes  no sense that Ealy would be asking someone for 3000 to invest in a business.  He got a four year 3.5 million deal which paid him a base salary of almost 600,000 in 2015 and he got almost 900000 as a signing bonus. If he thought this business was a good one, he would have slapped down 6000 in a heartbeat. I suspect he could get a loan anywhere. Why ask a stranger for money. And if it is a con, what in the world would he be doing wasting his time with chump change deals. And it just comes out  when Ealy is in the news?  Sounds like Johnson is doing the conning, not the other way around. Or at least dogman is running the show not Ealy.  He wouldn't be the first NFL player who tried to help out a family member or friend and got drug into a lawsuit.  It is going to cost a lot more to prosecute than just payoff which is likely what Johnson is counting on. I am sure Ealy would just have paid it off unless he has nothing to hide and wants to prove his innocence.  Something  to look forward to hearing about in the offseason. . 
  4. I figure we will bring in a vet or two and even draft one if they are BPA. Boston will get his shot to shine. Hopefully he really comes on and does well.  I would think any panther fan would hope he plays awesome this year. Will he? The ball is in his court.....
  5. Is Kony Ealy the next great Panthers defensive end?

    agreed. I wish other folks understood how important it is for players to buy into the system, play their role and be coachable.. Folks who have coached sports at a competitive level understand that there are often players who have good skills but they are a detriment to the team if they dont buy into the philosophy of the team.  They not only underperform their potential but hurt team chemistry and a sense of fairness among the players.  I love that Gettleman and Rivera are willing to sacrifice short term gains for long term success.  Too many times coaches play guys with great talent who act as if they are entitled or special and dont have to put out the effort that everyone has to put out.  That always divides players and the locker room.   
  6. Is Kony Ealy the next great Panthers defensive end?

    This is exactly what I was pointing out to those who think that he should have played all year and that Rivera unfairly played veterans over him.  Ealy is just like Josh Norman in that he has very good talent and could be a dominant player.  But he wasnt because he came in overweight, showed inconsistent effort particularly in the first half of the year and needed to be shown that regardless of whether he was a second round pick, he was going to earn a starting spot.  So like Norman, Ealy was used situationally and didnt start every game.  I think like Norman, he now gets it and will come in next year ready to play and prove to everyone his worth and become a leader on the defensive side of the ball.   It is up to him to take the opportunity and run with it or continue to underperform and not live up to his potential.
  7. People with PSLs will sell the season tickets if they plan to when their invoice is due. Should be in March sometime if I remember correctly. The question you should ask is how much will they cost and will ticket prices go up after such a good year.
  8. JNo - To Tag or Not to Tag?

    And you know that how? I love people with absolutely no football experience questioning a guy who won coach of the year two of the last three years. So when the player in question admits he had issues, he is just towing the line. no. Just let it go. You  have no credible argument here.  Norman didn't start tbecause the team had to teach him that you either conform to the system or you don't play no matter how much talent you have. The same with Ealy this year. Guys Come out of college with huge egos, they have to be humbled and taught they aren't bigger than the team.
  9. JNo - To Tag or Not to Tag?

    And your opinion doesn't trump what Norman himself admitted about why he didn't start. It isn't being fresher it is making sure they know their responsibilities in our defense in every situation. Experience is as important or more so than being younger.  Rivera has a history of building top notch defenses everywhere he has gone. But let's ignore all that because you don't agree.  
  10. JNo - To Tag or Not to Tag?

    Not even close. He didn't play as a starter because he was not willing to stay within the system and play his responsibility instead of free lancing all the time. Plus he shot his mouth off and was very undisciplined.  Once he got the message and did what he was supposed to do he started and shined. This has been discussed ad nauseum. Where have you been???
  11. JNo - To Tag or Not to Tag?

    JNo could sign a 4 year deal for roughly 45 million with 25 guaranteed. That would be a fair deal and would guarantee he played his best years here and stI'll provide some cap help in year 1.  This would not break the bank at all and not stop us from signing other players. If he doesn't take it some other very good vet corner will give up a decent deal for a possible super bowl ring. 
  12. First of all this has been discussed many times before so my comment about not being hard to understand is not an indictment of your intelligence but confusion about why you persist to say Rivera is loyal to veterans or won't make the hard calls when there is an easy to understand reason which you continue to argue against. As to your reasoning he played rookies last year because he had to, that isn't true either. He could have gotten vets like they did this year with McClain and Finnegan instead of going with rookies but they felt that the rookies were ready to play. You want to know why Ealy didn't start this year? He came in overweight, showed inconsistent effort and was intentionally not the starter during the yesr to teach him a lesson like they did to Norman in the past. They have a long range plan and are willing to sacrifice short term gains for long term success. They made him earn being the starter. Watch next year, Ealy will be a beast and start right away.
  13. The reason we don't play rookies until later in the year or often until their sophomore year is simple. This offense and defense is complicated to master and requires players to know where to be on every play or we give up a big play. Veterans simply understand the ins and outs of football better and make a quicker adjustment. Vets who have played in the system make fewer mistakes generally.  Rookies play when they show they have better skill and understand the system better. That is why so many rookies played at the end of the season last year. It wasn't just due to injury but they weren't ready until then. Not complicated to understand.
  14. I don't usually see things in racial terms regarding Cam's perception among fans and the media, but this article was well written and pretty damning. Makes me pause and reconsider my previous thoughts.
  15. Didn't he start 7 rookies last year in a playoff game?? Didn't he start Newton as a rookie along with Keuchly and a slew of other guys. That criticism is simply one more wrong perception by casual fans who have no clue what they are talking about.