Just going to post thing's we talked about as they come to me....Funny thing is he was reluctant to say too much, I said come on man I am not a reporter..he said yea but you could be blogging..So needless to say I won't say who it was..Plus we talked at my work place so def. not going to give up his name but trust me this info is real from somone who def. knows what's going on.
-Sounded very confident Bell is going to win the LT job. Confident he will be a better LT than he was RT. Said Gary Williams would have been in this competition to if he didn't get hurt last year.
-Says Chandler is an athlete and has the advantage of having less wear and tear on his body since he has not been an NFL o-lineman as long as Bell has.
-Told him I was shocked we didn't take a Tackle in the draft... Said well that should tell you something, they didn't need to. His confidence mirrors that of Gettleman's in regards to having faith in those 2.
-Showed him PFF saying Bell gave up 9 sacks at RT last year, said man no he did not....He also pointed out PFF's love affair with Evan Mathis almost as a way to discredit them..Mentioned PFF and NFL Network love Mathis for some reason.
-Avant has been very impressive at OTA's..."I don't think he's dropped a ball yet"
-The DE depth is not as strong as it looks...Ealy unlikely to be a big impact this year, takes time to groom DE's.
-DT depth is legit. Star will be a perennial Pro Bowler. Won't get credit he's due but he allows others to make plays. Mentioned you really need to have 4 solid DT's and we have that....close your eyes SCP..A co-worker chimed in and said they got that guy from Canada too...to which the guy just kind of shrugged and laughed off.(basically implying he sucks).
-Said fans put way too much in stock in LT VS RT and # 1 WR, ETC. Can always scheme around deficiencies.
-Charles Johnson is probably the strongest D-lineman on the whole team.
System makes the player good, fans make the player famous.
Need to diversify my hobbies if I am reading up on OTA's lol.
The help of veterans is priceless in development for rookies/young players.
Panthers organization is "first class" in regards to how the players are treated.
Spoke about failed drug test.. Totally random and easy for a player to fail for banned substances. For instance water pills can get you in trouble for a diluted sample. Said he hates it when people on the radio say well why didn't the players go the team doctors or trainer's...What they don't know is some team doctors won't put in the time to do the research for you and instead will say "go to the website". Panthers guys will absolutely go out of their way to help tho.
Once you hit 30 teams are looking to replace you, so its important to make as much as you can while you can.
Asked me my favorite players of all time, I said Smith and mentioned how much I liked Peppers until he dipped on us. Said things were not as they seemed when it came to that. I asked if he was forced out..he said not but they were not super upset when he left...Almost made it seem as if we didn't want to pay him and then I said come on now Hurney was good to everyone....His response to that was priceless...
"I love Marty Hurney, My kids love Marty Hurney,my wife loves Marty Hurney, hell my momma loves Marty Hurney."
And the most shocking statement of all..... "Look out for my boy Bersin this year!" I said come on now, do you even think he's going to make the roster?" If he doesn't he'll be back on the PS... Just keep an eye out for him."
Fan's hating on Williams/Stewart because of their cap hit's is stupid.
On Otah flaming out.....Things just happened way to fast for him..Hard to explain.
"I loved Steve Smith, but some didn't know how to take him." Forgot how he worded it but essentially said what we all suspected..His on the field talent was not enough to justify his antic's that rubbed people the wrong way. Didn't really give much insight in what he did, but just said some people didn't know how to take him.
Said he loved hearing the perspective from a fan's point of view as he does not get to hear it often. He really seemed shocked I was not high on Byron Bell, which surprised me.
Edited by panther4life, 05 June 2014 - 06:11 PM.