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#1 Stroupe-a-loop

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 05:32 AM

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A WHOLE PIE!

It seems like a lot of people are worked up about that preseason game. The final score looked bad, and the game was rough at times, but anybody who saw that game as a "revelation" has not been or isn't paying attention. I think we can sit up in the sober light of dawn (even though it's not dawn yet) and say a couple things:

 

We do have a Franchise Quarterback.

 

We have a quarterback that plays through injuries, rust, and pressure in a PRESEASON GAME. A lot of other guys would have shut it down after that shot to the ribs. Cam Newton is a man and a leader who looks like he might be developing further as a passer this offseason.

 

We do not have a Perfect Quarterback.

 

Tom Brady accurately, consistently, and with variation drove his team down field. He is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, if not the greatest of all time. Cam doesn't look that good because, maybe, five guys have been that good. Ever. Tom Brady is also approaching forty and hasn't won a superbowl since before Terrell Owens was a laughing stock. Cam was not perfect tonight, but he was better than a vast majority of quarterbacks would have been. Valid criticism is important, but appreciating what you have and what your opponent is too.

 

We have a great young receiver in Kelvin Benjamin.

 

Benjamin came into the league with much more polish and ability than many draft experts thought. It already looks like we got a steal with our pick and many teams will regret passing on him. Credit to Cam and Ricky Proehl for working with him so much, but also credit Benjamin for working so hard to be ready now. The future at wideout looks bright for the first time in a while.

 

We do not have great depth at receiver.

 

Cotchery and Avant are nothing special, and none of the young guys outside of Benjamin will give us a ton this year. Philly Brown may be a average punt returner, which is way more than I expected from any of these guys. We are lucky so many people were wrong about Benjamin because we would struggle to get separation anywhere if not for him and Olsen. One of Cotchery or Avant will probably develop into a inconsistent but passable option like Lafell was last year. Frustrating at times, but enough for us to get by on.

 

We do have a young left tackle that struggles with speed rushers.

 

Byron Bell has been a steal. To get that kind of play from an UDFA is amazing, but we know what he is. We have known for years. For some people to pretend he was suddenly going to turn a corner this season and become an entirely different player this season was silly.

 

We do not have the death of the 2014 season at left tackle.

 

In 2005, we moved an overmatched Travelle Wharton to left tackle. He was inconsistent, and at times downright terrible (six sacks given up to the Bears at Soldier Field, a game I skipped out on class and financial obligations to go see). He was also solid enough, consistently enough to give us a chance to win. From what I have seen, Byron Bell does not look much better or worse than Travelle did that season. So, hopefully, he is enough.

 

We do have a chance to have back to back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.

 

There is enough talent on this team to make the playoffs. Newton, Davis, Kuechly, Benjamin, Olsen, Star, Johnson, Hardy, etc form an amazing, young nucleus that learned how to win last year. We will be dangerous this year, and better in years to come.

 

We do not have a guarantee to have back to back winning seasons.

 

It will not be a cake walk. We have enough holes on this team to regress to 8-8 or 7-9. But football is a weird, rarely predictable, game. So I would therefore encourage you to go to the games, cheer hard, and hope we get a few lucky breaks along the way.

 

Go Panthers.



#2 BIGH2001

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 05:35 AM

A steal? As in he steals his paycheck every week. I'm lost.

#3 MHS831

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:17 AM

In the regular season, we probably would not leave Bell on an island with a speed rusher.  TE, FB help is needed



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:23 AM

Death at left tackle may be an accurate malaprop.

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#5 Right Hand Arm Man

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:30 AM

Well at least the op isnt pulling out his hair like some of the folks here.



#6 Stroupe-a-loop

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:32 AM

Death at left tackle may be an accurate malaprop.

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That occurred to me, but there have been plenty of shaky tackles and it's been a long time since somebody died on a football field. . .  right? Maybe get Cam an extra flack jacket just in case.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:26 PM

We do have a Franchise Quarterback.

 

We have a quarterback that plays through injuries, rust, and pressure in a PRESEASON GAME. A lot of other guys would have shut it down after that shot to the ribs. Cam Newton is a man and a leader who looks like he might be developing further as a passer this offseason.

 

 

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#8 Razeyfingers

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:43 PM

Uhmm Tom Brady also hasnt won a superbowl since Spygate.

 

 



#9 Eazy-E

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 12:42 AM

fisrt, Give Cam Newton Tom Brady's line and see what happens. Second, Tom Brady fractures a rib in a preseason game he will not return to the game. Thrid, ???



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 12:56 AM

Death from the Left, 2014



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:01 AM

What on God's green earth is a Tom Brady? Never heard of it.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 01:03 AM

But really, it's a real toss-up for us coming out of the gate.  

 

In the case Cam needs to miss week 1, I think we could beat Josh McNown's little TB team with DA.  He could be inspired for a crazy awesome game due to his baby kid being born.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 07:45 AM

In the regular season, we probably would not leave Bell on an island with a speed rusher.  TE, FB help is needed

TE help was the culprit for one of the sacks.  Bell only gave up one sack.  The other was a chip block from the TE, that pushed the defender too far inside.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 09:07 AM

:lolu:

 

Ban the time-travelling troll from 3 years ago?



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 09:37 AM

Nice perspective. Tend to agree with you on most of your points.  As far as depth at WR, I actually believe we have more depth but just don't have the name sack of Smitty which causes most folks to believe we have no one. 




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