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#37 The Link

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 11:31 AM

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 11:41 AM

We will know what Pep means to this team if we don't have him back. It will be a shame. People hear one or two knuckleheads make some statement that never even played the game and repeat it enough times until it seems to make sense and they even start to believe it.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 11:44 AM

Prisco is and always will be a douchebag. Sacks sacks sacks sacks sacks...give me a break. It's not the only metric for a DE.


Especially for Peppers, give me the 5 forced fumbles a year and a few ints to add on to the sacks. Plus the fact that other teams have to game plan against him, he forces plays to the opposite side of the field. We can overload on the opposite side. I could swear 75% of the Peppers haters are NC State fans that have the Carolina envy and hate anyone who was ever a Tar Heel even tho it has no relevance at this stage. If you are a Panthers fan, you want Peppers here. Period.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 11:59 AM

I'm confident Charles Johnson can replace him, but I would like to keep him if possible. There's a lot of great memories I associate with Pep, and it may be selfish as a fan, but I think of the guys who have been drafted by us and played here, Pep and Smitty have a very good chance of making the Hall of Fame when they hang em up...

I'd like to keep guys like that here for their entire career. And I don't think Pep will be suddenly "washed up" at 30. I think he's got at least 4 more excellent years left.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 12:06 PM

I'm confident Charles Johnson can replace him, but I would like to keep him if possible. There's a lot of great memories I associate with Pep, and it may be selfish as a fan, but I think of the guys who have been drafted by us and played here, Pep and Smitty have a very good chance of making the Hall of Fame when they hang em up...

I'd like to keep guys like that here for their entire career. And I don't think Pep will be suddenly "washed up" at 30. I think he's got at least 4 more excellent years left.


Charles Johnson is in a good position to replace Peppers right now. He has shown a good nose for getting to the QB and is still very young. Him and Everette Brown were brought in to be the futures at the DE position, and with Ron Meeks at D-Coordinator now, he likes fast, undersized guys, like we saw on the Colts.

Now when you've got a guy like Peppers, IMO you can't just let a guy like that walk away, but the article by Prisco brings up some good points. He is entering the age where players start to decline. Peppers is an extreme case because he is such a physical freak, but not even he can hide from father time. If the Panthers are smart, they are working the phones trying to get offers on the table if they decide to tag him. Getting a first for Peppers would make me believe in our front office again.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 12:24 PM

Peppers will surely be missed but frankly his perceived worth is more than the reality and we can't justify paying 20 million a year. He will end up somewhere else on a contract which like Haynesworth on paper makes him the highest paid player in the game but which ultimately he never sees the last 2 or 3 years unless he performs well above predictions.

As for his rep taking plays off, it is there from what I have observed. Peppers is the type of player that can dominate a game and when motivated is almost unstoppable. There are series and games where his performance is frankly pedestrian at best. Sure teams gameplan for him but at times he has been handled by single blockers who were not probowlers or even great players. Looking for proof will yield you what you want or expect to find. Finding an example one way or the other isn't going to be definitive anyway. Normally Peppers at 75% is better than other players at 100%. But when he wants to be paid as the best and his numbers are only top 10, there is a disconnect.