I never post but need to say some things about the team
Posted 29 April 2010 - 01:11 PM
As the title indicates I rarely post on this board, although I've loved reading it for years and have been a Carolina fan since the day Jake Delhomme took over for Peete. I grew up in Asheville but have lived in Seattle since 2000 (god, 05 NFC Champ sucked!) I'm also a professional NFL handicapper and I advise people of who to bet on each and every week for a small cost.
I've been reading a lot of opinions about the team and felt the time had finally come for me to put in my 2 cents.
I believe there is much to be optimistic about this season, for me what sums up our 8-8 season and our playoff collapse in '08 is Jake Delhomme, its obvious to me that Jake was never the same after the surgery although I had hoped that wouldn't be the case. I'm a fan because I loved the chemistry and identity of the team with Fox, Jake, smith etc.. over this past era.
Carolina is a pretty complete team with good decision makers and coaching staff, we haven't had back to back winning seasons but are still a much better organization than a lot of teams. It's understandable that the team was loyal to Jake last year prior to injury, but It was my opinion as soon as the season that the Panthers would cut ties with Delhomme as it was pretty clear he could no longer do what was expected, and that they would continue with Moore as well as drafting a QB (which I hoped would be Jimmy but didn't think he would fall to us)
I know I was so excited to see Matt Moore play the way he did with the team the last games of last season. The thing that was apparent to me was that we were spreading the ball around a lot more, and also it seemed Moore was hooking up with S. Smith on a deep TD nearly every game, something that had been sorely missing. I firmly believe had we started with Moore at the start of the year we would have won 10+ games.
I was very glad to see trgo leave and meeks hired, most D coordinators really shine in there 2nd year, I would say that his 1st year here exceeded expecations, It was nice to see the Panthers getting a lot of takeaways, which had been missing. Run D suffered but losing Kemo so close to the start of the year hurt us there, I believe pass D will be just as good this year and Run D will improve its just a matter of how much. I'm not even gonna elaborate on our running game as everyone knows its one of the best in NFL history thus far.
I'm excited to have a fresh season where Moore will start from Day 1 most likely, and its safe to assume the players are behind him and have confidence in his ability to lead them to wins, its also nice we have another guy behind him to groom or to sub in for injury etc... I've seen alot of people claim this to be a rebuilding year. After examining the current state of the team, and also the favorable schedule and our prior history, I think fans can expect 10+ wins and at least a wild card berth this year.
Lastly, a lot of fans are in doom and gloom mood because of Peppers leaving, while he's a great player no doubt I believe some of our other guys will now have the breathing room to step up in that role in his absence. I'm very confindent we will have a top 10 running game, passing game, run D, pass D.... this year. To me the only wild card in this whole thing is how well our O line and D line will play this year. O line should be strong, and D line is a little more of a question but even if they don't improve at all, it must be remembered we won 8 games last year with the toughest schedule in the NFC, and this year its more favorable and we will start the year with a much more efficient QB.
Posted 29 April 2010 - 01:19 PM
I think you'll find a lot of guys who are as optimistic as you are. I'm among them. I do worry about our run defense next year, but our strengths -- running the ball, good pass defense -- should make up for it.
I also agree that, had we started Moore last year, we would have won at least 10 games.
Posted 29 April 2010 - 01:34 PM
Welcome aboard and if you have some bewbie pics, you know what to do....
Posted 29 April 2010 - 01:38 PM
:clutches his tinfoil hat:
Posted 29 April 2010 - 01:44 PM
Posted 29 April 2010 - 01:48 PM
We will not have a top 10 run and pass D and O. Way to much to ask if you ask me.
Most likely we will have a top 5 run O, and top 10 pass D. But that is where it stops.
This is not a playoff team, and that's not saying that the sky is falling, nor that I am upset about it, but we do have some issues that will keep us from making a good run.
Posted 29 April 2010 - 01:53 PM