[quote name='Mr. Scot']DEPARTURESJAKE DELHOMME:
My best hope: the team keeps him on-board in some sort of coaching capacity. Delhomme has shown himself to be the kind of guy you want as a mentor to the younger QBs. Mike McCoy critics would likely love to see Delhomme replace his QB coach. I doubt we'll see that (at least not next
year) but he's good for the team, and I'd love to see his influence remain even if it isn't in an on-field role.[/quote]
I think he'd be great as an emotional and supportive leader, but Jake has never displayed a real understanding of disciplined and fundimental QB play. So I'm not sure I'd want him to be the one developing my young QB, or even mentoring a vet.
[quote name='Mr. Scot'] MIKE TRGOVAC:
To be clear, I'm not new to the anti-Trgo movement, but I think tonight was definitive. yes, the defense didn't give up as much in the second half, but I think you'd have to say the Cardinals took their foot off the gas (and why not? we were posing no threat)
I do agree that he is not a good fit here. If we can plug a couple of holes, I think this team has the talent to be a scary good defense, but they are not being used to the best of their abilities. They are a fast and athletic group, and I think they would thrive in an aggressive system such as Philly employs.
[quote name='Mr. Scot'] KEN LUCAS:
That he's miscast as a physical corner on a defense that prefers zone coverage is valid, and not his fault. With that said, his combination of age, salary and overall quality make it pretty unlikely he'll still be a Panther next season. Shame because I like him. The downside though? I'm not dead certain that his heir apparent, Richard Marshall, is the answer as a starting corner. maybe he is, but I'm not convinced of that at this point.[/quote]
I agree, I think that this year, Lucas' play slipped quite a bit. In the past when he had struggles, you could look to injuries as a possible excuse, but this season he has just been all around bad, despite being relatively healthy. I don't know if it's that he's lost a step or if the system is really hindering him, but he has been out of position or just plain beaten far too many times this year to feel comfortable with him as a starter.
As for Marshall, I just think he is mediocre at best. I can probably count on one hand the number of time he's had good, tight coverage on his man. Almost every time there's plenty of separation for the QB to get the ball to the receiver. DEMOTIONS
[quote name='Mr. Scot'] DAMIONE LEWIS:
I like Lewis, but I like him a lot better as a situational rusher than I do as an every down lineman. Likewise I prefer Ma'ake Kemoeatu as a two down player geared toward running downs. To be clear, I believe the team made the right decision when it ousted Kris Jenkins. With that said, I also think the team needs to find an every down DT to take his spot next year, allowing them to go back to using Kemo and Lewis situationally as they did when Jenkins was here.[/quote]
I like Lewis as well, and think he is better suited for the back-up pass rusher role. We definitely need a solid 3 down DT this off-season. Unfortunately, I don't know who will be available this year that can fill that spot. And picking as late as we will in the draft, I don't know if we'll find anyone ready to step right in and start.
[quote name='Mr. Scot'] NA'IL DIGGS:
You might read this and think "Diggs did nothing glaringly wrong this season" and you'd be right. With that said, I think his best contribution on the defense has been veteran presence and leadership. At this point, I believe Jon Beason has enough seasoning to fill that role, and for that reason i can see Diggs being demoted so that a younger, faster guy can take over, solidifying what could be one of the best linebacking corps in the league (if they get the right guy).[/quote]
I'll disagree here. I think Diggs has been one of the more consistent defenders this year. No, he's not spectacular, but he is staedy and reliable and doesn't make many mistakes. And I believe his successor is already on the roster (Connor), but since he was on IR, will need another year before he brings more than Diggs.
[quote name='Mr. Scot']RETURNS
Without much comment, here are the people whose ouster and or replacement I think some folks will be calling for undeservedly:
Charles Godfrey (hit the rookie wall, but still good for the future)
Godfrey actually had a much better year than many want to give him credit for. Like all rookies, he has had his ups and downs, but overall he's done fine. It's easy for some to blame the rookie when a mistake in the defensive backfield occurs, but I think as the season went on, it was obvious that Marshall and Lucas were not the shining stars many thought them to be before the season. Yet, initial impressions seem to last...rightly or wrongly.
[quote name='Mr. Scot']Tyler Brayton/Charles Johnson (an able enough rotation on the other side if Peppers stays)
I really like this duo. They will probably never be stars, but they are both solid DE's that can manage their side quite well. The biggest problem is that there has been little inside pressure on passing downs. Get a solid DT, and I think we'll see a much more disruptive force opposite Peppers.
[quote name='Mr. Scot']Mark Jones (unspectacular perhaps, but solid and improving)
I do think Robinson will be a better and more explosive returner with experience, but Jones is a solid returner that doesn't make mistakes and has earned the right to at least compete for the job.
[quote name='Mr. Scot']John Kasay (still has a year two in him, Rhys Lloyd looks like a decent understudy)
Kasay recently re-signed for a few more years, and think he will play them out. And while I like Lloyd, I worry about his inconsistent KO's and if he'll ever be accurate enough to trust with FG's.
[quote name='Mr. Scot']Jeff Davidson (still learning, and was outmatched tonight, but is steadily getting better)
Davidson is fine. I believe he gets a bum rap whenever the offense doesn't control. But I have no doubt that he is a bit hamstrung by Fox's conservative philosophy. We see too many similarities between this offense and Henning's for Fox not to have a hand in it.
[quote name='Mr. Scot']John Fox (still the best coach the Panthers have had; any calls to get rid of him now are unfounded)
I agree that fox is the best coach this team has ever had. And in no way do I see him being let go. There is also no doubt that he is a good coach that would find a job almost immediately if we fired him. However, I do worry that he may be one of those coaches that can have his teams competative year in and year out but not really be a true SB coach. In other words, I fear there may be a limit to how good his teams will consistently be.
IMO, Fox has a conservative and stubborn streak that can get in the way of his teams success on occasion. For example, his tendency to let off the gas once we get a lead, or his sticking with certain players past the point that it's obvious they are not the best option. If he can learn to loosen up on those two traits, then I think he can be one of the truly elite coaches in the league.
Edited by Woodie, 11 January 2009 - 04:22 AM.