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Mr. Scot

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One other thing worth mentioning...

I've never been that much of a Steve Spurrier fan, but I did once believe that he'd probably be a really good NFL coach. Didn't care much for his personality (and his colossal ego) but was okay with the idea of him as the Panthers head coach if he made them a perennial winner.

When the Panthers went for John Fox instead, I thought they'd whiffed.

Turns out Fox was way more successful than Spurrier.

Realistically, there's more than one candidate out there that'll make someone - potentially us, of course - a good head coach. Likewise, some of the guys that seem to have the most potential might turn out to be colossal failures.

Many of us have our favorites, but it'd be a mistake to take the approach that if the Panthers don't get "my guy" we're going to suck. It may not be the guy we predict, or the guy that we want, but it'll be the guy we hope succeeds. Unless of course, you're one of those folks who'd rather see the team flame out than prove you wrong.

(and yeah, there are some fans like that)

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Flame away but I think Gruden is a good possibility. Not perfect in any means but he has some swagger about him.

I'm no expert, not even all that knowledgeable when it comes to coach candidates.....but I like Gruden. Many say he wasn't that great of a coach, or that there are far better, more experienced options.

But there are 3 things that I personally like about him that I believe to be just as important as the things coach scouts look for.

1. Personality. Honestly this is the FACE I want for my team. I want that fire. I want that passion. I know it's actually better to have a level-headed coach, because everyone knows when you are angry you're at least twice as stupid as you are when you are calm. But a few guys, can actually benefit from that and can still make good decisions when they are pissed off...and I have seen our laid-back coach lay down and punt that ball one too many times for my tastes when my gut feeling was f**k JUST GO FOR IT! I think John has all of those things.

2. John's less experienced but he is also young when compared to other coaches. That means two things. First, just like a player can improve, so can a coach. He CAN get better and I'm sure he's learned his fair share of lessons and had plenty of time to look back and reminisce on his past coaching. And two, he may not have any of the old-school coaching mentality that is clearly beginning to hurt some teams whose coaches still stick by it today.

3. Superbowl WIN experience. Sure some credit the coach prior to him for building the team to get there. But the actual coaching of the team TO the Superbowl and TO GET THE WIN goes to him. It always helps when a coach has done it once. You get there so rarely as a team and as a coach that whenever this team may get there again, they would have a coach they can rally around that would make them a little less nervous and more confident to go and get it all.

Just my two cents.

Oh and it also helps that he seems to REALLY want to be here. Plus he also seems to like Jimmy, so if Jimmy does end up being the guy later down the line....could work out just fine.

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Still waiting for Catdaddy to reappear

Doubt he will. Don't really care if he does. I was going to write this thread anyway. Just hadn't sat down to do it (on vacation and being lazy).

The one worry I had was that he'd post a link to supposedly prove his charges which would turn out to be a link to a virus or some such.

On the flipside, I have actually found stuff that I've written before (minicamp reports and such) posted elsewhere with no attribution.

Granted, my posts here aren't exactly copyrighted material, but still...

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Yeah it will probably never happen but here is the Wiki link on him. Second Ive herd the rumors about how defense didn't like him, nothing against a players coach but sometimes being their friend hinders the team performance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Gruden

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Okay. Maybe a couple of coaching profiles are due.

(can't be lazy all week)

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I've never cared for Gruden. I don't think he's capable of rebuilding a struggling team. Whoever gets the job will have to more than likely rebuild the team from scratch.

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The Candidate List

The guys that get the most buzz are Leslie Frazier, Mike Zimmer and Jim Harbaugh. This past Sunday, Frazier and Zimmer's respective units both had subpar games (how much is coaching...how much is personnel...debatable). The guy who's probably the easiest to evaluate at this time is Harbaugh because he actually is a head coach while the others are still coordinators. For them, you have to take what you can get and extrapolate the rest. For Harbaugh, it's whether he can make the transition from college to the pros (though he does have experience as a pro position coach).

Overall, Zimmer is probably still my top choice. I could go with Harbaugh though. Frazier? I'd be okay with it, but I have some doubts.

Been lax this week on the Potential Coaches thread. Probably get back to that next week.

Mike McCoy is also a possibility.

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McCoy is a name a few people have brought up.

I've agreed to consider it, but so far I just can't find a compelling reason to think he's a serious candidate.

(sorry guys; just not seeing it so far)

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If they hire Gruden (which I don't think they will) it will go down as the 2nd worst coaching choice in panther history.

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