People missing the point
Posted 09 November 2010 - 10:17 AM
What really burns me is that Richardson did this knowing season ticket holders would have to pay-up regardless of what he put on the field.
I think with the PSL situation we have in Charlotte that its fairly un-ethical to pull a cheap-skate as some NFL owners do.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 11:56 AM
What really rubs me the wrong way is if we knew Fox was on his way out and we were preparing to rebuild and clean house for the next coach is the fact that we sacrificed this years 2nd for armanti who was said to be a project from the beginning. That move was soo dumb that it actually led me to believe that Fox didnt buy into the fact that this would be his last year here.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:32 PM
More than one coach has seen big improvement on their second (sometimes third) job. Bill Belichick would probably be prime example. There's also Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Marv Levy and others. Sometimes they just need to learn from their mistakes.
What we need is someone on their second head coaching job. Most NFL coaches do their best work with the second team they run.
Of course, there's the flipside. Guys like Norv Turner, Herm Edwards, Dom Capers, Rich Kotite, etc. It's no guarantee.
Potential retreads from this season would be guys like Marvin Lewis, Eric Mangini, Lovie Smith, Brad Childress, Chan Gailey and our old buddy Jack Del Rio.
Edited by Mr Scot, 09 November 2010 - 12:36 PM.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 01:23 PM
The Browns moving to Baltimore wasn't exactly his fault.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 01:32 PM
There was only one mistake here and cutting the veterans and keeping Fox were all part of it. It wasn't to save money down the road or even save much cap space, it was going on the cheap to save money in 2010 plain and simple.
First of all the idea that we got rid of a bunch of contracts by dumping the veterans that would have hurt us next year or beyond is totally overblown. There were 3 guys who had contracts for 2011 and beyond out of the group of nine starters that were released. Diggs had just been signed to an extension in January of 2010 and then cut 4 months later. Why?? Because when Peppers left the philosophy changed and we gutted the team. Otherwise explain why you would give a guy an extension and then cut him 4 months later in the off-season when there were no injury issues or even draft picks that we made to change the idea of keeping him.
But I digress. Look at Kemo and Lewis, when we didn't give them the bonus in the off-season their contracts reverted to 1 year deals which would have been off the books in 2011. Hoover's contract was up after 2010. Moose would have been fine with a 1 year deal. Jake was going to get paid one way or the other so keeping him wouldn't have hurt at all. Vincent's contract was up as well. Peppers was gone and there was nothing we could have done about it but everyone else was clearly going to be gone after 2010 anyway. So the only other guy who was cut to save perhaps 2-3 million a year was Harris. Please show me all of these bad contracts we cut and all the cap space we saved. It isn't there. Jake, Harris and Diggs were the only guys of the veterans who were cut who were even on the books beyond 2010. And a good case could be made in light of this season that Jake, Diggs and Harris could have helped this team a lot. We cut Jake to help Moore who lasted 2 games, don't have a WLB right now with Beason moving to the middle, and I think even losing a step Harris is much better at strong safety than Godfrey who still looks lost out there half the time.
The reality is that cutting the veterans and not cutting Fox is all the same mistake. The mistake is that Richardson was hell bent on saving money this year not down the road. So cutting most of the veterans was not cutting bad and costly contracts, it was cutting money this year. Keeping Fox was the same thing- saving the 6 million we were going to lose if we paid him.
This is half of THE big mistake JR made. The other half was to set things in motion to spend as close to nothing in 2011 as possible.
All thoughts & actions have a starting point and this was it. No tenders were made for more than 1 year. Not even the 2 coaches we signed were offered longer than 1 year contracts. They haven't extended any current players.
JR had no choice but to keep John Fox, apparently he didn't think there was anyone else on staff that could do it. No other head coach possibility with any talent would agree to sign a 1 year contract. Why would they with all the CBA uncertainty? I talked about this last spring, JR didn't have many choices because of bad decisions he had already made. And he stubbornly plowed forward.
I can not ever believe that anyone in the organization ever thought the Panthers would be this bad. I do doubt, however, if JR ever thought that he was fielding a playoff team. His first thought was saving money. I'll accept his apology when he gives me money back for this year's season tickets.
The fact is that Richardson didn't care what the product on the field looked like. He is saving money and that is frankly all he cares about right now. The apology to the fans crap is about as phony as you can get.
Some how, some way, I'm wondering if Danny Morrison didn't come in with tall tales of how he pulled off such a "cleansing of the soul" once.
And don't ever, ever compare what JR did this year to how the Steelers or Packers handle their team. Neither team has ever handled their personnel this badly. What JR has done is insulting to the entire NFL. It's our players who will suffer the most. My livelihood is not dependent upon what JR does.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:04 PM
Yeah, we can all continue to write up very eloquent posts about who's to blame and all, but that gets this fan base nowhere. I will continue to root for my team this year, but not constantly look for someone to blame for the walls crashing down when we happen to lose.
2011 = tabula rasa
2010 = Soak in the suckiness, let's have fun with it
Edited by Beach, 09 November 2010 - 02:12 PM.