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#1 SnarkAttack

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:19 PM

Nothing much new here - FWIW, they have us picking #1 again.....

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:26 PM

Honestly, anyone who thinks that we are going to pick #1 again next season (if there IS a season this year) is an absolute moron and should have their credentials revoked. Carolina was VERY unlucky last year as far as injuries to key players, and we had a QB that was literally worse than almost anything I've ever seen in my life.

Now we have Ron Rivera, an entirely new staff, Cam Newton, and a healthy defense. Last place my ass.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:32 PM

Of course, I'd rather us have the worst record and #1 pick than go 3-13 and have the 3rd pick - for obvious reasons....

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:34 PM

I read the article in its entirety and didn't see where the journalist said we would be picking first again next draft. All it said was that he expected us to finish last in our division because we are in the hardest division in football and have a new coach.

Maybe I missed something.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:38 PM

I read the article in its entirety and didn't see where the journalist said we would be picking first again next draft. All it said was that he expected us to finish last in our division because we are in the hardest division in football and have a new coach.

Maybe I missed something.


You're right - that comment is in the full NFL season preview - not the one linked.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:46 PM

Honestly, anyone who thinks that we are going to pick #1 again next season (if there IS a season this year) is an absolute moron and should have their credentials revoked. Carolina was VERY unlucky last year as far as injuries to key players, and we had a QB that was literally worse than almost anything I've ever seen in my life.


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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:52 PM

I expect mediocrity this season. Somewhere from 6-10 to 9-7. I think we have potential to be 2nd or 3rd in the division this year though, if we come out swinging and have a little bit of luck. Not likely, but possible. 3rd or 4th in the division is much more likely. Either way, anything is an improvement over that wreck of a season last year. I'm just excited to see the new and improved Panthers on the field.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:52 PM

Honestly, anyone who thinks that we are going to pick #1 again next season (if there IS a season this year) is an absolute moron and should have their credentials revoked. Carolina was VERY unlucky last year as far as injuries to key players, and we had a QB that was literally worse than almost anything I've ever seen in my life.

Now we have Ron Rivera, an entirely new staff, Cam Newton, and a healthy defense. Last place my ass.


To play Devil's Advocate, you're saying we have a new coach who has never been a head coach before, a QB who many people consider a work in progress, a defense with it's biggest need still glaring along with other holes, a completely new offensive system using players drafted for the old system, a completely new defensive scheme using players drafted for the old scheme, health concerns for arguably our most important linemen, questions whether two of our best offensive weapons from years past will be on the team next year, etc etc etc

You have to take off the homer glasses and put the optimism that's running rampant aside for a minute and look at things from everyone other than Carolina fans' perspective. Things don't look bright.

Sure everything could gel perfectly and we could be one of those first year coach, first year QB success stories or we could struggle.

Flame away.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:53 PM

Hmm Panthers have a great shot at finishing dead last no doubt. Winning 3 or 4 games at best.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:54 PM

To play Devil's Advocate, you're saying we have a new coach who has never been a head coach before, a QB who many people consider a work in progress, a defense with it's biggest need still glaring along with other holes, a completely new offensive system using players drafted for the old system, a completely new defensive scheme using players drafted for the old scheme, health concerns for arguably our most important linemen, questions whether two of our best offensive weapons from years past will be on the team next year, etc etc etc

You have to take off the homer glasses and put the optimism that's running rampant aside for a minute and look at things from everyone other than Carolina fans' perspective. Things don't look bright.

Sure everything could gel perfectly and we could be one of those first year coach, first year QB success stories or we could struggle.

Flame away.



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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:14 PM

Honestly, anyone who thinks that we are going to pick #1 again next season (if there IS a season this year) is an absolute moron and should have their credentials revoked. Carolina was VERY unlucky last year as far as injuries to key players, and we had a QB that was literally worse than almost anything I've ever seen in my life.

Now we have Ron Rivera, an entirely new staff, Cam Newton, and a healthy defense. Last place my ass.


injuries were not an issue until late in the season. everyone should delete that off their list of why we sucked last year.

QB wasn't even the biggest case.


coaching and playcalling.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:15 PM

I think 3-4 wins would be predictable and 5 or 6 would be solid progress.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:24 PM

We will win 7 games, at worst. Just the new coaching staff alone will inject more energy into this franchise, and so will Cam Newton. We will have the best home field advantage we have ever had during the regular season just because of Cam.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:11 PM

To play Devil's Advocate, you're saying we have a new coach who has never been a head coach before, a QB who many people consider a work in progress, a defense with it's biggest need still glaring along with other holes, a completely new offensive system using players drafted for the old system, a completely new defensive scheme using players drafted for the old scheme, health concerns for arguably our most important linemen, questions whether two of our best offensive weapons from years past will be on the team next year, etc etc etc

You have to take off the homer glasses and put the optimism that's running rampant aside for a minute and look at things from everyone other than Carolina fans' perspective. Things don't look bright.

Sure everything could gel perfectly and we could be one of those first year coach, first year QB success stories or we could struggle.

Flame away.


We have a head coach who was a DC last year, has played and coached in several successful schemes and has a well built staff. It is hard to say what will happen but there is just as much to suggest he will be successful as there is to say he will struggle.

We have a quarterback who won't be required to win games simple make some plays and manage the running game. By all accounts he is ahead of where folks thought he would be.

We have a pretty solid defense that played well even when left on the field all game. We have a head coach who had the number 1 defense in the league and a guy in Sean McDermott who knows a lot about the 4-3 which is the same scheme we ran for the past decade. We drafted 2 DTS in the third round and by all accounts will pick up a significant free agent at DT. Otherwise there are holes to fill and depth to create but surely no glaring holes. Even then so many players got to play last year than there should be good depth.

The offensive scheme was awful last year and needed to be scrapped. This system will be better no matter what it is.

The defensive scheme will largely remain the same with a more aggressive approach than Meek's vanilla easy defended line schemes. The defense will be good and the players were drafted to play in this system.

Otah could be the best linemen if he will man up and stop playing so soft. Otherwise, he could easily be replaced or traded this year if he continues to not live up to his potential.

Williams will be signed and Smith will either be here or will be replaced by a FA pick-up that will not be a huge drop-off. The offensive system will be much improved and picking up Shockey and using Rosario and Barnidge to their capacity means we will have more weapons not less.

You need to stop with all the hater posts as if it is some badge of courage to display. Little of what you said has any validity and you have relegated yourself to troll status as far as football is concerned. But then again you seem to want to argue all the time and like people flaming you, so here you go.

#15 panthers55

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:13 PM

injuries were not an issue until late in the season. everyone should delete that off their list of why we sucked last year.

QB wasn't even the biggest case.


coaching and playcalling.


Hard not to put Clausen in that mix last year. He had the worst rating in football and was horrible even when we cranked up the running game the second half of the season. Not to say that Fox and Davidson didn't have a lot to do with it as well.


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