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Is anyone here not really happy about the direction this franchise is heading?

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I have to be honest, while it's pretty exciting to hear about the Panthers in the news I'm not really sure I like what I am hearing. And haven't been for a while.

Anyone else out there feeling a little nervous?

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We went 2-14. We drafted one of the most controversial players in recent history to be our franchise QB. While he has near unlimited potential, he could also be a bust and we'd be stuck with Jimmy. We have a new coaching staff. We have an OC who hasn't been an OC before. We spent a fortune to keep players that are injury prone.

But damnit, Jerry Richardson has shown he's got huge balls over the past few days. We have some of the most talented players in the NFL on our roster... I'm extremely happy with the moves we've made over the past few days and on draft day. It would be weird if you WEREN'T nervous... but that's why it's so damn fun! LET'S GO PANTHERS!
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The big contracts they dished out to resign their own players have a higher risk than possible reward. With the exception of Charles Johnson, the others have most likely seen their best playing days pass them by. I don't think Deangelo will regain his '08 form and Thomas Davis could very well be ineffective with a twice ripped up knee. Why on earth they gave him a massive new contract while yet to see how he has recovered while he is still under contract for a year has got to be the worst move since the Delhomme contract. The James Anderson deal was fine, didn't break the bank on him and he had a great '10 season.

Hurney has most likely put the nail in his coffin if these moves don't pan out.

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I tie my shoe like a BOSS

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[quote name='hepcat']The big contracts they dished out to resign their own players have a higher risk than possible reward. With the exception of Charles Johnson, the others have most likely seen their best playing days pass them by. I don't think Deangelo will regain his '08 form and Thomas Davis could very well be ineffective with a twice ripped up knee. Why on earth they gave him a massive new contract while yet to see how he has recovered while he is still under contract for a year has got to be the worst move since the Delhomme contract. The James Anderson deal was fine, didn't break the bank on him and he had a great '10 season.

Hurney has most likely put the nail in his coffin if these moves don't pan out.[/QUOTE]


I am betting that the 5 year Davis deal will have injury protections.

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[quote name='ECUPantherFan']We have a new coaching staff. We have an OC who hasn't been an OC before.[/QUOTE]

Chud was OC with the browns the year Anderson went to the pro bowl just a heads up.
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I'm not hating, not sure what I am...maybe cautious, or curious.

Maybe mad or sad.

Just not really liking the direction over the past 4 years, and the last 6 months have been even worse.

Here's to hoping for the best, and preparing for the worst.

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i think everybody's nervous... hard not to be

i think saying DWill won't get back to '08 form is a slap in the face to him. i don't see that being an issue for him, and if he's healthy, he's still a huge threat

the TD contract is questionable, but i understand the desire of trying to keep one of our best areas on the team intact. i'm sure the contract is full of injury clauses and incentives, so if it doesn't work out... i'm sure we're covered

of course, with any FA receiving a new contract, their next hit could be there last... but that's football

i still have the faith. whatever product ends up on the field is still going to be more entertaining than foxball

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Also just wanted to mention that it's now very obvious that Marty Hurney overvalues the Running Back and Line Backer positions. I know that's not a shock to anyone, but damnit it drives me crazy.


Those are two of the most plug and play positions on the football field, and we have 4 1st rounders playing between those two spots.

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[quote name='Panthercougar68']Chud was OC with the browns the year Anderson went to the pro bowl just a heads up.[/QUOTE]

Ah, did not realize that. Thanks!

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It all depends on Cam really. If he becomes a franchise QB he makes the rest of the team look a lot better.

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I'm the opposite. I feel like renewed life has been breathed into a franchise on the verge of going stale. Fox regime just got old, tired, and predictable. Been playin it safe for too long now, time to take some risks and see how they pan out.
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I am very very cautiously optimistic. At the end of the day in a QB driven league the direction we go is tied to Cam. I am on a wait and see approach with Cam right now. There are a lot of things in Cam’s game from college that worries me, but we’ll see. I am not thinking he is going to bust like some, and I am not thinking he’s the next best thing like others. I am just on a wait and see. Like I said Cam is really our direction at this point.

Also the signings I’m level on. I think we got forced into over paying for some players, and I think it’s good that we are locking up some important pieces.

Overall very very cautiously optimistic.

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Aren't there always???

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I can't disagree more.

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I am happy.

Rivera is a better defensive mind than Fox

Anyone is a better offesnive mind than Davidson

We have tons of talent

We drafted tremendously gifted kid at #1 overall....and get to see what happens. Should be fun.
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I think predicting wins and losses is for chumps but I am very excited about the changes. JR/FO/coaching staff and players all seem to be reading the same damn playbook for a change and that is what it takes.

It appears to me that JR is taking this opportunity (the new CBA) to manipulate our future so that we are not flip-flopping from good to bad seasons. I am 100% behind it.

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I like the direction. Finally a new one...lol

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Couldn't be more terrified of where this franchise is heading.

JR seems to have lost it.

Cam is a huuuuuuuuge unknown and it seems we've tied our future to him with no real alternative plan.

We're either old and good or mediocre at best at most positions, except LB and RB (yay!) and our coaching staff is extremely young and unproven in their new roles.

Lots of things have to go right for us to be successful.

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[quote name='SmashMouth5852']I like the direction. Finally a new one...lol[/QUOTE]

This. Fuging this!

To the OP: I don't think you can lump this year in with the previous three at all. One of these things is not like the other.

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[quote name='TheRealDeal']Couldn't be more terrified of where this franchise is heading.

JR seems to have lost it.

Cam is a huuuuuuuuge unknown and it seems we've tied our future to him with no real alternative plan.

We're either old and good or mediocre at best at most positions, except LB and RB (yay!) and our coaching staff is extremely young and unproven in their new roles.

Lots of things have to go right for us to be successful.[/QUOTE]

Wow. Seriously? How is that last sentence different for us than it is for any of the other 31 teams in the league? Of course Cam is a huge unknown, all #1 picks are. Hell all draft picks are. Every season is an unknown even with the same players.

It's like Mr. Obvious here with a Negative Nancy attitude.

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[quote name='LiQuiD']This. Fuging this!

To the OP: I don't think you can lump this year in with the previous three at all. One of these things is not like the other.[/QUOTE]

I certainly can lump them together. It's the direction of the franchise that is bothering me.

I have been saying this for a while, and this off season has not changed my mind.

Just not really sure that Hurney knows what to do right now, and is just grasping.

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I'm not really happy in the direction this board is heading, and I had very low expectations to begin with.
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what could he be doing that, in your eyes, would be more beneficial to the franchise?

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[quote name='thefuzz']Also just wanted to mention that it's now very obvious that Marty Hurney overvalues the Running Back and Line Backer positions. I know that's not a shock to anyone, but damnit it drives me crazy.


Those are two of the most plug and play positions on the football field, and we have 4 1st rounders playing between those two spots.[/QUOTE]

completely agree.

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