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#1 Sword

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:51 PM

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Breaking news: Coach Ron Rivera has named QB Cam Newton the starter for Thursday night but not the season opener yet.


Also Hardy is back at practice.

Cam will play 3 quarters.

#2 KillerKat

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:52 PM

So Rivera is going to wait 1 more preaseason game before announcing? That'll be cool since that's what I had been calling for.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:53 PM

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Cam will play around 3 quarters. Again, he hasn't been named regular season starter. But it's there for him.


Gonna have 3 quarters. Him playing that much makes it seem like they really want Cam to start.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:53 PM

He's gonna play 3 quarters too? Wowzerz.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:54 PM

wow rivera, wow

"so uh, guys... we really wanted Cam to look good, but damn, he just isn't stepping up like we hoped, so we're gonna give him three quarters this time and hope he does :)"

just name him the starter, jesus. it's obvious that is what you want to do.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:54 PM

Gonna have 3 quarters. Him playing that much makes it seem like they really want Cam to start.


i'm convinced of that now.

...but if he doesn't lead a touchdown drive in 3 quarters, then what?

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:55 PM

wow rivera, wow

"so uh, guys... we really wanted Cam to look good, but damn, he just isn't stepping up like we hoped, so we're gonna give him three quarters this time and hope he does :)"

just name him the starter, jesus. it's obvious that is what you want to do.


Maybe he decided to ditch the whole idea of having at least 1 preseason game treated as a regular season game and give Clausen 3 quarters in game 4 too and then make a decision?

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:56 PM

So he's our week 1 starter pretty much. Game 3 is the dress rehearsal, so I don't see it changing.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:56 PM

Well giving someone play time does not give them an advantage to start. If Newton comes out and throws 3 or 4 interceptions, it seemingly would almost force them not to start him.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:57 PM

It is setting up an awkward scenario if Cam plays lousy. It seems to me that Cam is going to be the guy no matter what.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:57 PM

Excellent news!

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:57 PM

Beason and otah still out fwiw

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:58 PM

:cam:

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:58 PM

Maybe he decided to ditch the whole idea of having at least 1 preseason game treated as a regular season game and give Clausen 3 quarters in game 4 too and then make a decision?


Perhaps, but that would massively lean things in Clausen's favor, because very few teams are going to play starters in game 4 for more than a quarter at most and if he takes out our starters, jimmy will be playing with our 2nd team which may make a difficult comparison. Still, you may be right.

I think he really wanted one of the guys to step up in these games and neither did so he's just going to go with the one with more upside.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:00 PM

The reality is this is a young team with holes that is going nowhere this year.
Cam is the future (That's what a #1 overall pick is) and Good, Bad or Ugly we'll ride this ship for the forseeable future. This years experience will pay dividends next and beyond.
No one should be surprised by this.


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