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Rivera expects Bell to start at right tackle (Also other Tidbits)

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Nothing else to say really... RR has spoken. You'd look foolish critiquing the HC's knowledge of this subject.

Rivera has praised Bell, Fua, McClain, Captain, defended both S all at various stages. maybe it is just positive motivation bc he simply needs them not to suck? That does exist. Coaches do try to get in players heads.

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For Carolina to get rid of him, you would think would make them a worse team. After all they’re now left with Byron Bell and Garry Williams fighting for the right tackle spot. Neither man is likely to fill you with confidence based on how they have played over the past two years. Bell put together a year in 2011 that earned him a -26.2 grade, although when you think he was an undrafted rookie you think he could have done a lot worse than give up seven sacks, seven hits and 24 hurries (heck, Wayne Hunter would have killed for those numbers). 2009 UDFA Williams was spotty as a starter in 2010, having some decent games, but also getting some severe beat-downs on more than a few occasions.

http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/07/24/jeff-otah-everyones-a-winner/

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BELL PLAYED GREAT LAST SEASON!!!!

one bad game against Bowers and all these haters going all up his @ss.

Give the kid kudos, he played extremely well last season.

He was 4th in the league in penalties (in 12 starts) and got beat routinely....and they were forced to give him help. That isn't great nor extremely well...nor did all that bad play come against Bowers.

Come on bro. The "hate" is largely a product of the extreme homeristc inflation of what he was

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Rivera has praised Bell, Fua, McClain, Captain, defended both S all at various stages. maybe it is just positive motivation bc he simply needs them not to suck? That does exist. Coaches do try to get in players heads.

He sure didnt try to get into Otah's head and he needed him at the time. Or was Otah just too smart for all that.

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Rivera has praised Bell, Fua, McClain, Captain, defended both S all at various stages. maybe it is just positive motivation bc he simply needs them not to suck? That does exist. Coaches do try to get in players heads.

Agreed. He also never said anything about Otah until after they traded him... And my wife just interrupted me and I forgot where I was going with that... Sorry

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oh wow am I the only one whos not surprise by this?

No you're not the only one. The Huddle is very split on this subject. There's more haters/unimpressed people that there are lovers/impressed people.

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1.) I doubt anyone here knows how to grade tackles. There's more to the position than sacks and pressures given up, and the QB is primarily responsible for being sacked. Notice how Peyton Manning is a statue but avoids sacks incredibly well.

2.) Otah was never all that good of a pass-blocker, anyways. His monster run blocking covered his weakness in pass protection.

3.) Bell improved as the season went on, and considering the fact that he went from laying carpet to starting on a top five offense shows he can handle the work it takes to improve.

We'll be fine.

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He sure didnt try to get into Otah's head and he needed him at the time. Or was Otah just too smart for all that.

I actually thought he tried to get into Otah's head early on...Bell for some early praise and would put the two in the same sentence.

Specific players aside, Rivera said lots of positives about the DL, LBs, and secondary...don't think all that is actually what Rivera sees as fact. He needs some to get better. He can't call it like it is and be a good coach can he?

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I would like more experience at the position but Rivera believes in him and I believe in Rivera.

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He sure didnt try to get into Otah's head and he needed him at the time. Or was Otah just too smart for all that.

He slobbered over Otah his first couple of months here.

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not a fan of bell

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I like Bell because of his story and his background but only homers would say that Bell even played average last year. I know he was a UDFA but averaging a penalty a game is hardly something that any NFL starter should be capable of.

I like Garry Williams and I believe he could work out for a season or two but I don't see him as the long term solution to the right tackle dilemma.

What I am hoping is that Bruce Campbell is able to win the starting job. From everything that I have read, Campbell seems a lot like Silatolu; in my opinion. I keep reading that he has a high motor, he is very physical, and highly versatile. The versatility caught my eye because for the the past two seasons he had been playing guard for the Raiders when many scouts thought that he was better suited for the tackle position. So though Campbell may be versatile, in the long run he was/is better suited for the right tackle position. I blame Campbell's demise on Tom Cable and Hue Jackson because I remember watching Campbell at Maryland and he was a really good player; some thought he was a top ten prospect. I personally believe that once Bruce becomes accustom to playing the tackle position again that he will ultimately be the Panthers starting right tackle.

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