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#31 stankowalski

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:46 PM

Good points, OP. While I will always remember the 1-15 season as the absolute lowest point for me as a Panthers fan, this year certainly leaves a bad taste in the mouth...mainly because of expectations. The 1-15 year we kind of knew we were going to be bad, but if memory serves correctly we won our first game...against Minnesota (who was a good team that year I think). So we kind of got a jolt of positivity that quickly deflated as we went on to lose our next 15 games.

BTW...I'm starting to side with the people that think we need a major change in upper management. I mean you need look no further than New Orleans to realize how good or bad a team can be just from coaching.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:46 PM

Would you rather be a Jaguar fan?


Hell no, Jacksonville is a poo hole. That'll be the team in LA soon anyway, not the Panthers as some want to believe.

No, i believe the evil bastard that owns the Panthers promised a Super Bowl within 10 years, along with a bunch of other horse poo. It is nice to see the fanbase finally waking up and seeing what a fake evil piece of excrement Richardson really is, right down to using his power and money to save his own life while pushing to the top of a transplant list, while letting some poor person, likely a Panther fan who never got to go to a game, die. He might even drop below the name George Shinn on the evil sports franchise owners list in Charlotte.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:48 PM

This was very well written, and very much sums up how I'm feeling as a fan. It's a very hopeless feeling; and, maybe I'm forgetting some of the lowest times as a Panthers' fan, but I too can't remember ever feeling quite as down on the franchise. I think it's because there are plenty of personnel pieces in place to have a very good team, but just enough gaps to make sure that will never happen as a reality. And the play-calling of the last two weeks...oh, the play-calling. It's 4th and goal on the one, and Cam drops back and rolls around to pass? Franchise spends $50 Million on the running game, and tbey don't trust that $50 Million to convert you a 4th and goal on the 1? Same with last week; you don't trust your running game to convert a 4th and 1 for you that can lock up the game? Ron Rivera needs a new profession. He’s a nice guy, but overmatched as an NFL head coach.

I remember looking forward to seeing the team play every week, with the possible exception of the darkest days of the Seifert Era. But, even then, that season felt like an anomaly. I don't like the long-term trajectory of the franchise, nor do I like the in-game decision making. That's very disillusioning for a fan who is trying his best to stay loyal.

I’m kinda worried that we're becoming the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NFL. Maybe it's just a matter of time before Cam Newton unceremoniously dumps us on prime-TV for the Miami Dolphins.

[I do agree with those that say to take a deep/breath and go outside, it's just sports. But some of us take a lot of pride in our hometown team, and want to see them succeed. It's disappointing when they don't. ]

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:48 PM

Don't get down. It's just a game. Imagine how Bills fans feel after losing four straight superbowls, and not making the playoffs in years. They just got through paying their QB a big contract, and gave Williams a hundred million dollar contract, and they look worse than they did last year. For me personally, even though my Panthers stink, my Gamecocks look to be ready for a run national title run in college! So I'm good there at least.

So get out and look at the things that really matter.


Being a hometeam/state guy, none of my teams are looking all that promising as-is lol. That being said, look at our history and imagine how awesome it would be to make it to the Superbowl four straight years in a row? It's exciting because it means you are dominant and have sustained success. We have NEVER had that. We have never been consistent. And now, we are trending downwards.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:49 PM

No, i believe the evil bastard that owns the Panthers promised a Super Bowl within 10 years

yeah...remember how we went to the NFC championship game in just our second season? I was actually believing we might could have an organization that builds dynasties...boy was I way off.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:49 PM

The 2001 team competed in most of the games and was loaded with young talent that was finding its way....young talent that eventually became a core of the 2003, and even 2005 team


Uh that team finished last in offense and defense.

As far as young talent, I suggest you directly compare the rosters between 01 and 03.

There were some key players to be sure, but hurney and fox really overhauled that team.

I mean poo I watched Matt lytle start a game.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:53 PM

Siefert and Fox left us with a losing mentality that brought us our worst losing seasons to date, but McDumbass, Chud and R&R have brought forth incompetence that breeds losing. Which is more frustrating? I agree with Proudiddy because the frustration is here and now AND because our expectations weren't at a level previously to be as crushing as they have been THIS season. The coaches need to grow up and Hurney needs to go!

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:56 PM

Until Hurney goes i feel like this is what to expect...he just doesn't know how to build a team IMO

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:00 PM

Good points, OP. While I will always remember the 1-15 season as the absolute lowest point for me as a Panthers fan, this year certainly leaves a bad taste in the mouth...mainly because of expectations. The 1-15 year we kind of knew we were going to be bad, but if memory serves correctly we won our first game...against Minnesota (who was a good team that year I think). So we kind of got a jolt of positivity that quickly deflated as we went on to lose our next 15 games.

BTW...I'm starting to side with the people that think we need a major change in upper management. I mean you need look no further than New Orleans to realize how good or bad a team can be just from coaching.


Thanks Stan.

In terms of an individual season, it (2001) certainly was the worst. But, we were so close in so many of those games and lost them right at the end... And that team truly was young and didn't know how to close out games. It was so hard seeing all of the different ways we found to lose that season - unbelievable, in fact.

But, this season the expectations for most were moderate to high. We have a franchise QB, we have established talent on both sides of the ball, much more than we did in 2001 or 2010, and by all accounts we've heard up to this point, the players believed in Rivera. There was already a sense of complacency and "ho hum" about Seifert brewing at that point. He just felt disconnected. And up until recently, the fans still had a reason to believe in not only that the players would be better and the team improved, but that Rivera still had promising potential as a coach.

All of that combined with the cumulative effect of recent history/losing tradition, and this is crushing.

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