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I believe the Cowboys game will tell us a lot about Rivera. So, for me, there is 1 more game. I am hoping for a great game...for the players, Rivera, Richardson, and all of us.

Nice post LP, thanks.

I agree with your last paragraph there, the Dallas game should tell us all alot, one way or the other.

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one thing that isn't helping their transition to the NFL is the new CBA rules on contact during practice. tackling is going to get worse before it gets better and not just here.

your comments about having smaller LBs is also true with regards to the safeties. the cover 2 LBs are actually about the size our safeties need to be. TD would be just about perfect.

I couldn't agree more.

Tell Sarena Williams that she cant actually hit more than a dozen balls a week in practice and see how quickly her dominance falls off. Tackling is like any other skill in the game, it needs to be practiced at full speed or the techniques needed begin to deteriorate. I think in the long run the limits are going to have the opposite of their intended effect only instead of guys getting hurt in practice or not recovering between games the increase in injury will come during games as poor technique is replace by out of control brute force.

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Is it bad i still think we're going to the play-offs?

Yes. There is no way this team, as currently assembled, is making the playoffs with the schedule we have to face. Get past that pipe dream.

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The Dallas game is going one of two ways. It's gonna be really embarrassing with 60,000 Cowboy fans yelling at Panther fans as we leave, or we are going to curb stomp them.

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Yes. There is no way this team, as currently assembled, is making the playoffs with the schedule we have to face. Get past that pipe dream.

i don't get why it's bad for anyone to believe anything positive. happy and oblivious is still happy. the more you're happy, the more you enjoy life.
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i don't get why it's bad for anyone to believe anything positive. happy and oblivious is still happy. the more you're happy, the more you enjoy life.

Hey, believe what you want to believe and make yourself happy, whatever floats your boat. Marty Hurney has been telling himself things are fine for 6 years now. But there is a time when you have to step back and look at things realistically. Playoffs with this team and this schedule are pretty much impossible. That's how I choose to deal with this crap fest, looking at it realistically.

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i don't get why it's bad for anyone to believe anything positive. happy and oblivious is still happy. the more you're happy, the more you enjoy life.

I agree... I'm depressed that we're 1-4, but I'm not going to let it ruin my life. I'll watch football this weekend and have fun... and do the same next weekend, hope that my Panthers win, and go on with life. The season is somewhat salvageable, I don't really think we have a shot at the playoffs, but anything is possible...

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Yeap

Also expanding upon that point I did a lookup of missed tackles among linebackers and found this article by PFF which ranked tackling efficiency in a 3 year window. Some of those guys aren't playing anymore lol but it's fairly recent. I went and calculated average weight of the top 15 and bottom 15 in tackling and the top 15 weighed in at 247.4 lbs, while the bottom 15 weighed in on average at 240.7 lbs.

Based on what I've seen from this defense, the biggest reason for poor tackling is for the most part twofold. 1) Our line is letting guys get to the secondary level way too often, and when that happens of course there's going to be more missed tackles. Corners and even Safeties aren't very well suited to taking down plodding running backs alone in general. 2) Our linebackers are coming off major injury in addition to being undersized. Davis is the only one that reaches 240. The solution to this is pretty simple:

1. Upgrade the interior line. You do that by investing in DTs. I don't know about you, but there are some intriguing prospects in the draft and Alan Branch off the top of my head will be a free agent in 2013.

2. Get a little bit bigger at linebacker. The good news is Luke is still young so with an entire offseason of NFL weight training he should have no problem walking in next September at 245. He definitely has the frame to get that heavy, maybe even 250 without sacrificing speed. Other than that since we're locked into all these contract extensions it's going to be tough to get bigger there. Davis has kinda maxed out his 240 lb frame and at 237 Beason's approaching his max. I don't know how well they'll play at like 245 for example.

don't think there's much we can do about getting bigger LBs. i don't think aside from keek that any of them will get bigger. i think that they are good, strong, and quick enough...but just on the small side of things. something that has been typical of NFCS LBs for quite some time.

what we'd have to do is compensate. make sure the Dline is beefed up and that we get guys with good size at safety. there's been some debate in the draft forum about whether it's important to use size as a deciding factor when looking at safeties. i think we're in a situation where the safety(s) that we add have to be big (for safeties) athletic guys who can tackle.

i think we have good size at DE as well as good speed. i'd like to add another pass rusher...even a pass rush specialist like bruce irvin. DT is the big thing, though. i agree that the guys we have are band aids. i really don't like the idea of taking a risk on drafting one, though. too high a chance of busting and it takes too long to develop and that Dline really needs anchored now in the middle. picking up vets to fix the interior was the right move. we just need to find one or two better ones.

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Hey, believe what you want to believe and make yourself happy, whatever floats your boat. Marty Hurney has been telling himself things are fine for 6 years now. But there is a time when you have to step back and look at things realistically. Playoffs with this team and this schedule are pretty much impossible. That's how I choose to deal with this crap fest, looking at it realistically.

that's fine. i don't have a problem with that at all. it's just the necessity some feel to burst other people's bubbles. if they want to believe that we still have a chance...what does it hurt? people will find out what truly is reality in their own time. kind of like telling a kid there's no santa claus.

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Cowboys game = Must-win

But I have to say that I CAN'T STAND the "We're a couple of plays away from 3-2/4-1" comments

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Cowboys game = Must-win

true, but i think that we've learned that pretty much every game is a must win...esp. going forward.

i'm not one of those clowns who want the team to tank just to have a better draft spot and all that garbage. even if the team doesn't get into the playoffs, i want them to have some kind of positive momentum heading into next year. i don't want the team to be in upheaval in the offseason again. i want this team...this coaching staff to work and win and i want them to do it without having to start all over.

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But I have to say that I CAN'T STAND the "We're a couple of plays away from 3-2/4-1" comments

agreed...but i hate more that it's true.

it's just boneheaded mistakes from players and coaches that have decided these games for us and what really bothers me is that it's just been a couple of them and in like the falcons game, if any one of those mistakes don't happen, we win that game. if cam doesn't throw that last ball into the ground, we win that game. it shouldn't have come down to just one play/mistake away, but it did and the players on the field couldn't make it happen.

the good news is that it's typically just a couple mistakes rather than a game full like against the giants. if they can get their heads straight and be a bit more clutch, we'll start turning those close losses into close wins. coaches have to get more focused in the right direction and the players have to quit playing defeated and grow some balls.

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