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Does Don Gregory have us on the right track ?

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That is the reason a team like the Patriots always seem to lose a few veterans to free agency and yet reload every year. Or they have an injury to a key player like Brady and have a guy who comes in and performs. If Bernadeau and Robinson come in and do well this year then we would have made the right moves letting Hangman and Omiyale go. It will also make sure that if we have injuries it won't kill us. Last year we had a very dinged up offensive line but due to good depth it wasn't that noticeable. We had a good run game and gave up only 20 sacks all year. If we want the consistency we crave, we have to have good depth and plenty of backups who can perform.

And we need to go through the inevitable process of replacing high priced free agents with low priced rookies. We did that last year with Stewart in the event that Williams wants too much when his contract is up. Hopefully you keep them both but we have to be prepared.

i totally believe that and a huge part of the problem that we had in injury ridden years that followed succesful years is that we had no real depth. we have that now and we have it in a lot of areas. we have a great oline coach who can get our guys to do really good things, whether back ups or not. we have the talent there...it's not really proven but i don't think that there is going to be much of a drop off from last year.

in other areas we have some really good depth and we could lose a few key players and still be a really solid and competitive team unlike previous years.

we have better backups than we have had at QB in many years with a QB coach who can actually develop talent.

we have very good and solid depth at RB. we have some really good young talent at WR waiting for a chance to step up and prove themselves.

on defense we have a very young but potentially very solid group of players along with a coaching staff that is hard core and unrelenting but are also teaching our guys things that they haven't gotten before. The Dline, with or without peppers is going to be something to be reckoned with. brown, johnson, and brayton i feel good about. i feel good about taylor as well and think that meeks/baker is going to help him reach his potential. the DTs should be pretty solid as well, though still not our strongest part of the defense by any means...i know that meeks has done more with less.

the LBs...are you kidding me? man, we have some talent there that is deep. i even feel good about a couple of the UDFAs that we got and think that they would be good backups if we lost a couple key players.

the secondary is also on par with what meeks had in indy and he was able to keep them and the defense respectable. we have just the right players for the fast and aggressive defense that he is going to be running and if he can get all potential players on board with what he is doing (which he won't allow anything less it sounds like) we will be solid through and through.

point is...injuries may come but it won't have the catastrophic nature that they did in the past.

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Gregory is the man! I think we have a scouting department doing it's job at a high level and we just renewed all of them, so the Panthers agree as well. I salute you Don...

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I've been one of Gregory's biggest fans since the first draft on his watch. One thing I remember noticing was that he took part in the post-draft press conference last year. I don't recall Softli ever doing that. I'm much happier with the quality of drafts since he came aboard.

As to Softli, he was very nearly fired by the Rams after only one year on the job.

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IMO...Gregory could screw up the next two drafts and still be o.k. in my book.

The picks of Beason, Stewart, and Otah have given him an extendable leash from me.

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