Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:35 AM
here's one thing that is going to suck. there's going to be several high profile, big market teams looking for HCs after the season. among those i'm thinking philly, dallas, and the jets. also probably the bills, chiefs, jaguars, browns, lions, and of course the chargers will be in the market.
that's a lot of potential competition and several of those teams will probably be throwing around tons of money.
some helpful things going our way (not in order, btw)...
1) ernie accorsi. the guy comes with some serious clout in the league and not only will that help us land a good GM, it will help sell us to a potential HC, imo. i know accorsi's job is temporary (although i would love for him to stay on as a consultant), but the fact that we sought him out and he agreed to work with us shows a level of seriousness about changing things around here that hasn't existed in a while.
2) cam newton. aside from being incredibly maligned by the media (and a handful of turds in here) it's pretty well known just how dynamic not only a presence he is but a QB. last year showed that he could handle most offenses, imo. no one is going to blame much of the poofest of a season this offense is having on him. most recognize that it is chud (and rivera) that has been the problem. there are a few old school traditional coaches who wouldn't appreciate the whole cam-on-the-field package wanting to have a pure pocket passer (which he could be, tho i think you would be leaving points and wins on the table if you put him in a box). for a forward thinking coach, or at least one that is in touch with the state of the league and the direction it's going, they should be excited about the prospect of coaching him. he is the new prototype.
3) luke keuchly. that kid is one of the best MLBs in the league....as a rookie. he's got a bright future and is as important to the defense as cam is to the offense. beason is the heart and soul of the panthers D (well, i think he shares that with TD, tbh) but keuchly is the guy that is going to get that defense tight on the field.
4) overall a young and talented team. there will be a certain amount of housecleaning to do, but it's not the dumpster fire rebuild that would be necessary in several of those other teams. there is a lot of talent here...it's just young and needing of better direction (and more stamina). we had a top 5 offense last year and this year we have seen a lot of talent on defense. the Dline, the LB corps, the young corners...crap, even charles godfrey has impressed lately as well as martin when he's been on the field.
theres just a lot to work with on the team already. culturally, there needs to be some guys gone from the team from the older more complacent era.... gross, williams, hangman, and gamble for starters. overall, there is a good bit of talent that can still be molded into a championship team.
what it's going to take, though, is $$$$$$. jerry has to know that to get the best GM and certainly the best HC he's got to be willing to open that wallet uncomfortably wide. he's got to decide if he wants to be frugal or if he wants to win a ring before he dies. he needs to decide if he really wants to make it up to the fans for the crap he's allowed to be put on their table. we all know he's not afraid to spend on players and he did make fox one of the top paid coaches in the league. he just needs to be convinced that he's got to compete with the amount of money that the bigger market teams are willing to shell out to get the man they want. hopefully, this is a place where accorsi will be able to help. i'm pretty much hoping that as a consultant, accorsi is a miracle worker.