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Mr. Scot

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Maybe some tertiary-level, somewhat related benefits could be loosely attributed to sitting him for a year. A year of Jimmy the Pick at the helm btw. But 16 games of demonstrating offensive prowess, quieting critics, and delivering the franchise at the doorstep of relevance in the league as well as with fans of ALL franchises are hardly exchangeable for what has been listed as possibly beneficial to him this year.

Anderson would have started. And what good does any of that stuff do us this season?

This guy has some mental obstacles to overcome. We are/were fortunate enough to have him show off his skill set to the world but now are the unfortunate ones that get to suffer the transformation as he wades out of adolescence into manhood and learns how to command respect and force the issue of success in a group setting and not just as an extremely gifted individual.

Do you really think is being out there now getting pounded and looking bad is doing him good? I'm sure as heck not seeing it.

His constant jumping around in effort to grab spotlight never taught him the necessary lessons every great leader needs IMO. Losing. Playing second fiddle. Earning respect and then more importantly MAINTAINING it. These are the lessons great leaders learn in one way or another. We are just going to have to wait for Cam to learn them.

He is too valuable, glaring deficiencies included, to simply write off, but we have a painful road ahead.

The hard to swallow house cleaning that is on the horizon is the best thing that can happen. He is going to start seeing a lot of new faces. Faces that are not Panthers. He has a chance to seize the reigns starting the day after Rivera and co get their walking papers. At this point that is the only hopef I can currently muster.

All lessons he could easily have gained with a season of 'watch and learn'.

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Start immediately. Mr. Scot, I respect your opinion because it is usually well founded and based on the evident, so it should be immediately evident that the problem in our offense haslittle to do with Cam and everything to do with a scheme and playcalling attitude that is completely unfit for the NFL level. Cam is running the plays he is asked to run, period, and when they are unsuccessful (especially the read option crap) how is that a reflection on his ability to perform? This offense is hamstrung by incompetence and arrogance from the coaching staff, not its quarterback.

See the questions above.

If Newton had sat last season, I firmly believe there would have been no switch to a read-option this year.

Throw in these things...

A year to adjust to the speed of the game...

No game film for other teams to look at...

More time to learn the nuances of being a pro quarterback...

More time to reinforce good habits, footwork, decision making, etc.

...and I think you could argue for even more benefits than that.

Like I said, I'd happily have sacrificed last year to know that Newton would be in a better position to be the QB of this team for the next ten. As it is now, for him to have any chance, he'll practically need to be rebuilt from scratch.

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They would have run a base Coryell offense under Anderson. As it was, they ran a stripped down version of it with Newton.

Why did they change? I wish I knew. But I know that there'd have been a significantly higher probability that they continued running a base Coryell set this season had that been what Newton sat and learned last season.

A year to adjust to the speed of the game...

No game film for other teams to look at...

More time to learn the nuances of being a pro quarterback...

More time to reinforce good habits, footwork, decision making, etc.

As it is right now, if things don't change, there's a good chance that great rookie season becomes little more than a footnote. Like I said above, a short-term benefit that we paid for with a long-term one.

For God's sake, people, why the hell are we acting like we should be OK with the fact that our offensive coaching staff has gone away from what worked last year, and yet blame Cam for it?!?!?

Rather than wondering if starting Derek would have forced them to stick with a pro offense. . .be outraged that they started Cam in one and then moved him to a gimmick rather than developing him properly!

Again, no matter how much Cam may have struggled to pick up the offense, it's the coaching staff's job to teach him and develop him. If they decided that they would rather focus on the gimmicks that is THEIR FAILURE.

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See the questions above.

If Newton had sat last season, I firmly believe there would have been no switch to a read-option this year.

How is it Cam's fault they switched to a read option? My God, man, we don't blame the soldiers on the battlefield for following orders that turn out to be misguided. Switching to the read option is the coaches failure, not Cam's.

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For God's sake, people, why the hell are we acting like we should be OK with the fact that our offensive coaching staff has gone away from what worked last year, and yet blame Cam for it?!?!?

Rather than wondering if starting Derek would have forced them to stick with a pro offense. . .be outraged that they started Cam in one and then moved him to a gimmick rather than developing him properly!

Again, no matter how much Cam may have struggled to pick up the offense, it's the coaching staff's job to teach him and develop him. If they decided that they would rather focus on the gimmicks that is THEIR FAILURE.

Coaching staff failure is pretty much the point of the whole thread.

See above.

How is it Cam's fault they switched to a read option? My God, man, we don't blame the soldiers on the battlefield for following orders that turn out to be misguided. Switching to the read option is the coaches failure, not Cam's.

Where on earth do you get that it's Newton's fault they switched?

The switch would not have occurred had they not started him. That's still a coaching decision.

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Anderson would have started. And what good does any of that stuff do us this season?

Do you really think is being out there now getting pounded and looking bad is doing him good? I'm sure as heck not seeing it.

All lessons he could easily have gained with a season of 'watch and learn'.

Watch and learn is a farce. You develop by playing. Was Peyton Manning ruined by throwing 28 INTs? Was John Elway ruined by being on atrocious teams for his first few seasons? Cam will come around; hell, at least now he's learning how much more there is to the game that is outside of his control. This season may end up benefiting him more than last season ever did, because he knows his efforts have not been up to par.

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I wouldn't change a thing. All it would have done is delay the necessary make over this team needs.

We had to crash and burn at some point. What Hurney was doing, what our coaches have been doing, how our team was constructed and how they've been performing...it has been nothing more than a house of cards waiting for a stiff breeze.

I'm glad it happened now rather than a year from now.

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Coaching staff failure is pretty much the point of the whole thread.

See above.

Where on earth do you get that it's Newton's fault they switched?

The switch would not have occurred had they not started him. That's still a coaching decision.

Exactly. It's better we learn now that our coaching staff is stupid enough to ditch what works, so sitting Cam a year would have merely delayed the inevitable.

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I wouldn't change a thing. All it would have done is delay the necessary make over this team needs.

We had to crash and burn at some point. What Hurney was doing, what our coaches have been doing, how our team was constructed and how they've been performing...it has been nothing more than a house of cards waiting for a stiff breeze.

I'm glad it happened now rather than a year from now.

Exactly. There's going to be GMs and coaches that will look at Carolina and see that this team has talent all over, but is lacking leadership, and they will want to come here. That couldn't have been said without Cam's rookie season proving he can be an NFL star with the right development.

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I would have given Harbaugh a gazillion dollar contract and whatever else he wanted to coach here.

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If Cam didn't dress that way he wouldn't have been raped!

Cam doesn't deserve to be benched for the sake of Chud's terrible decisions. I think his first year was very valuable experience for him. Plus, even if it meant that Cam would be in a pro style Coryell offense this year, what keeps Chud from changing it to this same bad scheme next year? He obviously changed the scheme based on how he thought Cam's play and potential would allow him to do, so why wouldn't he do that after Cam's first year as a starter, regardless of when it was?

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Watch and learn is a farce. You develop by playing. Was Peyton Manning ruined by throwing 28 INTs? Was John Elway ruined by being on atrocious teams for his first few seasons? Cam will come around; hell, at least now he's learning how much more there is to the game that is outside of his control. This season may end up benefiting him more than last season ever did, because he knows his efforts have not been up to par.

Steve McNair...

Aaron Rodgers...

And now, Colin Kaepernick.

There are others too.

And I seriously doubt there are any benefits coming out of this season.

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