Should we keep Rivera for another Season?
Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:10 PM
I'm arguing that the Coaches aren't the issue
First think what is wrong with the Panthers
Unlike some in the National media I don't think Cam has had quite that bad of a season, now there have been a few games here and there but nothing outside of the Normal growing pains of a QB in the NFL.
The Offenses biggest issue this season have been the Offensive line, it wasn't playing great this season and then we went and lost our all-pro center Ryan Kalil, and since to say they have played badly would be an monumental understatement. they have been horrible in run blocking and almost just as bad in Pass blocking, I think if we had a less mobile QB you would understand better just how badly they have played this season. If you want to know why we have not had a running game this season, they are it.
Receiving Core: what do we have? Smith, while still decent isn't a #1 threat anymore, and LaFell is a solid #2 but not #1 material, the only receiver with any exceptional skills is TE Greg Olsen with his size which by itself creates miss matches with defenders. This is where loosing Shockey hurt us most. Our WR's are neither exceptionally speedy or big which makes it difficult for them to get separation, add to that the O-line plays like crap meaning less time for Cam Newton to pass means less time for an already limited Receiving core to get separation.
Running game, the reason the Panthers have focused on switching to Stewart over D-Will is because of the Oline, no push, no lanes, Williams has always been known for making players miss, not breaking Tackles and thats why Stewart the sole Starter now.
The realization of just how bad the Offensive line is becomes just that much more astounding when you realize that we have been trying to game plan around it pretty much since our by week. the Shotgun snaps, multiple pump fakes and attempts at miss direction have all been to give Newton more time and try and get our WR's open.
The best example I can think of for this is the Denver Game, the Reason why Olsen had a really good game was because he was the only one the entire time constantly getting open.
We have an emerging quality Defensive line, and a Solid LB'er core, the main issue is that our DB's are crap. what many have thought was the recent improvement by our Defensive backfield has been in large part due to Mr. Hardy and Mr. Johnson, two men that have been pulling more then their weight around here. a great pass rush in the DB's best friend and that's what has been going on here lately. there is only 1 DB that I would even Consider true NFL starter Quality playing right now and that's Charles Godfrey and even with that said he's middle of the road nothing special.
the Special Teams coach was fired last week, and many here myself included think it was long over due. need I say more?
The Offense this year started out way to gimmicky and they for the most part put an end to that after the bye week.
Overall they have kept the offense manageable and the Defense has been on the up swing for a while now, only problem is our Horrible defensive backfield always tends to show up when we need it least at the end of games.
Here's my train of thought on this, the issues with the team are well known, and considering the issues with the Oline and DB's I think that our coaching have done a decent enough Job keeping us in games to win, it's not that far of a grasp to say that we shouldn't at least be sitting at 6-4 right now still in the playoff hunt with the easiest part of our schedule ahead of us. remember that Coaching can only go so far, and players still have to play the game.
And with that said outside of the Giants game I haven't really seen anything that I would say the Coaching staff just straight out blew or messed up. I think when you look at the team for what it is and not rose colored glasses you will see that.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:17 PM
but why? what are they doing wrong that you would do different? saying no is easy, explaining it is something else.
Short Answer: No
Long Answer: fug no
Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:19 PM
Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:20 PM
ok, the game is close you have 2 minutes to go and you need to score to send the game into over time or win.
1-11 in single score games. Yeah not the coaching.
What are you going to do? rush the ball? hell no you are going to pass it you don't have time to rush the ball.
see where I'm going?
it's all in the Defensive backfield being poo, which we've know for a while now.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:23 PM
when, where, what? general statement. give me something to argue with
Every important decision at important times is the wrong one. They are a day late and a dollar short everytime. One mistake is correct THE NEXT TIME but in a different situation
Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:23 PM
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