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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:18 AM

I can agree with this, but it's very important that our next OC capitalizes on the momentum we gained at the end of the year instead of blowing it all up and sending us back to the stone age.


Now this may be only me. But, I have to think that Rivera, with Gettlemen's input, will take this into consideration when hiring a new OC. I just happen to believe we are not going to take a step back with this. We will hire an OC that can continue the growth we have already started.

Now whether that guy is someone we all know, or someone who just deserves a shot, is still up in the air. Rivera, and to a certain degree Gettlemen, know their future may be tied to this hire. They will do what they feel is the right thing.

You just have to trust the guys you hire to do the job right. I have that feeling now.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:26 AM

Now this may be only me. But, I have to think that Rivera, with Gettlemen's input, will take this into consideration when hiring a new OC. I just happen to believe we are not going to take a step back with this. We will hire an OC that can continue the growth we have already started.

Now whether that guy is someone we all know, or someone who just deserves a shot, is still up in the air. Rivera, and to a certain degree Gettlemen, know their future may be tied to this hire. They will do what they feel is the right thing.

You just have to trust the guys you hire to do the job right. I have that feeling now.



Naturally they won't purposely unravel the positive gains we've made on offense, if it happens it would be unintentional for sure. My fear is Cam's learning curve when it comes to learning a completely new terminology and it costing us games early in the season again. We have to find a way to combine the old terminology with the new stuff. Because more then anything we have to come strong out of the gate next year.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:29 AM

Yeah it's not luck....sure there is element of it in games. But if this is true for football then the same could be said for college football. Sure, there are a lot of "x factors" in player development specifically from a player psychology perspective but to say that it's nothing but luck is a bit off.


you were on a good path thinking that it isn't luck, but you took a wrong turn somewhere

Look at Saban....Alabama is not lucky they're good, they didn't luck out on all their recruits they developed them.


Alabama's successful because they've gotten talented recruits to start off

http://www.usatoday....-class/1804409/

I understand that there is more "parity" in the NFL, and maybe this article is solely focused on a talent evaluation perspective. But the problem that we've had in Carolina is development.


I think the problem in Carolina is more philosophical than anything else. "Hey you need a HC with a defensive background if you wanna win the big one". That's great to know, especially considering that 4 of the last five superbowl winning teams have had HCs with offensive backgrounds. Ditto for paying an obscene amount of money to run the ball when other teams are just as productive there even though they spend like a fifth of what we're paying. We're fortunate to have two productive DEs since we barely made an initial investment in that position (which was a 3rd round pick for CJ; before the contract extension). It's a QB driven league and the Panthers are still trying to make running backs happen.

Talent evaluation is a problem, but more specifically, talent allocation is a huge problem. In addition to the aforementioned wasted money on a position where the players get hurt more than anywhere else, we spent a 2nd round pick for a 3rd round pick to select a retard with dreadlocks from Appalachian State that can't even outrun a punter. And if we had kept that 2nd rounder, which turned out to be the 33rd pick in the 2011 draft, we could've picked a better prospect DT like Jarvis Jenkins who is developing nicely right now and then I wouldn't have to watch this happen to Sione Fua every time Ron puts him in the game:

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File that under "reasons why Marty Hurney is no longer General Manager of this team"

Their seems to be a lot of players that don't develop well here then go somewhere else and all of a sudden.....developed.


When has this happened recently? Yea you could argue that Darius Butler has produced some but then you would have to say the same thing about the Patriots because they drafted him, and remember that time we signed Frank Kearse off Miami's practice squad and he turned out to be the only DT we had that graded positively against the run in 2011? These isolated cases happen with every team. So it's not like Everette Brown left us and all of a sudden turned into a poor man's DeMarcus Ware overnight on another team.

In the 6th and 7th rounds.....sure you cherry pick talent there and hope it works out, but you have to maximize development because that's what raises the odds. But there wasn't a whole lot of luck in Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, or Peyton Manning when he was drafted.


The real problem with the last 4 rounds is that NFL scouting in general has become so much better over the years due to people getting sick of drafting guys like R. Jay Soward in the first round that the talent pool is almost barren by the time you get to the end of the third round. By then you really have to nit and pick and find guys who have huge potential but just haven't come through yet. Cases like Greg Hardy come to mind, and even then you don't know if that player will ever overcome the injury that set him back.

You can pretty much squeeze out 3 starters from a draft if you're a top shelf talent evaluator, unless you have like 6 first round picks or something. If the scouting was as good now as it was in 2000, Tom Brady would be picked a lot higher. Remember this was an era when Ryan Leaf was considered a great talent, and it took his failure along with a ton of other ones to get scouts to refine their craft. Compared to the resources and superior judgment the scouts are endowed with today, you might as well have taped prospects' names to a wall and thrown darts blindfolded to make your pick if you were a scout in the 80s.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:31 AM

You know, I also was thinking about JR's priority for Rivera last year, the development of Cam Newton. For Rivera and Chud, they seemed too caught up in "the process" and development than in winning games. Being caught up in "the process" continued as we started 2012, and continued until Rivera got his ass put on the hot seat. I have seen an over emphasis on process in a business I was involved in a number of years ago, and it didn't work very well there either.

That's not to say developing a process and culture isn't important, but it has to play 2nd fiddle to results in all but the youngest organizations.

Hopefully, Ron has learned this lesson.


As much as folks hate to admit the fact, but it is still a fact. First time coaches need to grow into the job, just as rookies and younger players need to grow. Some do. Some don't. I, and a few others, feel Rivera IS growing.

My main judgement of Rivera is, he started with a glutted roster. With no Cap space. IMO, he has done well with what he had to start with. Sure he has made mistakes. Hell, even established coaches make mistakes. But contrary to popular belief, he has acknowledged those mistakes.

The main reason I am still on the Rivera train. He started coaching to win games. He is more aggressive with a pedal to the metal mentality. I also see improvement. I want to see if he can finish the job he started. 2 years, in the situation he inherited, is not enough.

Gettlemen will help Rivera fill out this roster. Something Rivera probably thought Hurndog was incapable of doing. We have a brain trust in place that just may be the final solution.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:34 AM

I don't think we need to be overly worried about Cam learning a new offense or terminology. He has proven in college and the pro's that he can pick up new things quickly.

Our problem early this year wasn't that Cam couldn't learn Chud's new approach, our problem was it was a bad approach.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:38 AM

I agree with this statement, it happens quite often especially with the defense. And while personalities always play a role between coaches & players, I do think there's a coaching philosophy that Rivera is changing now. Teaching. I remember some of Fox's first words were about hiring coaches that are good teachers. Similar words were spoken by Rivera. Teaching is a damn good thing but it should not be the focus of coaching. Because talking about teaching assumes that there is something you don't know. Teaching and development are two different things. Development puts the focus on building and improving not on learning. Because the players are paid to already know. And I believe that is why we are looking for so many coaches now. A change in philosophy.

I also believe that luck does play a large part in football. Heck, it does in any sport. Luck with the weather, the coin toss (lol), what refs you have for a game, the bus ride, the draft, etc. But good preparation will overcome the impact luck has on any game and that's where the better teams excel.


You're right about the difference between development and teaching. Saying that you need teachers kind of puts an amateurish tint on things. I actually do see Rivera having some success from a developmental aspect. For example, I thought a no name secondary performed very well the second half of the year. Greg Hardy has really developed the past two years. Captain Munnerlyn, Josh Thomas, Brandon Lafell are all good examples. Even Armanti Edwards is starting to show signs of life. I think that development really starts with the little things such as good weight trainers, good time management and practice schedules by the coaches, schemes that are built around the players not vice versa. Unfortunately there have been some talented players recently that have fell victim to mismanaged developmental structure in the past. Chudzinski stunted the development of our rb's by under utilization. As an organization we are really starting to learn how to develop for the first time successfully especially since John Fox always signed vets.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:39 AM

Let me throw my 2 cents in...

Those that don't think coaching makes a difference need look no further than the 2012 New Orleans Saints. Sure, there is nothing more important than a true franchise QB, but coaching comes in at #2.

My complaints with Rivera are a little different than Rayzor's, and there are 3 principal problems that make me think he's in over his head:

1) Rivera coaches scared. From not letting Medlock try an end of half FG because Ron thought it would hurt his confidence, to not going for it on 4th and 1 even when you're down big and have nothing to lose (see last game vs NO in 2011), ron consistently tries to take the easy way out. He loves to talk about guys needing to make plays, but you have to give them the opportunity first. If you don't show confidence in your players, they are not likely to play with confidence.

2) Ron's lack of judgement this year in not reeling in Chud in week 4 or 5 when we still had a chance to make something of 2012 really bothered me. It was obvious to every thinking person that Chud's offense wasn't working, but it took Hurney getting fired before Ron did anything.

3) Ron has been very hesitant to pull underperforming players. We put up with almost a full year of Fua starting at the nose last year when he was being outperformed by the other guys on the roster. He finally goes out hurt and suddenly our defense looked legit. Fast forward to this year and only putting Luke in at MLB once Beason's injuries finally got the best of him. Everyone could see that Jon was playing poorly, but Ron did nothing until there was no choice. Same with Nakamura. Same with Norman.

He'll have my full support to start 2013, but in my opinion, we're going to be disappointed.


I'll toss in a couple cents as well, and I think your post sums up the common concerns that most have with Rivera.

1. Coaching scared - I agree that Rivera had his fair share of WTF moments where he could have tried to step on the opposing team's throat instead of trying not to lose, BUT many people look at decisions made earlier in the season when our roster problems weren't quite as clear with the hindsight we have now. Looking back at our kicker situation shows that we might as well have had Charlie Brown out there, and if your kicker is one of the worst in the business then I know I'd sure as hell have to put more thought into what would be a normal kicking situation for normal kickers, which is sadly not the case for us. And as far as giving players opportunities goes, that's what practice is for...this isn't the JV team, it's a multi-gazillion dollar business. And anyone who criticizes the punt against ATL can kick rocks because that decision played out perfectly, we just had abysmal defensive execution between the likes of Nakamura and Norman afterwards. Which leads me to your third point.

3. Pulling players - So, its the beginning of the season and you have an unproven rookie who's played average at OLB and a previously dominant MLB who you just gave a massive payday and has recovered from an injury. Four games Beason played...FAR from unreasonable considering the circumstances. And everyone knew that our secondary was a HUGE question mark before the season started. If you have to start a late round rookie DB and a previous backup JAG FS, then you know you have slim pickings to begin with. Pretty tough to tell a player to sit on the bench when you look to replace him and think "ooooo yeaahhh all those other guys suck too". Did that end up being the right move to bench both of them, I'd say yes, but I can't blame Rivera for having faith that his rookie could develop over the season or that a player from a previous team can adjust to a different scheme. And, I think it is worth mentioning that Rivera wasn't always forgiving for under-performance. Joe Adams fumbles, Joe Adams gets benched. lol

2. Not Reeling in Chud - This is what I think plagues most casual fans. How on Earth does anyone have any clue what was said between Rivera, Chud, Hurney, and JR? You make the wild assumption that Chud is sitting up in the booth barking the plays into Rivera's ear while Ron passively replies "...ok, whatever you say, just don't beat me after the game like last time please...". The fact is, that as fans, we have NO CLUE about 99% of the things that are discussed around here, yet some people on here talk like they're some kind of inside reporter who's actually BFF's with the entire coaching staff. Do I hate the read-option with every fiber of my being? Yes. Can I tell exactly who to put the blame on? Hell no, and we may have just watched our read-option worries walk right out the door earlier this week. Who really knows?? Well, I know who doesn't: the people who talk and complain like they actually do know what's going on.

BONUS THOUGHTS (YAY!):

A - How many times near the end of games were we yelling at the TV, "Why are you calling loose coverage?? The defense is giving up 15 yards every play!!"? My opinion on the defensive playcalling was very negative until I saw that Norman got benched. Then I realized how many times I saw Norman 18 yards deep just trying to keep his receiver in front of him, and I asked myself, "Was it Rivera playing scared, or was it Norman?" Because after Norman got benched, those occasions dropped drastically. (BTW I'm not a Norman hater, just my observations).

B - I've seen player development also mentioned in this thread as a negative with Rivera. Well, for those of you who have those doubts, I'd like to introduce you to Greg Hardy. Any description aside from "breakout year" for him is unacceptable, and I give some credit to the coaching staff for unleashing The Kraken.

TL;DR (probably for most of you lol)

Is Rivera a great coach? No. Is he retarded? No. As fans, all we can do is watch, and hope to God that the team we're rooting for knows what they're doing. So sit back, take the razorblade away from your wrists, relax, and quit pretending like you actually know what is going on inside the organization of the soon-to-be Super Bowl Champion Carolina Panthers. :D

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:39 AM

Naturally they won't purposely unravel the positive gains we've made on offense, if it happens it would be unintentional for sure. My fear is Cam's learning curve when it comes to learning a completely new terminology and it costing us games early in the season again. We have to find a way to combine the old terminology with the new stuff. Because more then anything we have to come strong out of the gate next year.


If we get our OC realitively soon, he will have a full offseason to install his system. If that system is close to what Chud ran, the only hitch should be in the verbage. That is not a big obstacle to overcome.

As long as the basics are similar. One offseason should suffice to install the Offense. The only problem would be in trying to install a new scheme. Which should not be the case.

Contrary to popular belief most football players are rather intelligent. As long as we are not changing everything, we should be ok. Lots of teams change OCs without a hitch. As long as the basic system is the same.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:45 AM

As for development. Most coaches abhor playing rookies. They tend to make mistakes. It is difficult to win that way. As a coach, if you don't win, you don't have a job.

I ask this question? Was Rivera even given an option? He was given a few overpriced vets, and a roster full of what the hells. To me he has come a long way with what he was given.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:55 AM

you were on a good path thinking that it isn't luck, but you took a wrong turn somewhere



Alabama's successful because they've gotten talented recruits to start off

http://www.usatoday....-class/1804409/



I think the problem in Carolina is more philosophical than anything else. "Hey you need a HC with a defensive background if you wanna win the big one". That's great to know, especially considering that 4 of the last five superbowl winning teams have had HCs with offensive backgrounds. Ditto for paying an obscene amount of money to run the ball when other teams are just as productive there even though they spend like a fifth of what we're paying. We're fortunate to have two productive DEs since we barely made an initial investment in that position (which was a 3rd round pick for CJ; before the contract extension). It's a QB driven league and the Panthers are still trying to make running backs happen.

Talent evaluation is a problem, but more specifically, talent allocation is a huge problem. In addition to the aforementioned wasted money on a position where the players get hurt more than anywhere else, we spent a 2nd round pick for a 3rd round pick to select a retard with dreadlocks from Appalachian State that can't even outrun a punter. And if we had kept that 2nd rounder, which turned out to be the 33rd pick in the 2011 draft, we could've picked a better prospect DT like Jarvis Jenkins who is developing nicely right now and then I wouldn't have to watch this happen to Sione Fua every time Ron puts him in the game:

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File that under "reasons why Marty Hurney is no longer General Manager of this team"



When has this happened recently? Yea you could argue that Darius Butler has produced some but then you would have to say the same thing about the Patriots because they drafted him, and remember that time we signed Frank Kearse off Miami's practice squad and he turned out to be the only DT we had that graded positively against the run in 2011? These isolated cases happen with every team. So it's not like Everette Brown left us and all of a sudden turned into a poor man's DeMarcus Ware overnight on another team.



The real problem with the last 4 rounds is that NFL scouting in general has become so much better over the years due to people getting sick of drafting guys like R. Jay Soward in the first round that the talent pool is almost barren by the time you get to the end of the third round. By then you really have to nit and pick and find guys who have huge potential but just haven't come through yet. Cases like Greg Hardy come to mind, and even then you don't know if that player will ever overcome the injury that set him back.

You can pretty much squeeze out 3 starters from a draft if you're a top shelf talent evaluator, unless you have like 6 first round picks or something. If the scouting was as good now as it was in 2000, Tom Brady would be picked a lot higher. Remember this was an era when Ryan Leaf was considered a great talent, and it took his failure along with a ton of other ones to get scouts to refine their craft. Compared to the resources and superior judgment the scouts are endowed with today, you might as well have taped prospects' names to a wall and thrown darts blindfolded to make your pick if you were a scout in the 80s.



Jovan Haye had some great years with the Bucs. Dan Connor blew us up as linebacker for the Cowboys when we played this year. Jerome Felton had a good year, and so did Reggie Nelson. Those are a few that come to mind.

I'm not going to say that you don't have good points in terms of poor position allocation, but development is development. The Giants look like they're geniuses when it comes to drafting, but they're really geniuses when it comes to developing. Same said with the Patriots, Steelers, Packers, and now the 49ers that's why they're winning consistently. It's called a program.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:59 AM

If we get our OC realitively soon, he will have a full offseason to install his system. If that system is close to what Chud ran, the only hitch should be in the verbage. That is not a big obstacle to overcome.

As long as the basics are similar. One offseason should suffice to install the Offense. The only problem would be in trying to install a new scheme. Which should not be the case.

Contrary to popular belief most football players are rather intelligent. As long as we are not changing everything, we should be ok. Lots of teams change OCs without a hitch. As long as the basic system is the same.


Well lets just hope we get an OC who already likes to run our scheme and not one that's stepping out of his element just to get a job. That's why I say hell no to Shurmur. I really hope Whisenhunt doesn't get that Eagles job.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:08 AM

Well lets just hope we get an OC who already likes to run our scheme and not one that's stepping out of his element just to get a job. That's why I say hell no to Shurmur. I really hope Whisenhunt doesn't get that Eagles job.


Between Rivera, who is probably going to have final say, and Gettlemen, they have a poo load of contacts. We will get someone they want. Not someone they have to settle for.

See, that is the one thing folks are hesitant to grasp. We now have a GM and a HC who both are knowledgeable and respected. That goes a long way to getting a staff together. And by extension, putting a winning culture together.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:19 AM

Jovan Haye had some great years with the Bucs.


Just like Jeremy Bridges and Tyler Brayton had their best years with us. I wouldn't say Haye did great and I wouldn't say we couldn't develop him because we barely held on to him when he came in. At the time we had Rucker, Peppers, and Al Wallace at DE and we weren't really using a heavy rotation.

Dan Connor blew us up as linebacker for the Cowboys when we played this year.


which doesn't discount the fact that he looked just as inconsistent there as he did here.

Jerome Felton had a good year,


Jerome Felton is a pro bowler, but the Panthers cut him because they were looking to upgrade, it wasn't that he couldn't lead block when he was here. He was playing fullback for us for the majority of our record-setting efficiency in the running game last year.

and so did Reggie Nelson.


Reggie Nelson has never played for us.


I'm not going to say that you don't have good points in terms of poor position allocation, but development is development. The Giants look like they're geniuses when it comes to drafting, but they're really geniuses when it comes to developing. Same said with the Patriots, Steelers, Packers, and now the 49ers that's why they're winning consistently. It's called a program.


I'm not going to argue that those teams don't have better programs than we do. Because they do. But it's not just the coaching and development. It's the evaluation at the ground level that also helped set them separate from us. I'm hoping that changes with Gettleman in the lead role.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:39 AM

... Looking back at our kicker situation shows that we might as well have had Charlie Brown out there, and if your kicker is one of the worst in the business then I know I'd sure as hell have to put more thought into what would be a normal kicking situation for normal kickers...
... And anyone who criticizes the punt against ATL can kick rocks because that decision played out perfectly, we just had abysmal defensive execution between the likes of Nakamura and Norman afterwards.

... How on Earth does anyone have any clue what was said between Rivera, Chud, Hurney, and JR? You make the wild assumption that Chud is sitting up in the booth barking the plays into Rivera's ear while Ron passively replies "...ok, whatever you say, just don't beat me after the game like last time please...".


I'm just going to respond to a few key things for now as I'm typing on my phone.

1) The FG example - in this case, the choice was to try a 50 yard field goal or a hail mary pass as the half expired. The odds of any NFL kicker (from best to worst) making a 50 yarder are much, much greater than completing a hail mary pass. But Ron preferred to take a flier on a possible 3 points to harming the psyche of his kicker (his words, not mine).

2) The punt on 4th down - did I reference that decision? The game I mentioned was our last game of the year in 2011. It was the 4th qtr, we were down by maybe 18 or 20 points with 8+ minutes on the clock. Ball was around the 37 of NO and it was like 4th and 5. We punted. In that situation, we might as well have just sent out a white flag and gone to the locker room early.

3) Posters aren't worthy to comment due to lack of 1st person knowledge- give me a break. Who called plays and designed our offense? Hurney? JR? Rivera? Surely even you know better than that. Feel free to go on thinking that JR fired Hurney but stopped short of having a come to jesus meeting with Ron. And feel free to thing that suddenly Chud decided to go to a more conventional offense without first getting his butt chewed by Rivera. I wasn't there and you weren't there, but most reasonable people would agree that my conjecture is probably pretty close to the truth.

I'll be happy to continue this discussion once I'm back on a full sized keyboard.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:50 AM

I'm hoping that changes with Gettleman in the lead role.


A positive note from Mister Love. Zod I think I may just love this interwebz thingy.

That one hire alone should go a long way in getting us back on track. Folks need to put away their Hurndog hate and come along for the ride. Cuz if it starts from the top? We have our man in place.

Oh, and throw in Cam and the future is looking pretty good to me.


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