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One step forward, two steps back. The story of the Carolina Panthers.


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#11 MHS831

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:00 PM

I know you've experienced it before. When things aren't going right. When you're in a funk. Whether it's personal or business. We've all experienced it..
TL;DR? Patience.

I had another post that was eerily similar--a chronology. I had not seen this (well-written, by the way) before posting in another thread. I do not want you to think I was taking your idea---great minds...

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:23 PM

I guess I'll say it. I do not see us making the playoffs this year. In watching other teams this post season the difference is just too great. But people forget the postseason isn't the ultimate goal and I don't see our staff able to win even if the postseason is reached. To bring it even further I do not think with the owner we have, we will ever get a championship. I see Gettleman as desperate for the position and really willing to go along with things rather than change them. Maybe he is jsut going along for now but will change if another losing season. For him it will be one losing season, for me it will be 5 and that is where I am coming from. Excuses and reasonning is getting rather old for me.

Yea..I'll be the pessemistic, doomsdayer, chicken little, fake panthers fan...the labels created by cam fans, doesn't matter because post season or not I'll be here until the end. But, that is my morbid opinion, don't blame me...I am just going with the flow, going with history rather than hope...

If I am wrong I win. If I am right I lose.

#13 Marguide

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:32 PM

Yea..I'll be the pessemistic, doomsdayer, chicken little, fake panthers fan...the labels created by cam fans, doesn't matter because post season or not I'll be here until the end. But, that is my morbid opinion, don't blame me...


What do those labels have to do with Cam fans? You lost me there.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:34 PM

tl;dr. y'all act like the hiring of shula and we're done. worst case scenario we tank next year and hire a brand new staff. holy poo i'm tired of y'all complaining.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:40 PM

tl;dr. y'all act like the hiring of shula and we're done. worst case scenario we tank next year and hire a brand new staff. holy poo i'm tired of y'all complaining.


We've tanked 13 seasons already.

Take that we'll get em' next year poo to Cleveland or Buffalo if that's your idea of a good time.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:48 PM

I wish we didn't need reassuring threads every year because questionable decisions were made once again.

Well I'm just going to do what every other Panther fan does and hope it works out. Seems that's all we ever have.

if decisions have to be defended and excuses made, it's probably warranted.

the reason for my departure from my normal, natural, and more comfortable homer posting and viewpoint is that i've just grown weary of the same old song and dance. we lose most of our games for 2/3 of the season, enough to eliminate us from playoff contention and then see the team turn around and finally get their poo together making you believe that next year things will be a continuing of the impressive play at the end of the season....only to see them make yet another regression.

i don't know that shula is any better of a play caller than chud. it's hard for me to see that we haven't taken a step backward. chud's just had more success than shula and he's had more experience doing it...even in san diego he was doing it. it's not that i think chud is all that great at play calling either, i just don't see shula as being an upgrade at all.

the most optimistic view point of any but the most blind homers will be that we maintain what was being done at the end of last year. i don't know of any actual critical thinkers who expect us to be better than we were at the end of the season. most are just thinking that we won't go backward.

i'm sorry if that's just not enough for me anymore.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:49 PM

We've tanked 13 seasons already.

Take that we'll get em' next year poo to Cleveland or Buffalo if that's your idea of a good time.

I'm just saying have some confidence. Shula could do an amazing job, we have the pieces to be good next year. Am I sold on the coaching staff yet? No but let's not surrender already

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:52 PM

unfortunately i have felt this way every season since 2008 when we re-signed moose and inflated the offensive line and drafted jonathan stewart.

with the exception of 2010, yeah, i'm in the same boat. even when i started wanting fox fired in '07 i always believed that we could make it into the playoffs. i've just given up. it's not a lack of faith in cam and kuechly...it's a lack of faith in the coaches.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:59 PM

if decisions have to be defended and excuses made, it's probably warranted.

the reason for my departure from my normal, natural, and more comfortable homer posting and viewpoint is that i've just grown weary of the same old song and dance. we lose most of our games for 2/3 of the season, enough to eliminate us from playoff contention and then see the team turn around and finally get their poo together making you believe that next year things will be a continuing of the impressive play at the end of the season....only to see them make yet another regression.

i don't know that shula is any better of a play caller than chud. it's hard for me to see that we haven't taken a step backward. chud's just had more success than shula and he's had more experience doing it...even in san diego he was doing it. it's not that i think chud is all that great at play calling either, i just don't see shula as being an upgrade at all.

the most optimistic view point of any but the most blind homers will be that we maintain what was being done at the end of last year. i don't know of any actual critical thinkers who expect us to be better than we were at the end of the season. most are just thinking that we won't go backward.

i'm sorry if that's just not enough for me anymore.





Chud was the TE's coach in SD, he didn't do any play calling there if I'm not mistaken. Also, Chud's success was directly linked to Cam's skills.

I never said Shula is an upgrade but for what it's worth, it's not a down grade when he's been around Cam and this offense for the past two years. Like I said, I see it as a lateral move. Not backwards but not forwards, sometimes taking a side step works. Trust me I wasn't thrilled about the Shula hiring at first. Still not, but it isn't Jeff Davidson or Shurmur, which would really have put me on edge to be honest.

The other off season moves have been forward progress. Gettleman, getting skipper back. I see that as positives. Gettleman is a football guy, this is going to be his first draft and with his knack of finding diamonds in the late rounds or off practice squads. I feel really good man. It's a process and it will take time.

The notion of making the playoffs this coming year isn't mine. It's not that I don't believe we won't make the playoffs, it's that the competition in the NFC is fierce and we may go 10-6 and miss the playoffs.

In hindsight we're a couple of positions away from the playoffs. We have our Franchise QB. Not a lot of teams can say that. That's the foundation. Now it's time to add the missing pieces.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:08 AM

I understand the point people are trying to make about our offense early in the season. But for some reason it is a weird pet peeve of mine when people say we ran the "read option" as a base offense. It isn't a type of offense it is a type of play.

It shouldn't annoy me, and I understand what you are trying to say, but for some reason it bugs the poo out of me.

Not really directed at you Ivan and I like the OP and agree with just about everything you said. But about 1,000 people have said this and for some reason (that I can't figure out) it makes me pull my hair out and I have so little to spare. :(


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