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What must Cam think watching these games

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Ole Colin has it all. Decent defense great oline running game. TE. Just serviceable receivers though. But my God. I don't know if I can stand the cam and Colin comparisons.

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The notion of building an elite defense these days is silly. You need an adequate defense. You need a ton of playmakers and good offensive system. None of the teams left in the playoffs have a top defense other than the Niners and they're off today but the offense bailed them out.

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Ole Colin has it all. Decent defense great oline running game. TE. Just serviceable receivers though. But my God. I don't know if I can stand the cam and Colin comparisons.

This is why I'd rather see Atlanta win.

And that was a catch on that poorly thrown ball by Ryan going to review now.

He had his hands underneath it. Unless they're going to say the ground aided in him catching it, despite the fact it didn't touch the ground.

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The notion of building an elite defense these days is silly. You need an adequate defense. You need a ton of playmakers and good offensive system. None of the teams left in the playoffs have a top defense other than the Niners and they're off today but the offense bailed them out.

I agree with you whole heartedly. And that was one of the things that pissed me off with Rivera early in 2012. He had this 'bend but don't break defense'. And all that defense did, was keep the Panther offense off the field long enough, for the opposition to score a TD, while depriving the Panther offense of more possessions.

I can't tell you how many times, I yelled at my TV early this season, telling Rivera "Just let the damn team score, so the offense can get the ball back". That's one of the reasons, why the Panthers were in so many high scoring games in 2011. It was because the "poorer" defense allowed quick scores, so the offense could get the ball back and score.

And sure enough, if you look at the overall 2012 stats. The Panthers had a good offense (#12), but they didn't have the ball enough, and their #5 in DVOA offensive ranking illustrates this?

That was Rivera's fault--early in the season, believing too much in his defense at the expense of the offense ('bend but don't break', allowing teams to dink and dunk against them up the field).

And to make matters worse, he did the same in the 4th Qtr of games (placing his faith in his defense, instead of allowing his offense to get the first down or score/keep scoring), just to watch the defense blow those as well, instead of believing in his offense to get the 1st down or score, holding on to win the game.

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