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The Rivera-Cam Regime: 2 years and 32 games in

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What do I think about the Rivera and Cam regime. I think both of them have learned a lot over the two years and have each made a ton of mistakes. But I am optimistic that now have the proper skills sets to win. Cam knows what he needs to do to win and how he needs to be a leader on the team. Rivera knows that playing not to lose ensures you will. I know that 6-10 and 7-9 are nothing to get excited about but they are 4 more wins than Fox had in his last 2 years and he was coming off a 12-4 season in 2008. Rivera on the other hand inherited a 2-14 team that every agreed was largely devoid of any real talent.

We have more talent on the team than when Rivera inherited it after Richardson gutted it. We have a coaching staff that is actually pretty solid and we have a new GM who is by all accounts a great judge of talent and has a solid reputation.

The Rivera era has been a transition between the worse team in the NFl by far to one that can contend in any game and is a tough out. But for 5 or 6 plays in 2012, we could have easily made the playoffs.

As for those who don't believe in Rivera, all I will say is that I am glad you are fans and not players. Ultimately it matters if they believe in the coach where as for fans it really doesn't matter.

No I didn't copy and paste all the suggested responses since most things were covered already and I wanted to talk about other things.

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I think Rivera/the Panthers are the worst thing that could have happened to Cam. Imagine if he was on a real team, like Kaepernick is.

I remember when Cam came out everyone said that he would need 2 or 3 years to be ready to play. Rivera and Chud tailored their offense to meet his skills and without an off-season he had an unprecedented year.

If he had played for San Francisco he would have sat the bench of 22 of his 32 games and really made the Superbowl based on the rest of the team who came within a play of making it last year. He would be further behind than he is right now. Kapernick may be in the Superbowl but I don't think he is as complete a quarterback as Newton.

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What's your favorite win: Tie between the Saints and Falcons games this year

Describe your mood about the team with keywords: Cautious optimism

Rate it out of 10: So far, a five

Favorite/Least Favorite acquisition: Favorite - Greg Olsen, Mike Tolbert; Least - Olindo Mare'

Worst Loss: tied between the Bears and Falcons this season; Chiefs hurt too

Favorite draft pick: Favorite - Kuechly; Least - Brandon Hogan (Lawrence Wilson too)

Most memorable moment: Hardy post Falcons game; Kuechly's pick vs the Raiders

Will 2013 be Rivera's last season? Unknown

Approve or Disapprove of our current direction? Like the new GM, team looked good at season's end; so yes (for now)

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-What's your favorite win: Atl @ Car

-Describe your mood about the team with keywords: Optimistic

-Rate it out of 10: 7

-Favorite/Least Favorite acquisition - Least Tolbert - too many chefs in kitchen in retrospect and should have brought in a FA that mattered if going after someone legit. Favorite - Dwan - he actually had talent despite not being great we have had absolutely none at DT

-Worst Loss - @ Atl this year

-Favorite draft pick: tie with Cam and Luke

-Most memorable moment: Newton debut

-Will 2013 be Rivera's last season? No

and the big one: Approve or Disapprove of our current direction? Approve overall. Poor job of transitioning out of Fox/Hurney era though. 2010 draft/contracts/etc should of never occured bc Hurney should of left with Fox....Hurney was a big handicap for a green Rivera in regard to what he did with the 2010 draft, 2010 contracts, and poor postion he put franchise

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Things to possibly answer:

-What's your favorite win: the first saints win of last season

-Describe your mood about the team with keywords: disappointed

-Rate it out of 10: 4

-Favorite/Least Favorite acquisition Tolbert/Naka

-Worst Loss: Chicago Bears

-Favorite draft pick: Cam Newton

-Most memorable moment: an injured cam coming back in to finish off the W against the saints.

-Will 2013 be Rivera's last season? No

and the big one: Approve or Disapprove of our current direction? Hmmm, tough question.

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-What's your favorite win

vs Tampa 2011

First home win I've attended in years.

-Describe your mood about the team with keywords

I feel like I'm in a falconhood.

-Rate it out of 10

e^x

(x= how willing Ole Riverboat Ronnie is to stay out of the team's way.)

-Favorite/Least Favorite acquisition

Favorite - Greg Olsen

Least Favorite - (Does re-signing JStew count?) Mare (see -Worst Loss)

-Worst Loss

vs Vikings 2011

First game of the Newton era... SMDH Ugh...

But after Longwell's field goal gave the Vikings the 24-21 lead, Newton seemed poised to lead a memorable comeback. He completed a 44-yard pass to Brandon LaFell on fourth-and-15 to reach Vikings territory. The Panthers appeared to reach the 7 on a first-down run by Newton, but the play was called back because of a holding penalty on Steve Smith.

"I got a few texts saying already in the HD it didn't look too bad," Smith said of the official's call. "For a 70-year-old man gimping down the field, I guess that's what he saw."

Newton went back to Smith on the next play, but he was stopped short of the first down. Mare's kick sailed wide left and the home crowd groaned before heading to the exits

-Favorite draft pick

Favorite - Uncle Luke (Sorry Mr. Boogey)

Least Favorite - Sione "I'm soft like seafoam" Fua (Special shoutout to you Mr. Nortman)

-Most memorable moment

Seeing the Kraken released. (Pick a game)

-Will 2013 be Rivera's last season?

If x < e, then yes,

If x > e, then no.

-Approve or Disapprove of our current direction?

If x < e, then disapprove,

If x > e, then approve.

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What do I think about the Rivera and Cam regime. I think both of them have learned a lot over the two years and have each made a ton of mistakes. But I am optimistic that now have the proper skills sets to win. Cam knows what he needs to do to win and how he needs to be a leader on the team. Rivera knows that playing not to lose ensures you will. I know that 6-10 and 7-9 are nothing to get excited about but they are 4 more wins than Fox had in his last 2 years and he was coming off a 12-4 season in 2008. Rivera on the other hand inherited a 2-14 team that every agreed was largely devoid of any real talent.

We have more talent on the team than when Rivera inherited it after Richardson gutted it. We have a coaching staff that is actually pretty solid and we have a new GM who is by all accounts a great judge of talent and has a solid reputation.

The Rivera era has been a transition between the worse team in the NFl by far to one that can contend in any game and is a tough out. But for 5 or 6 plays in 2012, we could have easily made the playoffs.

As for those who don't believe in Rivera, all I will say is that I am glad you are fans and not players. Ultimately it matters if they believe in the coach where as for fans it really doesn't matter.

No I didn't copy and paste all the suggested responses since most things were covered already and I wanted to talk about other things.

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2 years and 32 games in.

Rivera hasn't utilized the roster to it's best advantage, Cam is no exception.

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2 years and 32 games in.

Rivera hasn't utilized the roster to it's best advantage, Cam is no exception.

How much do you think Rivera dictates who plays on Sunday and how players rotate in versus the coordinators who call the plays and send the players in on every sequence.

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How much do you think Rivera dictates who plays on Sunday and how players rotate in versus the coordinators who call the plays and send the players in on every sequence.

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You didn't answer the question. I didn't ask you who was ultimately responsible. I think that Rivera would gladly fall on the sword and take ultimate responsibility. That is one of the things I like about him. The question was who do you think was more responsible for how the players were used, Rivera or the coordinators who called the plays and rotated the players in. The follow-up is whether Chud leaving means we might use our running backs better which could make Cam and the offense even better than last year.

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-What's your favorite win:Beating the crap out of Tampa Bay on Christmas Eve last year (my entire family is either Panthers or Bucs fans so this was especially fun)

-Describe your mood about the team with keywords: Apathetic

-Rate it out of 10: 4.8

-Favorite/Least Favorite acquisition: Olsen/Murphy

-Worst Loss: TIE: @Chicago, Tampa Bay, @Atl

-Favorite draft pick: Keek

-Most memorable moment: Captain's TD this year against TB (my bro and my first regular season home game)

-Will 2013 be Rivera's last season? No

and the big one: Approve or Disapprove of our current direction? Ask me in three months

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