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it's going to feel 227839420.gif when we start winning. these last 2 seasons have been full of absolutely gut wrenching losses.

 

past two seasons?

 

cardiac cats turned to the gut-wrenching cats a long time ago. gut wrenching losses comes with the territory. so much promise every year because of late starts and strong finishes leading you to think that next year will be different only to be filled with more gut wrenching losses.

 

it will feel good when/if it happens. i guess it will anyway. it will be a new feeling for sure, at least not one felt since '03 and maybe '05....you know, when we felt we were on to something special and then just started settling for status quo, ie stability.

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Not at all. Atlanta got one game away from the Super Bowl  and we should have swept them last year

.  We just have to stop shitting the bed early in the season so that when we go on our late season run we are still in it.  Not running  65% read option this year makes me feel better already. Cam showed he is ALOT better under center so if we actually use our running game and playaction(I expect Shula to), along with his running ability, we will be hard to stop. We definitely still need a vet RG or Kug just to be ready from day 1, but Cam is going to light it up in year 3.

 

Thanks to dvr, I recorded all the panther games last year.  I don't think it was a read option problem, it was an execution/play construction problem.  

 

Looking at the first game at Tampa, there were 0 underneath routes... some digs and comebacks..but no drags, shallow crosses ..nothing.  Everything was 10 yards at least down the field.  The only thing short were the screens passes. The next 6 games were similar, contributing to the horrible play were some really bad overthrows and some really bad drops at inopportune moments.  Our guard play the first 7 games was so bad it's not funny.  Cam's ability to break arm tackles and extend plays masked how bad they were.  Don't even let me get started about running inside the tackles....my god. 

 

Around game 7 things got a little better with smitty running drags around the 5-7 yard mark.. and a lot more slants.  Still an insane number of deep routes but I suppose that's what our offense is built off.  Running backs were being kept in to block, but seemed like it wasn't needed as much.  Gross started giving up tons of speed rushes to the outside, but I don't know if that was more of a helping Silatolu who should have had a speed pass light installed onto his helmet in passing plays.  Bell started playing really well imo around this time however.

 

Coming into game 9 or 10, the backs were releasing consistently,  Lots more underneath stuff, poor Murphy was running fly routes like no tomorrow though.  He must be in shape.  Olsen who was open the entire season started being the 2nd option rather than option number 4.  Most of the season up to that point it was 1st was SS, then it was Lafell, tuck and run, then Olsen.

 

Last part of the season it was checkdown, checkdown, 15 yards, 15 yards, checkdown.  Cam started looking real comfortable.  Wasn't forcing at all, and Gross and Silatolu starting clicking on the left side.  Hangartner and Williams also started trapping pretty good, but stunts killed them.  Tolbert was a monster both catching, short yardage runs and lead blocking.  It's crazy how underutilized he was looking back at it. 

 

In my opinion if we get moderately consistent play at the RG position, use tolbert more, and if Silatolu gets better we are fine offensively.  I don't think our DT play was as bad as everyone thinks it was, however if we have someone who commands double teams on the interior, its going to be ugly for whomever we play.  CJ was getting doubled and Hardy was getting chipped or vice versa.  I think the reason Dwan had such a good year was because of this.  Star on the interior means Dwan will be just as disruptive if not more, and either CJ or Hardy won't be doubled.  

 

Also as far as the LB's go.  Looking at the games, as of game 9 , Kuechly was in almost every tackle not 20 yards down the field.  Once he recognized the play, its dead.  However Thomas Davis always stepped his game on on the big plays.  He was a "playmaker" in every sense of the word. I am so happy he is back and healthy.  Anderson was solid, I expected to see him as the weakest link, but he wasn't that bad at all.  Not spectacular but really really solid.  If Beason recovers and plays better than Anderson it's going to be scary.

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past two seasons?

 

cardiac cats turned to the gut-wrenching cats a long time ago. gut wrenching losses comes with the territory. so much promise every year because of late starts and strong finishes leading you to think that next year will be different only to be filled with more gut wrenching losses.

 

it will feel good when/if it happens. i guess it will anyway. it will be a new feeling for sure, at least not one felt since '03 and maybe '05....you know, when we felt we were on to something special and then just started settling for status quo, ie stability.

 

i was just speaking on the cam-era specifically. obviously there's been some heartbreakers prior to cam, but we were pretty hopeless as a team from 2009 to cam.

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i was just speaking on the cam-era specifically. obviously there's been some heartbreakers prior to cam, but we were pretty hopeless as a team from 2009 to cam.

i'd bump that back to '07.

 

that's when i started calling for fox/hurney's heads.

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past two seasons?

 

cardiac cats turned to the gut-wrenching cats a long time ago. gut wrenching losses comes with the territory. so much promise every year because of late starts and strong finishes leading you to think that next year will be different only to be filled with more gut wrenching losses.

 

it will feel good when/if it happens. i guess it will anyway. it will be a new feeling for sure, at least not one felt since '03 and maybe '05....you know, when we felt we were on to something special and then just started settling for status quo, ie stability.

 

 

The 12-4 team from 2008 says hello.

 

I know that season hurt at the end.  But going undefeated at home felt damn good.

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The 12-4 team from 2008 says hello.

 

I know that season hurt at the end.  But going undefeated at home felt damn good.

 

the window was closing, that much was clear.

 

all that was was a diversion, but that playoff was a "we were what i thought we were" denny green moment for me.
 

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the window was closing, that much was clear.

 

all that was was a diversion, but that playoff was a "we were what i thought we were" denny green moment for me.
 

 

 

No disrespect meant.....but damn....you and CRA are two of the most pessimistic people I have ever seen.

 

Be a little more optimistic....it makes life more enjoyable.

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No disrespect meant.....but damn....you and CRA are two of the most pessimistic people I have ever seen.

 

Be a little more optimistic....it makes life more enjoyable.

 

i used to be one of the biggest homers in here, at least that's what i was told on a regular basis.

 

i like our players, but i don't like our coaches. i was optimistic about rivera, but i haven't seen what i want to see. i don't like his timidity and management at the end of games.

 

i didn't like fox when i saw a reluctance to change and adapt in '07.

 

if that all makes me pessimistic in some people's minds, fine. i think our best days are ahead and i think we have the making for something special. i really like what gettleman is going. the thing i see holding us back is the coaching. i think the coaches, esp. rivera and shula, are in over their heads and until i see different i'm not buying that they are the answer.

 

and i enjoy life just fine, btw. just because i bitch about coaches that i don't think are cut out to lead this team doesn't mean i bitch about everything else.

 

and don't think for a moment that i don't know that you've done your fair share of bitching about the panthers and been pessimistic about certain things.

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Does whoever wrote that article realize that we drafted Kawann Short as well

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I have witnessed that change in Rayray first hand. Trust me, Hatter has his days when he gets serious on you but he's not trying to Hemingway any rants.

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You should read what hatter writes in the tinderbox if you think he's a beacon for optimism

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I have no reservation in saying if Star/Short/and KugZilla can make impacts we have a solid shot at going to the playoffs.

 

Also provided Shula does not crap the bed.

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