North Carolinian and fellow Panthers fan, Robert Russ (via Yardbarker.com), gives his take on the impact of the hog mollies. It's not so different than what I and others have alluded to in the Huddle, but it is a little more colorful, and thought provoking (i.e, it begs you to use your imagination). I found it mildly entertaining. I suggest reading the whole thing, but here are some excerpts:
Judging by the reactions splashed across the internet in the wake of the 2013 NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers fans are wearing rose-colored glasses right now. To hear them tell the tale, general manager Dave Gettleman performed flawlessly last weekend.
“Super Nova” and the ironically nicknamed “Little K.K.” are not merely great value picks. Bringing them on board has enabled Gettleman to upgrade most every player on the team.
Facing three or four defensive lineman who command double coverage is going to create a huge dilemma for opposing offenses. On virtually every passing play they will have to decide to keep either the tight end or running back in to protect the quarterback. This will greatly limit their diversity of play call options and will completely neutralize backs like Darren Sproles of New Orleans and Jacquizz Rodgers of Atlanta, since the defense will immediately know whether the call is run or the tight end is staying in to block.
The forthcoming 2013 season will be a fascinating test of philosophies. For better or worse, Gettleman has pushed all his chips into “Ground and Pound” — as in pounds of beef. Watching this old-school slugfest contend against teams built from the “high flying offense defense be damned” style of management will be exhilarating even for those not emotionally invested in the Carolina Panthers.