Basically we have drafted like hot garbage for 4 years, and this year we were lacking picks....
2009 NFL Draft
2010 NFL Draft
2011 NFL Draft
Cam Newton #1 Overall and immediately knighted as savior of the franchise.
then 7 mother fugers that were/are hot garbage. The BEST and I mean the absolute BEST of the lot is the hard working but athletically average Pilares, he's never been used really and as such is insignificant. Fua is still on the team, but not for long hopefully. I'm sure he is a nice kid and I hope he can continue playing in the CFL.
This draft epicly fuged us. Where we should have added as much protection/weapons for out new QB we added poo picks all around. Refer to the moves Indy made like drafting a TE and TY Hilton. Adding young playmakers to develop with Cam could have made a world of difference in year 2, but we didn't we poo the bed. Zach Williams and that Auburn Tackle that was hurt or whatever doesn't fuging count.
2012 NFL Draft (AKA Hurney's last gift)
Notice this was likely the better draft of the past 4 years (ignoring this year aka 5th year).
Gettleman came into a half stocked cupboard and a checkbook stretched too thin to buy the groceries he needed to make the feast we crave.
Good news is...our young guys that actually make up a Core in the modern NFL are really good players.
Cam, Luke, Kalil, Johnson/Hardy are some of the more important positions on your modern NFL team. If players like Amini, Norman, can step up in their second year and our rookies Star, Short, Kug, Barner play out to be ballers we will start to finally develop into contender.
Hurney's greatest mistake (and one I peg more on Richardson that Hurndog) is he did the opposite of what he needed to do after the lock out. Some of the contracts made a ton of sense. Kalil locked up, Great Beason, well he was hurt so blame hurney or the training staff. Olsen trade/deal, Great. After that it all goes to poo. Signing DWill instead of taking the 3/4th compensatory pick was a bid idea, the kicker...oh fug me the Kickers deal, the LB'ers extentions, and so on.
All these deals and team cap management lead to some new worthy hate. We had invested almost 100 million dollars into the RB position. We had invested insane money into the LB position. Mean while, FA's that could help in positions of need, say WR, OLine, Saftey, CB, Defensive Tackle went to division rivals and other teams. Tell me now, would you rather have Charles Godfrey and Deangelo till hes in a retirement home vs Vincent Jackson and a dominate Right Guard or Tackle? This proved debilitating even more so the following year when the Panthers signed Tolbert, investing EVEN MORE MONEY into a position that is quickly being devalued by the league as a whole. We were throwing money on new tires when the engine of our car was almost falling out of the frame.
He resigned the core of a poo team and thus got poo results.
Hurney had his good years, up until things started going South around 2008 he was a solid GM. He brought in talent and drafted "mostly" well. After the Arizona playoff game I told this board it was a loss that would cripple this team and fanbase for years to come, sadly in this I was right. The Arizona loss was about the same time as JR, Hurney, and Fox had their little camp out bro-fest or whatever it was. Where JR basically told Fox give me back2back winning seasons or you will be let go. This had to have been the same for Hurney as well as they started drafting and playing scared. The ONLY way one can explain the moves, trades, and extensions is that they were those of a man both desperately trying to save his job, jumping on media grenades to protect the owner, and drafting to make a fanbase excited and hopefully get a big gamble to pay off into an exceptional player. Sadly the last never happened and as such the team Gettleman inherited was devoid of talent at critical area's and virtually broken capwise.
Hurney, Richardson, the Panthers for some ignorant reason thought this was how you begin a new, buy signing back players who had learned to become losers. Hopefully that ideal is eroding from both the fanbase and the players. Hard decision cuts like Gamble, Hangman, and others sent tremors through that locker room that it wasn't happy family time anymore.
So despite what the season yields, understand from my view we might actually be starting to go down the right path. Gettleman has done some moves that are going to look strange. Many players he just can't flat out cut. The assfug stupid amount of guaranteed money attached to their deals makes it impossible, what he has done is start the process of squeezing out the infection. He has started the healing process.