I am a Gettlemen fan, and I know Rome wasn't built in a day, but Ceasar was killed in minutes. Cam Newton, clearly the team's most dynamic player, is playing behind a bunch of DII or Undrafted OL,
1. Like any great war leader, Cam Newton needs protection and weapons. He was given Hixon and Ginn and Kugbila. That is like going to battle with a trash can lid and a bowie knife.
2, Jordan Gross and fellow OL Ryan Kalil restructured their contracts. Gross took less money, and I am not sure about Kalil. They sacrificed but the money they gave up is in the bank, not on the field.
3. The defense was given a safety and 2 cornerbacks in free agency. Gettlemen drafted a LB and 2 DTs. The offense was given fourth and sixth round draft picks, an oft-injured #3 WR and a punt returner.
4. Gettlemen said, "Big men allow you to compete" and has watched the offense fail to compete for over a month now, largely based on the play of the OL. We have a lot of cap room. We have a player or two we could trade. Nothing so far.
5. Waiting for cuts is an option, but how do you tell the fans that we have needs and over $15 milliion in cap room? Sadly, there will be cut OL who can beat out our starters on the right side.
DaveG, you have been great so far, but ignoring the OL and not giving Cam weapons is going to haunt you, especially if you are sitting on a wad of cash. If Cam goes down because an undrafted OL from Kentucky got confused or a foreign kid from Valdosta State was overpowered, then you are going to have to explain why your wallet did not back up your proverb. Sure, we can find some project that was released and plug him in during week 3 when he learns the playbook, but we need a more aggressive answer to this problem that has recurred every week for the past 3 games.
Make a trade.
While we do not have much to offer, it is time to get serious about RT. Or you can spend all of that cap room on a mediocre QB, someone for Cam to watch from the rehab tub.