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#31 Seltzer


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:10 AM

I would be perfectly happy if they went O line in the first 2 rounds, just like they did on defense this year.  I am nowhere as concerned about the WR and DB groups as I am the O Line and complete lack of depth.


Rivera & McDermitt will coach up the DB's, especially with the stout front 7.  Josh Norman can be a legitimately good starter I think


Prohl has gotten this WR group to look legit, even if the national narrative is to continue to poo on them.


The O Line is still a major question mark even with signing Wharton.  Byron Bell is a great effort guy, but him playing average is a major accomplishment.  Silatolu is inconsistent at best, and Gross is still good but not dominant.  Garry Williams is a major question mark, too.  Kalil is the only above average player on the O Line right now (maybe Gross).


That being said, Cam's mobility and good play calling can mask some of that deficiency.  I just can't see this group being a dominant run-blocking unit, no matter how much Shula wants it to be.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:35 AM

The Panthers are much better due to the fact that they aren't so young in every position. The value of veteran leadership and experience can't by quantified.


Though the team is better, that might not translate into more wins. The schedule looks pretty tough right now. But, I would expect this team to pull out a few of those one TD or less games, or 1 yard-to-clinch/win games, or defense holds one more possession games.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 11:04 AM

We are a better team in some aspects but we are still not a balanced team.We can never seen to get our ducks in a row.This year the D looks stout and the O is a big question mark. I look forward to the day when this team is clicking on all cylinders.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 11:07 AM

In the words of Rodney Carrington; a lot, lot, lot, lot, lot.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 03:39 PM

QB +

Cam improved upon his record breaking rookie season and is finally beginning to get help on the offensive side of the ball. Derek Anderson elected to stay and after a shaky start to the preseason DA was able to have a strong finish. Jimmy Clausen is gone. This alone is a good thing as it now makes a roster spot available for somebody that could actually contribute.


RB +

Contracts aside, the team's backfield contains Deangelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert, and now Kenjon Barner.


WR ++

Gone are the likes of Naanee, Ajirotutu, and Murphy. Now we have the likes of Domenik Hixon, Ted Ginn Jr, and continually improving LaFell, and suddenly a wild Armanti appears?



Same as last season, though I am wondering how Brandon Williams turns out.


OL ++

Kalil is back, Wharton is back, Hangartner is gone, and Byers is back on the bench.


ST +++

Ted. Ginn. Jr.


DL ++

Trade in Ron Edwards and Andre Neblett for Star Lotululei and Kawann Short while retaining Dwan Edwards? Oh, did you say that Sione Fua is gone and Colin Cole is on board instead? That's nice. Thomas Keiser for Wes Horton? I can live with that just fine.


LB ++

Good bye Anderson, welcome back Beason. Oh, hai Blackburn and Klein.


DB +++

Charles Godfrey is back at his home at FS. Nakamura is gone and the safety position gets filled up with Quinton Mikell and Mike Mitchell in his place. Chris Gamble was cut and retired, but Josh Norman is looked great in preseason and the coaches seem to be high on Josh Thomas. Captain Munnerlyn and DJ Moore are great depth at CB.