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Great Interview with Mike Mitchell on Panthers.com

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and it looks like Melvin will be getting more chances, or so Mitchell eluded too.  I know Mitchell has been seen as a head-hunter and penalty inducing safety, rightfully so. I'm hoping this transition to Free Safety will benefit the entire secondary because he has elite speed, is a thumper and seems to be a heady guy (pun intended). He saw the formation the Giants were in and called the trap to Melvin who got the pick. Coming from Oakland he has practiced against Palmer which should be a plus.

 

Here's the interview:

 

http://www.panthers.com/media-vault/videos/Mike_Mitchell_Rested_ready_to_roll/350582d2-d314-4fac-888a-f433916e22b3

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i still would love to see josh norman play FS and given the freedom to roam about like honey badger.

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i still would love to see josh norman play FS and given the freedom to roam about like honey badger.

 

do you think he has the speed for that? also it's telling that mitchell didn't name norman when he listed off the young dbs playing.

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We are playing a lot of SS in the box, so we need a FS who can cover a lot of ground.  (I am not an expert here, but it simply makes sense).  WHen I look back at the best FS converts from CB, it seems they are all students of the game--smart football players.  I am not sure Norman will ever fit that profile. In addition, Norman is older than people realize-26 or so, if that matters.

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do you think he has the speed for that? also it's telling that mitchell didn't name norman when he listed off the young dbs playing.

 

i think he does have the speed and the ball hawking skills.

 

i agree that him not being named is probably a statement on norman, but i think he's more suited for FS than corner so, imo, he's playing out of position and being a bit misused. i just don't think he's cut out for playing corner, esp. in this system. you put him in a situation where he can use his strengths and limits his liability in man coverage and i think you see him play more like he did in preseason.

 

he's a good ball hawk/QB spy. i think he does a good job of reading the QB, seeing where he needs to be, and getting there.

 

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i think he does have the speed and the ball hawking skills.

 

i agree that him not being named is probably a statement on norman, but i think he's more suited for FS than corner so, imo, he's playing out of position and being a bit misused. i just don't think he's cut out for playing corner, esp. in this system. you put him in a situation where he can use his strengths and limits his liability in man coverage and i think you see him play more like he did in preseason.

 

he's a good ball hawk/QB spy. i think he does a good job of reading the QB, seeing where he needs to be, and getting there.

 

 

i'm not ready to give up on norman yet but his window is definitely closing

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i'm not ready to give up on norman yet but his window is definitely closing

 

agreed. he's got a lot of natural talent that i would love to see us take advantage of, but...and this feels really wierd typing this, much less thinking this...i think we're ok in the secondary right now so we don't need to experiment with norman and we don't necessarily need him to be on the field and succeed for us to do well. i mean if we didn't have that front 6/7 and weren't dropping back 7 into coverage i think i might feel differently, but the way things are going we're in pretty good shape with who we have.

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what a great interview, hope Mr. Mitchell is here for a long time.........sounds like a good leader.

 

who was saying that our defense doesn't communicate ??

 

seems everyone of them that gets interviewed says the exact opposite.

 

 

I liked the part where he said we did nothing special (scheme wise) on Defense against the Giants.

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i still would love to see josh norman play FS and given the freedom to roam about like honey badger.

Freedom to roam? You do know you have to actually know who to cover, right? Norman would be a slower Sherrod Martin out there.

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assuming he can handle coverage responsibilities at FS long term, I love the thought of him roaming the secondary ready to deliver those big hits...  It's terrifying as a receiver, even more so after the first one connects..

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assuming he can handle coverage responsibilities at FS long term, I love the thought of him roaming the secondary ready to deliver those big hits...  It's terrifying as a receiver, even more so after the first one connects..

 

exactly while i don't want the penalties, it's nice to have a reputation so receivers hear footsteps. get in their head

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exactly while i don't want the penalties, it's nice to have a reputation so receivers hear footsteps. get in their head

 

people may take this the wrong way, but assuming the game isn't on the line and a 15 yard penalty isn't given up close to the redzone then I'll take one per game if it's not completely dirty/head hunting...

 

 

I can hear the cries from fans now, but it's going to happen..  Nature of the game, especially when a flag is thrown like Kuechly's below which was completely legal.

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