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Q & A with G-man, courtesy of Observer's Jones (edited with more commentary re: draft strategy)

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One Marvelous Marvin and Tavarres King, coming up.

 

That is what I got out of it.  I read somewhere else that a pass in the end zone to McNutt that he caught out of bounds was the only pass all season that Cam actually lobbed so the WR could elevate and make the play.  King and McNutt stayed on the roster for a reason. 

 

No mention of Lafell.  See ya.

 

I think we draft a WR and go with what we have.  Smitty (could be done at any time), Ginn, McNutt, King + a rookie.

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G-man is quickly becoming the king of giving long answers without actually saying anything.

Actually he says a lot, you just have to read between the lines.  For instance, Rivera will be signed to an extension this offseason, Cam will also be signed to and extension if he wants to be here, they really like some of the receivers already on our roster, and it is questionable whether or not Hardy will be on the team next year.

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Don't really see why coaching in the last year of your deal is a problem.

Players play in the last year of there's all the time and often work even harder.

Work hard, kick ass, improve on this year and your pot of gold will be waiting.

Don't and.......

It is a big issue.  FA's don't want to go to a team with a lame duck coach because they don't know who will be in charge the next year, or what system they will run.  Also, players on the team see it as the front office not having enough confidence in the coach to give him a long-term deal, so don't always buy in to what the coach is selling.  At the first sign of trouble, teams with lame duck coached may throw in the towel on the season.

 

These are just a few reasons I have heard players and executives give for why it is a huge problem to go into the season with your coach being on the last year of his contract.  And I imagine it would be especially hard for this team, coming of a division winning, playoff season.

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That is what I got out of it.  I read somewhere else that a pass in the end zone to McNutt that he caught out of bounds was the only pass all season that Cam actually lobbed so the WR could elevate and make the play.  King and McNutt stayed on the roster for a reason. 

 

No mention of Lafell.  See ya.

 

I think we draft a WR and go with what we have.  Smitty (could be done at any time), Ginn, McNutt, King + a rookie.

Yep.  For the team to give them two very valuable roster spots when they could have just stashed them on the PS tells me they really like both players and see a future here for both of them.  Of course, that doesn't mean they expect either to be Smitty's replacement, but I think they do have plans for them.

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McNutt and King definitely must have a shot at a future here.  As someone said earlier you don't free up two roster spots for players that won't be here next year.   

 

Of all the positions on a team.  WR is our worst one when it comes to top picks.  Jarrett and Colbert to name a few.  We have struck out badly on WRs in the draft.  Add Gettis, AE and Adams and there are 5 whiffs for the Panthers. over the past 7 or 8 seasons.  Really the only decent WR we have drafted is LaFell and I am not certain he will be back. 

 

Drafting 28 doesn't help.  The Julio Jones's and the Megatron's will be long gone by 28.   Our front office has to get Cam help but we cannot reach on a 2nd round player in the first round because he is the next best WR.  

 

Don't be surprised if we end up with a CB or OT instead of a WR.  IMO we will take the BPA at one of these three positions (WR, OT or CB)   I also see us trading down to grab and extra pick or two.       

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What Gman said nothing that will tip his hand other than the obvious. 

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If DG refuse to address the WR spot with in the first 2 rounds of this year draft. Then Cam may say screw this team and refuse to a long term and go to a team that has a good oline and WR core to help him out. DG better figure it out. There is no time for trying to do projects on this team. We have had enough projects on this team. I want him to address the WR position with a WR that start from the get go. Plain and simple.

 

I can't help but wonder if the problem with this team is more the culture within the team or the need for better pieces. Is there a need to replace the WRs that this team has or are those players allowed to feel secure in their positions and in turn, the team getting the best out of them?

 

I hate to say this but many of the Panthers' fans seem very superficial in their observation of this team. A player isn't doing what he's suppose to do...get rid of him. Then they see that player going to another team and have way better success at the same position on another team, and either scorn the player and say he didn't want to be on the Panthers team anyway or, hate him and pray for his failure. 

 

I think Gentleman, knows exactly what is ailing this team and it might not be what the Panthers fans believe based on shallow observation.

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many of the Panthers' fans seem very superficial in their observation of this team.

Trueeeeeee

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It is a big issue.  FA's don't want to go to a team with a lame duck coach because they don't know who will be in charge the next year, or what system they will run.  Also, players on the team see it as the front office not having enough confidence in the coach to give him a long-term deal, so don't always buy in to what the coach is selling.  At the first sign of trouble, teams with lame duck coached may throw in the towel on the season.

 

These are just a few reasons I have heard players and executives give for why it is a huge problem to go into the season with your coach being on the last year of his contract.  And I imagine it would be especially hard for this team, coming of a division winning, playoff season.

 

 

I doubt w'ed be a huge player in FA anyway given our cap situation.

From mediocrity to one good year in 3 with Rivera.

I say keep the options open in case it falls apart.

If the Panthers are a juggernaut next year, lock Rivera up mid season.

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U can't help but wonder if the problem with this team is more a the culture within the team or the need for better pieces. Is there a need to replace the WRs that this team has or are those players allowed to feel secure in their positions and in turn, the team getting the best out of them?

I hate to say this but many of the Panthers' fans seem very superficial in their observation of this team. A player isn't doing what he's suppose to do...get rid of him. Then they see that player going to another team and have way better success at the same position on another team, and either scorn the player and say he didn't want to be on the Panthers team anyway or, hate him and pray for his failure.

I think Gentleman, knows exactly what is ailing this team and it might not be what the Panthers fans believe based on shallow observation.

Very few panthers have left, then gone on to have stellar careers elsewhere. Sure peppers was ok for a bit but has quickly fallen off. Schwartz and bernadeau were good this year but you can't say they have found real success yet. A couple of corners have been mediocre elsewhere. I can't think of much else recently. The only really good example would be Mathis and he was extremely average here for some reason and that was a long time ago. Jovan Hoye?

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