So, I post a fair amount...but not as much as many of you. 5000 posts is a milestone. So this is a milestone post.
I have been in this forum a long time. Do not remember when I first signed up. Nance was the one who recommended this place to me from another forum. A lot has changed since then. There were a lot more women who posted regularly in the football forum and were quality posters. I understand why they left. I miss them.
I have been able to attend all the regular season games and a playoff game 2 times. The first was 2008. The 2nd time was this year.
2008 was the beginning of the end. I believe this year is the beginning.
We have a young talented team...with a few great vets showing the way.
It is unbelievably awesome to have the NFL COACH OF THE YEAR and NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Even more incredible knowing where Rivera was early in the year and Luke is only a 2nd year player. That is pretty impressive. (Also impressive is what quality people they seem to be.)
I believe in Gettleman. We are so lucky to have him. Hard to believe it took him so long to get a GM job. Funny how he and Rivera have that in common. Although the Boston Boss seemed ready from day 1. Rivera had to grow into the job. Props to Rivera...he seems like someone who will always learn and grow (refreshing), and props to JR and Gettlman for giving him the chance.
Also I love the way Gettleman came in. He did not fire/replace anyone. Who does that these days in the NFL? (Or anywhere) Wanted to give everyone a chance. He is unique in that regard. Not an ego....got to have “my guy.” He is looking pretty smart. He said his job is to make everyone better....check. I think we will have a long love relationship with The Grinder.
Rivera is only going to get better as a coach. Gettleman will get us quality players. The Panthers have a great foundation. The next few years are going to be very good.
It is a great time to be a Panther fan, but is has been great from the beginning. Every team will have ups and downs but true fans are there through it all. I am a fan. I was a fan from the beginning. I am hooked.
One thing I want. Jerry Richardson to win a Super Bowl. He gave us this team. He deserves it. I believe Rivera and Gettleman will get it for him sooner rather than later.
This team will do great things soon. I love this team....I always will.