Unfortunately my work computer wont allow me to copy and paste anything so no links sorry and i'll be paraphrasing on some of his quotes.
In his introductory press conference Gettleman specifically mentioned his formula for building a winning Team was having a
QB,TD scorers, pass rushers and he credited Tom Coughlin for teaching him "big men allow you to compete"
TD scorers....this one was interesting because he didn't mention where they came from. He did not specifically say they had to be Wide Receivers.
Big Men...Check on defense...not so much currently on offense.
He also said he would build through the draft and avoid overspending on free agents. Which has kept his word on that as well.
Fast forward to an interview he did just after preseason last year. In a September interview he did on Panthers.com.
When they asked him about his confidence in Josh Norman and Josh Thomas after they decided to release Florence (of course it was temporary as they brought him back)....
Gettleman responded by mentioning his faith in both of them and made sure to bring up Melvin White as well. He said all 3 of them give you length and ball skills which are things that can't be teached. Rivera is also brought up by the panthers.com writer and quotes Rivera liking tall rangy corners especially for who we compete against in our division.
I know they like Melvin White as he played more snaps than both Josh's combined by a wide margin (691 vs a combined 374)
So White is rarely mentioned on this board but I think he along with Mcnutt are considered to be one of the "answers already on the roster".
Another good takeway from that interview was a question about the offensive line.
He speaks about the o-line being a process and having continuity so they can mesh together. He references being spoiled with the Giants because they had the same group for 4 and half to 5 years.
I find that statement interesting because the only hand picked guy he put on the roster is Kugbilla. He obviously loves Kalil for obvious reasons. He must like Bell too because he put a 2nd round tender on him to keep him whereas he could have easily let him walk. Another lineman he decided to keep was Gary Williams. Lastly he tendered Chris Scott as well to keep him around. Not really sure what he thinks of Amini but I imagine he likes him. Lastly the jury is still out on what he thinks of Nate Chandler at the moment as he was a Hurney signing as a DT back in 11 in the final year of his contract and is costing us hardly anything for depth/
Of the games we won last year our o-line was mainly
LG- Wharton-was Amini's job til he tore his acl
RG- Scott,then Gary Williams when Scott was injured
So assuming Amini comes back strong we know we can win with that offensive line assuming we find a suitable replacement for Gross.
Then in January this year Gettleman did another interview with the observer.
1.He mentioned he had all the confidence in the world in Rivera......We later signed him to an extension.
2.He said Hardy was definitely a piece of the puzzle but not sure how we'd work it out yet...Franchised him
3. He was already talking in past tense about Smith...eventually released him.
Next up was a Q&A about his draft philosophy on the observer.
He clarifies and wants it know he uses free agency to free himself up to go BPA in the draft. He said that worked perfectly last offseason and speaks of getting yourself in trouble when reaching for a need.
-He also gives some insight on his philosophy for finding a # 1 receiver. Says the draft is a very tough place to find one that can make an immediate impact.
-Too many guys don't run a full route tree in college and then can't adjust to coverages.
-He applauds Keenan Allen and Deandre Hopkins specifically for having quality rookie years.
- Also said with the way the league is you need kids ready to play as soon as possible to be competitive.
Lastly from the observers panthers blog date 2-20-14 jonathan jones wrote about things gettleman said at the combine.
I found the most encouraging words for anyone who thinks we may take a step back this year.
This is a direct quote.
"What we are looking for is sustained success. That's what you want. You don't want to jump up, have a great year and then the next 2 years you are floundering around. There are only 2 teams in this league who have had 4 winning seasons in a row New England and Green Bay and Green Bay was 8-7-1 this year. That's what our goal is."
So in reality I think our defense is close to being set in terms of free agent signings. 8 starters are pretty much set in stone.
The front 7 + Harper at SS. , Robert Lester "Flashed" as Rivera would say. Maybe even Godfey comes back as the FS.
Then we have 4 young guys to compete on the outside at Corner.
White, Thomas, Norman and Dockery. White and Dockery played a combined 23 snaps in the slot last year while both Josh's played none. Mitchell,Mikell, and even Lester manned the slot when Captain didn't last year for the most part according to PFF. So that leaves us needing a slot corner if they feel 2 of those 4 can man up and start on the outside.
On Offense unless they view Chandler or Bell ready to play LT then that position should be addressed before the draft so we don't have to "reach for a need". Same can be said for finding some receivers.
So all in all our roster wont be perfect again but we aren't far from fielding a roster similar to what won us the division last year and Gettleman so far is managing to do that without creating more cap hell...
So while I hate losing Gross and Smith..Gettleman has done everything he has said he would so far. I think at this point its nearly impossible to see him have us go into the draft without having to reach for a need but he hasn't lied yet so lets see what he can put together by May 10th.