I have been reading since early in the season, the posts of:
'Fire Shula! He sucks!'
'Cam isn't the QB we need! He's gotta go'
'Rivera sucks! Emotionless! He needs get canned!'
'Gettleman gutted the team! Why let Smitty go? He's an idiot! We need a new GM!'
But who's really to blame?!
Is it Gettleman because he let all the WR's that were free agents go and get more money in other places? Then let Smitty go and didn't address the Oline issues in the off-season like we'd all liked to have seen the team do? Cap space or FA players decisions be damned?
Or is it Rivera, who got Coach of The Year last season for the turn around of his coaching mentality. And has poo himself with every decision to try and close out a team and just settle for next week.
or is it Shula, who can't seem to call a decent play for certain situations to save his life? Or is that on Rivera for letting him be mediocre?
Or is it the future of the franchise, Cam Newtons fault? Because he had off-season surgery, got busted up in pre-season, hasn't had a consistent Oline to protect him all season... Along with inconsistent backfield help at RB due to injuries. It seems like he's just regressed so much that he doesn't even try anymore. Right? His body language shows he's depressed and can't take losing this bad because he's mentally not grown-up enough? </ sarcasm >
I mean there are so many other things that can said and have been about the WR's not getting separation, the Oline sucking. the misuse of Olsen. The defense not being anywhere near as bad ass as they were last season. (Up front. Much less the secondary, that we all knew wasn't going to be all that great unless the front 7 survived, then Hardy happened.)
Or is it Jerry Richardson himself? Does he really just want the bottom line to grow and not have any success when it comes to owning an NFL franchise. He just wants the money to keep rolling in.
I know there are lots of things that can be said for each and every one of the above mentioned people. But, Seriously. Who is the one that should get the changes started?
Shula would be my guess... when it comes to coaching staff changes.
Gettleman has to know that with an OC change the philosophy of the Offense will change. Is that what they have been moving towards all season without tipping their hats at all?
Rivera just got an extension, and as it's been pointed out, he most likely won't end up Booted. But, who knows. Maybe he's the one that would get the new ball rolling? Let Gettleman bring in his own staff.
All these changes that could, should, would happen... how will it all boil down for Cam? The guys that's supposedly to dumb to read defenses while he's on the field would now start learning another new Offense, in the last year (extended even) of his rookie contract?!
There are a lot of different things that will happen this off-season... but where to start? Who to blame? who's the real issue or who might be the scape goat?
I'm just asking because the more I read, the more I get the feeling (at least from a large handful of Panthers fans) that we should gut the whole team and start a new again. I mean if the OC/DC/HC/QB/GM and then whatever players ya wanna hand toss, out onto the street.
Isn't that what's then being asked?
Who really wants that?
Anyone that can give me an idea what we should seriously look forward to possibly happening this off-season in a realistic sense, that would be great to read. For me anyway.
Newton's running ability adds enormous value, but it's his consistent throws that have impressed more this year. He no longer gets into funks for an entire half, and still brings the best fastball around. (Newton leads the league in throws that go too fast for the end zone angle camera operators.) Newton looks like the same quarterback every week, and that's the final step toward joining the best.
On to this week's quarterback rankings. These rankings are based on 2014 play only.
Evans has no drops, on 20 targets and 13 receptions.
KB has 3 drops, on 25 targets and 16 receptions.
Cooks has no drops, on 24 targets and 18 receptions.
With all the talk about Evans and Cooks over KB... seeing these stats, being KB is in teh middle of them in catches, but leading by a big margin in yards... what can be said about the comparison, if anything at all?