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Officiating Crews

23 August 2014 - 03:08 AM

Regular season they are assigned to certain games.


What about pre-season?  Does the home team use the officials that are assigned to their practices?


I thought there were quite a few ticky tack fouls that kept New England's drives alive.   I know we got a few but not nearly enough.  


For example that foul on Alexander was absolutely insane.  He barely brushed the helmet. 


And those PI calls were bad too.  Both sides.  If the NFL is going to call those like that this year.  Someone is going to throw for 6000 yards.  You can't even breathe on a WR with a foul.


We got our butts handed to us.  And honestly the loss doesn't bother me at all.   However, if they were NE practice officials it wouldn't surprise me if ole Cheater Bill didn't ask for a flag here and there so he could evaluate his offense more.

Rule Change?

19 August 2014 - 05:03 AM

I don't know if my memory is failing me, or

We have never used it before or

a rule change.


Sadly I don't know how to do a gif. or I would show you.


On a minimum of two occasions I saw where a man was in motion as the ball was snapped.


Both times he was going right to left but in a diagonal motion backwards from the line to behind the QB.


There was a time when a man in motion had to come to a complete stop or it was illegal motion.  But these two times the man didn't stop.


First time I was expecting a flag.   Is this a new rule?  The ball can be snapped while the man is in motion as long as he is not going forward?  Or is it something I never noticed before.


For us that will be a big play.  D'Will in motion J. Stew at RB and Cam running an option.  Short yardage that would be nearly impossible to defend.



From a Weakness to a Strength?

08 August 2014 - 06:40 AM

I don't have the concern I had at the beginning of camp.  Granted they haven't faced real bullets but my feeling is they are performing against one of the best defenses in the league EVERY day.  I think they shake the butterflies early and should perform against the Bills as they have in training camp.


1.  KB is going to be the real deal.  Cam is going to force success on KB, Only possible weakness getting off the line. Ricky will fix that.

2. Avant and Cotchery will be as good as advertised.  I see two very good sure handed WRs being perfect compliments to KB.

3. Bersin at 6'3" and sure hands is another big target for Cam

4. King and Lucas (another big target) showing they can play.  No way either of these two survive waivers to the Practice Squad

5. Philly Brown making a case to be the PR and be a future WR.  Could Brown be the next Ginn?  Brown was only .02 slower than Ginn. (I posted that once before after we signed him)

6. Pilares who is having a good preseason could be odd man out just because of the depth.

7. Underwood is finally waking up but Maybe too late.

Of the WR that are fighting for this team only McNutt seems to be playing his way off this team.


Take away Benji, Avant and Cotchery we have six quality receivers fighting for two or three spots.


What I love the most.  Out of our top 4 or 5 receivers the word DROP is not mentioned too often.  That translates to Cam  having a higher completion rating and a higher QB rating.


I am very excited to see all of these guys perform.


My dream squad

Benjiman  6'5'

Avant        6'

Cotchery  6" 1"

Bersin      6' 3"

Lucas      6" 4"

KIng        6" 1"


 I know the odds are low that we keep 6 unless one of these guys are a PR/KR but it is my list. :money:


Sean McDermott

23 July 2014 - 04:24 PM

I was surprised that he didn't get a head coaching job.  What I have always wondered was as a disciple of Jimmy Johnson will he do what he does best. Will he hang around and run a great defense forever or will he jump to be a head coach.  There are some coaches that are better coordinators than head coaches.


I hope he stays a long time with Rivera but I think another top 5 defense and he will be gone.



Top three concerns going to camp

18 July 2014 - 03:43 PM

I know it has been discussed before but instead of digging for the latest thread.  I started this one.


I am an eternal optimist.  I have faith in our GM.


That said.


Our whole season IMO evolves around three major areas.


Both Tackle positions, Wide receiver and our DBs


3.  Defensive Backfield:  Our front seven could make a high school defensive backfield tops in the NFL  I like the additions of Cason and bring Cotchery back. Drafting Benwikere could be a steal. Moving Godfrey could really solidify the corner position.  I think camp starts with White and Thomas  but could very well end with Godfrey and Cason.  Or any combination of the above.  I really think Benwikere is going to help us forget about Munnerlyn.


At the Safety position we bring in two former pro bowlers in DeCoud and Harper.  Though a little thin after those two if Lester continues to grow and Boston has a chance to learn from some of the best in the league.  Our safety position is going to be solid.  What intrigues me the most is the veterans DeCoud and Harper.  You have guys that know what to do and put them with the best front seven in football.  That only makes them more dangerous.


In conclusion I think our defensive backfield is going to be much better than last season.  Which is why it is 3rd biggest concern.


2. Wide Receiver: Every week we here how Cam isn't going to have anyone to throw to.  Last year was the first year I cringed about Cam throwing to Steve Smith.  He had drops that we not consistent with what we expected from No. 89.  Before I say this.  Steve Smith was one of my favorite players and will always be one of my favorite players. But honestly I got tired of the over pumped antics he gave us after a 5 yd reception.  The high adrenaline slapping of the helmet and trash talking was getting old. Which IMO was one reason why we parted ways.


Out goes Ginn, Lafell, SS and Hixon.  They got the job done and each will have highlight reels that will always be apart of the Panthers but when 2014 is over.   Benjamin, Avant, Cotchery and Underwood will have similar highlights.  They have better hands and know the game of football.  They'll get open and make the catches.  This doesn't even count, King, McNutt or even Pilares.  We are going to have a better receiving corps than 2013.  It is hard to believe or accept because none of us have seen any of these guys play.  In 1995 we had receivers none of us ever saw before and we set an NFL record with the best record of an inaugural franchise year.  In 1995 (in a tougher era for passing) We have over 3000 yds passing. we were 24th in the league and a rookie team.  In 2013 we were 29th.  If our passing game improves 5 spots it would mean our new receiving corps was a small success.   IMO we will be middle of the road.  14-18 is my guess.


An added thought.   Cam working and hanging out with Benjamin is two-fold.  I think Cam cares and wants the Rookie to get off on the right foot off the field.    On the field I don't think Cam is going to let him have a Rookie year.  I think Cam is going to push him to be a true #1 out the gate.     The excitement we have in the potential of Benjamin will be seen in 2014.


1.  Offensive Tackle.  I put it as offensive tackle because the right tackle is fighting for the left tackle position and if he wins we than have to fill the right tackle position.   Three names fight for these two positions. Chandler, Bell and Williams.  I think the majority of the huddle wants Chandler at LT and Williams at RT.   I think this battle is going to show whether Bell, the left hander, does better at the left side then the right because he is left handed.   Are the two years in training as our future left tackle going to happen for Chandler? IsWilliams going to come in and take one of those jobs from these two?  I think Chandler will win the LT spot and it is choose your poison on RT.  What I think the front office is betting.  Chandler wins LT and we sign a veteran for the right side.   What kills me is that this, of all three of these concerns, is the biggest.


I will say there is a wild card in the O-line situation.  WE have Silatolu returning and IMO Turner wins the other guard spot.  Stewart is as healthy as any of us can remember.  I believe that we are going to try to get our running game so strong that defenses will play the run.  That in itself should help the pass blocking.   


In the next 6 weeks we are going to see who wins what.  We are going to see if Gettleman is a magician.  I believe we start week one with a win and our season goes good.


But then again....  I am an eternal optimist.



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