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#2836362 Panthers floor/ceiling record for 2014?

Posted by hepcat on 30 June 2014 - 06:39 PM

I think if you couldnt read 2 paragraphs and had to skip to the tldr section, you probably should be drawing in coloring books.


I think you over-estimate the huddle.  

#2836342 Panthers floor/ceiling record for 2014?

Posted by hepcat on 30 June 2014 - 06:26 PM

Barring any key injuries, I think the floor for the Panthers is 7-9.  We'd probably see something similar to 2012 in that they'd get the short end of the stick in some close games and generally not get the luck they did in 2013.  I predict the NFC South to be the second best division in the NFL behind the NFC West and that could cost the Panthers a couple wins on sheer improvement of the divisional opponents alone.  Defenses might have an easy time getting to Cam Newton with an inexperienced offensive line and all new receiving corp, but the defense is too good to fall below this. As long as the defense is close to as good as 2013 and Cam Newton is under center, at the very worst they will finish around .500.  


Ceiling is 12-4.  I don't think the Panthers can improve on their record from 2013 given some key areas of roster deficiency but they could match it if everything bounces their way again.  This would require the receivers overachieving and the offensive line gelling quickly.   They've got some young players slated to start on the offensive line and that is a major question mark.  The Panthers play ball-control offense and you need a good offensive line to do that.  O-Line needs to step up quick and Riverboat Ron needs to show that his magic from 2013 wasn't a fluke.  



tl;dr - Floor = 7-9.  Ceiling = 12-4.  What do you think?

#2833491 Who'll be the 2014/15 bottom feeders?

Posted by hepcat on 27 June 2014 - 11:59 AM

The worst teams always have issues at QB (except somehow Atlanta managed to subvert that rule last season).  


That said I agree with the Titans...new coach, not a lot of talent on that team.  Locker is injury prone and hasn't shown much.  They could definitely struggle.  Top 5 pick?  Yes.  Worst overall?  Nah.  


Houston will be in the top 5 starting Ryan Fitzpatrick, although I think their defense will be good enough to keep them from being the worst team.


Detroit Lions...this is a hard one to pick but I just don't see them being that good.  Stafford is a mediocre QB that crumbles in crunch time.  His stats are inflated from playing with Megatron.  They will be in the top 5.


Minnesota Vikings.  QB is still a huge question mark.  While they have Peterson and Patterson, this is a developing team that needs a complete defensive rebuild that will take a few seasons.  A team on the rise but not ready to come out of the basement yet.


My pick for the worst team will totally surprise you.  I'm picking the Bengals.  Hear me out on this...because they've had a long run of success.  They've got a decent game manager QB and a solid defense.  But losing their defensive coordinator will hurt more than people realize.  I see them having a Texans style collapse and Marvin Lewis is finally let go after an incredible run as Bengals HC.  I could be totally wrong and I probably will be, but there always seems to be a team that no one expects to be terrible that ends up picking in the top 5 (Atlanta?  Houston?).  Mine is the Bengals.  




#2829950 Five cities you recommend when foreigners to visit the U.S.

Posted by hepcat on 25 June 2014 - 12:25 PM

NYC, Miami, New Orleans, Austin, San Francisco

#2810523 Chicago Bears sign teh Jimmeh

Posted by hepcat on 05 June 2014 - 05:45 PM

If Clausen starts a game for the Bears I will intentionally poop my pants.  Quote me on it.

#2810497 Steve Smith was going to retire after the 2014 season

Posted by hepcat on 05 June 2014 - 05:32 PM

Wouldn't surprise anyone in the NFL world if Smith had the best game of his career against Carolina this year.

#2809629 Drafting a new QB every 4-5 years

Posted by hepcat on 05 June 2014 - 12:55 AM

Yes I know this thread is stupid, but I don't really care...


local clown steals ipad from donkey

#2806875 Most Irreplaceable Defenders - Kuechly #2

Posted by hepcat on 02 June 2014 - 03:27 PM

to compare losing Luke vs Sherman is like comparing the loss of a QB to a WR


fact.  Seattle could lose Sherman and still be a Superbowl contender.

#2806527 NFL.com article-Peppers best player in team history.

Posted by hepcat on 02 June 2014 - 09:36 AM

This was a question of who was the greatest player in TEAM history.  Peppers left when the going got tough, Smith stayed.  Who is more about the team?  Smitty is the greatest player in team history and it's not even close.

#2801213 Speaking of can't stay healthy

Posted by hepcat on 27 May 2014 - 02:00 PM

file under who the hell cares

#2800187 Cam & Kelvin hanging out together

Posted by hepcat on 26 May 2014 - 09:57 AM

Cam had ankle surgery so I'm sure his exercise routine has been off.  He'll be back to normal soon.  Good to see those two are making friends though - hopefully a long term friendship.

#2797941 My instrumental funk group just released our debut EP

Posted by hepcat on 23 May 2014 - 09:47 AM



Let me know what you think - enjoy!

#2796601 Huddle Workout Warriors

Posted by hepcat on 21 May 2014 - 11:52 PM

Today I ran 4 miles non-stop on 8 on the treadmill.  I'm usually good for about 2.5 and sometimes 3 miles, but today I was feeling exceptionally depressed.  I knew the second I got off that treadmill that I'd have to go back to the real world so I just kept going, until I realized I was crossing over 4 miles.  I was exhausted and sore, and as soon as I stepped off I thought I might throw up and then die.  But I was so proud of myself that I forgot what I was even depressed about for a few minutes.  The high lasted all day!

#2796528 Manziel Not Impressing

Posted by hepcat on 21 May 2014 - 10:25 PM

Manziel could be a good QB in the NFL, but his chances of doing so are greatly, greatly reduced by playing for the Cleveland Browns.  And no poo, a 6 year veteran (Hoyer) is performing better than a rookie?  WOW that is insightful.


I hope the best for the guy - he doesn't deserve to be castrated before he's even played a single game.  This is ridiculous.    

#2794435 Has anyone else been having a terrible year?

Posted by hepcat on 20 May 2014 - 03:37 PM

Everyone has had/is having that shitty year where everything seems to go wrong and there doesn't seem to be any way things can turn around.


I had mine about 10 years ago, and I can tell you that you will make it through it. Right now all those things that have happened seem like shitty luck, but in a few years, you'll see them as necessary changes. The girlfriend thing hurts, but better you find out now than if you'd stayed in it, gotten married and then had to split up joint assets/kids. The band thing sucks as well, but you never know what opportunities are out there that you can pursue now that you've cut ties with them. You're only 5.5 months into 2014, so you can't really write it off as your shittiest year, it could still turn around and net positively for you.


Ten years ago, I was in a bad marriage, just bought a house, both of us lost our jobs within 2-3 months of signing the mortgage, and my mom tells me she has cancer. I didn't think things would ever get better.


Flash forward a decade, I got a better job, my mom has been in remission for over 7 years, I got divorced and remarried and I'm extremely happy with my current life.


Hang in there, seriously.


Thanks for the story.  I really really hope things get better, and I think they will.  But I've gotten to the point where I'm assuming the worst.  It's gotten really bad.  


I just need something good to happen because nothing has.  Absolutely nothing good has happened to me this year.


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