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#2687919 So........... was keeping Hardy worth all this?

Posted by hepcat on 12 March 2014 - 04:49 PM

Put it this way - if the Panthers had signed Greg Hardy away from some other team for the same price, everyone would be hooping and hollering because it'd be a huge addition to the team.  

#2685650 Why can't we ever just make a splash?

Posted by hepcat on 11 March 2014 - 09:41 PM

Carolina is actually in really good shape compared to a lot of other teams.  Besides maybe Seattle or San Francisco, Carolina's front 7 can't be touched.  Most teams would kill to have Cam as their QB.  Who cares if we make a splash, it's all about the draft.  Gettleman has been clear he's signing cheap FA's anyway.  


PS - have you noticed that every single one of Carolina's star players were players they drafted?  Free agency is a way to SUPPLEMENT your roster, not build it.  The teams that make big splashes are desperate.  

#2684030 For people who are angry with Dave Gettleman..

Posted by hepcat on 11 March 2014 - 02:42 PM

Look man it's not about just letting go of Steve.  That I can totally understand.  It's how it all went down that has people pissed at Gettleman.

#2683999 Jeff Byers Retires

Posted by hepcat on 11 March 2014 - 02:35 PM

Hope Kalil isn't next.


Man I'm legit worried about that now.  Do the players sense the Panthers might be tanking next year???

#2683914 "Save Steve Smith"shirts all over twitter

Posted by hepcat on 11 March 2014 - 02:15 PM

Our fan base is reacting like a bunch of 5th grade girls


I'm just mad about how it all went down.  Cutting/trading Steve Smith, I can understand.  He'll be 35 when the season starts and his stats and skills have been on an obvious decline.  But Gettleman couldn't even show him the respect of telling him to his face that he might not be with the team next year.  Smith had to hear it through social media.  For almost any other player, that's fine, but Steve is not just any other joe on the team.  He's the best player the team has ever had.  A living legend.  Gettleman just vaguely rambled off that Steve has had a great career in the past tense and said he was being evaluated.  Who knows what was said in the meeting they had afterward but no doubt it was tense.  Gettleman could have avoided this shitstorm by just being clear and tactful with what he said.  


I understand it's probably time for Smith to go but, show some class.  Smitty deserves better!

#2683800 Smith Perspective: A Voth-man prophecy

Posted by hepcat on 11 March 2014 - 01:25 PM

yeah, funny how 90 percent of this forum was "Trust in Getty" 2 weeks ago


I'm not pissed that Steve Smith is getting cut, it's just how it all went down.  Gettleman could have just said "Steve has had a great career here in Carolina but the time has come to move on." and we would have been upset but at least he was a man and came out and said it.  Now he's just dangling him for trade bait and Steve had to hear his time in Carolina was probably up through social media.  The best player in Panthers history deserves better than that yankee garbage.

#2683598 Why is there no talk of clearing out our RB core?

Posted by hepcat on 11 March 2014 - 12:27 PM

Carolina's previous GM was a cap wizard so these players are unmovable for the time being.  And I mean like, an evil money dumb wizard.

#2683588 Smith to 49'ers?

Posted by hepcat on 11 March 2014 - 12:25 PM

NO.  Trade one of your best players to the team that knocked you out of the playoffs??  BRILLIANT.  Just cut him so he can either retire or sign with the Broncos.

#2682216 Look...regarding Steve Smith...

Posted by hepcat on 10 March 2014 - 07:38 PM

Steve Smith will always be my favorite Panther.  I'm sure many of you feel the same way.  He's individually won more games for the Panthers than any other player.  His attitude is contagious not only on the field but off it.  No player has meant more to the franchise than him.  If he wins a Superbowl in the few remaining seasons he has left (should he miraculously stay with the Panthers or he wins one with another team) - there's no doubt in my mind he's a Hall of Famer.


That said, things have changed in Carolina.  There's a new emphasis on winning over loyalty.  Let's face it, Steve Smith has lost a few steps.  He's lost that initial burst of speed that could turn a 10 yard catch into a 50 yard TD.  While he's still a solid receiver, he's making the money that 27 year old Steve Smith would have made.  He'll be 35 when the season starts and in all likelihood his stats will continue to decrease.  He's not the same game-changing superstar he once was.  Sure he might go have a respectable season should he go somewhere else, but I understand if the Panthers decide to cut him.  It's hard not to get emotional about it because Steve Smith is the best Panther player ever.  


Everyone knows this day was coming - it's just a shame to see Smith's exit may not be on his terms.  Let's just give respect to the best Panther player of all time and wish him the best.  He's entertained us for over a decade and that's what he deserves.  No hate for Gettleman either - he's trying to do what's best for the team long term, and I also respect that.



#2681826 Panthers attempting to trade Steve Smith.

Posted by hepcat on 10 March 2014 - 05:04 PM

Unless they're gearing up to sign Hakeem Nicks...this move seems brash.

#2680286 Explain this to me

Posted by hepcat on 09 March 2014 - 02:19 PM

What is the benefit, of doing nothing, when guys on one year deals have helped you go from 7-9 to 12-4, and you essentially piss on their effort by saying see ya later. We need to create an atmosphere where guys want to be, and where a person is valued and the team is not a group of mercs. I am disappointed, and next year we will not be .500, but at least Greg got paid.

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Gettleman is right - Carolina cannot afford to re-sign these guys.  Mike Mitchell is going to get a nice fat contract somewhere else - and he earned it.  Same for Ted Ginn.  That's not to say they can't find some cheap prove-it type FA's that could come in and do the same thing.  A hungry player is a better player.

#2680129 Quick turnaround by Lovie?

Posted by hepcat on 09 March 2014 - 11:42 AM

I really really wish they had kept Greg Schiano another year.  Lovie Smith is an actual NFL head coach that can win games....NFC South will be tough.

#2677726 THE Todd McShay mock 1st round: WR?

Posted by hepcat on 06 March 2014 - 11:27 PM

I'd be extremely happy if the Panthers drafted Benjamin.  Let's face it, Cam is a tall QB.  Sometimes he overthrows his receivers because he is so tall.  Having a player like Kelvin Benjamin at 6'5 would be such a huge weapon not only in the red zone, but he could be a deep threat too.  

#2674542 Fitness Tips

Posted by hepcat on 04 March 2014 - 12:11 PM

Haha yea, I definitely keep it to 8 and under now.  I used to go to B-Dubs in college and see how many wings I could eat with my friends.  But this was back before I had a beer belly and later, the dreaded relationship gut.  Luckily I lost it relatively quickly.

#2674539 Ever see your ex on a dating website?

Posted by hepcat on 04 March 2014 - 12:08 PM

Not only did I see my ex had a profile on Tinder, but I actually saw not one, but TWO of my friends girlfriends on the site.  One is just a casual dude's girlfriend I know through the music community, and the other is like a solid member of my friend group.  I can't be the guy to tell them, right?

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