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hepcat

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#2419714 Post a .gif to summarize the Panthers season so far

Posted by hepcat on 09 October 2013 - 10:39 AM

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#2417855 Competency Trumps Continuity

Posted by hepcat on 08 October 2013 - 12:50 PM

I'm just hoping the era of blind loyalty is over.  It has been killing the team for the last 5 years or so, all starting after the Panthers lost to Arizona in the playoffs.  Jake Delhomme had one of the worst playoff performances in the history of the NFL, but still received a massive contract extension.  In the following offseasons they re-signed most of the key players from that 2008 playoff team to massive contracts - Beason, D-Williams, J-Stew, Charles Johnson, among others.  The trend has continued to coaches with Richardson keeping John Fox in a lame duck year in 2010, then keeping Rivera for an unnecessary extra season, crippling the team's development each time.  Then Rivera not only retained but PROMOTED Shula in a trickle down effect.  What's next...another season for Rivera?  Breaking the bank to re-sign Brandon LaFell?  A bigger contract for Greg Hardy than Charles Johnson got?

 

With Gettleman in place I think player contracts will be more reasonable and cap friendly, but Richardson is still calling the shots as evidenced by Rivera being retained for a third year as head coach, even though he brought in a new GM.  It might have been a money thing...since the team was in such bad shape financially after the 2012 season, he might have just mortgaged the season to see if Rivera could finally put it together while Gettleman cleaned up the cap so a new head coach to have some flexibility to bring in some of his own players.  Time will tell.




#2417676 How refreshing, a coach who takes responsibility

Posted by hepcat on 08 October 2013 - 11:17 AM

Coughlin is not coming to Carolina.  He has two Superbowl rings and a solid regular season record.  He's been successful everywhere he's been.  Why would a 67 year old coach want to come to one of the worst franchises in the NFL to crap on the twilight of his HOF career?




#2416786 We've backed into second place in the NFC South!

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 10:36 PM

Such a bad week for the Panthers to lose.  The Falcons and Bucs are just crapping all over themselves and the Panthers can't buy a win.




#2416226 I want to bet someone $100 Cam Newton does not lead the Panthers on a ga...

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 06:01 PM

Nah dude that's not going to happen.  I'll just donate the money to charity anyway.




#2416215 Smith calls out Umpire from Arizona game

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 05:58 PM

Damn straight.

 

I know everyone's going to hate on Steve and do the whole he's no good lost a step BS but he has a point here. The refs took us out of this game about as much as we did.

 

The refs are never held accountable. About time they get called out.

 

Still not as bad as the 07 Dallas game with Matt Moore at QB. That was the biggest screw job Ive ever seen.

 

Yea, I remember that game.  That was one of the most obviously rigged NFL games I've ever witnessed.  




#2416212 Smith calls out Umpire from Arizona game

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 05:57 PM

The refs didn't lose us that game. Shitty oline play lost us that game. They refs actually saved us a TD when they called Cam in the grasp.

 

Probably why they called back the Charles Johnson strip/fumble.  Making up for a blown call earlier in the game by blowing an equal call the other way. 




#2415496 Would you trade Cam Newton for Cleveland's 2 Number 1 picks?

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 12:56 PM

Writing was on the wall for Trent as soon as Chud took over. I thought it would take another year, but never expected Chud to keep Trent long term...

 

Considering how low a value the running back position has become in the pass oriented NFL of today, the Browns made out like bandits getting a 1st round pick in return for Richardson.  Drafting a RB #3 overall is such a bad move considering you can get Trent Richardson's production from a running back drafted much later.  Watching the red zone channel yesterday, I was amazed at how many teams blindly throw the ball on every down.  The craziest of which was the Jacksonville Jaguars...who had the ball at the freaking goal line at least 3-4 times, and never ONCE ran the ball with Maurice Jones-Drew.  It was as if they wanted to lose.  


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#2415283 Would you trade Cam Newton for Cleveland's 2 Number 1 picks?

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 11:49 AM

Peyton is a god. He's an exception to the rule. That said, don't BS and suddenly get amnesia. Manning might have carried his team but did you forget the front office catered to Peyton? Hello?! Wayne, Harrison, James and a stout O-Line? Where's that for Cam? The fact is if you want a juggernaut offense, you have to invest on your QB.

 

I agree with you there.  They have given Cam little help since he arrived.  You can already see he's using Ted Ginn as well as he can.  Smith isn't the player he once was and can't carry the passing attack on his back anymore.  Yet again the Panthers are one step behind where they should be.  Same went for finding the successor to Jake Delhomme some years back.  Maybe the Panthers were too high on Cam and thought he could do it with less and invested in the defense.  It's paying dividends there but not winning any games.




#2415251 Would you trade Cam Newton for Cleveland's 2 Number 1 picks?

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 11:39 AM

that's kinda true, those guys don't need all these said weapons to beat average teams like the Cards or Bills.  with that said, Cam is pretty close to that.

 

Exactly my point.  A one-in-a-generation type QB makes the players around them better.  No one has to question whether they have enough talent to win.  Does Tom Brady have a bunch of big name WR's to throw to?  No.  He MAKES them big names.  Wes Welker was just some cast off from Miami until he hooked up with Brady.  Peyton Manning does the same thing.  Who the hell was Eric Decker, or Julius Thomas before they hooked up with Manning?  You put a Brandon LaFell on one of those teams and he's challenging for a 1000 yard season.




#2415233 Would you trade Cam Newton for Cleveland's 2 Number 1 picks?

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 11:31 AM

Honestly, NO. Never. The Panthers self-destructing has nothing to do with Newton. He's a once-in-a-generational talent. He needs weapons, protection and a competent coaching staff.

 

He's not a one-in-a-generational talent.  Peyton Manning fits that description.  He's a perennial winner.  Went to the playoffs in his second year despite a questionable coaching staff.  You can blame Rivera for his conservative play calling all you want but he's not the one out on the field with the ball in his hands with the game on the line.  A once-in-a-generation QB would win despite crappy coaching.  Hell, look who Peyton Manning's head coach coach is now...




#2415138 With a new coaching staff....could Newton be Josh Freeman'ed?

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 11:05 AM

If Cam goes elsewhere, we'll get it rubbed in our faces once again in terms of what a sorry organization we have in place.  Remember when John Fox was the root of all of our problems?  Just get a coach in here that has some balls they said.  Fox is a lousy coach they said.  How has his career gone since leaving Charlotte?  Hell, the guy took a The Golden Calf of Bristol coached team to the playoffs and actually won a road playoff game with that team.  If Cam left here, he'd find more success elsewhere and it would suck to watch.  I live in Denver and have to have it rubbed in my face constantly about what a joke of a franchise the Panthers are to have kicked John Fox to the curb.  I thought the Panthers needed a change from Fox, but it was actually the opposite - Fox needed a change from the Panthers.

 

Unfortunately, it's finally coming home to roost for me that the Panthers issues are bigger than any player or coach.  We have an organizational issue.  JR wants to mimic the Steelers organizationally, but we aren't even close.

 

The playoff win was at home for Denver, but whatever, I agree with your point.  Fox was and still is a great coach.  For almost his entire tenure in Carolina he was considered one of the top head coaches in the NFL.  

 

Imitating will get you no where.  You need to innovate to be successful.  The Panthers always seem to be just a little bit behind the curve. 




#2415105 Would you trade Cam Newton for Cleveland's 2 Number 1 picks?

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 10:58 AM

If that was a serious offer the Panthers would consider it.  With their own pick likely being top 5 it would be huge for a rebuilding effort.




#2415049 With a new coaching staff....could Newton be Josh Freeman'ed?

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 10:43 AM

no.

 

from the first second he stepped on the field against jacksonville in 2003, jake delhomme was the reason why the teams he was under center in carolina were successful.

 

100% true.  Jake's first game as a Panther was a clutch, come-from-behind victory.  Cam Newton's first game was a close loss, where he had the ball in his hands with a chance to tie the game at the end.  The trends from both of these games continued for years to come.




#2415040 With a new coaching staff....could Newton be Josh Freeman'ed?

Posted by hepcat on 07 October 2013 - 10:38 AM

As clutch as Joe Montana?  Whoa... easy there bro.  

 

We won games under Jake by pounding the ball on the ground and asking him to make just enough plays to win.  How many would-be game winning drives by Cam have we seen Rivera and company piss away with insanely conservative coaching at the ends of games?  With Cam and the talent at QB to actually open up the offense, those Jake-era teams would've been scary as hell.

 

Alright alright I let the homer in me get out of control....but Jake had some incredible comeback victories that Cam has none of.  You might be right that if Cam played under a John Fox team (who was also an insanely conservative head coach) they would be scary, but I still think you'd see similar results.  Different situation, but he's still the same person. I know he's young but after three years, we've yet to see anything resembling a clutch victory.  You can place the blame on Rivera but Cam is the one out there making the throws...so you have to start looking at the QB at some point.  He had some bad luck on Sunday with the drops and he started to force throws at the end of the game...but this isn't a new development.