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16 November 2014 - 05:16 PM

Moscow rules.


Panthers made the playoffs once in 4 years under Rivera.  Barring an absolute miracle, the Panthers will have three losing seasons under Rivera.  5 straight losses.  It's over Ron, you'll get a D-Coordinator job somewhere else.



David Diehl Moustache Fail

16 November 2014 - 01:01 PM


Is this worse than 2010?

11 November 2014 - 12:56 PM

In 2010, the Panthers had a lame-duck head coach that everyone knew would be out at the end of the season, barring a miraculous run to the playoffs.  They didn't have a QB, going so far to start Brian St. Pierre for a game who they literally pulled off the street.  The defense was good, but the offense was so bad that they were on the field a ridiculous amount of time.  Once the other team scored one TD, you knew the game was over.  The lowest moment was having Jake Delhomme and the Browns beat the Panthers on a John Kasay missed FG.


At least the fans knew the team would be bad that year.  We were prepared.  We knew the future would be better with a new coaching staff and new QB the next year.  


But this season there is no hope.  The Panthers went through 4 years of building and aside from a flukey 2013 where everything broke right for them, this is not a good team top to bottom.  In fact I'd go so far to say this might be the worst team in the NFL right now.  Maybe even the worst Panthers team ever.  Hell, the winless Raiders hung with the Broncos for one half of football.  The Eagles had the game won after 4 minutes last night.  5 of the 6 losses this year have been blowouts...when you have one of the most talented QB's in the history of the game, the reigning defensive player of the year, and the reigning coach of the year, you should NOT be getting blown out every game.


Is this worse than 2010?  Yes.  

Some hard evidence why Shula needs to be fired now.

04 November 2014 - 07:05 PM

I saw a comment on the Panthers facebook page about Mike Shula that got me thinking.  The following are excerpts from Mike Shula's Wikipedia page.



From his time as Offensive Coordinator in Tampa Bay from 1996-1999:



As offensive coordinator under Tony Dungy with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team enjoyed success and narrowly missed the Super Bowl after losing the NFC Championship Game against eventual Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams. Following that 1999 NFC Championship Game, Shula was fired as offensive coordinator after the Bucs finished no higher than 22nd in total offense during his tenure.



As head coach for Alabama from 2003-2006:



2003:  In games decided by one score or less, Alabama was 0-6 on the season.
2006:  The Tide struggled the rest of the year, as the offense could not consistently move the ball once inside the red zone, and the defense played below previous standards.  On November 26, one week after the Iron Bowl loss, Alabama athletic director Mal Moore notified Mike Shula that he would not be retained as the University of Alabama's head football coach for the 2007 season.  The University of Alabama had to pay Shula $4 million left on his contract after they fired him.



As offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, the 2013 offense ranked 26th, and the 2014 offense is currently ranked 26th.  The Panthers offense was ranked #7 in 2011 and #12 in 2012 under Rob Chudzinski comparatively.  


Consistent with his struggles everywhere else he's been, Shula's offense has struggled in the red zone, scoring a TD in only 46% of their attempts this season, ranked 30 out of 32 teams in the NFL.  (http://www.teamranki...one-scoring-pct).  This, despite Cam Newton only turning the ball over once and having a passer rating of 104.4 (http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasyfootball/teams/redzone/playerstats/CAR).  They weren't much better in 2013, scoring only a touchdown 52% of the time they reached the red zone, for a ranking of 19 out of 32.  They were ranked #7 in 2011 (58%) and #9 in 2012 (59%) in red zone scoring percentage.


There's no doubt about it, the offense has gotten much worse under Mike Shula.  When you break down the stats, you can see there are far deeper issues than Cam Newton overthrowing receivers or the offensive line struggling to open holes.  Cam has great stats in the red zone, but they've still struggled to score.  Everywhere Shula has been, this has been an issue. The offense wasn't good in 2013, and it's just as bad in 2014.   It's not going to change. 


As Albert Einstein once said, "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."

The many faces of Rob Ryan

28 October 2014 - 11:12 AM















Tried to find one of him after the Week 16 win last year, but couldn't.  The one where he looks like a sad wet dog.


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