I think for better or worse a franchise qb is the player sufficient enough to stop looking for a replacement and fill the position. They may not be hall of famers or Super Bowl champions on their own but he's good enough to win games and good enough that someone thinks they can build around him. I think jay cutler is a franchise qb but I doubt he'll be remembered for anything special.
I refuse to be held down by the repressive 'measured optimism' of the national media! The 'well we haven't done well the past 3 years' so we should be worried about the now and the future. "Future power rankings" that refuse to look anywhere but at what we've already done. The Panthers are a minority, we are second class citizens in the NFL and we are acting like it's ok for the media and other teams to 'take their time' to view us as true competitors and the home to some of the future all stars in this league. fug that! Cam Newton is walking through that door. Luke Keuchly is walking through that door! Greg "Da Kraken" Hardy is walking through that motherfugin' door!! Drew Brees isn't gonna be able to outscore us anymore. Matt Ryan is about to be exposed as an overrated anus tart. Josh Freeman isn't gonna be in the NFC SOUTH next year. Star Lotulelei is about to be the keystone of our defense for our dynasty run. It isn't even funny how much more talent we've been accumulating the past few years compared to the rest of the NFC South. The problem with our secondary is they weren't aggressive enough to fight with receivers or to hit hard enough. Our secondary is gonna hit and the other teams fans are gonna hate our obnoxious DBs for years to come.
Every love is your best love. Every year is your best year. There's only one life to live people. It's all happening right now and people are gonna hate our guts for it. I refuse to feel nothing but extreme optimism for this team and I expect us to be in the playoffs this year and every year Cam stays in the league from now on, and that's just the way it's gonna be.
My buddy in the Air Force sent me this, their Sergeant sent them this to get hype to and we should all watch it too.
i have a feeling this uniform tournament is going to be a lot like our season-- a lot of other team's fans and espn/nfl.com people whining and crying and acting surprised while we rape them and their families.
Huh? I don't see how wearing throwbacks a few games this season couldn't be possible unless we're specifically not allowed. They wouldn't have to be our current colors just like the Carolina cougars jerseys weren't either. With the rebrand and nostalgic campaign Adidas is probably gonna be printing throwback lj zo rice bogues curry etc jerseys anyway.
The NFC South's Defenses this year are going to be really interesting to watch. We're seeing the two opposing philosophies play out between three of the teams this year. The Bucs dumped some of their best D-Linemen and took 3 top DBs in FA and the draft. The Falcons continue to neglect their D-Line while adding more CB help this year. We chose to address D-Line big time in the draft and added 'lesser talent' in FA. I leave out the Saints because they are going to be a 3-4 and they don't have very many pieces worth talking about, though I really liked John Jenkins and wouldn't have minded if we had grabbed him at some point.
The Bucs and Falcons clearly think DBs are going to make their defenses better.
Our team had plenty of talent last year but we continued to look bad in big moments. Our players need to continue building confidence, like others have said they needed and are showing this offseason confidence in our system and in their roles, but they also need confidence that they are the best and should never be counted out in a game. Remember that was part of the makeup of our '03 team. It didn't matter what the score was in the 4th quarter, we knew we were going to find a way to win it. Our guys need to believe that and our defense especially needs to know they can make the stops to get the ball back for the O.
I don't get where people think 'quality starters' come from. You can say an early draft pick, but that isn't guaranteed, especially for year one. You can say FA, but we spent the money we had on 3 DBs who we think can compete. I'm not losing any sleep over not choosing Trufant over Star. I'm not losing any sleep over not getting Alford over KK. Godfrey is a quality starter, Florence will be a quality starter. Josh Thomas is going to be a quality starter. I think DJ Campbell was quality when he played last year and if Mitchell or Lester beat him out, then I assume they'll be even better. Our babies have been learning how to fly last year and some are expected to take off this year, then we can say we have quality starters. If not then we'll draft some new ones.
The SS battle is the toughest. I'm stoked for any of those guys to succeed. I think Mitchell will be the flashiest looking one who people will think is better, but I think DJ should be the starter if he continues to progress this offseason-- he was one of the guys who was taking ownership of our D at the end of last season and I think he's at the top of our intelligence level at the position mainly because he soaked up a lot last season. Lester might be our undrafted star this year he has a lot going for him I don't see us cutting him. We should cut Jones and Nakamura for these new guys
I think Josh Thomas is going to be our top CB with Florence maybe starting across from him and eventually giving way to Josh Norman if he is truly picking his game up. I think we end the season with both Joshs as the starters. DJ Moore will be starting Nickel but him and Captain could be interchangeable - we might even see some looks with both on the field at the same time. I think Dockery stays a backup.
I think Hangman may start at RG but not for long, regardless of what happens Kug will be starting at some point, it's just the wave of the future, he's gotta get realtime reps and gel. It'll be awesome if he can win the job outright though.
I think Ginn is going to be a key guy on Offense, him and Hixon should both get a lot of field time, I think there are going to be more than a few games where people will say Ginn is breaking out and proving he can do it. Hixon should be a fan favorite with clutch LaFell-esque plays. I think Armanti and Pilares stay. At this point I think Gettis and Adams are done, Bryant will be the bottom of the chart because he has 'fresher' potential at this point. If Bryant completely bombs I see them keeping Adams one more year over Gettis.
I'd really like Williams to succeed and he just might, but Rosario should be the #2 with Hartsock showing more as a receiver than he ever has for us before, we should be real solid. Williams might stay on practice squad for the year if we're lucky.
Even though I know you guys are making an extreme counterpoint about Jarrett and Allen as opposed to Allen/Rice being the same size and speed and etc., there is so much more to compare players by. Allen is most definitely nothing like Jarrett off field. Allen has great work ethic, probably a more humble quieter person than Jarrett was, and can be a leader. Last night when I was listening to all the stuff about Allen's pro day another name was brought up for comparison: Cris Carter. I also really don't think you can put Allen's injury in the same ball park as a lot of other red flag guys with knee injuries in college. The fact that his tear didn't require surgery is a big difference for me. Also the fact that the knee itself has checked out at 100% while he continues to gain strength back in the rest of the leg sounds perfectly fine. Allen's gonna be a great pro, especially if he has Cam throwing him the ball.
At the same time I keep having an itch that it'll be Hopkins. Either way I fully expect one of them to be on our team and tearing it up next season. With Cam going into year 3, having Smith, Olsen, and to an extent LaFell or Hixon out on the field in any combination with a high round WR, I think we'll be spreading out defenses like crazy this year. As long as the rookie isn't a complete bust, he should have a great season. We're in a great place for a rookie to come in and get some quality confidence reps while he prepares to turn into 'the guy'.