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I am on Bre shad Perriman's bandwagon

25 March 2015 - 06:13 PM

Surprised that no one has mentioned his pro day. He is blazing fast and squarely in first round conversation.

http://www.nfl.com/n...ond-40yard-dash

Strickland gives synopsis on Gman at NFL Annual Meeting, and some of my thoughts

25 March 2015 - 04:06 AM

Edit--TLDR: You better take what Gettleman says with a grain of salt, and temper your expectations even lower than what you believe that his  actual words mean, because what he means and what you think that he means in terms of free agency may not add up to even the slightest bit of satisfaction, but unnecessary frustration.

 

 

By now, I'm sure that many have heard bits and pieces of what Dave Gettleman has said during interviews here and there at the NFL meeting in Phoenix.  Well, suffice it to say to the contentment of some and perhaps chagrin of many---or perhaps those who are somewhere likely sober in between---Gettleman is who we think he is.  He is a guy that has supreme confidence in his team building philosophy, and is extremely fiscally conservative when it comes to making even what many might consider to be even the slightest bit of a splash when it comes to free agency.  What his definition of a step up in class in free agents, doesn't quite add up to what many were thinking, and like reported in the Sirius interview thread, Gettleman is nearly content with how he has used free agency to set up, or maybe I should say free up, the draft. 

 

"We've addressed the left tackle spot. We have addressed the speed wide receiver spot. We've got our whole front coming back with Dwan and Colin signing," Gettleman said. "I'm very pleased with what we've done. I told you guys that we would be able to step up in class (in regards to free agent spending) a little bit, and we've done that. We extended (tight end) Greg Olsen, which was very important for us. He just keeps getting better.
 
"I said we'd be able to move into mid-level deals, and that's what we did with (tight end) Ed Dickson, Dwan Edwards, Michael Oher and Teddy Ginn."

 

http://www.panthers....df-85280b02f0e7

 

Now, of course I have a few thoughts about the matter which have me kind of shaking my head at ol' Dave.  He got us all hot and bothered by stepping up in class...to many guys that we are already familiar with. I know that Gettleman didn't necessarily mean to "trick" the fan base, but why do I feel like I've been played? And, no, I didn't play myself, Gettleman led us to believe that we were in for a little excitement---something new.  And I am not talking about Michael Oher (although I am hopeful especially after Gettleman said he looked at three years worth of tape)

 

Sure signing Greg Olsen was absolutely great, but after last season I believe that we all expected Olsen to be a long term Panther. Dear Dave, it's not like that was what we thought you meant when you said we would we would "be able to to step up in class a little bit."  We expect you to keep guys that are essential to the team and have been doing things the right way.  And as far as moving to mid-level deals, in what world is signing still relatively short and cheapish deals to Ed Dickson, Dwan Edwards, and Ted Ginn Jr. actually some marked move up? Don't get me wrong, they were smart signings, but Gman basically held serve.  Many people thought that both Dickson and Edwards wouldn't even be here, and not because they were essential to our success, but because they were arguably expendable.  And Ginn and Dickson were both Dollar Store Dave signings in the past, so don't try and pass them off as some "mid-level" or mid-tier signings now, even if they had some decidedly marginal success in our system.  Again, I think they are smart signings that add good depth, but in Ginn's case, I find it a little bit unsettling that signing Ginn adequately addresses our need for speed at the wide receiver spot, but maybe that's just me.  Perhaps i am just being overly cynical.  At least we should all know what Ginn brings to the table, and maybe Ginn with Benjamin and Cotchery or a draftee will be much improved over Ginn and Smitty and LaFell.  We will see.  

 

The good thing is that we are not done in free agency (though it almost sounds like it). To my disappointment, I don't see us adding any more speed (DMo) to our receiving corps the way that Gettleman has been talking, I personally would be excited to add a superb route runner like Greg Jennings in the mix. Perhaps Jennings and Ball won't ultimately feel like low-balled "gypsies" (another Gman term) with Gman's proposed contractual terms. And we always have the draft, which should again be interesting, especially considering that Gman deems the team very close to where it needs to be in order for him to select the BPA in each round.  I really look forward to seeing what he will do with nine picks, even if he trades a pick or two which he considers an option.

 

All in all, I think that we can feel good that Gettleman feels good about where the team is in reference to the draft.  In theory this should allow him to swing for the fences so to speak during the draft.  His signings, though arguably not appreciably moving up in class,did provide the team with safe players familiar with our system that may be able to finish out their careers as Panthers, especially given how well players seem to like the organizational culture and know how Gman operates.  As for us fans, the way that Gettleman operates will continue to be a lesson in patience if nothing else.

 

 

 

 


Jennings may be hinting in our direction

23 March 2015 - 05:38 PM

Not sure why, but for some reason I have a desire to listen to "Good Charlotte" today! Hmm… https://t.co/7uITiNKIu3 pic.twitter.com/7zUeqN5skq

— Greg Jennings (@GregJennings) March 22, 2015

Read more at http://cover32.com/p...c2owEcKboE44.99


We sign Ball, Bucks sign Sterling Moore

19 March 2015 - 07:07 PM

I was just perusing the news for the day, and this caught my eye:


"Filling in for a disappointing Morris Claiborne, Moore finished the season as one of the 25 best cornerbacks in football, according to Pro Football Focus. Over 713 snaps, he broke up eight passes and allowed just 61 percent of the passes thrown his way to be caught."

http://www.nfl.com/n...-sterling-moore

They signed him to $1.525 million, a cheaper contract than we did Ball. I am curious as to which is going to turn out to be the better deal. Moore is a lot younger with some upside, but of course Ball has more experience.

I know that Ball has balled out in spurts before, and last year was probably Moore's first appreciable playing time, but it would be interesting to see how Ball has ranked cover the years vs. Moore's stint last year,

Hardy reportedly visiting Seahawks

17 March 2015 - 11:17 AM

I am on my phone on an app, but may provide link later. Suffice it to say that if Hardy ends up on the Hawks, I would be kind of pissed.

http://profootballta...t-the-seahawks/