I went back and looked at the two teams that the Panthers have stated time and again that they want to try to copy. Then looked at their QB's, who IMO are very similar to Cam Newton as far as ability to play the game, and overall QB rankings.
The Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger, and the Giants and Eli Manning. Both are fantastic teams, and both QB's were high draft picks that are similar to Cam Newton if not worse when they came into the league.
I then looked at their most recent Super Bowls, the rosters and how they acquired those rosters. I'm working on the offensive side of the ball, since that is what I hear everyone screaming about. I didn't have time to completely run through every player, but looked at the names that I remember being big time players for them.
The 2005/06 Steelers:
RB: Bettis and Parker, both drafted, home grown talents.
WR: Ward, drafted by the Steelers, and Randel El, drafted by the Steelers, then allowed to walk and sign a huge deal elsewhere, only to come back, sign cheap and win a ring. (sound kinda familiar?)
TE: Miller, home grown.
OL: Faneca, Kemo, Starks....all homegrown.
The 2008/2009 Steelers;
Homes: Homegrown/drafted high, but not as good as KB
RB's: Nothing to write home about other than Parker....
Colon and Hartwig, Homegrown, and cheap vet.
The 2007/2008 Giants:
Jacobs: Drafted 4th round, homegrown.
Burress: FA in 2005 6 years 25 million.
Shockey: Drafted in 2002, long before Eli got there.
The 2011/2012 Giants:
Barden: 3rd round draft pick/homegrown
Manningham: 3rd rounder/homegrown
Nicks: 1st rounder/homegrown
I will go ahead and admit that I'm sure I missed a couple guys in there, but that's the direction I see this franchise going. The only big name FA for those 4 Super Bowls was Burress, and we all know how that turned out, even though they did get over the hump with him.
Was arguing with a buddy yesterday about the 3 things that need to happen to keep us competitive for the next few years.
1: Extend Cam Newton, I'm not clamoring for him to be the highest paid QB in the game, but we do need him under center to remain competitive.
2: Find the LT of the future. I'm never big on FA signings, but I think this may be the best way to fix this issue. Again, I don't want to overpay, but drafting at the back of the first round (hopefully) year in and year out usually doesn't produce those top tier LT's.
3: Bolster the secondary. I know we need speed at WR, I know we need new legs at RB and we will have a hole to fill with Hardy's absence. We are committed to stopping the run, TD, Luke, Star, KK, and CJ are all great run stuffers, but we need to still get to the passer, and be able to defend the pass.
What 3 things are at the top of your list? I have a few more that he and I were hashing out that I will share as well.
The $90 trillion proposal came from former US vice president Al Gore, former president of Mexico Felipe Calderon, and their colleagues on The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. That group hopes to persuade the world's leaders to do something about humanity's suicidal effort to heat the earth's climate.
I'm no expert on global warming/climate change etc, and I don't really comment much on it either way,...but some of this stuff is getting out of hand here.