64 receptions, 745 yards, 4 touchdowns, 11.3 yards/reception, 6 drops, 35 years old making $7MM+ this next season.
49 receptions, 627 yards, 5 touchdowns, 12.8 yards/reception, 6 drops, 27 years old making likely $1MM+ this next season.
One of these receivers is Steve Smith, the other is Brandon LaFell. One is a player that 99% of the people here don't ever want on this team again. The other is a player that 80% are ready to turn in their panthers fan card, burn b of a down, and kill the new front office for letting him go.
This is what emotions do to your football team people, and why it is imperative for the GM to get passed those emotions and make tough decisions. I love Steve Smith. But JR hired Gettleman to do a job and y'all kept bitching and bitching that he was just another yes man. You think it was easy for Gettleman to walk into JR's office and put this idea on the table? I'd be nervous that's for sure. Obviously JR has given him the authority needed to make some tough calls in order to get this team where it needs to go, which is at least a step in the right direction.
Damn, I know Montsta, I know...
You are absolutely right man... I know...
This is the right move for the Panthers. They almost have to do it for financial reasons, if Smitty isn't willing to take a pay cut.
I also wondered last season why Cam didn't seem like the leader he was at Auburn. He didn't seem as clutch or as confident as a Panther.
You know why... he was the unquestionable leader of that team in Auburn. I'm guessing the same at Blinn. When you're the man, you play like it. You speak like it. You prepare like it, and you push others to do the same. You schedule personal workouts in the offseason with your WR corps, and no one declines. You announce team building sessions at the local watering hole during the bye week. You buy your OL expensive watches and they love you for it. You own the team. I don't think he could have been that guy with Smitty around. I get it...
it is done fellas... no choice but to look ahead. many of you don't handle a breakup well i see. nevertheless, whatever it takes to win. I don't expect us to exactly pickup where we left off, but if you think this year's cuts are big next year will be bigger in reference to "attachment" players. The RBs are next year.
These RBs can in no way be compared to Smitty.
Not even in the same ball park, neighborhood, town, county or state.
Given the scenario you offer - I don't think so. 25% decline in this defense for a 50% increase in this offense would depend on the team they're playing. We still would have lost against SF last week if you're looking at the final score only. But, if you look at it by stats, and the cascading effects, then yes without a doubt.
But, let's take it a step further. Let's look at this by position, rather than by total units. I'd take a 25% drop in DE/DT play, for a 50% increase in OT/OG play on this team.
The loss to the defense would likely equate to an extra TD/FG per game, 3 or 4 fewer QB pressures/sacks/hits per game, 25 additional rushing yards against per game, and a loss of 2-3 minutes in TOP (more first downs against) - from a defensive point of view only. The difference would be noticeable but not mind blowing.
A 50% increase in run blocking and pass blocking would make this offense elite. With the current skilled players only, they'd score a lot more TDs in their RZ visits and control 35-40 minutes of the clock a game. Imagine this offense with a dominant OL? Actually scary. Tolbert, Cam, DWill running the ball with open lanes - getting to the second or third level of the defense clean. Or Smitty and Ginn consistently having 4 -5 seconds to get open while Cam is firing lasers all over the field.
In other words, I'd let a Hardy (though I love his passion and ability) and a Dwan walk if it means the OL would be upgraded with 2 young, proven vets at LT/RG. Then, focus on upgrading other holes like WR and CB with the draft.
Star is going to be very good for us but from what ive seen from short he could be a VERY dominant 3 tech for us cant wait to see what gettleman does on the offensive side of the ball this offseason
Agreed. I have a feeling our Oline will be as dominant after the 2014 draft as our Dline is now. Just like the Dline, it's the biggest area of need and I have a feeling Gettleman will make it a strength. The picks won't be popular at the time (just like Short), but it'll have huge pay offs, as the running game will all of a sudden wake up and Cam will be able to just sit in the pocket and fire heat seekers all over the field.