Lived in North Seattle for 2 years while stationed at Bremerton Navy Yard. Never made it to a Seahawks game, but plenty of Mariners and Supersonics (telling my age) games. Beautiful city and state, I mean absolutely gorgeous!
Always liked the SeaChickens and will pull for them the rest of the way... quietly, in my mind.
No bandwagon though. Carolina is home. And home makes you who you are.
Cam is not a middle-of-the-road QB. You can not convince me of that. And yes he does need more, different weapons. And yes he does need a better play caller. But doesn't every other successful QB, sans Peyton since he basically calls his own plays.
Who is the big playmaker/deep threat on the offense? This team is more likely to get a 50 yard play from a RB as it is to get a 50 yard play from a WR. The biggest deep threat Cam has ever had was a 30+ year old 5'9" WR, and he didn't even have him this season. Name me another QB in the league in that situation right now - maybe ever.
The young man has to make 90% of his passes into tight coverage, to receivers that refuse to fight for the ball - except for KB and Olsen. Dickson is horrible. If nothing else, Brandon Williams is a stronger blocker and a tougher competitor. I would love to see him get more snaps.
I just watched Cam Newton stiff arm (to the ground) one of the hardest hitting FS in the NFL, and then throw a laser to the sideline on a deep out in tight coverage. No other QB can do that. He ain't Brady, Manning consistency yet. But to say he's an average QB is completely asinine, to put it mildly.
Regardless of who travels with the team, I'd just like to see the offense be a little more aggressive. We've lost the last 2-3 times trying to beat Seattle at their own game - defensive battle, ToP running and conservative passing. I don't like the idea of Cam trying to best RW in "magical last drives". He can't win that game. Not yet. I say throw caution to the damn wind. We're playing on house money anyway, cause we ain't even supposed to be here.
Dickson isn't good. I would like an upgrade at te2.
I just re-watched the Cardinals game and it was as I suspected. Dickson really is not that good. He has below average ball skills - even for a TE. Brandon Williams looks much more comfortable catching the ball than Dickson. The youth movement will be complete when Swole takes Dickson's place.
On the pass that Cam overthrew him on the wheel route, Dickson slowed down coming out of his move on the defender. If he keeps running full speed, that ball hits him in the hands - probably at head level. He isn't as hungry as we need in that position. Probably 2-3 other passes that game he could have been caught if he was a real receiver.
There is a real possibility that CJ could become a cap casualty if he's not willing to take a pay cut, and Big Money doesn't come off as the type to give back money.
Also, I know many are saying Hardy is done in Carolina, but not sure I agree. I think DG would have cut him immediately if he and Ron had no intentions to negotiate with him. Hardy is an intriguing athlete, with size and strength to play inside or out as a pass rusher or run stopper, and he's been remarkably healthy his entire career. Players like that don't grow on trees. Guys like Hardy and Cam are created in a lab somewhere, and introduced into society using surrogate parents.
Not so sure either of those guys are as athletic as Cam. Sure they are smaller and faster/quicker but I think Cam is more of an all around athlete speed, strength, agility he demonstrates all 3 of those in my sig below. And to my knowledge NO Qb in the NFL has made a similar play than what Cam did in my sig.
Cam pulled away from two ATLANTA linebackers in that play! Not many QBs can pull away from one LB (with both hands on them), let alone two in one play. I think that's the "athleticism" the video is referring to. Size specifically, and the strength and durability that come with it.