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#2194977 Amini Silatolu

Posted by fieryprophet on 14 April 2013 - 09:18 PM

Losing Kalil hurt his development immensely, not just because Kalil is a Pro Bowl center, but because he was the one who made all the line calls. Hangartner and Byers were not able to fill that role, which meant that it wasn't until Amini started to figure out the fronts for himself that he could even attempt to play the position. He improved a lot through the year but what is rather surprising is how much he covered for his still terrible pass blocking techniques by simply outfighting his man. When he matches his technique to his brute strength he'll be an anchor in no time.

#2186728 Have you ever reached a point where you were actually going to switch teams?

Posted by fieryprophet on 05 April 2013 - 09:17 AM

I couldn't understand someone wanting to switch their fandom. I wish the Panthers were a dominant team but it has zero effect on my self-esteem, so no matter how bad they may be I'll still be an avid fan.

#2182802 Nolan Nawrocki at it again.

Posted by fieryprophet on 01 April 2013 - 03:27 PM

Welp, this seals it. Geno Smith is your 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

#2180302 Luke, Jon, and Thomas

Posted by fieryprophet on 29 March 2013 - 08:20 AM

All named after disciples of Jesus.

Happy Easter everyone.

Jonathan (Jon) is a different name than John, and is an Old Testament name (Jonathan, the son of King Saul who was David's best friend.)

Which is fine too, since Beast is a bit more of a fire and brimstone kind of guy ;)

#2172396 Ron Rivera: "We are more than coaches, we are mentors, teachers and instr...

Posted by fieryprophet on 22 March 2013 - 08:54 PM

Good article.


Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has a simple directive for his players starting on day one: "Be a man."

Rivera has certainly earned his "man card." He was the son of an Army officer and played linebacker for Mike Ditka on the 1985 Chicago Bears as part of Buddy Ryan's ferocious "46" defense. He returned to the Super Bowl with the Bears as defensive coordinator in February 2007 and has been coaching the Panthers since 2011.

Rivera's definition of "manhood" goes far beyond toughness on the football field. As a husband and father, he has a keen sense of priorities.

"The greatest gift you can give children is to love and respect their mother," Rivera told Playbook, citing a similar quote from the late John Wooden. Rivera spoke to Playbook after he and CBS sportscaster James Brown led a seminar in Charlotte, N.C., sponsored by A Call to Men designed to teach high school coaches how they can help prevent domestic violence by helping players grow into men who are responsible citizens

#2124175 Jim Harbaugh Was Exposed

Posted by fieryprophet on 04 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

My beef with Jim Harbaugh and his insufferable crew that runs around this board is well known, but I believe last night's game validated much of my opinions about his ability to coach.

Most of his proponents have conceded he is not schematically savvy, and have instead hung their worship on the premise that he prepares and motivates his team exceptionally well and that is why he is an elite coach.

Except he was woefully unprepared for the biggest game of his entire life. Not just unprepared, but he failed to properly utilize the myriad number of advantages in talent at his disposal, especially at the most crucial point in the entire game! Let me count the ways he showed his poor coaching:

1) On the 49ers opening drive, Terrell Suggs was positioned right outside the left tackle, reading Kaepernick's calls and audibles and relaying them to the other linebackers. The Ravens were fully aware of the run gaps to attack before the plays were even executed.

2) Penalties repeatedly gave the Ravens second chances and destroyed the 49ers momentum on the few pre-outage occasions they were able to gain any ground.This is a direct rebuke to preparedness and coaching.

3) The challenge of the first down call was ludicrous at that juncture of the game. Jim risked a timeout he would sorely need while down by 22 over a half yard on a second down call. Even though he won the challenge the ravens converted the third down anyways.

4) There is no point in running a read option if the quarterback does not keep the ball at some point. Kaepernick had one designed run the entire game, and it was one he audibled to. Against a linebacking corps that simply was not fast enough to chase Kaepernick, the 49ers refused to call designed plays for their best offensive weapon! The vast majority of the ground yardage he gained during the comeback was from scrambles!

5) The second half kickoff TD was a prime example of being completely unprepared, as the 49ers special teams assumed Jones would sit on a line drive kick and let him run it right up the middle for the touchdown. This is in spite of the longstanding adage that teams try to get a jolt from their opening second half plays in the Super Bowl (e.g. Sean Payton's onside kick.)

6) With time of the essence the 49ers still indulged Kaepernick's stupid habit of running the clock down and audibling to his second play almost every snap, directly resulting in them losing two precious timeouts. Say what you want about Kaepernick's physical skills but he has a lot to learn about running an offense.

7) Honestly, if the 49ers had been able to pull this game out it would have always carried an asterisk in my mind. They were given a full free hour to alter their gameplan by the mysteriously timed power outage. Let it be known that the 49ers gametime adjustments, such as they were, were gifted an extraordinary advantage.

8) Much of the "comeback" as it were was spearheaded by the Ravens as it was by anything the 49ers did. The Crabtree touchdown was caused by two Ravens defenders knocking each other off the tackle, Ray Rice coughed up a fumble that led to a field goal, and once Ngata went down the Ravens couldn't get the same pressure up the middle they needed to affect Kaepernick and hold down Gore's runs up the middle.

9) At the goal line, with the Super Bowl hanging in the balance, the 49ers called three pass plays to Michael Crabtree in a row. With one of the game's closest analogues to Cam Newton available to them. And one of the game's best offensive lines. And a winded, slow and old Ravens linebacking corps that had been giving up chunks of yardage repeatedly to Kaepernick. Say what you want about Rivera but when we're at the goal line Cam Newton is going to score that touchdown every goddamn time, and Ron has no qualms with putting it in his best player's hands when the situation calls for it.

10) The 49ers were completely unprepared for the Ravens intentional safety call. Embarrassingly unprepared. And Jim Harbaugh showed his ignorance after the game by complaining about the lack of a holding call. . .which would have resulted in a safety. You don't blow a play dead because of a holding penalty, and the Ravens would have kicked off from the 20 no matter what, so screaming about no flag is entirely irrelevant. You were caught with your pants down, Jim.

Finally, Jim's lack of grace and infantile outbursts were in full display after the game.

His response to his brother telling him he loved him?


Regarding the correct no-call of holding on the last play (both players were involved in contact, and the ball was uncatchable, Mike Peirera agrees, and view this breakdown to be certain: http://imgur.com/a/SGoSi#0)

"I really want to handle this with class, but there is no question in my mind that there was a pass interference and a hold on Crabtree on the last one."

Which is it? Pass interference, or holding? And no, Jim, there wasn't. And why are you wanting the refs to bail you out for PASSING THREE TIMES IN A ROW WHEN YOU HAVE KAEPERNICK 5 YARDS FROM PAYDIRT?!?!?!

Now, before people break out the "he just lost the Super Bowl, cut him some slack" excuse, why not see how a great coach handles this kind of disappointment: http://www.steelers....be-a31b58965ddc

Finally, let me make something EXPLICITLY CLEAR to some of you: it's not Harbaugh that I really detest, it's those of you who constantly praise him and slam Rivera, Jerry Richardson, and the Panthers organization with zero insight into how our team has far fewer advantages than what Harbaugh has enjoyed to this point, and yet you idiots expect the same results. But I'm sure some of you Harbaugh lovers will spin his woeful unpreparedness, pathological lies, and jackassedness into some sort of glowing review anyways.

If you're going to defend Harbaugh, someone give me one good reason they didn't use Kaepernick once at the goal line. Anyone?

Well guess what: I'm right, you're wrong, and I'll see you all at the draft.

#2111846 Rivera talked to (wanted?) Norv

Posted by fieryprophet on 23 January 2013 - 12:07 PM

All this constant negativity has the Huddle falling down my lists of place to visit. If I wanted to hate the Panthers I couldn't do better than hanging around here.

I'll see you all in the preseason.

#2111120 Dave Gettleman & Ron Rivera On WFNZ The Drive at 4 and 5pm Today

Posted by fieryprophet on 22 January 2013 - 06:41 PM

Well, I'll say this much: he really sounds like he's learning and not just bullshitting. He was pretty adamant that he has changed with that call to look at how he coached the last eight games, so as much as the Huddle seems to imagine a coach never changes I think they'll see a different Rivera next year.

#2110913 Dave Gettleman & Ron Rivera On WFNZ The Drive at 4 and 5pm Today

Posted by fieryprophet on 22 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

Likes Brandon Beane and Rob Rogers.

His comment about moving pots confused me though. What does that have to do with football?

LOL, it's the Boston accent. He said "moving parts."

#2110819 Cam Takes Over Speaking Gig for RG3

Posted by fieryprophet on 22 January 2013 - 03:37 PM

I'm not sure how I feel about this... Beckley is great and all but but he was second to Bob?

I thinks it speaks highly of Cam that he has no qualms representing the Panthers even if he's not the first choice.

#2110807 Cam Takes Over Speaking Gig for RG3

Posted by fieryprophet on 22 January 2013 - 03:32 PM


Doctors have sidelined Robert Griffin III, canceling his trip to Beckley to serve as the guest speaker at the annual tip-off banquet for the Big Atlantic Classic. But tournament director Jim Justice has found a backup the Redskins wish they could have had when their star rookie quarterback went down with a knee injury in the NFL playoffs.

Coming in Griffin’s place — and joining a list of past speakers like Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Terry Bradshaw, Shaquille O’Neal and The Golden Calf of Bristol, who have come to Beckley to talk with fans at the Big Atlantic Classic — will be Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

“We fell off a cliff there, but our farm manager in South Carolina came up with Cam, and we were able to get him,” Justice said Monday night. “He’s just a superstar beyond belief, so that’s really special.”

#2109948 Report: Russell Wilson rep asked for new contract

Posted by fieryprophet on 21 January 2013 - 11:50 PM

To be fair, Wilson will be criminally underpaid for the rest of his rookie deal.

#2109860 Who is Jim Harbaugh?

Posted by fieryprophet on 21 January 2013 - 10:30 PM

You need glasses or something?

If you asked me to predict this year's playoffs I already did earlier. I had Atlanta over Baltimore, and I'm 1 for 2.

#2109386 Who is Jim Harbaugh?

Posted by fieryprophet on 21 January 2013 - 06:26 PM

I hear from someone in the business that he has 2 more years max before he's fired. Can't say who...I have to protect my sources.


For the record, I never gave a definite timeframe. Let's say if he's still there in three years I'll be wrong.

#2107968 What about Cam will revolutionize the game?

Posted by fieryprophet on 20 January 2013 - 11:00 PM

A mobile QB that utilizes the read option as a major weapon playing in the Super Bowl.

Sigh. . .Cam seems to have changed the game to other player's benefit rather than his own.

I mean, there's no way in hell RG3 goes #2 if Cam doesn't have the year he has last year.

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