On a side note, anyone want to clue me in on where my "New Panthers Blog" thread went? I thought I made it pretty clear that it was a Panthers news blog, not a direct competitor for the Huddle, but. . .well, you know the implication.
And yes, rep should be gone, because it just ends up being used as a means to attack more often than commend.
What the hell is the Huddle's culture anyways? Is this a Panthers FAN forum or not? If threads calling for banning TRD and Grits and whoever come up all the time that's a failure of culture, where expectations for regular contributors are not being met.
Some of you may enjoy the borderline, everything-is-on-fire anarchy but it reflects extremely poorly on the fanbase as a whole.
Ron Rivera had to do something last week he had probably never done in 16 years of coaching: Kick players out of the team facility for studying too long. Rivera, the Panthers’ second-year coach, learned there were players who had been at Bank of America Stadium last Monday longer than the six-hour limit spelled out in the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement. So Rivera stuck his head in the first-floor meeting rooms to break the bad news. “I went downstairs and said, ‘OK, everybody who’s been here since 7, you’ve got to go,’” Rivera said. “So those guys got up and left.”
Dude, this just feeds their ego... ignore the trolls, they will get bored and go away.
Why? Is this a f*cking Carolina Panthers fan forum or not? This is the most troll-infested board I've EVER been a part of, and the mods and management have no qualms letting actual fans fend for themselves and giving the trolls freedom to annoy and infest every thread with their crap. I'd rather the moderators used the powers granted them and did their f*cking jobs. Check my pie count, I bring a LOT of quality articles and news to this board's attention and try to contribute to the threads but I'm EXTREMELY FED UP with having to deal with people like TRD and Grits just because Zod prefers flamewars than actual content. And don't give me crap about an alt account, has no one ever heard of an IP-ban? One fell swoop and their retarded selves are too stupid to work a proxy.
And this is where we would like to offer Alex Smith a nice warm cup of Shut The [Bleep] Up. In 2005, Smith took the reins of a team that had gone 2-14 the previous year and finished near the bottom in offensive efficiency -- 29th in Football Outsiders' opponent-adjusted DVOA rankings. In 2005, with Smith making his NFL transition, the 49ers actually regressed severely -- they finished dead last in DVOA, and by a fairly huge margin. The 2005 49ers weren't just bad; they were horribly, epically bad. Smith had Brandon Lloyd, Arnaz Battle, and Johnnie Morton as his primary targets, and none of those men finished higher than 72nd in FO's cumulative or per-play numbers. More damning was the fact that Lloyd -- Smith's primary target -- regressed in his own numbers compared to the year before. Lloyd ranked 56th in DVOA among qualifying receivers in 2004 and 74th in 2005. He ranked 52nd in DYAR (FO's cumulative efficiency stat) in 2004, and 75th in 2005.
Put simply, and in every possible way, Cam Newton elevated his team like few rookie quarterbacks ever have. That Alex Smith is attempting to minimize Newton's statistical exploits, and that others might minimize them in the name of the "winning is all that matters" mandate ... well, a more important point is missed. The Panthers have a nearly limitless version of the game's most important position, while the 49ers spent their offseason trying to get Peyton Manning to replace their version.Is there any doubt in anybody's mind that the 49ers would swap Smith for Newton in a hot minute? And how many first-round draft picks would the 49ers have to throw in to make that deal remotely square? More than the two first overall picks spent on Smith and Newton, and the value in the Panthers' favor reveals the truth: Can Newton isn't just more valuable than Alex Smith; he's in a completely different stratosphere when it comes to player value.