Nolan? Give credit were its due... thats like saying Phil Jackson won with Del Harris and Doug Collins players lol
And if you really wanna go there those are Scotty Mac's players not Nolans
Credit for what? Being able to replace one of the worst coaches of modern times in Singletary? Harbaugh's mere competence allowed the Niners to actually utilize their ample talent, and he's coasted on it since, while doing a piss poor job of bringing in his own. His offensive schemes revolve on isolation matchups and depend on defenses that overaggressively attack the formation changes rather than disguise their own intentions, and his defensive schemes basically pray that teams never get the bright idea to simply throw over his all-world linebackers and forget to block the Smiths.
Harbaugh's a good coach, but he's not a great one, and he's certainly not as clever or gifted as he imagines himself to be. Rivera has his own flaws and well-documented issues but I guaran-damn-tee you that his Xs and Os are leagues ahead of of Jimmeh's. After all, he brought the read option to the NFL (along with Chud) and he coached 3 separate top tier defenses.
When you watch as much film as I do you can try to make your own assessment, but frankly, no, I will not goddamn stop.
Everyone praised Harbaugh for turning Alex Smith into a winner? And then he shipped him off to Andy Reid who did the exact same goddamn thing. He's had his ass handed to him by Pete Carroll so many times it's become a running joke. Their quarterback still hasn't learned how to read more than half the field, and their defense has drifted ever lower as they keep picking the wrong players to cut and that all-world depth starts disappearing.
And to top it all off, they bitch about their lack of receivers and the need for a speedster to open up the passing game. . .and yet they let Ted Ginn waltz down to Carolina and suddenly he's lighting it up. And that's after blowing a first round pick on a receiver that ended up getting shipped away for peanuts.
The Buffalo loss never leaves Rivera. Just as Newton has had to learn to process losses, Rivera has learned just how precious an NFL victory can be and how betraying your instincts can destroy that victory. Since the Buffalo game, he has gone for it on fourth down seven times, converting on five. As much as Newton's growth, Rivera's sudden aggressiveness has been heralded as a major reason the Panthers are suddenly in playoff contention.
But he agonizes over the Buffalo game. There's a big difference between being 5-3 and 6-2 and he keeps asking himself why he strayed from his springtime promise.
Last week he was driving home from the stadium, heading down a hill, passing under the Belk Freeway when Buffalo popped in his mind. A knot formed in his stomach. He ran the end of the game through his mind, ignoring the fact the light before him had turned red. From the corner of his eye he could see a car heading toward him and at the last second he stepped on the brake narrowly avoiding an accident.
"Seriously [the loss] eats at me," he said. "It friggin' pisses me off to no end. And maybe that's what it took. Maybe that's the revelation I needed."
I have said it before and will say it again: Jim Harbaugh is the most overrated coach in the NFL. There are people here who ripped me to kingdom come when I've made that statement in the past. Mark my words, people. Mark my words.
OK, it's time for obvious statements: all that's going on is that we're down a number of linemen and Fua was asked to stand in during drills so our new starters don't have to take more snaps than they're conditioned for. Fua isn't seeing the field as an OL, this isn't some conspiracy, it's basically "hey, fat man, stand here and help us finish our drills."
As a longtime Panthers fan and long-ago recipient of the prestigious Purple Heart, Mike Stubbs is overwhelmed by the way the Panthers have reached out to military in the region.
"They just do an incredible job," Stubbs said. "They make sure the veterans are seen and respected."
Tuesday, Stubbs and four fellow Purple Heart veterans bestowed a humbling honor upon the Panthers, designating the organization as the first to be recognized as an NFL Purple Heart team.
"I attend a lot of the games, and I see what you do. It's amazing what you give," Stubbs said as he presented the Panthers with a Special Recognition Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart. "We think it's time somebody gave something back to the Panthers."
The Panthers will present an official proclamation honoring the Military Order of the Purple Heart as a part of the NFL's annual "Salute to Service" program when the New England Patriots visit on Nov. 18.
But the relationship between the Panthers and the military isn't a once-a-year thing. The "Row of Honor" in the Bank of America Stadium stands is a part of every home game and always includes a Purple Heart recipient, and team personnel make multiple trips throughout the year to military bases in North and South Carolina.
"We have several military installations here, and a lot of retirees here are military," said head coach Ron Rivera, who grew up in a military family. "We have such a good relationship with the military."
This definitely isn't good news, but Chandler's been surprising the hell out of me ever since he moved to the offensive line.
And here's a tidbit that hasn't gotten out there, but Nate's move was predicated by him filling in at OT in a pinch in the offseason, which caught the eyes of the offensive line coaches, who then proceeded to talk Ron into letting them have him because they loved his athleticism. He then went on to put together a stellar preseason PFF grade in pass-blocking (and a very poor one in run-blocking) and did a fine job yesterday again in pass blocking (and mediocre in run blocking.)
Now, Scott's run blocking grade has also been abysmal, but if Nate can keep on doing well with his pass protection we may be able to get by just like we've been doing.