I'm one of the few people who have read the book so I feel like I'm actually qualified to speak on the subject. I have mixed feelings on Kyle. On one hand he was extremely good at his job and he saved a ton of servicemen lives. On the other hand he was a pretty bad person. His racism and lying isn't just something that can be ignored. I hesitate to call him a hero because of that. While his actions may have been heroic his intentions and mindset weren't.
Either way I wish both sides would shut the hell up and stop making ignorant facebook posts about it
I wish people would just stop using Facebook. That's the real issue here.
No, dumfug. You don't read well either, I see. I said because defenses were allowed to hit the QB... period. Today;s QBs couldn't take the hits guys like Montana, Elway and Marino took. But, I'm sure you never heard of those guys, right?
Wow, such insight, intelligence and wit. Don't you have Mommy to come pick you up from daycare soon?
You're a clueless child.
How senile are you? Of course I know who Montana elway and Marino are.
And your whole reasoning behind this terrible opinion is completely devoid of anything pertaining to actually quarterback skill. Just their ability to take a hit.
I think that our underwhelming WR corp hurts Shula's success as a play caller,
But I also think Shula's lack of play design creativity exasperates the problem.
I think our horrible Oline for most of the season handcuffed Shula b/c it hindered our run game which is the foundation of our offense,
But I also think Shula's read option calls in the wrong situations and the long developing pass plays made the offensive line look worse than it already was.
In other words I think Shula is average. If we have an elite defense to go along with his averageness, like last year and the end of this one, we can win. But if the defense slips at all, we're in trouble.
This!! My whole point wasn't that Shula is a chip kelly or that we are lucky to have him cause if we fired him he would get scooped up by another team. Just that he isn't as horrible as people make him out to be. We were able to be middle of the pack despite our weak offensive talent.
Hating on Shula is the popular and very easy thing to do on this board. We as fans have sometimes an unreasonable expectation of what we think our offense can and should be given what we have to work with. The hate on Shula is way overblown on this board and I'll tell you why.
2013 vs 2014.
We went 12-4 in 2013 but posted some of the worst offensive numbers in terms of total yardage and points.
2013 offensive rankings.
Total points - 18th - 366
Total yards - 26th - 5069
Total passing yards - 29th - 3043
Total rushing yards - 11th - 2026
Besides rushing we were in the bottom half of the league in every single one of those categories.
Now jump to 2014 were we gutted our entire receiving corps, had our pro bowl left tackle retire, our left guard retire and starting Byron bell as LT.
We also were plagued by injury throughout the year.
Cam misses two games due to injury. He had broken ribs, an ankle healing from surgery, and two broken back bones from a car accident in December.
All three of our starting running backs missed games this season. At one point we had to play guys we signed off the street.
Philly brown our promising rookie speedster missed time due to injury.
2014 offensive rankings.
Total points - 19th - 339
Total yards - 16th - 5547
Total passing yards - 19th - 3511
Total rushing yards - 7th - 2036
So with all the injuries. Cam missing two games and playing behind the worst oline in football for half the season the offense improved in almost every category but points.
Now to play calling. I'll be in the game day threads and I'll want to rip my eyes out at some of the posts in there regarding play calling. Now by no means am I defending Shula on every single play call. There are always head scratchers that much is true. But I'll see posts saying "Shula needs to be fired!! He called a 50 yard pass play on a 3rd and 4!!"
1. You don't know who the first read was on that play.
2. You Barely see down field on who is covered until after the ball is thrown in the air.
3. You disregard cam made the decision to throw the ball to philly on that play.
That's just one example but we as fans don't have access to game film or the playbook. We see the play as it happens one time for about 2-10 seconds and it's over. That isn't nearly enough information to understand the play or its concept yet we will have people blaming Shula for player execution. Unless you have access to game film and can watch the plays multiple times I don't think you can fairly criticize the play calling because you as a fan have the littlest amount of information to work with.
TL:DR the offense improved in almost every team offensive stat despite injuries to key players and cam playing behind one of the worst olines in football in his worst year with the team.
We as fans only see plays one time and don't have access to see all the other options available to cam so criticizing Shula for player execution isn't fair.
Uh, Hardy was offered a 8-9/mil year contract and turned it down before being tagged did he not?
Before he sat out an entire season getting paid 13 mil to do nothing.
Hardy has always been the guy who wants to get paid for what he earns. He came off a career high season and wanted to get paid accordingly.
He got caught up in a DV issue at the worst time in NFL history and got paid 13 mil to do nothing. He obviously wants to repay that 13 mil and earn himself another contract.
You guys talking about Hardy only cares about money are completely wrong and overstate that point waaaaaaay to much
The guy was a sixth round pick and barely made anything his rookie contract and then came off a 15 sack season of course he wanted to get his. Now circumstances are completely different and a lot of you are butt hurt about.
Wow I don't know what more you guys could want from this guy. He specifically said he still wants to be in Carolina AND he'd play for cheap and you still have idiots in this thread who think he just wants the big pay day. Are you blind deaf or dumb?