If you watched the whole presser, Cam's comments about the script came immediately after he talked about his play needing to improve and the losses from a play here or there. I did not get the sense that his comments were directed at Chud anymore than at himself.
Next, please consider that in the last 24 hours we have heard direct quotes from the ex-GM and our current head coach that they don't know what's wrong and aren't sure how to fix it. In spite of that, our 23 year old, 2nd year QB is supposed to go in front of the press and diplomatically tell them what's wrong while exhibiting perfect emotional control.
So no, I don't think the criticism is fair in any way.
Cam did talk about his failures. But, as much as I hate to admit it....when he loses...he is moping....and I am sorry, it almost seems like he feels like he is a victim. He also mentioned the coordinator in this presser......a big NONO. Cam is not a rookie anymore. He needs to man up. He comes across as self centered with his ridiculous Superman celebrations when he scores. His losing sulking is getting old. Someone needs to grow a pair and be straight with Cam. If I need to be the one...someone hook me up.
I said the Dallas game would be big and that I would reserve my opinion until after that game. So, what I saw.....................
The D looked better than I thought. They only had 1 bad drive. Not bad considering our secondary. I do wish they would have sacked Romo a few times.... And, the bend but don't break, gives me PTSD flashbacks.
Thomas Davis.....how amazing is he? How could he not be the comeback player of the year, even at this point?
Luke/Beason. We have a nice prob there. I believe Beason has been playing hurt all season. Can't judge his performance on that.....but.....he has got to get healthy. (It seems he hurt the team by playing injured....am sure what not he wanted). Hope the Panthers can find a way to get a healthy Beason and Keek in the game. That, with and amazing Davis......................
Offense....well there were some adjustments. To my liking, Cam seemed to get rid of the ball more quickly...the read option pass was nice. However, the other adjustment....to decide that the read option was not the problem, but that DWill was. I cannot imagine how they/someone came to that conclusion.
It is sadly amusing to remember how upset we were when Chud was getting HC interviews. I would be shocked if Rivera, a D coach, has been telling Chud what to run. My guess is that he trusted Chud, who seemed so successful last year. However, Rivera should have given orders to change this course before now. Was hoping the Dallas game would have been the change/revelation.
As a leader, I like what Rivera said early on. But I am wondering that he has not lead with the players where it is needed the most. It seems he has coddled Cam, who is utra talented but very self centered and immature. He needs direction rather than kid gloves. Rivera should have banned everyone from those ridiculous endzone celebrations. I think this team should have character...and when they score....be mature and act like they have been there before.
So, the Hurney firing. Shocking....considering how close he seemed to be to JR. But then, JR did fire his sons. JR trusted Hurney with his team, and he let him down. I do believe JR wants to see his team win a SB. Given his health history, there has got to be a sense of urgency. I also think he is sincerely disappointed he has not gotten this done, given his promise in the beginning. Despite what many here think.....I do not believe it is all about money.
Going forward. The Bears are not as good as their record. The Panthers could be better than their record with a decent plan. The coaches should have been in panic mode during the bye week. (Panic mode=quit being stupid) Did not see results. Hope JR told Rivera to stop that read option crap. If he did not...hope Rivera figured it out. If not, I doubt the firings ended with Hurney, rather, they just began.
At least there's news on it now... I mean, to me it appears as though JR is serious about getting things turned around... But at the same time, it's almost an admission that he has no fuggin idea what's wrong with his own club...
Whether Newton's statements following the Carolina Panthers' 19-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys directly led to Hurney's dismissal Monday can only be answered by owner Jerry Richardson. However, it's hard not to draw the conclusion publicly that Newton's comments factored into Hurney's ouster. While there's plenty of fair criticism that can be lobbed Hurney's way following Carolina's 1-5 start, it's still a stunning reaction in light that Hurney helped bring a franchise quarterback to a team that has never really had one just 18 months ago. Theoretically, Hurney and second-year coach Ron Rivera should have been in the process of executing a plan to build around Newton for years to come. But when the quarterback starts ranting about opening a "suggestion box" and undercuts his coaching staff with complaints about the "script," it's obvious that the group is anything but in marching formation. Instead, Newton has intercepted the baton and started leading the band in his own direction. That's not good, particularly when Newton has the emotional leadership ability of a fifth-grader. Let's make one thing clear: Cam Newton is the most important person in the rebuilding of the Carolina Panthers. He is a stunning talent and a guy who has already proven at the college level that he can carry a team on his back (check how quickly Auburn has fallen since he left). Still, Newton has much to learn at the NFL level and that starts with his attitude. On Sunday, as highlights of his latest post-loss media session were played, CBS analysts Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason (two guys who have forgotten more about quarterbacking in the NFL than Newton knows) kept chanting, "You have to keep it positive." That's not a plea for Pollyanna. Rather, it's a push for moderation. In the face of frustration, Newton needs to persevere, not throw people under the bus. That's exactly what his comments did on Sunday and Richardson obliged by getting rid of Hurney. To wit, Newton said Sunday: "The past couple of games have been the same script, by the same director," Newton said. "It's kind of getting boring." He went on: "This taste, this vibe – I'm not buying it, man. And I don't know what it is, but something's going to have to change. Something's going to have to change real fast. … We just find a way to keep the game close just to see what happens at the end," Newton said. "I'm getting tired of it, and that's not a formula to win. Domination is a formula to win." And then Newton offered an idea. "I'm going to bring in a suggestion box," Newton said. "And I want your suggestions in that suggestion box, because I sure don't know. I really don't." While there is nothing wrong with letting out frustration, Newton hasn't learned that you do that in private. You don't undercut your team in public. It's tawdry and juvenile. It doesn't speak to true leadership. Again, this is not some full endorsement of Hurney. Over the past five years, Hurney has made his share of mistakes. The latest was reportedly paying $48.2 million in guarantees for three running backs (Carolina signed Mike Tolbert as a free agent and extending Jonathan Stewart's contract this year after paying DeAngelo Williams in 2011). None of those backs has turned out to be worth the money in a league that has steadily de-emphasized the position. But when it came to doing the single-most important thing a GM can do – finding a quarterback – Hurney appeared to have hit big a year ago with Newton. Despite Newton's myriad of mistakes thus far (he has nine turnovers in six games, including two Sunday), he is still a dynamic talent. At least that's how Hurney and many other people see it. The question now is whether the next GM will agree with that assessment. What Newton has done by undercutting those around him has been to open the door for a new set of eyes. Whoever those eyes belong to may not see Newton as the hard worker that so many people in the organization believe he is. Whoever succeeds Hurney may not have much patience for Newton's post-loss histrionics. In other words, be careful when you open the suggestion box. You might not like what people suggest.
Suicide is perplexing. At least to me anyway. The person who takes their own life is incredibly brave and selfish at the same time. Those who suffer the most are the ones left to deal with the after math. No doubt your friends life didn't end when he decided to take it here on earth. You will catch up with him in another life. It's just hard for people to let go.
My older brother went to Walmart one morning, leaving with a box of .38 shells. He then went to the pawn shop asking to see a .38 chambered revolver. When he was given it he tried to load it. The guy working attempted to grab it, screaming "what are you doing"? My brother ran outside, with the gun and ammo in hand, to a near by alley. That's where he was found, still alive but barely. We didn't know at first what the fug happened. Took a day or two before we pieced everything together. He died 3 days later.
While your friend may no longer be here in the traditional sense, he is far from gone. When you see him again you can punch him in the nuts then hug him once again.
Very sorry to hear that and sorry for the loss of your brother.
I have worked with people who have survived what they meant as a fatal suicide attempt. What I have learned from them is that, when they got to that point, they truly felt that others would be better off without them. Not true, of course, but they could not connect with that. I am sorry for your brother's pain, and now the pain you and others have to carry.
Thought there were more penalties. I guess whenever they happen it seems bad.
Flags not flying: The Panthers’ offense is the second-least penalized offensive unit in the NFL, with just 25 through five games. The defense is the second-least penalized defensive unit, with 20. Rivera attributed that to the team’s discipline in practice. “We’re working on the discipline of not jumping,” Rivera said. “This year a lot of it has been our technique, we’ve gotten better at it. Guys understand more of what we’re trying to do. We’ve talked about the discipline of staying onside because that was one of our big issues last year. “As far as the holding being down, I think that has to do with the guys working their techniques and being more comfortable in the scheme offensively and defensively.”
Brandt is the godfather....Rivera and Chud should pay attention.
The Cowboys game is the the test. Can this staff develop and execute a good game plan? They have talent to work with. I want to see them use it appropriately.
To be sure, Newton has not performed as well as many people think he should. But expectations might have been a bit too high for the young quarterback and his team. We forget that only one of the Panthers' six wins in 2011 came against an opponent with a winning record, an opponent (the Houston Texans) that happened to be starting a third-string quarterback. It's hard to criticize a guy too much when he's playing for a less-than-great squad. In addition to the Panthers' problems at tight end, they haven't gotten very good play from the offensive line, and this has also hampered Newton. Things are only going to get harder now that veteran center Ryan Kalil (who famously promised Carolina would contend for the Super Bowl this season) is out for the year. The Panthers surely knew opposing defenses would try different things to limit Newton, and likely thought changing their offensive scheme would help them stay ahead of the curve. Instead, it's held them (and him) back. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is very good, and I think he'll be a head coach someday. But it would be very hard to dramatically the Panthers' offensive approach mid-season. Carolina is coming off a bye week, so perhaps we'll see some new looks. But they're alsofacing the Dallas Cowboys, who promise to be a tricky defensive matchup. The bottom line is Newton isn't struggling as much as people think he is, and he hasn't slid backwards, development-wise. Michael Lombardi, in whom I have a lot of faith, picked Newton as one of his red-chip players before the season, and I still think he'll end up being that good. But Newton also hasn't advanced much and hasn't been helped by the Panthers' offensive game plan.