I want to see what Watkins can do. Damn to think if we had kept up the pace of our first 4 games last year we could have him instead of KB. I don't typically wish for young players to do poorly but I would be okay with him turning out to be merely mediocre, while KB becomes the next superstar WR.
I'm fine with having KB over Watkins. We all know what a talent Watkins is but I'll be damned if I didn't spend a chunk of last year watching college FB and thinking how awesome it would be if Cam had that monster of a WR from FSU as a weapon. What do you know/ it actually happened. I'm kinda in shock we have Star and Kelvin the last 2 drafts, its like a dream.
I mean, the last 4 first rounders that are going to shape this team have been epic. That 2011 draft was littered with greats but we've kept on churning them out. Cam, Keek, Star and now Benjamin, damn I love the Panthers.
The Bills are a pretty young offensive team, Manuel, Glenn, Cyrus, Watkins, Woods, Goodwin, Spiller. Add in a couple a favorite vets like Woods, the trio of Williams, Chandler and Searcy and I kinda like that team. Especially since I hate the Pats so much. I actually feel kinda bad they lost Kiko.
The Giants, not so much, I'm not too fond of any other NFC team. I assume OBJ is still out.
Started following the NFL when it first aired on british television in 1983.
Different teams shown every week, so didn't really follow a team liked Riggins and Darrell Green of the redskins
and Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen of the Raiders.
Decided to follow the Panthers the day the Frachise was announced - (luckily Jacksonville was granted later).
Used to follow the games on play by play on NFL.com.
Now usually get a stream of Panthers games if they are not on T.V. Don't like late games as we are 5 hours ahead
Channel 4 baby.
I remember those days too. I grew up a Miami fan with Marino, Duper and Clayton leading the way. I remember after they lost to the 49ers in the SB that I had found the team I hated the most too LOL. Having learned more about the game and being a sucker for the underdog I slowly began rooting for another team in the NFC west. Don't hate me for this guys but I became a fan of the Saints and the Dome Patrol led by a Mr Sam Mills. I would later visit America and the Superdome was the first stadium these eyes ever saw. We just drove by it but I remember being in awe of it. It looked like a space ship to me.
Later on while visiting NC I went into a sports store, at the time obviously the Panthers didn't exist but hanging in front of me as I walked in was a NO Saints 57 jersey. Rickey Jacksons jersey, the sack monster of the Dome Patrol. That right there was my first NFL purchase.
2 years later I would move to America in 94, Raleigh. 1 year later the Panthers came along and Bam, there you have it. I remember to this day being at work and checking out the paper when the expansion draft went down and seeing who we picked up, a bunch of hasbeens and never wases. Having the Panthers in the same division as the 9ers and Saints just made it even more special. Its been nothing but the men in black and blue for me ever since. I like many felt it was a team made specially for me. Getting to watch this team start from scratch has been awesome. I can honestly say I was there when I tell the grandkids years from now.
I'm still a bit miffed we spent the 13th overall pick on a rb when offensive tackle was the far bigger need, we'd just drafted Deangelo in the first, and we could've drafted a running back later. Of course, that would probably have meant we got Otah at 13, and I don't know that that's any easier a pill to swallow, but our cap wouldn't be sodomized by two players who probably won't be on the team in two years. Ugh. I still hate you, Marty Hurney.
I believe Clady was the unanimous want for T that year. He went one spot ahead of Stu. I was really high on a RB out of Tulane that year. A guy by the name of Forte. He eventually was drafted in the second round by Chicago, exactly 1 spot after the pick we gave up to trade for Otah. Now, Otah was great his 1st year here but unfortunately injuries happen.
Its interesting to see what could have been with a little bit more fortune. We could have had Clady and Forte. Duane Brown was also drafted after Otah. However the Bears also drafted Chris Williams with their 1st rounder right after Stu and he was a bust for them. Swings and roundabouts my friend.
What is also a kick in the nuts is that the Eagles were able to parlay the 1st rounder given up for Otah into Jason Peters, one of the best T's in the league today. They didn't do much with the 2nd rounder tho.
Sometimes as an armchair GM I sit back and wonder what this team would look like if I was the guy pulling strings. I wanted McNair and George over Collins and Biak. I wanted Jeffery instead of Amini, I wanted Allen after Star fell to us in round 1 even tho I loved KK too.
Can you imagine if we had Jeffery, Allen and Benjamin as our WR's this year? It would probably kill us cap wise in the future but at least they are great players unlike some of the stiffs we pay for underperforming.
While I think that it's fair to bring that stat up, I also think that it's fair for me to say that we also probably had among the fewest plays AND drives in the league. Our offense is unsustainable. We didn't score enough points and we ran the same offense last year that worked in the 08 regular season and simply didn't in the playoffs.
It's unsustainable. While we may score among the best TD's PER CAPITA, it doesn't necessarily mean that we score enough of them.
You realize that was by design, right? We played a ball control game that helped sustain the D and helped them rank #2. Do you think if Cam was throwing a lot more and the team were creating more turnovers that the D would still be ranked #2. Keep in mind Cam had zero pick 6's last year we vary rarely did we put the D in pad situations. Most of our turnovers were deep in opposition territory. Also consider that less drives for us means less drives for the opposition, it shortens the game and means we believe we are more efficient than you.
Note that San Diego had the fewest drives in the league and ranked either #1 or #2 in most categories. That had a great offense last year. We also won 12 games so it looks like we scored enough too. SF and Sea also play a similar game to us and they won a lot of games too. It's sustainable, you just need to execute and we didn't against SF game 2.
Can someone list 10 safeties they feel are ahead of him?
I think he's on the cusp like Searcy and Ihedigbo. Then you have up and comers in Reid, Vacarro and Mathieu who will likely be in that group very shortly if not already.
I think Mitchell was good for the team but he wasn't without his faults. He missed few more tackles than you'd like to see but we used him wisely while blitzing. Keep in mind Lester had 3 picks in limited action too so there was the benefit of playing behind that front 7.
I can see DeCoud benefitting too for a fraction of the price and Maybe Harper can offer something on blitzes like Mike did too.
Its unfortunate, you'd have liked to see him grow more here.
I have an authentic game worn Jason Peter jersey I had him autograph at training camp. Its kinda cool in that its so old style it has the lineman leotard look so you know its really real. Some weird guy that collects stuff from murderers and criminals would probably value it. Peter Is my middle name and I wore 9 and 7 myself. Jason wore 97.
The sad thing is, I could have had Mike Minters instead. Made the wrong choice that day.
Yeah, that's wrong IMO. Welker is a damn hard worker, did it the hard way. He's underrated if anything. Are his stats inflated because he played with Brady and Manning? Sure. Its not like he's making a ton of cash either, i'd gladly pay that contract.