To me Wilson is fake and arrogant. You can just look at the guy and you can tell he thinks he's the shiznit.
This is the epitome of just hating someone because you want to. You do realize the "fake" argument literally never has substance, right? It's the same poo people said about Cam. These people are celebrities and they have literally hundreds of thousands of people that have nothing better to do than try to pry into their personal lives and judge them. But I guess some small thing he did in one of the hundreds of moments that he's had dozens of camera pointed at him made you conclude that he's fake and arrogant? Well good for you I guess.
I went to State with Russell. Never had a class with him but I did see him around campus quite frequently. I ended up in an elevator with him once, a few days after State beat a heavily favored Pitt team. Russell basically carried that game. He converted a 4th and 26 with an insane scramble on a critical 4th quarter drive. I asked him how he felt after making that play. It was just me and him and 1 other dude in this elevator. He said that he felt blessed to be lucky enough to convert on that play, and that he couldn't have done it without the excellent downfield blocking of his receivers and runningbacks.
Was he saying that because he gets off on appearing to be humble? Maybe. But I think he's probably just actually humble.
Oh and to respond to your other thing about seeing him on a mediocre team...we have. He was on a crap team for 3 years at State and he carried us to 3 straight bowl games. Not spectacular team results for sure, but he was obviously the star of our team. Not really all that different from Cam until he got a team around him....
I have a lot of family in the Seattle region and have been to a few of their games over the years (unfortunately, only when they've sucked). Add in the fact that I'm an NC State grad and Seattle is a pretty clear second favorite for me. However, it's just a situation of "if it doesn't hurt the Panthers in any way, then I hope Seattle wins their games too" kind of thing. I don't actively follow the team and I've never rooted for them in any situation where them winning could hurt the Panthers. It also doesn't really bother me much if they lose. Not even close to what I feel when the Panthers lose.
When I think about it, the difference between "favorite" and "second favorite" is so huge that the two are barely even comparable. I guess there are 5 tiers for me: Panthers >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Seahawks>>Teams I don't dislike>>Teams I dislike>>>>>Teams I despise.
The comp pick angle is one thing I immediately thought of after we gave up the 7th this year. Being tight on cap space again, while needing to lock up Cam/Luke...we may lose some guys like Hardy which could net us some picks in 2015.
You are misunderstanding how comp picks work. We will get comp picks in the 2015 draft based on the Free Agents we lost THIS year, which there were a lot of. Losing Hardy next offseason (if it happens), would likely get us a pick in the 2016 draft.
Disagree. He's opening himself up to quite the can of worms if he struggles as a rookie, and odds are fairly significant that he will.
People get too caught up, and enamored with prospects on this board, they can't see without blinders on.
You didn't actually read the full quote, did you?
He started by praising the heck out of Desean. After that he then speculated that if the Eagles want to pick him, that maybe he'll make them forget about DJax. Because he thinks he can be better. Of course he should think that. If he didn't, then he wouldn't have the right mindset at all.
Once again, we can thank Hurney for leaving us with this mess. I like Godfrey (and DWill and JStew for that matter). You can't fault the players for taking the huge contracts that Hurney was giving out like candy. Hopefully they will either begin actually playing up to that value or take a pay cut for the good of the team. The only other option is that they'll likely be cut sooner or later.
I really don't understand how some of you folks make it through the offseason when it seems like even a single perceived weak spot on our roster is described as a "nightmare".
Bell at LT is not optimal, for sure. But we'll live. Change ALWAYS gives a player the opportunity to improve, whether it's moving to a new team, switching to a new position. or adopting a new offensive scheme. Maybe Bell will improve with the move to LT too. Or maybe he won't, who knows.
But Cam is a sturdy dude. As long as he doesn't show a tendency to fumble when hit from behind (which I don't think he does), it could actually be better for his pressure to come from that side more often. The best QBs in the game have that sixth sense to feel and evade blind side pressure, and it usually results in a big play when they do. Because blitzers from the blind side are almost always going full speed and possibly even diving to get to the QB as fast as possible, so when you make them miss, it's usually a clean miss. Contrast that to one of Cam's greatest weaknesses this past season, which was getting pressure in his face from the Right side (due to poor RG play too, not just Bell's fault) and then he'd try to do too much. Oftentimes, he ended up taking a much bigger sack than he would have if he had just gone down, which is exactly what would happen if he doesn't avoid blind side pressure. Those huge sacks were absolute drive killers for us, especially against the best defenses in the League (SF, Sea).
I'm not trying to say Bell is a great solution at LT and everyone should be happy about it. I'm just saying there are so many variables in a game of football, that we can't accurately predict the impact of having a less skilled player at LT this year than we did last year. Maybe you all are right and it will be catastrophic, but I'm not buying it. But no matter how that roster spot ends up come September, I'm still gonna let it play out before I make my judgements, rather than despairing over the unknown.
This week has done a lot to calm my fears. Gettleman seems to have gotten doppelgangers for all the role players we lost: Harper for Mitchell, Cason for Florence, Cotchery for Lafell, Underwood for Ginn. Then I imagine he expects either Godfrey or Lester to take over for Mikell, and King or McNutt to take the #4 WR spot of Hixon's.
Now all we need is a number one wide receiver and a left tackle. Those positions aren't important or anything, right? But if we go WR in the 1st and OT in the 2nd or vice versa, I think this team is in a good position, if not better off. So yeah, I'm feeling a lot better this week, then say, the day Steve Smith was cut.
And this is exactly why nobody should panic in the first week of free agency to begin with. There's just no point. There's a reason the offseason is almost 7 months long. Teams aren't made or broken in the first week of free agency. Period.