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#2697771 I just woke up....

Posted by MtnProwler on 15 March 2014 - 12:05 PM

So I've been in a comma of sorts, no offense to those actually have, for the last two months.

Two months ago we were left with 16M in cap space, needing to sign 1-2 better secondary players, a #2 WR that could take the #1 role eventually, someone to work with Gross and take his spot eventually, and to either resign Hardy or shore up a decent DE in FA to keep a solid front 7. Players loved the loyalty of the Panthers organization, even to the tune of restructuring or taking a pay cut to come here.

...now to current: we are at 8M under the cap, still need 1-2 DB players, now need at least 2 WR more like 3 WR to fill our entire roster spots, now we need a replacement for Gross and added depth at T, despite creating even more roster needs than we started with we are at a point of paying Hardy half of our available cap space. Player moral is sinking, we can't even get players to come to their hometown to play because of the "situation". Players are finding out their family's livilihood through the news.

I wish to go back....

#2642687 Re-watching playoff highlights

Posted by MtnProwler on 04 February 2014 - 08:55 PM

Well because what else is there to watch? Three points I want to make, and mainly need your input on #3:

1)You want to beat SF and Seattle? You have to beat their pass rush. All this talk about the secondary, the way I see it they only beat us because of their pass rush. I hope our Oline becomes the priority this offseason.

2)Lafell didn't play that bad, in fact after emotionally getting over the loss, I hope we can keep him for the right price. He had as many clutch catches as Ginn toward the end of the game. Don't get me wrong we still need to address Smitty's replacement. After watching game film I think this has become #3 in priority behind Oline and DB.

3) THIS is what I'm wondering. I replayed the NFL Network feature of the Super Bowl highlights, did anyone else catch what the announcer said as Denver set to kickoff after the safety? Has there been a rule change?! If not that is about the dumbest thing I've heard especially considering on this stage, the Super Bowl.


Posted by MtnProwler on 29 January 2014 - 03:00 PM

I'll let Gettleman figure that one out. lol


But, I think that Gross, Mitchell, Gano, Wharton, and Ginn will make more than what you listed.


I think Nicks will get around (5-6mil) and Im assuming that we sign him to a 1-2 yr deal. Tilllman will probably get a 1yr/4-5 mil; 4.5 could get him here.


I also stated that current players will have to help fix their contracts in order to get this scenario done.


Yep, you posted as I was editing. So 10M before the resturctures, could be possible. If anything we both proved DG has his work cut out for him. If he is able to do 80% of what we are hoping we should be very competitive again next year.

#2629873 Super Bowl XLVIII: Date subject to change

Posted by MtnProwler on 24 January 2014 - 03:06 PM

Things can't go wrong in warm climates or indoor settings?

There's a whole load of pregame panic over this stuff, and I'll bet nothing winds up happening.

Missing the point, it's about the predictability of the weather. The less predictable, Northeast winter weather, the more likely you need to become contingent. The more predictable, South to Southwest winter weather, the less likely you are to need the contingency. I'm a numbers guy, you don't put your most valuables in the most risky environments.

#2629855 Super Bowl XLVIII: Date subject to change

Posted by MtnProwler on 24 January 2014 - 02:48 PM

Why do you ever have a contingency plan?

"Just in case..."

Just in case you aren't as prepared for the volatile weather this time of year in the Northeast, even though they are so confident in dealing with it. Got it, noted for future trips. I know everything has a contingency plan but to be this public about it doesn't make me anymore confidence in them. This has disaster written all over it, if not this one then it could be the next one they try. Keep it indoors or in the deep south where the weather is more predictable, so that the biggest news going into the game isn't about your contingency plan.

#2629724 Super Bowl XLVIII: Date subject to change

Posted by MtnProwler on 24 January 2014 - 12:45 PM

I love the intrigue that a Super Bowl in New Jersey has. Another element is added, and that an element most teams deal with week in and week out during the season. It's only fair to the spirit of football that the final game be subject to the same external factors.

Are you talking about regular season games that brings in a fraction of viewers, endorsements, commercials, and publicity? That contains many games across 3 different days, in many different time zones, and across many regions? That's no way similar to The SuperBowl being one game, one time, one region. Weather probably won't be a problem with this one, but I hate the idea that the NFL actually expects us to now set aside a 3 day window for the single most important game of the year. It's hard enough to get people all together for one day of the year for a party/holiday. I am completely against this becoming the standard of The Super Bowl. Don't change it if it's not broken, continue to have the game in warmer climates or at least indoors where the weather is less volatile this time of year.

#2629204 Super Bowl XLVIII: Date subject to change

Posted by MtnProwler on 23 January 2014 - 09:47 PM

Dumb. Colin Cowherd said it best don't have it in a place where you even need a contingency plan at all. People plan parties, trips, and vacations around this. Bad move NFL.

#2628574 Cap figures update

Posted by MtnProwler on 23 January 2014 - 12:36 PM

Geoffrey cut/restructure will give us more and with DG doing a few more restructures I see us creeping toward 25M. I've done the math 10 times over, even at 25M, there is going to be one or two hard to swallow losses. Need to find that cheap talent in the draft and FA.

#2627916 O-line has to be the priority.

Posted by MtnProwler on 22 January 2014 - 08:13 PM

Cam newtons scrambles don't count as part of that "rushing attack".

We could not run the ball, we could not pass the ball. We could not impose our will in any way. Our offense was ranked 28.

OLine is the priority.

When we aren't able to stretch the D then teams are able to stack the box with essentially 2 unblocked players, with those odds it doesn't matter what kind of linemen we have. I hope we address both areas equally, they compliment each other. Oline: resign 2-3 players, 2-3 in FA, and draft 2. WR: resign 2, 2 in FA, draft 1-2. Now watch the running game open up.

#2626784 Realistic ideas for the panthers this offseason?

Posted by MtnProwler on 21 January 2014 - 08:21 PM

I started reading this article and stopped on page 3 after seeing these names. Laughed. And now moving to the next post.

#2620890 Say Hardy walks...

Posted by MtnProwler on 18 January 2014 - 11:34 AM

Here are some interesting observations that may help one deal with the loss of Hardy:
1. CJ, Star, KK/Dwan, Luke and Davis drew a lot of attention.
2. We faced a lot of teams with LT issues this year, and Hardy often had multiple sacks vs. those teams.
3. Many of Hardy's sacks were "motor" sacks. He found the QB after being forced to navigate around in the pocket. There were a few where he was not the first player to reach the QB.
4. Do you consider Hardy an "elite" player, or did he have a tremendous season due to the pieces around him? I think Hardy is a good player, a very good player--I loved the pick when he was drafted---but there is a lot of risk involved in paying him top dollar.

However, his agent will base his asking price on a few other observations: 15 sacks, 3rd in the league. Pro Bowler. There is a premium on getting to the QB in the NFL. Hardy is going to get paid. We may be 20+ million under the cap, but seriously, we are not using over half of that on one player. I am guessing that we could do the following on what Hardy alone would require:

Re-sign Gross. I am guessing he will return for $2.5 m. or so. I am not good at guessing contracts.
Re-sign Mitchell. The speed, the leadership, the hitting, the swagger. Our defensive backfield needed it. Don't forget he was learning FS. He will only get better. I am thinking about $2.5 million per year.
Re-sign Wharton. He played well, and this could lead to a competition between Wharton, Kugbila, and SIlatolu for the 2 spots.. $1.5 million
Re-sign Ted Ginn. As important as he was to us, his statistics make him affordable, He would be a great KR, 3/4th WR. I am guessing $2 million.
Re-sign Captain Munnerlyn. Ideally, I would like to get better at CB, sending Capt. to the nickel role. He was the best CB on the second-ranked D in the NFL. He may want to shop himself again, but I think he accepts a $2.5 million per season deal.

Or we could re-sign Hardy to a $12 m per year deal.

Without question we do the resigns rather than giving Hardy 12M. We are getting ready to see what Hardy thinks a "discount" really is.

#2617368 Mel Kiper Jr's first mock draft 1/15/2014

Posted by MtnProwler on 15 January 2014 - 01:54 PM

I agree with 80% of the comments here, we need height at this position I really don't want to see any shorter than 6'2" and if it plays out like this mock I would rather go Matthews.

#2616733 "At Least We're Not..."

Posted by MtnProwler on 15 January 2014 - 08:00 AM

Big hat no cattle.

Dallas Cowboys

(Although I could name about 27 other teams, I really like where we are)

Big hat:
Big Stadium
Large fan base

No cattle:
30M over the cap
5 years since being to the playoffs
16 years since being in the NFCCG
Most their top tier players are older

#2611925 With the 28th pick in the NFL draft

Posted by MtnProwler on 13 January 2014 - 01:02 AM

In this order if available. Evans/Watkins/Lee/BPA Oline.

I only say this because if those top three aren't there that will leave a very good OLine player out there. Plus I still think that leaves us with a decent WR/CB pick in the second. Either way we need to pick a decent receiver that is at the least 6'3".

#2601894 2014 Defensive Backs

Posted by MtnProwler on 11 January 2014 - 03:23 PM

A defense that is already ranked 2nd. Now I don't want to get complacent, we always need to keep improving all areas but it's obvious where we need to start first.