I'm a huge Panthers fan originally from Hickory NC. I moved to Destin Florida 10 years ago, and I love it here. I am, without a doubt, the biggest Panthers fan in the state of Florida. I am also a fan of the Florida Gators football program, and a Carolina Tarheels basketball fan.
I think we would be foolish to think that our o-line is as good as it was last year. It will be much worse. You cant let your franchise probowl left tackle retire and not replace him.
Other than that, spot on.
Most of the carolina steve smith fans (as oppossed to actual fans of the team) are still living in the Jake Delhomme/John Fox era of 'feed the stud' where you through a jump ball to Smith every other play.
Cam changed the game in Carolina. We have a franchise QB that actually spreads the ball around instead of throwing hail marys at Smith all day.
Cam is elite when it comes to spreading the ball around in the passing game... so he needs more than one WR. Smith making 20 bajillion dollars a year was an impediment to bringing the other peices of the puzzle that Cam needs to get us a lombardi.
Who is the young talent we can fill in for Gross? We better hope he returns,
I hope he returns at a reasonable price. I think he will, and I think the FO thinks he will too, so that is the reason they let it come to this point. As a way to negotiate with him.
Worst case scenario if he leaves is that we find his replacement (and or RT as well) of the future at a very muchreduced rate considering the rookie cap is in place. Left Tackle is one of the highest paid positions on the field, so to lock one in with a multiple year single digit million dollar contract relaves lots of cap space verses the salary of a 4 or 5 time probowl Left tackle such as Gross.
I hope we can brng him back for 2 more years while our championship contender 'window' is wide open, and go ahead and draft a guy at RT to replce Bell and possibly Gross afterwards. Either way, we need an offensive tackle now, and another when Gross leaves. Go ahead and pick the best one availible this spring and use it as a negotiation tactic when dealing with Gross. Football is cuthroat capitalism. When the good of the team is at stake, sometimes you have to separate feelings from the equation. No matter what happens, Gross will go down as one of the top Panthers.
Andrew Luck is more like Bret Favre than like Manning.
Plus the media is trying to back up what the said about Luck and Newton pre-Draft.
Newton was the immature scam guy with the fake smile... and they are trying so hard to redeem themselves for what they said about him. Now that we are winning and they see that it isnt going to happen, they made up the whole 'mature' script that they say 27 times a game. The team knows that Cam has always been Cam, and that it is just media spin to get out of the things they said about him.
Well, the same is true about Luck. They proclaimed him the greatest QB since Peyton Manning before he was even drafted... So in order to not appear to be idiots, they must continue to write about him in a way that shows that 'they were right', "it was just (another) bad game".
I dont like riding the 'media hates Cam card', but I figured I would respond to the thread in the manner that I think is closest to the truth. It is about media and the soap opera that they try to paint the league out to be. They are just generating media buzz for link clicks.
Wilson is a great QB. I would start a franchise around someone like him any day of the week.
If I was totally unbiased, I'm almost certain I'd take Wilson ahead of Cam, Luck, Kaep, RG III, etc if I was starting a franchise today.
Wilson is pretty good, I'll give you that.
Bu anyone who knows the X's and O's of football can see that Cam is clearly more talented and his game has progressed further than Wilson's has.
Wilson is still running a college style offense like Cam was doing his rookie year, and even when Cam was a rookie, he was still making NFL throws down the field that I have seen Wilson make only a couple of times.
Wilson relies more on his legs to roll out of the pocket and make plays, while Cam is more of a pocket passer who uses his legs when he needs to, but doesnt rely on his athletic ability to carry him.
If both QBs were to have the same exact offense for a season, it would be obvious that Cam was much better, and ditto for Kaepernck's offense as well.
I wouldnt argue that one single bit. Any other year I would have taken Smith over any of those guys. but your point proves how much better Cam is than Colin doing more with so, so much less. QB, C and FB are the only positions on offense where we are better and only QB are we significantly better but our offense was stronger until you got fully healthy, now pretty much even.
Imagine how good Cam would have it if he had the weapons that Kap has.
Look how much more pass yardage and total offense we had in 2011 when we had Shockey along with the other guys. Cam was throwing for 400 yards a game.
I think we have a real shot at going all the way this year, but if we come up short, I know we will be back and even better next year when we get a few more playmakers at WR and shore up the right side of the O-line.