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Mr. Scot

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#2836153 A Positive Panthers Preseason Piece

Posted by Mr. Scot on 30 June 2014 - 03:29 PM

I don't understand how we are not as good on paper as last season. Aside from OT I think we definitely upgraded

Our WRs last year were crap for our system.


it's the 'unknown' factor.


Objectively, if I weren't a Panther fan and I saw our starting LT choices were Nate Chandler and Byron Bell, our receiving corps was made up of a raw rookie and a bunch of backups and our secondary was pieced together (again), I'd have my doubts too.


Like I said elsewhere, if the doubters are gonna be proved wrong, it'll be on the field.

#2836143 "I want my place on this team"

Posted by Mr. Scot on 30 June 2014 - 03:23 PM

So says David Foucault in this piece from Bryan Strickland (link)




So far, David Foucault has passed every test.

But the Canadian offensive tackle understands that at every stage, the difficulty of the tests will only multiply.

Foucault has ascended from tryout player to member of the Panthers' 90-man roster. His next challenge – the greatest and most important to date – is to secure a roster spot for the regular season.

"I need to be ready for camp," Foucault said. "I want my place on this team."


"I am very young at this position. I just have three years of experience, but Coach (John) Matsko and Coach (Ray) Brown put a lot of time in to get me better," Foucault said. "Matsko is the best coach I've had in my life.

"I have heard our defense is one of the best in the league. We have good defensive linemen, and our defensive ends are so fast. I've learned so much (playing against) them."



After the camp, he was one of two tryout players - along with linebacker Billy Boyko - signed to the 90-man roster.

The news left his family, which has recently dealt with its share of trials, overjoyed.

"They cried. I cried," Foucault said. "We had a lot of bad things this year, I think it was very good news to send back to my parents about what I did.

"A lot happened, a lot of stuff. My dad had prostate cancer this year. It was very tough, but now he is fine. It was good news to give them."

Foucault can only imagine the reaction if he makes the final roster spot entering the regular season.


"I'm pushing myself harder to make my parents proud of me," he said. "My first week was very tough, but right now I know the plays and I just need to focus on the small details to get even better. I need to get my weight up a little bit – maybe 10 or 15 pounds on my body - and I need to focus on my feet and the playbook. I need to get better and be focused because the tempo is very hard and fast.

"In Canada, it's all about hockey. I think in years the players in Canada will get better and better. But I am very proud to be here on this field because not a lot of Canadians play in the NFL."



#2836129 Deathbacker

Posted by Mr. Scot on 30 June 2014 - 03:17 PM

Deathbacker would be the greatest last name


Few years back, there was a West Virginia high school runningback named John Bonecutter.


(his real name, not a nickname)



#2836018 A Hall of Fame question you probably haven't thought of

Posted by Mr. Scot on 30 June 2014 - 02:16 PM


Yeah.  White's already in the Hall of Fame.  Has been since 2006, and obviously he didn't go in as a Panther.  I doubt many people outside the fanbase even remember that he played for us.


If Kevin Greene goes in, it won't be as a Panther either.  It'll be as a Steeler.


In this thread, I'm looking for someone who started with the Panthers and is primarily known as a Panther.  Free agents don't count.

#2836006 A Positive Panthers Preseason Piece

Posted by Mr. Scot on 30 June 2014 - 02:08 PM

And one other note of interest...


The author's name isn't listed at the top of the article, but his Twitter handle is found at the bottom.


For the curious, his name is Greg Gabriel (no relation to Roman Gabriel that I know of) and let's just say he's been at this for a while.  Gabriel spent 30 years working as an NFL scout, his last nine years (2001-2010) as Director of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears.


Prior to joining the Bears, Gabriel worked as an area scout from 1985 to 2001 for...the New York Giants.


Dave Gettleman joined the Giants in 1998 as a scout.  He became Director of Pro Personnel the following year.


So yeah, Gabriel and Gettleman were colleagues from 1998 to 2001.

#2833694 Post a pic, any pic.

Posted by Mr. Scot on 27 June 2014 - 03:10 PM


Wasn't me.

Birds love me.

#2833341 Post a pic, any pic.

Posted by Mr. Scot on 27 June 2014 - 09:52 AM



How'd you get a pic of my car?

#2832261 Gil Brandt names six teams that could 'take a step back' this season

Posted by Mr. Scot on 26 June 2014 - 08:51 PM

he was 3rd in power to tex schramm and tom landry during the cowboys' first 30 years. scouted both pro and college players.


how do people not know who gil brandt is


Keep in mind some of the people you're addressing likely have no idea who Tom Landry and Tex Schramm are either :unsure:


Some of these kids on here judge the quality of an NFL writer not by his career, credentials or qualifications, but by whether or not he says good things about us.


Heck, I remember people talking about how great Brandt was when he was talking up Cam Newton in the draft, and then later on when he had a negative comment some of the same people talking like he was some know nothing they'd never heard of :lol:


Believe it or not, it actually is possible to have a negative opinion about the Panthers and still be a good writer.

#2831613 Man in awful suit and popped collar talks Panthers

Posted by Mr. Scot on 26 June 2014 - 03:32 PM

Ouch. And here all this time I thought we were buds. I unfriend you.


That's not how this works :unsure:

#2831143 Post a pic, any pic.

Posted by Mr. Scot on 26 June 2014 - 11:03 AM


Why would you need a steering wheel? :blink:

(yes, I'm overthinking) :unsure:

#2831138 Man in awful suit and popped collar talks Panthers

Posted by Mr. Scot on 26 June 2014 - 10:58 AM

I had that exact same Leisure Suit back in the day. I will say though, I think mine actually fit.

As for his analysis...er...stat reading skills. I give him a 5. Not bad for a first run through. You know, with 32 teams to do, you don't get all day to get it right. You just change the background screen and move on.

Confess, dude. It was you, wasn't it?

#2831067 Man in awful suit and popped collar talks Panthers

Posted by Mr. Scot on 26 June 2014 - 10:05 AM

Does he perhaps know where I can get cheap, high quality jerseys?

#2830719 Gil Brandt names six teams that could 'take a step back' this season

Posted by Mr. Scot on 25 June 2014 - 11:18 PM

And yes, we're one of them.  In fact, Brandt considers us the second most likely to regress of the bunch.


2) Carolina Panthers

No team has repeated as champion of the NFC South since the division's inception in 2002 -- so even if there weren't a handful of other reasons to worry about the Panthers, history would suggest someone will take their place atop the standings.

Cam Newton had a spectacular 2013, but ankle surgery has put a damper on his offseason, keeping him, for the most part, out of early workouts -- where he would have had a chance to begin gelling with what is almost a completely new receiving corps following the departures of Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn. Furthermore, the left tackle position is up in the air in the wake of veteran Jordan Gross' retirement. Carolina's defense, which ranked second overall last season, still looks as if it will be potent behind a solid front seven, though there are concerns with this unit, as well. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Mike Mitchell -- who really brought a lot of toughness in 2013 -- are gone, while defensive end Greg Hardy's off-field issues might be cause for concern. Ultimately, I think Carolina will miss the playoffs.





The video attached to the story probably won't be all that popular either.

#2830710 Rivera talks up Newton's leadership

Posted by Mr. Scot on 25 June 2014 - 11:08 PM

I hate to beat a dead horse, but the most annoying part about Cam improving is all the back handed compliments that sportswriters throw his way in comparison to his rookie year. 


He's maturing like any other QB would and the biggest difference is we're winning games. 


I'm not sure what was 'backhanded' about this article.

#2830705 Make or break year for Shula (I hope)

Posted by Mr. Scot on 25 June 2014 - 11:02 PM

No team is perfect at every position. But you can't tell me a team that has Newton, Smith, Tolbert, Olsen, Williams, Gross, Kalil, Ginn is average on offensive talent. Cam alone would make any offense average. Throw in the solid vets around him and the offensive talent was very much above average.


I'll concede Newton, Tolbert, Olsen, Williams, Gross and Kalil all qualify as varying levels of good, but even with all six on the field that's still only about half the unit.


Steve Smith of a few years ago I'd have given you.  Steve Smith of last year?  He was the best receiver in the unit, but not what he used to be, and beyond him the unit was anywhere from inconsistent (Ginn) to borderline awful (LaFell).


I'd add that when only two of your five starting OL can be consistently counted on, you're gong to have problems.


I certainly wouldn't call the playcalling last year perfect, but I generally found it decent.  When I look back at last season, the biggest problem was OL play and a receiving corps that didn't strike fear into anyone (and yes, that includes Smith).

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