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Mr. Scot

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My biggest worry about Gettleman

22 October 2014 - 09:59 AM

Since arriving in Carolina, Gettleman's repeatedly shown he's not afraid to cut any player (Steve Smith can attest to that).  He's been described as ruthless, all business, not giving a crap, etc.  It's a complete 180 from Marty Hurney, and those of us who wanted a 'football guy' in charge for years are very happy to see it.


But what about when it comes to staff?


The coaches, scouts, and front office people in place now are largely the same people who were in place when Gettleman arrived.  He stated at that time that he didn't want to be the guy 'that just came in and fired everybody' which is admirable.


But what if there are some changes in staff and front office that actually should be made?


What if Rivera, a guy that Gettleman seems to enjoy a great working relationship with, isn't the right guy to lead this team?


We all see his ruthless "business only" approach to the roster and expect that to apply in all areas, but so far it hasn't.  Truth be told, I think there are some staff, front office and (probably) coaching changes that could stand to be made and might improve the team.  But to date, there are no indications that such changes are being considered.


Is it possible Gettleman has a dichotomy in his mind: One standard for the players but a different standard for those with whom he works directly?  I have to think that'd be a pretty bad mindset to have if you want to run an effective organization.  If you really want to hold a standard of "perform or you're gone", then it has to apply to everyone, not just the guys on the field.


So the big question in my mind right now:  If this season does indeed wind up being an utter disaster and the best option for improvement isn't necessarily just making changes to players only, will Gettleman pull the trigger?


You tell me.

Bad Hurney Contracts: Who's Left?

21 October 2014 - 04:14 PM

Pretty sure most would agree DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart - even at their best - are overpaid.


Charles Johnson is also looking overpaid this season (seems like he's hurt).


Would you consider Ryan Kalil a bad contract?  Arguably the best center in the league.


Who else is left that got big money from Hurney?  Am I forgetting anyone?

Want a rugby player?

21 October 2014 - 10:00 AM

Jarryd Hayne quits rugby league to try out for NFL


Renowned for his acceleration and counter-attacking prowess in the rugby league, Hayne said he believes he has the skills to make it as either a punt returner or kick returner.

"I believe I have the speed, I'm a quick learner, I feel things out really quickly," he said. "I have no doubt it's going to be tough. Ultimately it's a 12-month plan, going over there and trying to make a train-on team. For me to do that I need to start preparing for that around January or February." The 2014 NFL season is underway, so he's aiming for 2015.

Hayne travelled to the United States for a personal tour of the Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies' operations in September, less than three months after speaking to Fairfax Media in Australia about his desire to play American football.

He had two training sessions with UTS, a Sydney-based American football team, at the end of the 2013 NRL season and said "it's something that excites me."

"I actually spoke to Reggie Bush in depth about it when he was over here," he told Fairfax in July. "We were talking about different plays, what Detroit was like, what Miami was like and New Orleans was like. It interests me."


To be perfectly honest, the idea's a little "out there" for me, but I thought I'd leave it here for people to read and speculate on.


19 October 2014 - 11:25 PM

Yes, today sucked.


But watching the Broncos embarrass the 49ers as well as catching highlights of the Saints and Falcons losing will allow me to finish the day with a smile :D


So what do you do to take the sting out?

Should refs help prevent penalties?

17 October 2014 - 09:50 AM

Last night, one of the refs helped Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower avoid a penalty on the final game-deciding kick by telling him he was lined up too close to the long snapper.

Jets-Pats finish includes another controversial field goal try

In response to questions, the NFL says this is 'standard procedure'.

NFL calls official moving Hightower standard procedure

As mentioned in the first article, the Patriots lost a game last year because of this very penalty, so apparently it wasn't 'standard' back then.

I'd add that I can't ever remember a case of a ref walking up to a Panthers player and saying something like "You're lined up offsides. You might wanna back up a little bit."

So is this something you think the refs ought to do, or if they see someone about to screw up should they just let it happen a and throw the flag?

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