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#2558606 Official Panthers - Saints Gameday Thread

Posted by scratchy1 on 22 December 2013 - 04:03 PM

I'm speechless

#2332204 Shula: Tell me why this time it will be different

Posted by scratchy1 on 22 August 2013 - 01:38 PM

A lot of posters seem to feel that Shula's offense will be productive, if not prolific.  They cite the enthusiastic comments from players, particularly Cam.


I tend to be a student of history.  Here are Shula's offensive numbers as a coordinator and head coach:


Tampa (96-99)

Total offense: 28th, 29th, 22nd, 28th

Scoring offense: 30th, 23rd, 18th, 27th


Alabama (03-06) (head coach, but the team ran his offense and he had a lot of influence over OC Dave Rader)

Total offense: 79th, 94th, 67th, 65th (out of 117)

Scoring offense: 69th, 64th, 85th, 68th


In eight years where he has been directly or ultimately responsible for an offense, he has never hit even the midpoint of these two key metrics.


Some would say that with strong defenses at both Tampa and Alabama, the offensive philosophy was necessarily tailored towards ball control and conservative play.  Some would say that he was limited in terms of offensive talent.  Some would say he's never had a player with Cam's physical talent.


Those may be valid points, to a degree.  But here we have a guy who is almost 50 years old, doing something he hasn't done (indirectly) in 7 years and directly in 14 years.  Aside from Cam, he has (collectively) average talent at best, and he won't have the luxury of a defense that will allow him to just put 14 on the board and win a game.  It's illogical to me that he could be expected to be successful at it, because he never has been, regardless of whether he was ever really called upon to be successful at it.  In the NFL, gameday success doesn't fall into your lap in mid-life just because you can write a playbook.


So why will this year be different?

#2326416 Should we be worried?

Posted by scratchy1 on 16 August 2013 - 02:10 PM



I agree that it's too early to draw any definitive conclusions, but I don't agree that it's too early to be concerned, perhaps deeply concerned.  Shula has never led an offense, college or pro, that was anything other than decidedly below average in points and yardage.  You can argue that was a result of relying on strong defenses, but knowledge doesn't easily translate into results in the NFL.  The sidelines of college teams and insurance agencies are littered with guys who could light up an NFL coaches' meeting room with all manner of impressive technical output, but who couldn't take that knowledge and put it to winning purpose on Sundays with the pressure squarely on their shoulders.  I don't think this team can win with the quality of offense Shula has run his entire career---I don't think Cam's good enough to save them, I don't think the defense is good enough to overcome a mediocre offense on more than a few occasions, and I don't think Ron is good enough to avoid a third straight slow start to the season whereby the playoff picture is effectively blacked out by mid-October. 

#2289389 Jerry Richardson's son is dead

Posted by scratchy1 on 16 July 2013 - 12:57 PM

This is gonna be dumb question but. . . did that have anything to do with him leaving the team or is this way past all that?



It was part of the reason he left the team.  It had nothing to do with Mr Richardson's succession planning.

#2213037 Carolina Panthers select LB AJ Klein.

Posted by scratchy1 on 27 April 2013 - 01:51 PM

Why would this pick surprise anyone when we have two starting linebackers who've spent half their careers out with injury?

#2089395 Potential OC Candidates Here

Posted by scratchy1 on 10 January 2013 - 10:46 PM

No outside coach with OC experience (and any sort of established reputation) is going to think for a minute about the job. Ron is widely viewed around the league as being in his last year absent a miracle that is highly unlikely to occur. You can forget about Mularkey, Whis, whomever. For better or worse---worse, most likely----Shula will be promoted.

#2008576 The truth about Ron Rivera

Posted by scratchy1 on 19 November 2012 - 05:14 PM

You guys calling Rivera a "POS" and similar names need to get a life. I don't like the team's performance any more than the rest of you, and I agree that Ron should be fired at the end of the season absent some sort of miraculous turnaround. But Ron is a gentleman, has treated everyone in the organization--and I mean EVERYONE, top to bottom--with decency and respect, and has done nothing to bring shame on himself or the team. He may or may not be NFL head coach material--sometimes a different situation can be a new lease on life. But no one can deny that he's been a successful NFL coach, and that he's a good man who works his butt off and sincerely cares about his players. That won't be enough to save his job, but it ought to be enough to persuade you to take a respectful tone and understand that failure in business does not equate to moral or ethical lapse.

#1879543 Today is not the only big day

Posted by scratchy1 on 31 August 2012 - 10:43 AM

Just saying that if a guy is on the roster at 6 pm tonight, don't assume he'll be on the roster at 6 pm tomorrow night. There are likely to be at least 2 or 3 guys who don't figure into Ron's plans, maybe a few more, and the bar for what we need to pick up to replace them isn't particularly high and likely to be met by guys released by other teams.

#1867811 Haruki Nakamura #1 FS.

Posted by scratchy1 on 22 August 2012 - 10:04 AM

Martin is not in the plans, at safety, corner, special teams or laundry detail.

#1752390 Official Panthers Draft Day Thread.

Posted by scratchy1 on 27 April 2012 - 06:19 PM

Jenkins will not happen. Don't give it any further thought.

#1456221 Armanti Edwards

Posted by scratchy1 on 12 October 2011 - 10:11 AM

cutting him after 2 years would be pathetic, but I wouldn't expect fanatics to keep things in perspective..

Why would it be pathetic? I'll concede there's room for argument, but "pathetic" is a strong word on either side of the debate.

There's no tolerance for "projects". I don't think you'll see any of that philosophy in future drafts---if you do, it will reflect a bigger problem between the front office and the staff.

#1450538 We're one draft away...

Posted by scratchy1 on 09 October 2011 - 09:57 PM

Do you believe the front office personnel are capable of executing a successful draft?

#1439752 Panthers offer 6th Round Pick For Curry

Posted by scratchy1 on 04 October 2011 - 11:56 AM

this would not be to replace Davis.

#1351910 James Anderson

Posted by scratchy1 on 25 August 2011 - 07:56 PM

He's not "making stops"----he's just chasing down guys he should have been in position to stop earlier. He's getting shoved downfield and then having to run after the ball carrier. He's not doing anything ten other LBs on the roster can't do.

#1351765 James Anderson

Posted by scratchy1 on 25 August 2011 - 07:40 PM

Didn't we re-up with him? I think we did.


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