Sterling didn't want black people at his games. Dungy doesn't want gay people on his team. There's not much of a difference.
He can use the "media circus, distractions" excuse all he wants. He's just another religious man who doesn't like gay people. Dungy almost signed Mike Vick & his media circus after he got out of prison. He had no problem with the media circus that would've came with signing a dog torturing POS, but sign a gay man? No, we just can't deal with all the media attention and distractions.
I don't know about you, but I think we are better off now than we were last year in the secondary. And we didn't have to do anything ridiculous like pay Mitchell and Munneryn instead of Hardy. JMO, of course.
I like Mitchell's demeanor, but you're also talking about taking away a key piece that helped the secondary look as good as it did and helped those guys get paid elsewhere..
true about helping the secondary (the DL), but better then last year is yet to be seen. i have some concerns with Harper, because of his coverage skills, and White being strictly a cover 2 type CB (and shouldn't be starting).i really hope to see Godfrey become healthy because i always felt like he would be better at CB, his more natural position then safety.
Godfrey and Cason on the outside with Bene playing the nickel is not that bad of a line up. DeCoud playing the free spot has some ball hawking abilities, and hopefully Lester can win the SS spot.
not a fan of renting a guy in his prime for a year, hopefully something will get done. to play devils advocate, continuity could have been bringing back some of those DBs that signed else where such as Mitchell and Captain. it does not pertain only to the DL.
based off the route combos from last year, i think the panthers still run a coryell vertical attacking passing offense. Shula did sprinkle in some quick passes, that Chud just did not have, but for the most part, it was still mostly vertical route combos. i also remember some of the better routes this team ran where comebacks(outside/inside), seams and wheel routes.
i also remember the double move, or stutter and go route seemed to work really well (only remember Ginn winning on this route). with the 2 TE set, having 2 larger guys attacking the seams will do nothing but help the offense, also playing KB in the slot will allow for mismatches in the seam and middle of the field.
edit: another factor is the WR have to win vs the coverage. what type of separation will Avant get in the Coryell offense, considering he has played in a WCO his entire career? will Shula cater his routes to where he wins in the short-intermediate aspect, and who will clear out the underneath routes, and keep the defense honest. the same 3 WRs where on the field in 3 WR sets, and the team only ran 4 WR set like 1 time.
Cotchery as well, had much success in a WCO, but have no experience in Coryell Vertical offense.
Another thing I rarely see mentioned is the tendencies of the offense. Switching up play style and tempo should help this aspect. Giving the offense the chance to go hurry up, early in the game would be ideal.
Dez has a 24 hour security team with him, why not give Justin one?
plus i have seen numerous times on this board, and in the media, that the reason why Avant and Cotchery were brought in was to help mentor the younger guys, which is really want Justin needs. this makes to much sense, so it will not happen.