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thennek

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#3119636 Panthers and the Salary Cap

Posted by thennek on 05 December 2014 - 04:06 PM

Good write-up OP.  I don't think anyone doubts that the Panthers have cap issues, and that Hurney made some really bad decisions. 

 

What I don't understand is that all NFL teams have made stupid mistakes, signed bad contracts, and sign bad players.  Are Hurney's bad contracts & stupid decisions really worse than other teams bad contracts & stupid decisions or are the Panthers just using this as an excuse? 

 

 

 

 

 

 




#3071532 Over the last 3 weeks, Mike Shula's offense has averaged less points...

Posted by thennek on 07 November 2014 - 08:37 AM

The reason why the Panthers are 3-5-1 this year and have looked horrible?  Because they were 12-4 last year, and the Panthers lost no less than 5-starters on offense, and no less than 5 starters on defense for this season.  With only 11-guys playing at a time, losing 5-starters on each side of the ball is a big deal.  Oh - And the guys that replaced those starters from last year, are not nearly as good (except for KB) & most of them would not even be starting on another NFL team. 




#3063997 Why did we sign Ed Dickson?

Posted by thennek on 02 November 2014 - 02:00 PM

We signed Dickson because he was affordable.




#3053307 Rivera: " couldn't find a left tackle to fit what we do"?

Posted by thennek on 29 October 2014 - 03:08 PM

If you weren't going to field a team that could compete this year to legitimately win it all.  The Hardy tag IMO will always be justified in coming back up.  Why?  Let him walk or trade him.  Start building around your QB and essentially building your O.  All starts with the OL

Agree.  How many of us are really surprised that the o-line has been 'offensive' this year?  I don't get paid millions to run an NFL team, but as a fan I could clearly see the o-line being the biggest weakness the Panthers had this year.....even before the 1st game.  I never understood the Hardy tag either....not because he wasn't worth the money but because it was reported that the Panthers never intended to sign him to a long-term deal.  I think $15M could have helped secure a few o-lineman but what do I know. 




#3016586 Cotch Killed Us

Posted by thennek on 12 October 2014 - 05:06 PM

No - terrible special teams killed the Panthers today.  A missed field goal, and awful kick coverage that allowed a 97 yard return.  The game should have been over after the Olsen TD. 




#2991633 shula is a symptom, not the disease

Posted by thennek on 01 October 2014 - 07:43 AM

Without JR, there would be no Carolina Panthers.  So before bashing the guy who brought you the team, think about what it would be like if we did not have a NFL team in the Carolinas. 

 

I don't believe JR is a 'hands-on' owner like Jerry Jones or Daniel Synder.  He gives me the impression that he let's the coaches coach, the GM manage, and the players play. 

 

The Panthers stink right now because they have a bad O-Line, a suspect secondary, some key injuries (namely Cam, TD, and all RB's), and a crazy DE situation that distracted the team.   




#2914972 Is it still to early to be worried about Byron Bell?

Posted by thennek on 29 August 2014 - 01:01 PM

It is not too early to worry but it is too late.  'It is what it is', and it is not going to change.  The Panthers decided several weeks and possibly even several months ago that Bell would be the starting LT.  Bell 'is who he is', and a large part of the success or failure of this season will be how he and the entire O-Line plays. 

 

I will also say that Bell will need good play from his LG (Amini) who is coming back from a major injury.  I sill believe that one of the reasons why Gross had such a great year last year was because his buddy Wharton played LG. Those two just worked well together, and it showed on the field. 




#2912493 For Those Concerned about Cotchery and Avant:

Posted by thennek on 28 August 2014 - 10:08 AM

If the Panthers could establish a running game (even an average running game) then the Cam chemistry to new WR's will be a much easier transition.  Cam started in the NFL with very little practice with his WR's due to the lockout, and he played 'lights out' his first few games.  The Panthers need a healthy Stewart and Tolbert to ground & pound.




#2722377 DNewton from ESPN thinks Panthers wants Godfrey back

Posted by thennek on 31 March 2014 - 02:11 PM

If I'm not mistaken, Beason tried to return from an Achilles injury and it took much longer than expected. 




#2703261 Jones to the Raiders.

Posted by thennek on 17 March 2014 - 06:42 PM

Remember - The Seattle Seahawks won the SuperBowl with less than great WR's.  Golden Tate was their best WR in 2013 and he only had 64 catches for 848 yards with 5 TD's.  These stats are comparable to Greg Olsen's stats. 

 

The Seahawks won with a strong running game (Lynch had over 1,200 yards), very good special teams, and an outstanding defense. 

 

Even with losing Captain, Mitchell, Mikell, and Florence, the Panthers will still have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Gano proved to be a very reliable kicker, and Nortman progress nicely as a punter. They still have very capable RB's with Williams, Stewart, and Tolbert.  If they can fix the o-line there is no reason why the Panthers can't have a very strong running game and this will complements their defense. 

 

To me, the biggest weakness is the o-line.  They need to solidify all positions except Center & possibly LG unless Amini comes back strong. 

 

They will add WR's through the draft and free agency.  They don't need a superstar WR to win....just look at the 2013 Seahawks.




#2591280 Has Harbaugh Changed?

Posted by thennek on 06 January 2014 - 10:55 AM

Harbaugh has not changed.  He was that way when he played QB in the NFL.  He has always come across as an arrogant whinny kind of guy.   




#2498123 Oh really NE? You lost on a controversial call? That's...

Posted by thennek on 19 November 2013 - 08:36 AM

Let's remember the non-call 'leg whip' on Charles Johnson that took him out of the game for several series.  That would have been a huge penalty on the Patriots.  If that penalty had been called, the Patriots probably would not have scored their first touchdown.  No way Gronk would have caught that ball.....the refs made the right call in picking up the flag. 




#2472602 Wharton Gets Some PFF Love

Posted by thennek on 07 November 2013 - 07:01 PM

Gross, Wharton, and Kalil have been solid.  On a side note, Evan Mathis was a 3rd round draft pick for the Panthers in 2005.  He has turned into a very good guard.  It's too bad we didn't let him develop.....we sure could use him now. 




#2398313 Beason may not return to be a starter

Posted by thennek on 24 September 2013 - 04:24 PM

Should have kept Anderson, and let Beason go.  Beason was great prior to getting hurt, but has not played up to his 100% in nearly 2-years.  Unfortunately, his story could end up similar to another great MLB that Beason was picked to replace.  When Morgan was healthy, he was one of the best MLB in the NFL.  Beason replaced him. 




#2388463 Josh Norman's life this week

Posted by thennek on 19 September 2013 - 01:00 PM

Rivera blew this game when he decided to kick a field goal on 4th + 1.  And then played prevent defense so that the Bills drove the ball 80-yards with a rookie QB, and no timeouts. 






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