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#3319263 Mayock: 2015 WR class has eight with 1st round grade

Posted by emhoward on 11 April 2015 - 08:28 PM

I think there's this idea that DGB would be a can't miss prospect if not for the characters concerns. He has football concerns as well.

Sloppy routes, not the greatest of hands, sometimes issues beating press, and can't read defenses to find soft spot in zone... Now most of these things he can be coached up on, which is why I'd love him at #25, but he's not an AJ Green talent IMO

#3318424 DeVante Parker scheduled to visit Panthers

Posted by emhoward on 10 April 2015 - 06:43 PM

I could see him falling if a team falls in love with the measurables and upside of Perriman and Strong. If that happened he'd be the 5th WR taken which may land him in our general area.

That said I don't see any team taking Strong above Parker, Perriman maybe, but not Strong.

#3315746 If Frank Kaminsky would have said what Andrew Harrison said about him... NSFW

Posted by emhoward on 08 April 2015 - 02:08 PM

I'm a 27 year old black male, growing up I didn't have white friends use the word, even as a term of endearment, they wouldn't dare.

I was playing ball with some young kids a few weeks back; black, white and Indian kids. They all used the word and they wore it out. I was shocked. This was the first time I'd experienced this.

Not only did the young black kids not mind that they said the word, they didn't even seem to hear it. I didn't know what to say or how to react. I was actually more upset at the black kids for allowing it than the white or Indian kids for saying it.

In times past it didn't seem like whites cared about the word. Black folks have been saying the N-word amongst themselves for decades. But something happened, the word became "cool", mostly because of the emergence of hip hop. This may sound crazy, but within the right context, it's a beautiful word, when I say it it rolls off my tongue almost poetically.

It's like the Soul food thing. We take the scraps and throw aways of the master and use them to create a unique and tasty meal (though not healthy; perhaps like the n-word). And so now the young white kids wanna eat soul food. It's cool. It's street cred. I get that.

Here's what I don't get: this reverse racism BS. I don't think some of the older white folks are worried about equality. They see black folks saying the word and don't like that they can't say it (without societal consequences) and so it's pure jealousy. We can do something they can't do and they don't like it. Equality? Frfr? Us saying this word is tipping the scales too much in our favor? Please.

Let's go back to the soul food analogy: so the food is thrown out and the slaves take the scraps and make a wonderful meal, this is what we did we the n-word. Whites see this meal and want to partake: pause. I don't have a problem with whites young and old wanting to say the word. Let's talk this out, let's have a debate. Here's what I dont like. I don't like some of the white culture, after throwing away the scraps and seeing us create soul food with it, then coming around and saying either we shouldnt eat this amongst ourselves or we should have to share it with them.

Bs. You threw this away, you meant to degrade us with this, to make us feel like animals, but now we flipped it, made it cool. If you want some of it, fine. We can talk about it, but if we say no, it's not unfair and it's not reverse racism.

This is so long I know longer remember my point, but hopefully my thoughts are somewhat clear.

#3315353 RUMOR: Panthers looking to move up to 16-20th pick

Posted by emhoward on 08 April 2015 - 01:29 AM

We already have a lot of young players contributing on our team, I can see Gettlemen not wanting to add 9 more rookies, plus UDFA.

Also a lot of folks are saying that there's a big drop off in talent somewhere in the teens, if Gettlemen buys that I could see him moving up.

I'd give up our 1st, 3rd, and 5th to move up for Cooper, not sure who else though.

#3304759 If it came down to Peat or Perriman....

Posted by emhoward on 29 March 2015 - 07:39 PM

I may be off on this, but it seems to me, undoubtedly due to busts in times past, that speed, and specifically 40 timed speed, is starting to be underrated.

For years and years it was overrated, a lot of that was due to Al Davis and his drafting, was due to drooling over how fast a player could run in his underwear, and other things.

In response to this overrating of 40 times, it seems we (fans, scouts, GM's) have started to go the other way.

Five years ago If Perriman runs a 4.2 he goes from fringe first rounder to at least being picked somewhere between 15-20. That's silly.

This year, he's still a fringe first rounder. Despite all this talk he hasn't moved up. If anything this 4.2 has hurt him. "Well he doesn't look this fast on tape" "who cares that he's fast, he can't catch". This is also silly, not equally silly perhaps, but silly nonetheless.

He ran a 4.2. It's not a huge deal, but it's a big one. It's shouldn't put him in the top 20, but it should put him in the first.

The reason he's not moved up is because GM's are scared. And I get it. Who wants to draft the next Ted Ginn, Stephen Hill, DHB etc?

He's a fast WR with Questionable hands: he could be Stephen Hill, but he could be Torrey Smith, who many on this board were clamoring for.

He could be DHB or he could be Mike Wallace, who in times past many on this board was clamoring for.

Who knows. I certainly don't, but I did want to take the time to say to Breshard Perriman, congrats, you ran a 4.2, that's still something special in my book, and I get the sense that Al Davis is somewhere with two thumbs up, agreeing with me.

#3302974 Charles Johnson Speaks Truth 4 Realz

Posted by emhoward on 27 March 2015 - 08:56 PM

Speaking of Captain...he, CJ, and KK were at Cosmos together last Friday... Didn't know me from Adam but were still mad cool.

#3284266 What's wrong with this?

Posted by emhoward on 14 March 2015 - 01:39 PM

People keep sighting the Colts as a team that's during it the "way" having built around Luck.

Their defense is ass. We Keep crying about our O, imagine how much crying they're doing about their D.

They spend a 1st round on T-rich to get Luck another weapon on O and then turn around and give up 45 points in the championship, and with all of Luck's weapons they only put up 7.

The two years Gettlemen has been here, he's built around Cam just fine. He's trying to imitate the Seahawks, not the Colts and we're the better for it.

#3227825 Stupidest play call in the history of the NFL

Posted by emhoward on 02 February 2015 - 01:40 AM

When the statement, "if the play works you look like a genius and if it doesn't, you're a fool" is made, 9 times out of ten I agree, but not this time.

It was bad all the way around. If the play was a completion I would have said something along the lines of, "wow, that was a stupid risk to take." Not, "Dang Pete Carroll is ballsy".

I wonder if the thought of being "ballsy" went into the decision.

Fake field goal in the NFC championship game -- Ballsy!

Go for a TD with only 6 seconds left in the half -- Ballsy!

Throw a pass on 2nd and goal to win the SUPERBOWL -- hubris/stupid/unexplainable.

And you don't not run the ball because NE will be expecting it. Who cares? What is it with this game lately that coaches think outsmarting or a more accurate word for this line of thinking, tricking, your opponent is the best way to go?

Outsmarting an opponent is part of this game, a bigger part is lining up and smashing helmets, Seattle has proved time and again that they can do that well, and so you do it even if the other team knows it's coming.

Isn't that the mark of a great opponent, when you know what they're going to do but still can't stop it?

And just because they ran it doesn't mean it had to be some Shula straight up the gut play.
Run a toss, a sweep, a stretch play, the read option, something!

And someone brought up the stat that I also saw elsewhere that Lynch was 1 for 5 in scoring from the one yard line this year:
1. That's a very small sample size.
2. It was second down so running it 3 more times would surely increase the odds.

But at least the Seahawks lost.

#3211692 If Cam threw 4 interceptions in a game...

Posted by emhoward on 18 January 2015 - 07:33 PM

Okay. Wilson is better. Fine.

But the point OP was making is that the performance Wilson displayed in today's game was worst than any game Cam played this year except for maybe home against NO...and his team STILL won...in the conf. championship game...against the best QB in the day...

#3203841 'Xs and Os' vs 'Jimmys and Joes'

Posted by emhoward on 13 January 2015 - 07:31 PM

Jimmy and Joe's and it's not even close to me..,

I been thinking about this, but the idea isn't fully fleshed out so feel free to poke holes in it...

Their seems to be two ways to build a team: balance; both sides of the ball being good, or one side of the ball being elite and the other being average.

I believe that this team is built to be elite on one side of the ball and above average/average on the other. In fact I think if you took the best OC in the league and put him on our team I don't think we'd reach the "good" level, (offensive ranking: 1-5 elite, 5-10 good, 10-14 above avg., 14-18 avg, 18-23 below avg, 23-27 bad, 27-32 terrible). Why? B/c most of our talent is on the other side of the football.

We have no elite players on O, 1 if you count Olsen this year. We have 4 good players. Cam, Kalil, KB and healthy Stew. Everyone else is average or unproven.

We have 2 elite players on D at least; Davis and Luke. We had 3 with Hardy last year, and 4 when Johnson is healthy. Then we have players in Star, KK, Dwan, Norman who I would consider as good. This is a notable difference.

Their is no team in the league that is elite on both sides of the ball, it's nearly impossible.

Their are rarely any teams that are elite on one side of the ball and good on the other (depending on what type stats you use)

So you usually have 3 types of contending teams...

Elite on O, above avg/avg on D -- Colts/Packers/Pats

Elite on D, above avg/avg on O --
Seattle, Us

Good on both-- Dallas, Baltimore (Super Bowl year)

Now as Gettlemen stated, he believes defense when championships, so it seems to me, though we will get Cam help on the offensive side of the ball, we will continue to make sure our defense has the opportunity to be elite.

This idea is why I think some of the Shula hate is unwarranted...some. He is average and sometimes below average, but as I stated earlier if someone new was brought in, he'd wouldn't get us to the "good" level. The only way to get us to "good" is to draft good players on offense.

Which gets us to the question presented by the OP. And the answer is Jimmy's and Joes.

Chuck Pagano's defense stinks (at least it did in the reg. season) but why? He was a defensive coordinator? It's because the Jimmys and Joes are all on the offensive side of the ball.

Jim Harbaugh is an offensive mind, but it's the defense that had him in 3 consecutive conf. Championship games. Why? B/c Willis, Bowman, and the Smith bros don't play offense.

Bill belicheat is a defensive mind yet the Patroits have been known for their offense for the last decade.

Did Dick Lebeau forget how to coach defense or did the Steelers start to invest more on Offense side of the ball, as well as Troy P and James Harrison slowing down.

In summary X's and O's can take you one level up, from terrible to bad or average to above average. But players can take your from bad to elite. We saw it here in one offseason.

We went from a horrible offense in 2010 to a good one in 2011, and it wasn't because of Chud, it was because of Cam.

Lastly just think about the differences in the process of finding a new coach vs drafting new players. Organizations take a couple weeks to find their coach of the future, but for the draft they take months, employing dozens of scouts and sending them all around the country to find the right Jimmy's and Joe's. I think that shows which one is deemed more vital.

An elite coach can't make a bad team look good. Aka: Bill Belichiek wouldn't have Jacksonville in the playoffs.

But an elite roster can make a bad coach look good... Mike Smith a couple years ago..

#3203685 The Shula hate is overblown.

Posted by emhoward on 13 January 2015 - 06:21 PM

I too think that the Shula hate is overblown,

But I also think Shula isn't a good OC.

I think that our underwhelming WR corp hurts Shula's success as a play caller,

But I also think Shula's lack of play design creativity exasperates the problem.

I think our horrible Oline for most of the season handcuffed Shula b/c it hindered our run game which is the foundation of our offense,

But I also think Shula's read option calls in the wrong situations and the long developing pass plays made the offensive line look worse than it already was.

In other words I think Shula is average. If we have an elite defense to go along with his averageness, like last year and the end of this one, we can win. But if the defense slips at all, we're in trouble.

#3199501 Something nobody has talked about.

Posted by emhoward on 11 January 2015 - 11:04 PM

Did you guys see Rivera smiling with 3 minutes left and we were down 14!??!? That's almost a "We were lucky to be here." moment.

Kemba ballin' right?


#3199227 Nationwide is on your side, Colts @ Broncos

Posted by emhoward on 11 January 2015 - 09:26 PM

I don't get it. I'm a self-professed Cam nut hugger and I have no problem saying Luck and Wilson are at this point better than Cam.

He doesn't have to be best young QB in the game to be real good.

Truly all I care about is the Panthers being better than the Colts or Seahawks in the long run.

That being sad, threads like these that seem to rag on Luck or Wilson come about b/c Cam bashers nit pick everything thing Cam does as if Luck doesnt overthrow open receivers too, or Manning for that matter. So I definitely understand the tone of this thread.

Ps: and part of it is they we are Panther fans, it's natural and appropriate to be biased towards Cam. He's our QB after all

#3196167 Draft Picks should be #25, #57, #80?

Posted by emhoward on 11 January 2015 - 12:25 AM

I just looked at the Seahawks 2011 draft. It was the year after they went 7-9 and won a playoff game. They ended up with the 25th pick as well. They did pretty good, hopefully we will too.

#3191578 I haven't been this nervous...

Posted by emhoward on 10 January 2015 - 06:04 PM

Nope, not nervous. As others have said, house money. Last week I was crazy nervous, Cam and company needed to get that first playoff win and I was worried that we'd find a way to lose (almost did).