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#2833361 Fan Fest Update

Posted by firstdayfan on 27 June 2014 - 10:07 AM

I'm sure she liked Jake a lot more.


She actually was infatuated with Joe Namath...go figure.  She did know her Panthers info though.  I never have heard this but she said the reason the NFL logo is at midfield is not bc JR played in the NFL like I thought but bc the Panthers were the only team ever to be voted unanimously into the league.  So JR puts it there to thank the NFL for giving Charlotte a team.  Sounded cool...she also said that he is extremely adamant that the shield wouldn't be moving anytime soon.


I also asked about the black in the end zones and she said they finally found a paint that didn't kill the grass.  Thought that was cool.


And finally, she said the new double ribbons they added around the stadium will post advertisements, game stats, and league news, and that they are the largest banners in the US.


There you go, that's as good as it gets in the offseason.

#2809885 Panthers Road Show: 1st stop, Greensboro. 2nd, Columbia

Posted by firstdayfan on 05 June 2014 - 10:10 AM

Yay Columbia!!!  ME and the 5 other panther fans that live here will be there!!!

#2781652 We didn't do Cam any favors, and if this is it we're gonna have some...

Posted by firstdayfan on 11 May 2014 - 10:18 PM

I was angry last season when we cut Hangartner a week or so before the season or whenever it was.  This year I'm not so angry, YET.  There are still plenty of ways to get better and that includes June 1st cuts and preseason cuts.  Adding a solid vet or two is probably what Gettlemen is thinking at this point.


Now if we go into the season in the same situation as we have today then yes I will be upset as well.  But just like Gettlemen signing Wharton right before the season I think we will add to the offensive line before the start of the season.  

#2774282 2nd Round Pick Kony Ealy DE

Posted by firstdayfan on 09 May 2014 - 08:29 PM

There's obviously something about Moses that people don't like because everyone in the league has passed on him twice.  Can't always assume that a guy the media gave us in the first round bc it "fit" should really deserve to be in the first round.


I love the Ealy pick.  Give me good players and I will show you a winning team.

#2771607 Gettlemen going after "Max Value"...

Posted by firstdayfan on 09 May 2014 - 10:21 AM

I was reading an article today by Jonathan Jones and I really liked this quote from Gettlemen:




“I say it over and over again: we don’t draft for need, we draft for value. If you draft for need instead of value you’re going to get burned.”


This is the first time I've heard him say it like this which I think is really interesting because I feel like he's really saying that if you need a wide receiver than a good one could have more value than say a defensive tackle or defensive end.  


I feel like the same thing happened with KK last year because it may be a little hard to believe that he was literally at the top of their draft board but when you factor in the need+their rating (which I'm sure was near the top) then that equals the maximum value.


So I really feel like we got some insight into what is in Gettlemen's head in the draft, he loves to get those max value guys and the beginning and then get just solid value guys later.  For example, last year we saw value based picks late like Klein and Barner because that late in the draft you just want to get some guys that can contribute.  Today I think we'll see some more holes filled in the 2nd and 3rd round...probably CB and OL, then from the 4th-7th we'll see just solid value picks no matter what position they play, which I love.


The only thing I still can't quite figure out is how Kugbilla factors into all this, maybe the 4th round is for "swing for the fences" guys.

#2730514 Panthers Sign Avant to 1 Year Deal

Posted by firstdayfan on 07 April 2014 - 06:29 PM

I don't know how to feel about this. Beggars can't be choosers, but still. Why not wait until after the draft?


Because Gettlemen has said from the start, and I love it, that he wants to go into the draft without "need" positions.  That way they can draft the BPA.  We will obviously draft a receiver but we don't have to draft one in the first round now.

#2635679 10 Things Richard Sherman learned after America learned about him

Posted by firstdayfan on 30 January 2014 - 10:22 AM

I hate how America has become. Someone speaks their opinion and when it isn't well received an apology is forced to be issued by their handlers. Richard Sherman was right to do what he did. These guys hit each other for three hours and then they're all expected to answer questions like Manning does and be bff's. Well not everyone is built like that. Can you imagine if Tupac released Hit Em Up if he was alive today?!? iTunes would take it down and he'd have to issue an apology out on twitter within a day to say sorry for hurting everyone's feelings at bad boy. What a joke. We all know how shitty of an organization SF is. I would have given Kap the choke sign, went off on Crabtree, went off on Harbaugh and the piece of poo that clocked someone on the sidelines during that punt. fug em all I say, this county has been watered down by pussies.


I just can't agree with this and I'll tell you why.


Last year my son was playing soccer and they played a team that was just ridiculously dominant.  The game was a blowout and they never let up, I think the score was like 8-0.  I have never been more proud of him for the way he battled and fought to the very end.  He got shoved, pushed, and knocked down a few times.  One particular moment got me in the referee's face because he outran a kid to the ball and was about to score when he got yanked from behind by the jersey.  He got up, wiped the dirt off, and kept fighting.


That's what sports is fellas.  Thats how real mean behave.


When he got into the car he asked why those kids were doing that, why they were shoving him, and pushing him, and being dirty.  I stopped the car and turned around so he could see how serious I was.  I looked him dead in the eye and said, "Because you were better than them."


He smiled for a minute and then said "we still lost."  I shrugged my shoulders and said all that matters is how hard he played and how he never gave up.  Those guys were mad because you wouldn't give up.  And then I explained how proud I was of him.


He is 8 years old.  He never got angry, never got mad, never said anything negative towards the other players on the field and if he had I would have probably grabbed him by the jersey and jerked him off the field myself.


If I expect that from an 8 year then why is it that we shouldn't expect that from a 25 year old?  I realize these are apples and oranges but if you can't keep your composure at a PROFESSIONAL level then you're no better than a bunch of 8 year olds trying to run up the score.  You can talk about being a pussy or football today not allowing guys to be "themselves" but I honestly hope my son grows up and learns what playing sports is all about.  Not being the center of attention, not talking about being the best player in the league, not being loud and abrasive.  And don't get me wrong, if he wants to talk crap during the game or behind closed doors I'm all for that but when you do that in public, on tv, on the national stage, then you have to understand what kind of person you look like.  And my biggest problem with what Sherman did is that I thought he was smart enough to know that, understand it, and realize that he looked like a 8 year old (just not my 8 year old).  And I do think Sherman is smart and his emotions got the best of him, but I also am disappointed at how he has handled it since.  Yes people on twitter are ridiculous and some are down right psychotic but he did something that is viewed as bad sportsmanship and disrespectful and classless, rightfully so.  Own up to it and take it like a man.


And besides, I'm sure a ton of people on here thought that when Brady stormed off the field during the Monday Night win, it was a classless move.  What's different now?  By your logic the emotions of the game should have excused Brady right?  And yet people were pissed around here and called him out.  But hey, people are hypocrites and talk out of their asses sometimes, I get it and its ok, just try not to do it when the entire nation is watching.

#2632808 Cam Newton 2014 Pro-Bowl

Posted by firstdayfan on 27 January 2014 - 10:34 AM

I tracked most of Cam's passes after rewatching the game because (I know it's crazy) I really wanted him to show out really well, especially after the last pro bowl.  And after watching and logging his pass attempts I was impressed even if he checked down to running backs quite a bit.


8 Completions


1) Dumps it off to Jammal Charles for a minimal gain (4 yards)

2) Throws a nice quick slant to Dez Bryant who takes it to the one yard line (almost gets in) but comes up short.  (10 yards)

3) Throws a quick screen to DeSean Jackson for almost nothing (3 yards)

4) Throws a well timed screen to Alford Morris who picks up some good yardage before fumbling (15 yards)

5) Another well timed screen to Alford Morris, albeit a little high but Morris grabbed it and took off. (25 yards)

6) Nice quick out to Jordan Cameron that he is able to catch and pick up a few more yards. (10 yards)

7) Dumps it off to Alford Morris after being pressured and Morris breaks some tackles for a big gain. (20 yards)

8) Dumps it off to Alford Morris again over the middle, not sure anything else would have developed but Morris did pick up some yards after the catch (8 yards)




9 Incompletions


1) Throw Away: Cam got pressured, did a spin move, got outside and just threw it away.  Everyone Covered.

2) INT: Probably the most odd INT I've seen because the pass was caught by Jackson and he headed upfield and as he was being tackled Hayden stripped the ball and recovered it.  Since it never hit the ground they ruled it an interception.  Would have been a completion for about 16 yards.

3) Drop: Jordan Cameron got his hands on the ball in the endzone on the fade but couldnt hold on.  Cam actually put it in a perfect spot.

4) Drop: AJ Green on the deep ball.  Hit him right over the shoulder, perfect throw but Green couldn't hold on.  Would have been complete for 45 yards.

5) Bad Throw: Cam threw a quick in route to Antonio Brown over the middle and he just missed him.  Didnt really set his feet, bad throw.

6) Drop: Cam tried to throw the quick slant to Dez Bryant at the goal line and since the corner jumped inside Cam seemingly threw it outside and Bryant turned and caught it but then dropped it as the contact came.  May have been a TD.

7) Tipped Pass: Cam tried to throw the quick hitch and I think Jordan tipped the ball essentially knocking it down

8) Arm Hit: as Cam was releasing the ball hit got his arm hit from behind resulting in an incomplete pass

9) Bad Pass: n 3rd and 10 Cam tried to throw what looked like a hitch to Bryant but he was getting mauled by the DB.  The ball almost got picked.  Shouldn't have been thrown.  Bad pass.


So all in all Cam was 8-17 for 95 yards an INT and a rushing TD (1 yard).  He also had 4 sacks and a fumbled snap thrown in there.  A couple of the sacks were bad as Cam probably held on to the ball a little too long but the defensive lines on both sides were coming hard during the game, most of the other QB's just threw it away whenever guys got close bc there was no intentional grounding.  Despite this I thought his play was a lot better than his stats indicate and I was happy to see him not embarrass himself like last time.  He seemed to be the highlight of the broadcast at times and was seen goofing around with a lot of players (Bryant and Jackson mostly).  One thing that was interesting was that while he was in the game he ran 25 plays and during those plays team Sanders ran the ball only 6 times (1 of those being Cam's TD) which is normal for the pro bowl.  And obviously his numbers would have looked a lot better if two of the dropped passes would have been caught and Jackson not fumbled that pass.  His stats would have looked more like this 11-17 for 157 yards and 1 TD and a rushing TD.  Probably would have got him the MVP.


Its important to note that none of the other QB's had much success either, however, Foles played pretty well but Luck's TD was just pure...well you know.  With the DB's being able to press the receivers and the defensive lines going hard it was a rough day for QB's all around.

#2632748 Funniest part of the Pro Bowl last night to me

Posted by firstdayfan on 27 January 2014 - 09:21 AM

I also think I heard Shula tell Smith to "make the call" all while Marshall was saying "they won't cover me."  So I think Shula had the two options in place and basically told Smith to make the call at the line depending on how the defense lined up.

#2628418 Is a lack of receivers really the problem?

Posted by firstdayfan on 23 January 2014 - 10:19 AM

Considering we had two pro bowl offensive linemen and a guard who probably could have made it as well I dont think the offensive line is as bad as some people think.  The Bears got Jordan Mills in the 4th or 5th round last year and he solidified their line.  If we could get someone like that in the mid rounds to start at right tackle and maybe acquire a veteran guard I think we'll be fine.  Gross will come back for another season and if a future left tackle is there at 28 you snag him, if not, we have to get some weapons for Cam.  

#2628406 Crabtree really is a sucka!

Posted by firstdayfan on 23 January 2014 - 10:02 AM

I would have pushed him too if he came up to me like that


I think anyone would.  It's really hard to tell if Sherman was being a jerk or was legitimately saying that it was a hell of a game and no hard feelings.  But either way if I had just lost I would have said or done the same as Crabtree.


My thing with Sherman isn't that he was excited or what he said but it's how he has responded to the whole thing.  He's a really smart guy that backs up his talk but I watch my kids talk trash to each other in the back yard and it's cool but if one of them did it in public in front of other parents I would lose my mind.   Sherman has got to understand the difference, and like I said I don't necessarily care what he said, I laughed as he was saying it but also uncomfortable for erin andrews.  My thing is that Sherman is trying to defend himself as being excited and I'm like if you don't have more composure than that you are no different than my 8 year old in the back yard.


Be a professional.  That's all I ask.  And if that means getting angry and yelling then own up to it and don't try to downplay how ridiculous you looked.

#2614216 Question on Hardy

Posted by firstdayfan on 13 January 2014 - 10:08 PM

I think more importantly than looking at sacks is looking at the overall impact.  If you take Greg Hardy off the team/defense how much does it hurt?  We also saw the difference when Charles Johnson was out or hobbling, I can't begin to imagine what would happen without Hardy.


Guys like that are worth it regardless of a stat like sacks.  

#2603430 Best Place to Drink and Party After the Win Tomorrow?

Posted by firstdayfan on 11 January 2014 - 08:17 PM

So, where will everyone be going when they leave BOA, to celebrate after the win tomorrow? I want to party pretty hard before I have to go home to Columbia.


I'm coming up from columbia tomorrow too...gonna go to cans

#2598943 What's different from the first meeting?

Posted by firstdayfan on 09 January 2014 - 09:48 PM

You failed to mention one of the most important differences from the first game, one even more obvious than Crabtree and Aldon Smith...


The first game was in San Francisco.


WE traveled across the US and beat you guys in your own back yard.  This time around you guys will be doing the traveling AND playing at 1pm Eastern no less, this amplifies the traveling when considering you are just getting back from Green Bay last week.  


I also believe that you guys were coming off a bye at the time as well.  So not only did you lose to a team having to travel but also to a team that wasn't as well rested.  This time the tables are turned on that as well.  We have had two weeks to prepare, to rest, get ready while you guys were barely clinging to life against that vaunted Green Bay defense.


I also feel like our defense is playing better right now than they were in week 10...the defense is coming off huge games against Drew Brees and Matt Ryan and while they aren't as fleet footed as Kaep, they are far superior quarterbacks.  The defense will feed off the crowd and play at a level that wasn't seen in San Francisco, and let's face it, that's down right scary.


So to summarize, yes, I do believe that Aldon Smith and Crabtree are going to make a big difference in this game and I do feel that it will be close and we might certainly lose.  But I also think harping on those differences without acknowledging the ones I mentioned is short sighted and ignorant.  But hey, ESPN agrees with you, so you have that going for you.



#2598231 Interesting Stat...

Posted by firstdayfan on 09 January 2014 - 02:59 PM



Was looking around today and saw this article.  As we all know, statistics are like puppets, we can make them say whatever we want, but this one was kinda interesting.  The Panthers are 0-3 when Cam is sacked 5+ times and they are 12-1 when its less than 4.


I think this is gonna be huge this weekend and could play a huge factor in whether we win or lose.  I think we need to score at least 24 points to have a great chance to win and keeping cam upright will help tremendously.  But it's not just about keeping Cam from being sacked but its also about Cam recognizing when nothing is there and pulling it down to run.  Many times this year we have seen Cam waiting for what seems like an eternity for his mediocre receivers to get open.  Cam needs to take off and get whatever he can and avoid taking drive killing sacks.



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