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#2604961 Official Panthers - 49ers Playoff Gameday Thread

Posted by Achilles on 12 January 2014 - 08:01 AM

Carolina blue sky overhead.  Cool crisp afternoon in the Queen City.

 

Enjoy this Panther fans!  Kalil got it right...he was just a year early!

 

Go Panthers!




#2574883 The monster that is the Kraken.....

Posted by Achilles on 30 December 2013 - 07:46 AM

Well...first of all...he already plays for a playoff team and a Superbowl contender.  Isn't that what all players are essentially looking for?

 

Hardy deserves to get paid like a top 5 DE.  He has been the best player in the league at his position in the last 4 weeks.  But honestly, Hardy is a smart guy.  I'm sure he has other criteria for signing with a franchise in addition to big money.  He can get big money just about anywhere (within the division or without).

 

Where else is he going to have a CJ type rusher on the other side, two huge physical DTs to eat up the middle and the leagues best LB duo behind him?

 

Surely Hardy understands that his production, while impressive, is still predicated on a team effort.  Surely he realizes that signing a huge contract with a team like Buffalo or Houston or whatever might yield nice bank, but wouldn't be professionally satisfying because he'd be sitting at home watching January football on his couch.

 

I know players have to think about their futures and are not likely to take less money for such a brief, risky career.  But if the guy likes to win football games, he might think about taking slightly less $$$ to stay with the franchise that developed him from a diamond in the rough to the mythological beast he has become.

 

Will he choose with his head or his heart?  




#2567878 Happy Median - Talking Offense

Posted by Achilles on 28 December 2013 - 06:32 AM

We underperformed on offense in many key areas, namely 3rd down conversions. We were absolutely horrible on 3rd down. Cam got sacked 3 or 4 times. He held onto the ball too long and never really did break contain and get out into the open field. Receivers dropped balls. Smitty was out (still is). Yet Cam and the boys somehow still managed to win the game.

This offense overall has been a very efficient scoring machine this season. They have certainly looked like they were struggling for the last 3 weeks. This Atlanta game should be very telling. We will see how Shula game plans without Smitty. We will see if Hixon could be a keeper at WR. We will see if Cam can resume his excellent form from the winning streak.

We will see if this defense can handle the once elite passing attack of the Falcons. Is the D line still firing on all cylinders?

There is a lot on the line. In my view we really do need to get that #2 seed because if we have to play SF or NO that game needs to be in Charlotte. Getting the #1 seed would be amazing but a lot needs to happen. Not having to go up to Seattle for the NFC crown would be such a bonus. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...

take care of business and business will take care of you. Win and a home playoff game will be a dream come true.

I think this team will be focused on both sides of the ball.


#2505550 Cam vs Brady last 16 games.

Posted by Achilles on 23 November 2013 - 06:48 AM

Not to mention the rushing yards and the rushing TDs.  Approx. 700 yards rushing and 8 TDs over that period.  And even then, the stats don't show the whole picture because Cam makes amazing plays with his feet where he (for example) will run 75 total yards, just to pick up 14.  So...yeah he's a special player and is on an absolute tear right now, and can still get better.

 

It's about time the wins started catching up with the talent.  It has a lot to do with how Cam has grown as a person and a leader.




#2492367 The Panthers are now #1 overall in Total Defense and #1 in Scoring Defense

Posted by Achilles on 18 November 2013 - 06:28 AM

Of course, this is based on them playing one more game than us, so it is not an apt comparison until after we face the Pats.  I am just going to go ahead and assume both thread makers realized this before making the thread.

 

Will we manage to keep Brady and Co. to under 12.8 points in this game?  I sure as hell hope so, but I wouldn't fugging bet on it.

 

IMO the only ranking that matters is called the standings.  Beating the Pats would put us in a great position to maintain our hold on the #5 seed.  I don't care if we give up 30 points and 500 yards as long as we win this damn game.




#2474815 Football Gameplan's 2013 Wk 10 Preview - Panthers vs 49ers

Posted by Achilles on 10 November 2013 - 06:24 AM

The way he broke down that Niners play against "cloud coverage" makes it pretty clear that it will take strong individual efforts from Keek and TD to contain this SF offense.  They are going to have to be spot on with the way they flow to pass coverage and still be there is run support and to spy Colin K. Even though the play he suggested was a pass play (not SF strength), you can see how it would beat us.  They could beat us all day on plays like that because Kap can run if the play breaks down and still pick up 7-10 yards. If we are able to take away their effectiveness on the ground somewhat, a play like this could still work.  If we let them play in under our zone (which is what Matt Ryan did with Gonzalez) they can eat up chunks of yardage through the air.  We took care of that in the second half vs ATL, but the difference is Vernon Davis who is maybe the best TE in the game at getting upfield and open on those vertical routes.  Can our safeties cover him?  I doubt it.  What if they get him out on a cornerback?  Mismatch all day.

 

Gore is a beast.  Colin K is a wildcard (could have a bad day and still make a play to hurt us).  This is a great test for this defense.

 

Defensive struggle?  Shootout?  Blowout?  This game is wildly unpredictable.  The Czar picked us, but I don't get the sense from his breakdown that he favors us by much.  He essentially thinks that Cam is better that Kap and that will be the difference.  I hope he is right.




#2474811 In an attempt to take our minds off the hours left til kickoff.

Posted by Achilles on 10 November 2013 - 05:54 AM

I hate college football.  There I said it.




#2473775 Bold Predictions for Panthers vs. 49ers

Posted by Achilles on 08 November 2013 - 06:09 PM

Neither team scores 20 points and it is a close defensive contest.

 

A defense or special teams score could decide this one.

 

I look for our offense to do something early, but struggle to score in the 2nd half.

 

Can't pick a winner...but I will say I like our chances to at least hang with the Niners.

 

Likely a close contest down to the end.  This could be the REAL test Cam/Rivera have been waiting for all year.  Can they pass?




#2459566 Behind Enemy Lines - Atlanta Falcons

Posted by Achilles on 01 November 2013 - 05:13 AM

So far we have beaten the teams we should beat (NYG, Vikings, and TB).  These teams did not match up well against us and were already playing poorly.  The Rams were a much better team than these others (though now they are going to sink into obscurity without Bradford).  In every facet of the game, we dominated these teams.  Atlanta certainly looks on paper like these other teams in terms of personnel, coaching, and general crappiness.

 

If this Atlanta game gets chippy (like the Rams game), I expect our players to handle it as well as they did vs. STL.  I could see it happening because our D-line is nasty and they probably will hit Matt Ryan a few times and maybe put his face in the dirt and O-lineman hate that poo.  I could also see Smitty inciting the Falcons DBs into a contest of words (even though they have been forewarned).  When you are losing (like ATL at 2-5) and you are used to winning, those frustrations bubble to the surface and professionalism goes out the window.

 

I hope Rivera is talking about the psychological advantage this week and getting off to a fast start.  Looking at the match ups, we clearly have the upper hand:

 

We stop the run and they struggle to run the ball

 

We pressure the QB and they struggle to pass block

 

We have a diverse running game on top of having a pocket passer who is playing great football and they don't have much of a D-line

 

We are at home and on a 3 game winning streak and they are depleted and struggling to score points

 

We are in the middle of a wild card race and still have an outside shot at challenging for the division and they have been out of the picture since week 3

 

We are young, talented, and hungry and they are nearing the end of an era with their coaching staff

 

Of course it is a division game where anything can happen, but fans should be confident about this one because the pendulum is swinging our way and I think this game will be another momentum builder.  I don't have any desire to predict a score, but it could very well be that this game goes the way of our 4 previous wins.




#2449520 3 Straight Games With 30+ Points Scored and 0 Giveaways

Posted by Achilles on 25 October 2013 - 05:42 AM

Teams we have steamrolled: NYG, Minn., STL, TB.  Teams remaining on our schedule: ATL, SF, NE, NO, Mia, NYJ.

 

You get the picture.  We have no more cupcakes.  These MFers are for real, legit NFL caliber teams fighting for playoff spots.  We certainly can beat anyone, but I don't expect us to get out to a 15 point lead against all of these teams.

 

What gives me hope about this season is that we are able to win the games we ought to win based on talent and intensity.

 

What concerns me is that we don't exactly know how this team will respond to being down a score or two because we haven't been in several weeks.

 

Who will we be down 4 with 5 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter?  Who will we be down 10 in the second quarter.  Who will we be down 3 with 1:15 to go on our own 20 yd. line and only 1 time out?

 

I am as ready as anyone to proclaim this Panthers team ready to compete for a playoff spot (and maybe actually vie for the division).  I can see us continuing our current form, but I'm just saying...there will be a situation in which we let a team like NE hang around or a team like NO jump out to a two score lead.  What will happen then?  History shows that we melt down.  When we manage to overcome that recent history, then we will ascend into the upper echelon of NFL teams.

 

I think this is a different team.  But I won't believe it until I see it.




#2431788 A team on edge. Where do we fall?

Posted by Achilles on 17 October 2013 - 05:28 AM

Going for it on 4th and 1 deep in your opponents territory a few times a season is not a coaching philosophy.  It's just taking the chances that are presented.  It could be that 5 games go by without us facing that down and distance situation.  Do we have to convert on 4th downs in order to win games?  There shouldn't be such a strong correlation there.

 

The fact is that we won those 2 games because our defense was nasty and our offense got on track.  Yes, the 2 4th down conversions on that one drive set the tone and demoralized Minn.  But it is a two-edged sword.  I would argue that LaFell's drop on 4th down vs. AZ was equally demoralizing.  We didn't even sniff the red zone after that drive.  You live by it and you die by it.  That's no way to go about setting your team up to win.  Granted, we should always run in that situation (passing is just too risky; even though LaFell was wide open, the play was a bust), but I don't think going for it on 4th down can be the only identity of this team and coach.  What do you fail to convert?  An automatic loss?  No...we must be more proficient on 3rd down on those kinds of drives to have long term success.

 

My point is:  we have to be able to win games even when Ron doesn't have to make this call.  We have to be able to win games even when we don't blow a team out of the water.




#2424091 New Paint for the Man Cave

Posted by Achilles on 13 October 2013 - 05:55 AM

Your Panthers themed speakeasy is impressive.  I think it is a shame for you to keep that museum quality decor hidden from the public eye.  You need to just go ahead and open a sports bar.

 

If you build it, they will come.




#2419304 What do you think the Big JR is saying about the state of his franchise?

Posted by Achilles on 09 October 2013 - 05:32 AM

He's turned a profit for 18 years.  He's had a winning season 4 times.  That should tell you all you need to know.  You can't really blame a businessman for paying attention to the bottom line.  However, it is frustrating that he seems to favor profits over winning (or even fairness in terms of the CBA and refs, etc.).

 

If you were the man in the luxury box, you might not give a fug about the little guy either.  Where would that get you?  JR is afraid that it would lose him money.  That's his prerogative.  It's his money and this is a capitalist society.

 

When you consider that every PSL owner is like an investor and that its the CEO's job to make sure investors get a return on their investment...then the whole business model kind of breaks down.  If entertainment is the return you want (especially in terms of deep playoff runs and Superbowl appearances) then he isn't delivering.

 

One more thing:  Losing can actually still be entertaining.  Just look at how traffic on this board picks up the worse this team looks.  Tragedy is just as entertaining as comedy.  In any given game, somebody has to lose...it's just usually us.  Fans are still a part of the drama.  JR knows this and that is why he runs his business the way he does.  If you don't like it, you don't have to watch.




#2414682 I don't care if we win this game or not, Shula's ass needs to be left...

Posted by Achilles on 07 October 2013 - 05:42 AM

When the players fug up, its up to the coaches to get the team back on track.  This team just kept getting worse and worse.  We barely even sniffed the red zone in the second half.  We were thoroughly out-coached by Arians.  Our O-line was thoroughly dominated by the AZ 3-4 defense.  Their linebackers looked like all pros (I know they are very good).

 

We were just completely beaten in all phases.  Coming off a Bye week, we looked about as bed as ever.  That game reminds me exactly of the way we lost the Seattle and Dallas games last season.  It is a trend that keeps coming back.  The team was not prepared to win that game.  They didn't even seem like they cared very much about winning as I really didn't see much intensity.  After Smitty dropped that sure TD pass, everything went south.  Once LaFell dropped that pass and we only made it out of the half with 6 points, I knew AZ would eventually get going and take the lead.  It was obvious and it happened like clockwork.

 

Shula himself didn't directly lose the game.  His players didn't execute and that's not his fault.  There were enough good play calls made that could have resulted in success.  I put the blame on RR for not having his team prepared and focused once again.  Shula isn't going to win you any games just with his sheer brilliance or lose you games with incompetence.  He's not the best OC in the league and never has been, but when your players don't have focus and drop sure passes or throw into coverage, what can you do?




#2409928 Site Redesign...

Posted by Achilles on 06 October 2013 - 05:40 AM

Wow! looks great.  






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