If we fired Mike Shula right now I'm not honestly not sure he'd find a single offer doing anything at this level.
I respectfully disagree. He helped Newton turn into a pro style passer after he only had one year of starting in big time college football in a system that most experts said would not translate well to the pros.
Criticism about him as an OC has some validity, but the man is not the moron some people make him out to be
I loved Seattle the few times I've been there, and I can't say anything overly negative about their fans other than the obvious bandwagoners. But in all honesty, that would be an issue here if the Panthers ever won a Superbowl. Which is another way of saying, it's a problem I wouldn't mind having.
One thing that really stood out to me during the game- Russell Wilson is a bad, bad man. Easily top 10 QB and maybe on his way to becoming top 5. May be the biggest draft steal since Tom Brady.
And that's not a knock on Cam, who played as well in Seattle as anyone has the last couple of years IMO, especially considering the talent we have at WR in relation to the LOB. Right now for young QB's I would rank it Luck and Wilson in the top tier, Cam in the next tier, and Kaepernick, Dalton, and others below.
Congrats on the season- you guys deserve to be where you're at.
The Panthers would be crazy to not bring him back if he wants to be back and is willing to sign cheaply. He is definitely backup material, but to have a guy around $2M a year that knows our offense and could backup both the LT & RT positions? That would be a no-brainer.
Bell, regardless of the hate he gets, is an overacheiver as an UDFA. He never should have put into a starting position, but that speaks more to management more than himself. It truly isn't Bell's fault Otah was a turd and Gross retired.
Bell is delirious if he thinks he thinks the Panthers should bring him back to be a starter, but fans are delirious if they think he doesn't have value to this team.
No, but that's largely because of a lack of pressure and expectation. Just want to see the team go out and play good ball, and whatever happens, happens.
I personally think there should be expectations on this team, at least for this game. The Panthers are playing their best football of the year and are getting a home game against a 3rd string QB.
I will be massively disappointed if we don't win on Saturday. I knew last year would be really tough against the 49ers after they demolished Green Bay.
I was really disappointed in 2008 but in retrospect Delhomme's meltdown had been foreshadowed by his performance over the 2nd Half of that year.
This year's team is peaking right now- a loss on Saturday shouldn't be glossed over with a "just happy to be there" mentality IMO. Not saying anyone should be fired if they lose, but to me they need a win to call this season a success it spite of winning the division considering how bad it was
Necessary evil to watch to hopefully help in exorcising some demons on Saturday. However, I really do hate that is the enduring image a lot of fans seem to have of Jake Delhomme. The man was amazing in the 2003 & 2005 playoffs. There are a lot of QB's in NFL history that wish they had a 5-3 playoff record.
In the NFC South alone I would put Keenan Lewis and Desmond Trufant above him right now.
I'm a big Norman supporter but he has just now (meaning the 2nd half of the year) started to look like a starting caliber CB.
He did a good job against Julio the first time and has done well against Evans, Gordon, and Patterson, but I would think Norman is just now getting on an offensive coordinator's radar in terms of trying to alter anything to exploit his weaknesses.
I want nothing more than to have Norman and Benwiekere be our starting CB unit for a few years to come, but it is way too early to crown Norman anything.
Our standard for good CB play has fallen so far since the days of Gamble/ Lucas when they were in their prime that we get excited over anything
Bottom line is we've got to score TD's in the red zone...Fans know it, players know it, coaches know it.
Julio is playing like the best player in the entire division right now no doubt, but I do think Norman played him as well in the first game as anyone has in the 2nd half of the season, so that is promising.