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Antoine Cason 10th in Pro Bowl Voting

17 November 2014 - 10:10 PM

Not sure if this has been pointed out yet but...
 
http://www.nfl.com/n...leaders-defense

Cornerbacks:

1. Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots
2. Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos
3. Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears
4. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
5. Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo Bills
6. Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
7. Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins
8. Prince Amukamara, New York Giants
9. Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
10. Antoine Cason, Carolina Panthers

 
What in the world?

Antoine Cason 10th in Pro Bowl Voting

17 November 2014 - 10:10 PM

Use other thread

Anyone else impressed with Ealy lately?

16 November 2014 - 05:18 PM

I am trying to remain positive after today's game.  It is difficult but there were a couple of bright spots today from our young guys.

 

I'm becoming increasingly impressed with Ealy.  His performance can't be evaluated through numbers.  He still has ways to go as a pass rusher and I don't think he is ever going to be a guy you look at and say, "he is a 10 sack guy."  However, I thought he did a very good job on the run.  I remember him making a couple of nice plays around the line of scrimmage.  Overall, he appears to be turning into what I expected.  A very solid run defender who uses his solid length to maintain leverage at the LOS.

Hard to be optimistic with the way we have been playing and I know we aren't going to right the ship this year with Ron Rivera at HC.  But I think the future is bright for our front seven if Ealy continues to impress.  We just need to pick up a consistent edge rusher who can be relied on to apply pressure without us having to depend on blitzes and stunts.

 

All in all, I'm VERY happy with how he's progressed compared to what we were hearing out of training camp.


We can't keep Ron Rivera or Mike Shula heading into bye week after that

16 November 2014 - 04:02 PM

Who the heck runs the ball 3 straight times when the FG is still about 46-50 yards?

Oh my god.


Look at '11-'12 Rivers to know Newton will be fine; he is just shell-shocked

11 November 2014 - 12:18 AM

Kind of didn't want to make this its own thread but it has to be done.  I'm not a Newton apologist; as a quarterback, he has his flaws which is to be expected for a fourth year QB who wasn't polished coming out of college to begin with.  I think people forget that QBs tend to not hit their peak until they are around 28-29 years old; Cam Newton is still only 25 years old.  I'm not looking to make excuses for him but it is something people need to keep in mind.  When we decide to pay Newton, it should be for what we expect from him the next 6-7 years and I believe that is close to All-Pro caliber play if we get the rest of the team and coaching right.

 

Anyway, all last week I talked about how the main issue with Cam Newton was because he was shell-shocked due to the amount of times we were running him and the poor play of the offensive line.  A QB being shell-shocked is a real thing and we saw it recently with none other than Philip Rivers.  In 2011 and 2012, the San Diego Chargers were trying to run an offense that was heavy on downfield passing (sort of like us) despite having arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL.  It resulted in Rivers being sacked 79 times in 2 seasons and a lot of people questioning if he was still a top five QB.  His accuracy became erratic, his footwork inconsistent, and he was frantic in the pocket.  This is a guy coming off three straight seasons with above a 100 QB Rating playing solid football for the most part but nothing like usual.

 

If Rivers, an exceptional passer and top five QB has his play drop off considerably due to bad offensive line play and a poor scheme, then it should be clear that the same would happen to Cam Newton.  Newton is not so much regressing so much as he is rushing things in the pocket because he is taking a ridiculous amount of hits.  Injuries have played a HUGE role as well as he clearly isn't healthy but most importantly, Newton doesn't trust the offensive line.  He isn't setting his feet and he is firing the ball out.  It's exactly like Rivers in 2011 and 2012.   

 

The future should not be in doubt.  Cam Newton is a franchise QB.  A franchise QB with a couple of flaws and kinks that he needs to work out, yes, but we are NOT going to find a better option than Newton.  Not easily, anyway.  We need to start building around him and protecting him before he is mentally screwed.


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