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This was a successful season and we should be proud

10 January 2015 - 11:34 PM

I typically never do this.  I don't really ever make threads.  However, I'm doing this to control myself after this loss.


We should have never expected anymore than what we got.  By that, I don't mean we should have expected or been content to lose tonight.  I sure as hell wanted a win.  I wanted a Super Bowl.  I couldn't care less about draft positioning because at the end of the day, we have our quarterback of the future and what is the point of being a fan if you aren't rooting for your team to win every week?


However, lets look at the facts.  We were dealt with a poor hand this year, financially and off the field.  Newton's injuries set him back in the offseason and he was banged up throughout the season.  We lost multiple offensive lineman to retirement and struggled to find a good, cohesive lineup until around the Minnesota game.  We lost multiple receivers to free agency and while I don't buy that LaFell was all that good, Newton still had chemistry with him that he appears to lack with Cotchery.  We had to retool our secondary.  We lost Greg Hardy.  We had a lot of money tied up into players who didn't even play for Carolina this year (Smith, Gross, Beason, Hardy).  Truth be told, this is a team that didn't start with a lot of talent.  We have a lot of work to do with our offense.  We need to improve our safety play.  We're young.  We're inexperienced.  Like has been said lately, this team has been built up with house money.  For all intents and purposes, this should have been a rebuilding year.  And yet, in that rebuilding year, we still won the division, won a playoff game, and saw a lot of promise from our young guys (Benji, Boston, Benwikere, Norwell, Norman, Brown, Short, Ealy).


This loss sucks and I'm not trying to say we shouldn't be disappointed.  I was fired up all game long, I was pissed all game long.  But this was a successful season.  This was more than we probably should have expected and we have a LOT of promise going forward.  We went into Seattle and despite shooting ourselves in the foot all game long, were only down 7 in the fourth quarter.  This isn't me being content with losing.  This is me being real about the situation.  We should be proud of this team.

Antoine Cason 10th in Pro Bowl Voting

17 November 2014 - 10:10 PM

Not sure if this has been pointed out yet but...


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

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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.