It seems most think that the Panthers will tag Hardy this offseason due to the cap situation. Now I'm not very cap smart, but I don't see how this helps at all. IIRC, the franchise tag on a DE is about $16M. So if he's tagged, that's $16M we're paying heady next season that's not going towards a long term contact. If we can afford to pay the man $16M next year (I'm pretty sure we can't) wouldn't it be smarter to put that towards a long term contract? Maybe there's something I'm missing.
Also, there seems to be a lot of talk about a tag and trade. When we were going through this with Peppers, I seem to remember the idea of a tag and trade being mentioned, but not being talked about as much. I seem to remember reading that due yo the CBA, you couldn't tag with the intention of trading. Tag and trades happen, but I thought I read it had to be a trade that was proposed after the tag. Obviously it's difficult to enforce, but it seems like there's more open discussion about it. Did that change or do I just remember incorrectly?
Random thought. There's been a lot of Cam doubters the past couple years due to The Panthers not winning. I (and others) have basically given him a free pass believing he didn't have the talent around him to win. Obviously the team has shown over the past month that they can win. I think these last three games is Cam's opportunity to show that he can be the leader and franchise QB the team needs to get to that next level. Can he rally the troops and close out the season strong? I believe he can and will. However, my question is this... If the team drops some bad games, loses winnable games, or doesn't put them in a position to be successful in the playoffs, does this impact Cam's next contract? Is the blame placed on him? Or is Cam already set as our future QB regardless of the end to this season. Here's to a 3-0 finish and a playoff run, but just wanted to get some thoughts.
I have a problem. I've been growing out my beard all month for Movember. It just dawned on me this morning that the team hasn't lost since I (and many others) stopped shaving. This includes the SF and NE wins. My wife has been counting down the days until I shave and has been excited all morning because I'm supposed to shave today. What do I and my fellow bearded Panther fans do?
I don't know much about this guy, but started following him on twitter. He claims to have the inside scoop on a lot of sports info. Some people seem to swear by him, but others say he's a fraud and attention *****. He said that Bill Cowher is indeed planning on coaching next year if the fit is right. According to this guy Cowher's dream job is the Giants (if available). However, if it's not he said he'd be interested in Carolina or Tampa Bay.
I'm not a fan of hiring any of the retreads (Cowher, Gruden, or Smith) but at this point I'd toke anyone over Rivera. He didn't specifically say that the Panthers had contacted Cowher, but if he's talking and the team had spoken to him, he could be the coach that they initiated a background check on (what's involved in a background check on Bill Cowher anyway?) Anyone know anything about Incarcerated Bob? Is he legit at all?
I'm not up to speed on Charlotte sports talk radio, but I put on (the drive, maybe?) on radio.com today. One of the hosts (I don't know how credible they are) said a source in the organization had told him that if we lose on Thursday, Ron will not be coach on Monday. Has anyone heard anything like that?
I'm not one to hope for a loss for any reason, but if this is true, I'm finding it difficult to hope they win. I'm terrified of a late season winning streak after we're out of play off contention saving his job. I'll find it difficult until kick off on Sunday. Then I'll be right back in front of my tv yelling like a maniac while my wife gives me odd looks.