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Dollar Store Dave

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"Rivera's Defense"

Yesterday, 11:21 AM

For the longest time, I supported McD on here because this defense has been borderline great. I think McD is an excellent scheme coach, and covering up deficiencies is one thing he's really good at (look at his Philadelphia days and the dumpster fire he had there).

Yet, there was always the people who said that this is Rivera's defense. Some people even saying that it's "obvious".

Now, our defense is having a breakdown, and everyone calls for mcd's heat. You can't have it both ways. If this is McD's defense, then he has a lot of work to do. Missing Hardy is one thing, but if one player is so relied upon on your team, you're screwed.

But, if this is Rivera's defense, then it's almost time for him to go. Not only is he horrible in challenge calls, he is still reserved and Stoic Ron. And when the one thing he was supposedly doing correctly, fixing the defense, isn't being done well, then he brings nothing.

So which is it, McD or rivera?

Our offensive line, to paraphrase Randy Moss, is...

28 September 2014 - 03:58 PM

"Straight trash, homie!"

I know, I know. Another offensive line thread. But, this is worth talking about more in-depth.

I hate Byron Bell as the starting LT. However, he's not even the main issue. The past two weeks, we've faced very similar defenses. Both of them have attacked the middle of the offensive line with twists, stunts, and delays, and it's ahowing.

Ryan Kalil looks perplexed, giving up 2 sacks and 4+ hurries the last two games, along with Silatolu and Turner/Velasco who have given up a combined 2 sacks and multiple pressures.

The most concerning part about this is the mode of attack. Both defenses, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, have done the same things to attack. But, over a two week span, the Panthers still don't seem to be able to handle the opposing teams' gameplan.

Now, I firmly believe that Shula is very bad. But, we should really start looking at replacing Matsko at season's end, because I don't think he has what it takes to coach offensive lines in today's game.

All of this points back to one main point, though. Gettleman preached that you have to win from the trenches, but then proceeded to field a DT, a rookie, and a heavy-footed RT-at-LT for our offensive line.

This whole thing is a disaster, and it's going to cost us games, and ultimately, the season.

Both Tolbert and Stewart getting MRIs

22 September 2014 - 12:05 PM

Welp

Is Cam healthy enough to play behind this OLine?

21 September 2014 - 11:13 PM

Cam is looking much improved as a passer. He's making better decisions, and he has receivers who can finally catch the ball (even though the 2 TE set has yet to make an appearance). But, Cam was always somewhat of a next-level passer, even in his rookie year. As a rookie in his second or third game, Cam believed enough in his passing ability to try and pick on Charles Woodson. Charles. Woodson. That's how good Cam's arm talent is, and he knows it.

 

But, Cam's strength was always his electric ability to make plays with his feet. It was what made him so entertaining and such a highlight reel player. Watching Cam break 3, 4, and even 5 tackles to either scramble for a first down or hit an open receiver 25 yards downfield is what made him so damn awesome. It's what made him Cam.

 

However, we all know about the ankle surgery. We all know about the rib injury. And we all know about the swiss cheese we try to call an offensive line. 

 

The question is, is Cam healthy enough to play behind this offensive line?

 

It seems like he's constantly getting hit, he's constantly under-pressure, and he's constantly standing in the pocket to throw the ball on these long developing pass routes. Can he run anymore? I'm not sure. At least, I don't know if he's healthy enough to break out and run like he used to be able to. Is Shula trying to reign him in? If so, fug Shula. He sucks as an offensive coordinator, and he's the one key piece holding our offense back, imo.


fug you steelers fans

21 September 2014 - 04:22 PM

@jjones9: There will be a lot of Steelers fans at the game tonight. Streets full of black and yellow. More Panthers fans, but A LOT of Steelers

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