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#3114000 Rivera says punt blocks on personnel, not coaching

Posted by Marguide on 01 December 2014 - 04:58 PM

If other teams spot weaknesses on tape they can exploit that is NOT player execution. It means they have seen a tendency over time that leaves us in a vulnerable situation.


So please, one of you geniuses that say it isn't the coaches fault, explain away this inconsistency. We'd really like to know. 


Remember, neither Sproles not anyone from the Vikings said they did what they did because they saw a player make a mistake. They explained that it was something they took advantage of after studying tapes of our games.

#3113941 "Yeah, why wouldn't I?"

Posted by Marguide on 01 December 2014 - 04:30 PM

They're all going down with the ship; what difference does a few weeks make?

#3105013 Sunday we play at Minnesota. Falcons vs. Cards. Saints at Steelers

Posted by Marguide on 25 November 2014 - 05:37 PM

At this point I think half the Huddle would root against the Panthers in the Super Bowl if we got to it, because they hate Rivera so much. 



They don't care. They want to sacrifice success for a slightly higher draft pick.


If by some miracle this team got to the SB, everyone would be on board. That said, there are some of us here that fear winning a couple of meaningless games at the end of the year against weaker opponents would mean another year of Ron Rivera. It's not that we hate him, we just don't believe this team will ever amount to anything with him as head coach. 


As for the whole draft pick thing, except in the most extreme circumstances, I would never want to see us lose to get a better draft pick.


Getting effective and intelligent leadership for this team going forward may be worth a couple more losses this year. It's kind of like folding when you are playing poker. Of course you want to win, but there comes a point when it's more important to face reality.

#3104431 As dumb as Mike Smith can be...

Posted by Marguide on 25 November 2014 - 08:32 AM

Didn't he admit the mistake after the Buffalo game last year?  I am not sure.


Toward the end of the year, he did an interview in which he said the loss really bothered him. Without re-reading it, I can't remember whether or not he accepted part of the blame for the loss, or whether he just had a lot of "what if" thoughts.

#3104417 As dumb as Mike Smith can be...

Posted by Marguide on 25 November 2014 - 08:02 AM

Just once I would like to hear those words come out of Rivera's mouth. There certainly were plenty of times in which it would have been appropriate.

#3104278 Sunday we play at Minnesota. Falcons vs. Cards. Saints at Steelers

Posted by Marguide on 25 November 2014 - 12:40 AM

"We already have Cam." Thats EXACTLY why we must tank, to draft Cam's replacement, it wont be hard to find an upgrade over Cam seeing as how terrible he is


Where is negative rep when we really need it?


You know how in the old days, when a horse would break it's leg, the cowboy would put it down out of mercy? We need the Huddle equivalent of that for a few select posters. It would be the humane thing to do.

#3103690 We Interrupt Your Panther Coverage For Dumb Guy on Roof

Posted by Marguide on 24 November 2014 - 09:06 PM

When I saw the thread title, I thought it was something related to the Apple Roof Cleaning guy.

#3102577 Josh Norman: Munnerlyn Never Helped Me

Posted by Marguide on 23 November 2014 - 10:22 PM

I'm surprised so many are willing to take Norman's version as the correct one. Josh has always had a reputation of being kind of a jerk and not an easy guy to like. Maybe Captain was the same way too; I suspect neither one of them are the kind of guys you would want to spend a lot of time around.

#3100197 Spending $13.1 million

Posted by Marguide on 21 November 2014 - 07:40 PM

You can't look at just the 2014 cap hit. Hardy was a rental specifically because he cost nothing after 2014. All of those players would command even more in future seasons.


Of course, but are they not all players worthy of a multi-year commitment? Why are we suddenly restricting ourselves to 1 or 2 year deals?


The key is signing the right people at the right price.

#3100192 Spending $13.1 million

Posted by Marguide on 21 November 2014 - 07:32 PM

As all of you know, we tagged Greg Hardy at a cost of $13.1 million in cap space. According to those closest to the team, there was never any intention of signing him long term nor any attempt to trade him. So consider him a 1 year rental.


Here's the question/exercise...what could we have done with that same amount of cap space if we chose not to tag Hardy?  A few examples follow. Please note this thread has nothing to do with his legal problems, we are only looking at the potential value of a great defensive end versus filling some holes in other areas with good players.


For example, here are 3 players we could have signed and stayed roughly the same in cap impact:

  • Golden Tate, WR, Cap hit of $3.1 million
  • Jason Veldheer, LT, Cap hit of $2.5 million
  •  Aquib Talib, CB, Cap hit of $7.9 million


Would we have been better off with these 3 or with Greg Hardy alone?


If you want to look at who was available, check this link: http://www.cbssports...ons/free-agents


For cap charges, follow this link: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/ and just type in who you want to search for.


The point of all of this is to show that we had a number of viable options available to us. Guys like Branden Albert, DeSean Jackson, Eric Decker and Alterraun Verner. And by the way, our old buddy Mike Mitchell carries a $2.2 million cap hit this year.


It's your chance to play GM. Have at it.



#3099551 Who to blame for Panthers' last ranked D

Posted by Marguide on 21 November 2014 - 09:03 AM

I don't think that's the problem. I think he's trying get all the dead cap removed from the team to sign his drafted players long term including cam and luke. From my understanding of your post you're meaning backload the contracts? 


Signing players to multi-year deals does not mean they are back loaded. You can front load them, or back load them, or make the cap hit equal throughout the length of the contract.


Let's say there is a guy you really want. His agent says he won't sign for less than $12 million guaranteed, and he expects at least an additional $2 million per year average in base salary. If it's a 2 year deal that is spread equally, the cap charge per year is $7 million. If it's 3 years, the cap charge is $6 million. If it's 4 years, it's $5 million. If he's a good player, a guy you think is a fit in your system, paying $5 or $6 million a year is fair and workable.


Where Hurney fuged up was he both paid people too much, and at least in the case of Stewart, he heavily backloaded the deal. Without looking up the numbers, Stewart got something like $25 million in guaranteed money, but it wasn't all paid out when the deal was signed. Something like $9 million was signing bonus, but the rest of the guaranteed money hit in later years. So if you cut him in the early years of the deal, you still owe him the rest of the guaranteed money. If you want to see the firm numbers, you can check out a site like Spotrack.


You can also front load a deal if you are in a position to do so (we aren't right now). In that case, you pay the signing bonus up front, and make the salary higher in the early years of the deal and less in the later years.


So my original point was we could have used that $13 million spent on Hardy differently. Would 1 Hardy have a greater impact than say 3 decent players at other positions? Hard to say, but certainly debatable. Of course, you only go that route if you have players you like and feel they fit your system.


Just for the record, a guy like Anthony Collins carries a cap charge of $6 million per year. He may not be playing well in Tampa's scheme and he may not have for us either. The only reason I mention him is people see he signed a $30 million dollar deal and instantly think we could not have afforded him or any other player signing in that ballpark, and that's just not true.

#3099209 Who to blame for Panthers' last ranked D

Posted by Marguide on 20 November 2014 - 10:14 PM

Who are some of the players you had in mind that would take the one year/two/three year deals adding up to 13 million in gauranteed money?


I've seen this argument on here before and it's not really correct.


If they were all 1 year deals, then yes, we could have truly only spent $13 million. But there's nothing saying we can't sign guys to 2, 3, 4 or 5 year deals if they are players we want. That same $13 million goes a long way with multi-year deals.


And before everyone starts screaming "Yeah, that's what Hurney did and look what that got us", the problem wasn't signing people to multi-years deals. It was signing the wrong people and/or overpaying them.


Gettleman's strength is supposed to be scouting and player evaluation. If he doesn't have confidence enough to sign anyone to a multi-year deal then we're in trouble.

#3097469 Which would you rather see happen?

Posted by Marguide on 19 November 2014 - 03:50 PM

All of you know this team is not Super Bowl bound this year.


You and I also know Rivera has to go. He has gotten worse, not better.


So why would you want at least 1 more season of futility from Ron just to host a playoff game in which we would likely be humiliated?


This team is headed in the wrong direction. We aren't on the cusp of anything, despite what Ron or Shula might say. The only cure is to clean house, Shula isn't enough, he and Ron are 2 peas in a pod. The best thing long term for this team is for JR and Gettleman to find themselves in the position that they have to do something to retain credibility as an organization.


I don't care about draft position, but I do care about effective leadership and a winning environment.

#3096800 New Panthers PreGame Video - did you notice?

Posted by Marguide on 19 November 2014 - 08:34 AM

Rivera wasn't involved in the production or it would have featured:


B. Bell

B. Bersin

A. Cason

G. Gano

R. Harper


with a cameo by C. Godfrey just for old times sake.

#3096329 Panthers Highlight Reel - moRon Rivera's Dumbest Decisions

Posted by Marguide on 18 November 2014 - 07:57 PM

In that same Chicago game, he didn't try an end of half field goal because he was afraid the kicker's psyche would be damaged if he missed it.

For our newer fans, this is not made up. That was Ron's actual post game explanation.