The only thing we subtracted was a local legend passed his physical prime. Loved him more than most. But this is not addition by subtraction. Its just plain upgrading. No if ands or buts. The position is better now because we have better players.
I get what you're saying, what I meant was we upgraded with an overall better compliment of receivers top to bottom, but so many viewed it as Steve Smith was our entire WR corps. If Smitty was the top, and no one came in to replace him with anywhere close to his statistical accomplishments then we must have diminished in our WR position (outsider perspective).
I was stating that this might appear so on paper, but a top-to-bottom improvement outweighs one key guy and spare parts. My main point was as an offense we should be better because an opposing defense can no longer just think about a double team on Smitty.
What sucks about all this is that they let him play game 1, but not game 2, so now it's clear to everyone, media outlets included, that we caved to pressure and made a decision based on that outside perception. This only sparked more confusion and questions because he played week one, and so everyone is waiting to see what Carolina will do next.
We've put the target on our own backs to an extent by our inconsistent handling of Hardy. They should have said that they are sticking by him until he has his jury trial in November, and will take action based on the outcome. At least then no one can argue the team's stance on the player. If the league stepped in, then that would be the NFL making a decision or recommendation, but as a franchise, we either needed to have supported him from the beginning as all of this played out, or decided he was no longer an acceptable part of the team and just parted ways.
This fence-straddling looks worse than either of those two scenarios, in my opinion.
We all already work for this place. Our contributions, big or small, are traffic on a highly visible and dynamic website. Traffic leads to revenue at some point. And we are already rewarded for our contributions by the way this site is run. To prove it, check out the boards of our weekly opponents and try not to vomit on your keyboard - all other forums out there are atrocious, and we should be thankful for not only how this place is run, but that it is owned and operated by a bonafide team insider now.
And guess what, as the Panthers march towards a repeat playoff performance which they are capable of, this site will get more traffic, more newbs (unfortunately) and bandwagon dicks, but also revenue which means bigger and better things for the huddle. Win-win.
Seriously, if you're not an ALL-PRO, and you're here everyday like me, what the hell are you waiting for? There is great content in there.
And if needed, I would do more for the huddle (hint hint Jeremy), like help out on the podcast set, or whatever. If my wife lets me.