I contacted David Newton of ESPN and he'll be posting an artical on this topic at 8am Monday morning about it. I've contacted a few other places too, trying to get the word out so that its a definite thing that he gets a suspenion for and not just a fine.
Well, he is the best defensive player in the league for starters. All of the domestic abuse issues are focused on offensive players except Hardy. which also brought attention to us. This brought a lot more female interest towards our team. Kuechly is a handsome man and woman fawn over him. We now control a majority of the female NFL fanbase... I don't know where this goes from here.
I think that prior to the rice and Peterson issues the Panthers were willing to negotiate a future contract with Hardy if/when he's found innocent. It may not have been a high value contract for fear of future incidents occurring (has other character issues from the past) but I'm sure Gettleman would have been fine with something around $6-7M a year (if innocent). I really can't see how anything has changed since nothing that's happened since July has been Hardy's fault, so yes he could play for us past this season, if he wants to.
There were a lot of no-call "block in the back" penalties that occurred against us, mainly when we punted but some on run plays. Not sure if refs are not seeing them or it's just not something refs call anymore. Also, Detroit's lone TD had a celebration in the end zone where the ball was used as a prop (cradled it to sleep like a baby and kissed it good night, or so it appeared), isn't that a penalty?
Speaking of punting, our punt coverage unit needs a lot of work.
I thought it was a fineable offense to "point" but I've seen a lot of players do it throughout the first two weeks.
Crowd noise levels suck, as usual.
Detroit had opportunities to score a lot of points against us early and would have changed a lot of what they did near the end of the game if the score had been closer. Seemed that Detroit started losing the game with dropped passes and failure to adjust and around the 2 minute warning in the first half Stafford started forcing it to CJ for most of the rest of the game and missed a lot of open receivers (at least more open than CJ was).
Likewise, we shot ourselves in the foot so many times (and dropped balls)with costly penalties. Hopefully we reduce those numbers.
Too many injuries around the league. Not sure if it's lack of offseason practices or conditioning or what. Paraphrasing from Ronde early in the game, "Carolina has so many talented RBs they can have an injury there and be just fine," so we proceed to drop like flies.
KB is going to do great things for us. made some crucial plays, including blocking for first down runs, and he's doing it as a rookie and without too much practice with Cam this offseason.
Megatron's dropped TD pass was really an incomplete pass, gotta maintain possession throughout the catch while falling to the ground. Sorry Lions fans.
I'll clarify first that I know next to nothing when it comes to film study or play calling. With that said...
We didn't run too many 2TE sets but we had huge completions out of a lot of them. Interestingly, there were plenty of times when Dickson and/or Olsen were split out as wideouts which showed me that the Shula was looking for mismatches and seemed to be calling good plays given that Detroit was loading the box almost the entire game.
The reason I was looking at TE sets was in preparation for Pittsburgh. We'll be facing a 3-4 defense. I feel as though one of the best ways to defend against a blitzing D like theirs might be to go 2 TE for extra blockers, whether for run or pass, and we seemed to excel in that regard during the Detroit game.