I like this from both Ron and Gettlemen. It seems like Dave forces Ron to be more results oriented and this will force Ron to take some of the emotion out of his decisions which is really good. I get the feeling that Dave let's his coaches coach and do their own thing but makes it very clear where the buck stops and what his expectations are.
Taken to the Woodshed
I don't see Ron being dressed down as much as I see a very open line of communication between the two men. But like I said above there is no question on the pecking order or things and what the expectations are. I think Dave has been and will continue to be a very good influence on Ron, especially in the business of being an executive.
I didn't get the feeling Ron was defending himself as much as just telling it like it is. I always get the feeling that Ron has to refrain from being too honest and tells the simple truth as much as he can without naming any player names. I really see what the players mean about him never being too high or low. He's always even keel. Sometimes people take that as being aloof or not knowing what he's doing but I think that interpretation would be a big mistake.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Completely agree with you here. I suspect we'll bring in one of the top 3 FA tackles. The line is really coming together with Bell being the only obvious weak link. Definitely going to find us a new Target/Wal-Mart tackle.
Need for Speed
Again, completely agree. Not being able to stretch the defense or being able to go over the top really hurts our offense. Having some real speed at the 2nd WR position as well as Philly in the slot will do wonders for our offense. It'll further open up the run game for the RB and Cam and make Olsen an even deadlier weapon.
I love the comments about how much Cam wants to improve and get better. With his ability and that attitude, the sky is the limit. Like Dave said, he's our franchise QB and he'll be resigned at the going rate for a franchise QB. And for anyone who doesn't agree with that go look at the FA list of QB's for next year and tell me which one you want.
I didn't think Dave looked upset when talking about Greg. I thought he looked more like a person who was thrust in the middle of an problem that didn't have an answer and people are constantly asking him what the answer is. They had their hands tied behind their back by the media, the NFL and public outcry. There was/is no answer to the whole Hardy situation except to move on.
I love Gettlemen and I love how the team plays for Ron. I also think Ron really pays a ton more attention to the defense so I'm not that happy about the strong possibility of Shula hanging around. We need an OC that gives the same attention to the offense that Ron gives to the defense.
I also really took away the feeling the Gettlemen is in full control and is building the team and running things his way. There is no question who is in charge. He'll give Ron all the rope he wants but if he keeps Shula and we don't improve then it's his ass that is gone. So, make all your decisions wisely.
I didn't read the whole thread so I don't know if this has been mentioned.
Does anyone realize how hard it is to change a habit like a throwing motion or footwork?
Getting it right is just a small part. Do it it consistently is next. Then doing it automatically without thinking about it. This takes years and years of hard work. And it's not something you can really work on during the season because you're too busy playing the game. Cam had to dedicate himself to this in the off season. Even then it's not a sure bet.
Look at golfer who relay so much on technique and form and how many of them struggle with their swing on and off.
It isn't just a easy answer like Cam remembering not to throw off his back foot.
Cam has a canon and a lot of power so because of that his mechanics have to be spot on or it's easy for him to overthrow because of his power. It also makes it harder for him to throw touch passes. Proper mechanics solve all this.
So now we have to look at what causes Cam to lose focus on his mechanics. The biggest thing is pressure and perceived pressure. Yesterday the O-line was playing very well and picked up a low of blitzes but Zona blitzes all the time so that perceived pressure makes Cam rush and lose his mechanics. You can see how many times he threw off his back foot and/or leaning back because he could feel/sense that pressure.
Cam has to learn to stand tall in the pocket and that's easier said then done. It's knowing you're about to get blasted by throwing like you're not. That goes against everything your brain tells you.
TD is what it means to be a Panther the right way. He's everything you want in a football player and as a man and represents us and the city extremely well.
Things I love about TD in no particular order.
1. He lays the wood. He's not dirty at all but he has some the fastest acceleration into his hits I've ever seen from a football player. It's like he hits the Nitro a second before the hit for extreme impact.
2. I love that he's a little old school. On the called back interception yesterday it was the correct call but it wasn't some close call or anything. TD leveled the guy, then caught the pass. If you're going to foul, foul hard and make it count. That can mentally kill the other guy.
3. He talks trash. He taught Luke that it's not just enough to enforce your will on your opponent, you have to make sure he knows it. TD understands that mental edge of the game.
4. His passion. You can just tell he loves playing this game.
5. Never quits. Three times he blew out his knee. Three times he comes back. I don't think we all know how truly amazing that is from a physical and mental standpoint.
6. If you mess up, he will get in your face. He's the kind of guy that sets the bar and makes everyone around him want to reach it.
If this were Hurney I'd say we are stuck but I'll be more than a little surprised if he doesn't fire Shula.
We just don't know his whole game plan. We do know he's fixing the salary cap mess. We do know he wants to field a team that competes for the playoffs every year. We do know he has the balls to fire players that people love.
Gettlemen doesn't strike me as the type of guy who is guessing. He knows exactly what he wants and he's moving the pieces around to make that happen.
What we don't know is the time table for his plan and if Shula is a part of it. When he first started last year he may have thought it would take 2-3 years to turn the team around. We're in year two. Who's to say he's not OK with Shula's approach until he has the pieces he wants in place. He may have figured to let Ron (a coach he didn't pick) have who he wants for now until he can fix the salary cap, get young players some experience and draft well for a few years to build the team. Then he'll have the cap and players he wants and then he'll pick the coaching staff he wants.
I'm just throwing at a dart board here. I just have faith that Gettlemen isn't blind and will make the right calls.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, my client may have slammed her arm in a toilet seat and threw her by the neck across the room onto a pile or automatic weapons. But there is something you do not know. Something that will change the very essence of this case.
Did you know that the defendant drove with a REVOKED LICENSE!!!
Objection, your honor!!
Withdrawn. I have no further questions. I rest my case.