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#3150410 Rivera: "Learned from first Atlanta game to stay aggressive"

Posted by Woodie on 23 December 2014 - 02:57 AM

And nobody is happy that he at least recognizes mistakes and is willing to adapt to improve them?  Geez, how quickly we forget just how frustrating it is to have a coach that is so set in his ways that he refuses to change anything...no matter how often what he does doesn't work.  Yes, Rivera makes mistakes, and some of them have hurt the team.  But, there is no disputing that he self evaluates, and is open to changing his philosophy when he realizes it needs to be changed (even if his timing doesn't always jive with fan's timing).


And no, this is a different lesson from last year.  Last year it was about being willing to go for it on 4th down rather than play it safe and punt/kick a FG.  This year it's about staying aggressive when you have a lead late, even thought it is risky and can backfire.  Yes, they are similar and deal with aggression, but are very different situations and lessons.  IMO, Ron has both a conservative and aggressive side, but he's so afraid of making a mistake that he tends to lean towards being conservative until it's clear that approach isn't working.  And since it is virtually a guarantee at this point that he will be back next season, at least try to be thankful that he is learning these lessons...after all, it's better late than never. 



#3125278 LOL @ Luke destroying Pierre Thomas

Posted by Woodie on 08 December 2014 - 02:12 PM

Haha love the second push at the end. Get the fug down!


It's like getting knocked down by a big ass wave at the beach, then just when you think you're about to break free for some air, another big ass wave comes along to bury you again.

#3097785 I don't think I've ever seen the fanbase against our HC coach this mu...

Posted by Woodie on 19 November 2014 - 07:53 PM

Let me play devils advocate

..so he is. Defensive guru, if he looked at tape of his own team it should be pretty clear how to stop the Panthers

,,it's really pretty simple .. Don't you think he should have enough sense to have input into the offense?

Did it really take the Philly game for him to not see the lack of,separation?

Ask yourself, the elite coaches in the NFL, don't you think they are absolutely aware of all phases of the game at almost every second of the game?

How many times have you seen a Harbaugh or a Bellinchek running down the sidelines to call a time out because of some thing they saw on either side of the ball? When have you Ever seen Rivera do that?

The title is head coach for a reason and his on the job training over the past 4 years has not Worked he needs to matriculated on out of Charlotte

The Panthers need an elite coach and I expect Richardson to go get one or he might as well take cam Newton this season and trade him to the highest bidder,

We have seen elite coaches and Ron Rivera isn't even a game manager


I'm not saying he's elite by any means.  Just that it's not uncommon for a HC to put more focus on their specialty area, after all that's what they know best.  Some guys, like Rivera, did not have experience designing an offensive scheme when hired as a HC, so need to rely on someone more experienced at it.  The problem for me isn't that he lets the OC run the offense, but WHO he put in charge of it.  He needed someone that has experience running a successful offense, not a guy who hasn't been an OC in 15 years...and one that was not even particularly effective. 

#3096926 Jason Avant Cut

Posted by Woodie on 19 November 2014 - 10:26 AM

For the record, I think despite what the team says publicly, they realize this is a lost season, so they are giving Philly and Pressley a chance to show they can be the answer to our need for speed.  If one or both do well, I wouldn't expect WR to be a big priority this offseason, but if neither stands out, the team will be forced to look for a guy with speed in either FA or the draft.  And with the dire needs at OT and DB, I think they would prefer to be able to back-burner WR...at least for this year.

#3096891 Kony Ealy

Posted by Woodie on 19 November 2014 - 09:59 AM

DE's typically take time to develop.  Anyone that expected Ealy to come in and be dominant, or even a solid starter, from the beginnning had unrealistic expectations.  Particularly if you understood that he needed to improve his strength and technique.  Most DE's struggle with those things in their rookie year, but you hope to see growth and improvement throughout the year, and that's exactly what we've seen with Ealy.  That's what separates a Ealy from guys like Everette Brown.  Brown really only showed minimal growth throughout his time here, and never really developed like we hoped.  But, IMO, Ealy has already shown more improvement this season than Brown ever did.  So, with the growth he's already shown along with a complete offseason to work on his game, I think Ealy will be a very good starter for us. 



#3093415 Pep Hamilton

Posted by Woodie on 17 November 2014 - 02:08 PM

I'd rather have Tom Clements.  I love the way GB mixes short and long passes, as well as how they use the running game.  To me, right now, they have the perfect mix.  Of course, they also have the talent, but Clements has shown he knows how to design a dominant offensive scheme that caters to the strengths of his players. 


Of course, I doubt all the offensive minded dreaming will actually materialize.  JR is a conservative, old-school, defensive minded owner who will likely look for another defensive coach...just as he always has.

#3081930 They Gambled. They Lost. It's That Simple.

Posted by Woodie on 11 November 2014 - 01:59 PM

You have the wrong perception of what happened. The team gambled that the DE position would be able to carry multiple phases of the game (the secondary, short field for the offense, etc), and this is proven by the fact that, borrowing a gambling term, they went 'all in' on Hardy. Sure, we had limited cap space, but we gave 13m to Hardy.

Now, that plan has backfired. Straight into the face of a man who claims that hog mollies and offensive linemen help you win games. Yet, every game we watch as Cam almost dies on the field.

Rivera is at fault for agreeing that Mr Left Handed is the man for the job. Gettleman is at fault for playing a style of NFL football that hasn't been effective in about six years.


I don't think he gambled that the DE (actually front 7) could carry multiple phases, I think they truly believed it because that's exactly what happened last year...and if Hardy were on the field, most of these problems likely would not have manifested...at least to this degree.  And nobody could have predicted what happened with Hardy, and the domino effect it would have on the entire team.


IMO, they were just trying to buy time to clear up some cap space and be in position to make some higher level moves this off-season.  Unfortunately, it didn't work out.    

#3072786 NFL.com 2014 redraft

Posted by Woodie on 08 November 2014 - 10:27 AM

Bemjamin has 1 full season of college ball under his belt and has now played half an NFL season.  About the drops--Cam has been forcing the ball a lot, too much heat on touch throws.  That is hard to see on TV-just looks like a drop.  However, he has dropped some key passes, one cost us a game.  Can you criticize him for that?  Hell yes.  His job is to catch the football.  When the football hits his hands and he does not catch the football, it is an issue, if only for that second.


I think we have the following WRs in place for next season:  #2 (Benjamin would make a great #2 threat--we need him in single coverage with no help to maximize his effectiveness), #3 (Cotchery is a perfect #3), a #4 (Bersin is a solid fourth WR), and #5 (If Brown shows that he can be consistent on special teams, he gets the job).  Personally, I want a #1 with speed, range and hands--an AJ Green, for example. 


I know that some will scream that Benjamin is a #1 and he could be, but to maximize his effectiveness, I want him vs. the second-best cb and in one-on-one situations.  That is when he has been dominant.


I think Benjamin would be perfect paired with a speedy guy.  Ideally they would be 1a & 1b...take your pick which would be which, it wouldn't really matter.  That receiving core, with Olsen included, would be scary to defend...particularly with Cams ability to run.

#2850898 long term deal for hardy was never in the plans

Posted by Woodie on 14 July 2014 - 11:26 PM

I don't understand why we franchised him if we didn't plan to sign him long term or try to trade him. Everyone points to the RB contracts and Beason as limiting our cap mobility, but that Hardy tag is HUGE this year. We may just be setting ourselves up to get Julius'd again.


Where do you get that we didn't plan to sign him long term?  None of the tweets even hinted at that, just that the plan was to wait and see how he did this year before committing to him.  Now I'm sure his latest problem could potentially make them second guess giving him a long term deal at all, even if he replicates last season, but since that occurred after he was given the tag it really doesn't play into whether or not their decision was the right one.


Yes, the team was negotiating with him, and I'm sure their stance was that if he was willing to accept a team friendly deal, they would absolutely lock him up.  But I seriously doubt they were willing to pony up anything significant until they felt more comfortable that he could have a repeat of last year.  And there was no way he was taking less than elite DE money...which is why no deal ever came close.

#2849016 Sporting News Report: Stephenson battle down to Hornets, Pacers, and Mavs

Posted by Woodie on 13 July 2014 - 03:09 PM

True but there are some Pacers beat writers who seem to also think we are a threat.

I don't hate Bonnell, I think he is going off of his gut. He did say we weren't going to do anything in FA except target McBob and a back up PG. Then a couple of weeks later we are signing Hayward.

Even the Hayward thing, other national guys broke the story, the Bonnell followed up much later saying he was visiting. He didn't know anything until national media broke the story.

Point being I think he is making an educated guess. He very well be right, but some of the National guys have better league sources than Bonnell, but Bonnell has access to whatever the Hornets tell him. Which right now may not be much.

In short, Bonnell may be right, but I am an optimist and want to believe there is something going on


All anyone is giving are educated guesses.  Nobody knows what the Hornets are planning...they are notoriously tight-lipped.  Even those sources that places like The Sporting News reference are just saying what they think is logical, none have mentioned any inside info on the Hornets.  They just mask their "gut" feelings better than Bonnell, so fans think they have real info instead of their own opinion.

#2844527 how many doughnuts is too many?

Posted by Woodie on 09 July 2014 - 10:20 PM

Hot KK are amazing and truly do melt in your mouth.  I do like DD as well though, but they do tend to be like a day or two old by the time they go on sale.  I had heard they ship them frozen, and that would explain why they are always a bit stale and only last a day or so past the purchase day...unlike KK that is soft as pillows when purchased and last for almost a week.


With that said, I remember going to a DD many years ago (like almost 30) that made them fresh every four hours.  We used to make doughnut runs at 4:00 am, and those were like a piece of heaven.  I wish DD would start making them fresh in their stores again, it's tragic how they treat them now.



#2833982 No.9 Pick : Noah Vonleh

Posted by Woodie on 27 June 2014 - 11:35 PM

Watching that video makes me very happy.  You can tell he has played guard, which will make him a very tough matchup for bigs.  And I was really happy looking at his weaknesses.  Not that I want him to have any, but if he does (which they all do), then these are ones that can be easily corrected. 


The two biggest issues are his awareness and technique.  His awareness will naturally improve with experience, not to mention with the tutelage of Jefferson and Ewing...in fact, his style and skills are right up Ewings alley.  And his technique issues are ones that can be coached up.  None of his problems are because of anything he lacks mentally or physically.  He's just a raw kid who has immense physical talent. 


And he's nothing like Biz was when drafted despite both having some rawness.  Biz needed to learn the basics of playing the game, but he was picked with the hope that he would develop into a skilled big man.  He really hadn't shown the skillset to be a threat, especially on offense.  Whereas Vonleh already has shown he possesses excellent basic skills to a dominant inside player, he just needs to work out the kinks and gain experience. 

#2827985 More WR hate for the WR Corps

Posted by Woodie on 23 June 2014 - 01:16 PM

Our offense will be body punchers, not one shot knockout artists.  The thing is that the body puncher can actually be much more devastating, and can destroy a team's moral and cause them to lose heart.  


We will not be a team that is quick strike, but we will be a team nobody wants to play because we'll be able to steadily move down the field, pounding the defense.  We are built to get 5-15 yards a pop...no matter what the defense tries to do.  Cotchery and Avant are not elite, and certainly not explosive.  But what they are is supreme route runners that know how to find the open seam and get position on a defender, and they will catch any ball that comes near them.  That also fits the mold of Olsen, and if Dickson and/or Williams proves to be at least competent, then that is 4 guys that know how to get open, and will usually make the catch. 


Now you add in Benjamin, though a rookie and not fully developed, who will be a nightmare matchup for anyone, not only because of his size, but the fact he knows how to use it, which is not always the case with bigger receivers.  Now lets bring in Underwood who has proven to be a decent receiver that can stretch the field, clearing up the shallow routes.  So on every play, defenses will have to account for at least four receivers that if ignored will pick them apart. 


But we also cannot ignore our RB's.  Every one of them are proven receivers out of the backfield.  Even the young guys, if they do get a chance to play, were very good receivers in college, and a major threat, so teams can ignore them at their own peril.  So now their LB's and DB's are all occupied and unable to stack the middle of the line, which will give our RB's (and Cam) a chance to do damage in the running game. 


Bottom line is that while we may not scare teams with our explosiveness, we will frustrate the hell out of them because we have so many effective parts, and not one of them will be any more the focus than the others.  So teams will not who or what direction to gear their defense to stop.  The attack can come from anywhere.  We will simply wear teams out on offense, which will also keep our defense fresh and able to reek havoc until the final whistle.



#2815707 Hornets Are Interested In McDermott At #9?

Posted by Woodie on 10 June 2014 - 06:04 PM

To be honest, I think there is a good chance that both Stauskas and McDermott will be bench players at the next level...especially on a contender.  But that doesn't necessarily mean that either would be a bad pick.  Ideally you want a starter and hopefully someone that can develop into an all-start type player when picking in the top ten; however, I don't think there is anyone that is expected to be available #9 who clearly fits that mold.  Everyone has significant questions and there is as good of a chance they will be role players as legitimate starters. 


The guys I'm looking at are:


McDermott - the best shooter in the draft.  He has a quick release and can be a real nightmare for anyone that has to try and contain him.  I don't like his defense, and he's an inch or two shorter than I would prefer.  But I do think he can be deadly coming off the bench, and while he would struggle defensively at PF, I don't think there's a PF in the league that could stop his shot...particularly from deep.  His basketball IQ is also immense, so that should not be underestimated.  I also think he would complement MKG beautifully.  He could rotate between PF and SF depending on the matchups, and allow MKG to focus on his defense and getting to the rim when it's available.   


Stauskas - The SG version of McDermott.  Very good shooter, but also has good handles and is better at getting his own shot.  However, he is not overly strong, and is slow to react on defense.  Like McDermott, he also doesn't have the kind of lateral quickness that lends itself to great defense.  He would also complement MKG quite well, but I don't think he would demand quite as much defensive attention as McDermott, so he probably wouldn't free MKG as much.   


Harris - I like Harris at SG except for his height.  He has the toughness, scoring ability, and defensive grittiness to be very good.  With that said, I do think his lack of height will limit him on both sides of the ball.  I think he will struggle getting his shot off when challenged by some of the bigger SG's, and will also occasionally have problems contesting shots against bigger guys.  How well he can use his toughness and overcome his size will determine whether or not he is a quality starter or just a solid bench guy.


Young - Of all the guys, I think he has the most potential.  However, I just get a sense of role player about him.  There's nothing I can put my finger on, but I'm not confident that he will ever fulfill his potential.  Maybe I just haven't seen enough of him, but I just don't see that passion to be great that you see in the great ones.


Overall, I think there is a good chance both McDermott and Stauskas will end up as quality depth on a good team, and come off the bench as instant offense...kind of the role Dell Curry use to play for the old Hornets.  And depending on which day you ask, I could go with any of them as my choice at 9.  I think McDermott is a better and more consistent shooter than Stauskas, but Stauskas is better at getting his own shot.  So for me, they are a toss-up.  Harris would be perfect if he were a couple of inches taller, but I worry about it limiting his effectiveness.  And if Young does develop, I think he could be the steal of the draft.  Unfortunately though, there are no sure things where we pick, so I just want someone that best improves the team and can provide an element that we are currently missing.



#2802892 OTA Observations

Posted by Woodie on 28 May 2014 - 09:57 PM

Kugzilla definitely looks fat as fug.


What exactly is going on with his knee?  I thought he went to IR due to hamstring issues?


He looks like an offensive lineman on a bike...no way to gauge whether or not he's overweight from that picture (relatively speaking).


And no, he went on IR because of knee issues.  He had surgery on his PCL and MCL.  He might start out on the PUP, but, barring something new popping up,  he should be fine in the long run...health-wise that is, still too early to have any clue about performance.

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