I don't really get the idea of "oh player X is inactive why is he on the roster?" talk. Everyone knows you get 53, and 46 are active. Last year's #4 receiver, Hixon, played about 120 snaps, including 89's injury. And that's with the PR being the #3, not the case this year.
So, Bersin, Williams, you might not see some of those guys for a while. Olsen and Dickson are the two TEs. I hear some of you on the idea that Williams can be a great special teamer. Brockel played more special teams snaps than anyone last year - he plays everything. You have a value in a guy who can do all of it. Doesn't mean they don't value WIlliams, Brockel, whoever, but it means they have tough choices to make every week.
DTs just don't rack up the sacks the way DEs will, but yeah, you want to see some growth. You want to see him be a little more than what he is. He's a top 15 pick that should've been the first defensive player selected, he has a high ceiling. If all that Carolina ever gets is what they have, that's not the worst thing in the world but he's capable of more.
And there were people on this board who still claim getts messed up not drafting a tackle.
I think his draft has out us in a better overall position for success than hurst would have brought us.
Cam has his legs and has receivers who have good hands. This offense will end up being around middle of the pack this year and that's all we need to win a lot of games. The defense is to thank for that. Keeping hardy was the right choice
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it would've made everyone feel better about OT at the time, but the same people would be complaining that a 4th - 6th rounder isn't starting day one.
Thats your perspective, but I dont agree with it. There is no reason for Rivera and g man to rock the boat by bringing in Ramsdell if they were satisfied with Shulas job performance.
I mean, if the above is 100% reality in his mind, it would've been easy to just let Shula go and hire Ramsdell as OC. Before Smith got hurt, I feel like the offense was more or less exactly what Rivera wanted.
So other reasons to bring on Ramsdell -
*he can actively help out
*our QBs coach and WRs coaches are bright and probably going places, but both have minimal coaching experience, so he can mentor and fill in the gaps where they aren't as strong
*Shula himself can always use some help
None of that means "Rivera wants to fire Shula." Yes, Ramsdell can most likely succeed Shula and, if it's required, he probably would. That's another reason he's valuable, but it's not like they're going to keep a guy like that behind glass either.
Ramsdell's bio closely aligns with the Air Coryell offense. Shula has been associated with a more conservative ball control offense.
Our offense last year was clearly lacking the explosiveness that it had during Chuds first year with basically the same roster.
Could this mean Shula may be on a short leash ? The position was quietly created and only discovered because of two of our own doing their own research.
My hopes is that it indicates Shula has been given different marching orders as to the offense we will be running in the future. If he stumbles we already have the guy on staff that can make it happen.
Shula is Coryell, too. The offense didn't change. Coryell doesn't always mean running 4 verticals on second down in your own territory.
Not unlike Steve Wilks' hiring, Rivera targeted an area that needed an upgrade. In both cases, yes, it provides a contingency for failure.
The thing about this, though, is that people read too deeply into this. That contingency is not plan A. Rivera wants this offense to succeed and he, Shula, Ramsdell, and the rest will work to that goal. That's their only job. Anything else comes after significant failure, and they don't want that.
I don't want to give out the impression that because Ramsdell's here, there'll suddenly be a ton of deep balls chucked up. Rivera wants to control the ball (which, BTW, is not an offense, it's a concept - and even with that, it's up to whether you have 2011 chuck-it-up Cam running it or the later 2012-2013 conservative, take what you get Cam running it).
and I remember a number of things that the national media has gotten that the locals haven't. I feel like there's a lot they leave out, if nothing else. For instance, when Steve Wilks was hired, the locals said "oh they tried to get him last year and couldn't." Oh? The hell did it take you a year to tell us that for?
there are plenty of examples - the players-only meeting before the Giants game I don't remember hearing about for a month or so is a recent example.
just give us the information.
I'm not going to get on Jones like I might Person, he seems to have sense. But I don't know if he has much say.
Who gives a flying f*ck if Mr. Generic Create-a-Character Name sucks or not at breaking news, all of this type of info is bound to become public in one way or another, why don't you all worry about the actual news itself instead of who got it first like a bunch of 1st graders, jeez. You guys stress over his incompetence like he smashed your wife lol. /endsrantandlogsoff
I think that's a heck of a point, I mean, this is neat and all but just want to know what's going on.