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#1741115 Yasinkas Has Us Taking Kuechly

Posted by jtnc on 23 April 2012 - 02:04 PM

With the No. 9 pick in the Blogger Mock Draft Live, I just selected Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly for the Carolina Panthers.

I went into the draft thinking I would target Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Kuechly. Cox was gone before I got on the clock, so I went with Kuechly.

Why? He reminds me a lot of Dan Morgan, who the Panthers drafted in the first round in 2001. Yeah, I know Morgan dealt with injury issues throughout his career. But, when he was on the field, he was a tremendous player. Take away the injuries and Kuechly could be what Morgan never had the chance to become: a Pro Bowl regular. Like Morgan, who was a favorite of general manager Marty Hurney, Kuechly is coming off a very productive college career and is ready to play immediately in the NFL.

I know a lot of people are saying the Panthers don’t need a linebacker because they have Thomas Davis and Jon Beason coming back from injuries. But Davis is coming back from his third ACL injury and there are no guarantees he’ll be the same player he once was. The Panthers can’t afford to go through another season like last year when they were plugging in backups and special-teams players and asking them to start at linebacker.

I did give some thought to taking defensive tackles Dontari Poe, Devon Still and Michael Brockers, but I don’t think they’re as much of a sure thing as Cox. Besides, I think the Panthers are better off at defensive tackle than people give them credit for. They have Ron Edwards coming back from an injury that kept him out all of last season and they’ve got Terrell McClain and Sione Fua returning for their second seasons. I did give a little thought to taking an offensive tackle because the Panthers need to find an heir to Jordan Gross at some point.

But Carolina needs a guy that can help the defense immediately. That’s why Kuechly was the choice.


#1740493 Panthers Would Be Favorite For Hard Knocks

Posted by jtnc on 22 April 2012 - 10:31 PM

Already asked Gantt if this would EVER happen, he said unless we get a new GM. The answer is no.

#1737329 Warren Sapp To Judge: Jeremy Shockey Might Come After Me

Posted by jtnc on 19 April 2012 - 10:05 PM

What a bitch.

#1737182 Anyone Else Tired Of Hearing...........

Posted by jtnc on 19 April 2012 - 08:04 PM

"Cam is gonna go into sophomore slump, defenses will know how to defend him" argument?

Cam is a passing QB who just so happens to be a freight train and can get out of a bad play, not sure how defenses are gonna learn "how to defend him" when he's not MAINLY a running QB. He isn't a The Golden Calf of Bristol or a young Mike Vick. He can throw the damn football, quite well, actually. If he limits his turnovers and continue to figure out defenses, Cam will have no problem at all this year.

Cam not only has Steve Smith but also has three damn good RB's, a damn good TE, upcoming WR's and a defense that can ONLY get better.

#1737043 Unnamed Scouts Offer Belated Criticism Of Rg3

Posted by jtnc on 19 April 2012 - 05:36 PM

‘Everybody is just assuming because of the Heisman and the socks and all that bs. . . . they are ignoring a lot of bad tape that he’s had,’” one scout told McGinn. “‘I don’t think he has vision or pocket feel, which to me are the two most important components of quarterbacking. He’s just running around winging it. He’s [Michael] Vick, but not as good a thrower.’
“He has better arm action and is more accurate with his deep ball, but he’s not as good as Cam Newton,” another scout said. “As much as is written about his athleticism, his athleticism under duress in the pocket isn’t even close to Cam Newton’s. This guy, the only way he gets big plays with his feet is if he’s got a wide-open field and the sea opens for him. He’s got a little bit of a selfish streak, too. Everybody was laying on Cam, but for some reason this guy has become gloves off. He doesn’t treat anybody good.”

Another scout “questioned the way Griffin deals with people.”

More: http://profootballta...iticism-of-rg3/

#1736873 Why We Should Pick Cox. (In Depth Inside Look)

Posted by jtnc on 19 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

Here we go with the Cox puns.

#1734738 Why The Panthers Deserved More Primetime Games

Posted by jtnc on 18 April 2012 - 10:41 AM

I’ve gone through the primetime schedules, and while there are several notable games, one thing stood out to me.
Carolina. The Panthers play in two of what will be the more anticipated primetime matchups of the year, but why not more?
I was fully expecting Cam Newton and the Panthers to be featured prominently in stand alone games in 2012. All he did was have one of the best rookie seasons ever, on a team that was frequently involved in exciting shootouts. The Panthers ranked 5th in points scored but 27th in points allowed. Coming off a 2-14 year, Carolina never played in a primetime game last year. On most Sunday afternoons, they were usually in my rotation of games to keep an eye on most frequently, and it rarely disappointed.
So, I expected the league to get the Carolina Panthers in primetime regularly in 2012. Sure, they do not have the tradition and national fan base of some other draws, but there is something else that sells in the NFL: entertaining star offensive players, and Cam is near the top of the list entering year two. Additionally, there are now 100 stand-alone national games including the Thanksgiving contests. Every team is required to be on once, and no more than five times.
Carolina is on TWICE. Once on a Thursday Night NFL broadcast that many in the country that do not have the NFL Network will not see, against the Giants. Once on a Monday Night in November, the capper to a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend in what will be one of the most anticipated Monday Night games of the year. None on Sunday Night, the NFL’s showcase game.
Only eight teams are on less – Miami, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Minnesota, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Cleveland.
I can make an argument for maybe ten teams having more primetime games than Carolina based on drawing power in 2012. Instead, they end up with a below average number of primetime games.
But they were only 6-10 last year, you say? They haven’t earned it? The league sometimes does a poor job of anticipating the breakout teams and over schedules “winning” teams that fall apart. Carolina was 6-10, yes, but they were 2-6 in close games, and those close game records are notoriously fickle from year to year. They were already close to an average team. In addition, they closed stronger, winning 4 of the final 6.
New Orleans’ profile of offensive team that cannot play defense is one that suggests improvement in 2012. Defenses are more volatile and easier to turn around than offense, and better health and some key roster moves can make a big difference. The offense, on the other hand, is likely to still be very good so long as Newton is under center.
There have been eight other teams who averaged scoring at least 24 points a game and giving up at least 24 a game, and finished with a losing record. None of them had a losing record the following year. They averaged 9.6 wins. Carolina is going to be somewhere along the spectrum of team that shows dramatic improvement and leaps to double digit wins if the defense makes strides and they are average in close games, to still entertaining in shootouts even if the defense is still below average. They are a draw either way.
That they are only featured on prime time games the same amount as teams like Arizona, Tennessee and Oakland is head scratching. At least I know who I’ll be putting in the must-view rotation on Sunday afternoons in the fall again.


#1734677 Report: Bucs Shopping Aqib Talib

Posted by jtnc on 18 April 2012 - 10:11 AM

The signs of the Buccaneers’ interest in drafting LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne are coming faster and faster.

Ronde Barber is playing safety at the team’s workouts, Barber said last week that the team will “probably” draft Claiborne and now there’s a report that the team is shopping cornerback Aqib Talib in a trade. A team source told Pewter Report that general manager Mark Dominik would like to acquire additional picks in next week’s draft in exchange for Talib, a pretty good sign that the team plans to add a starter at the position.

Wanting to deal Talib and actually dealing him are birds of a very different feather. Talib’s trial for aggravated assault with a handgun doesn’t start until June 25th, which means teams are not going to have any idea of his status for quite some time. There’s also the specter of a suspension from the league to deal with and that’s not going to help the Bucs get much value in return for Talib.

Talib is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is set to make just over $1.85 million in 2012.

I'll be happy when he's out of the division. We can throw in Wright's direction all day long.

#1732562 Brees Reiterates That Nfl Has Provided “No Meaningful Evidence”

Posted by jtnc on 16 April 2012 - 09:16 PM

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose initial statement regarding the Saints’ bounty system provided somewhat of a safe harbor by denying knowledge of the “real existence” of a bounty system, has since taken a more unequivocal stance.

Brees said last week that “what we’ve been accused of in regards to pay for injury is not the case.” On Monday, after attending a meeting between NFLPA representatives and the NFL, Brees explained that the league has not yet shown that a bounty system existed.
We didn’t get any meaningful evidence, or any meaningful truth or facts,” Brees said, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.

Many fans have responded to Brees’ claims with a high degree of skepticism, given that he has a clear and direct interest in proving that there was no bounty system. Not only would such a finding ensure that the Saints will have a full complement of defensive leaders like linebacker Jonathan Vilma in 2012, but it also would block the application of an unofficial asterisk to the team’s Super Bowl win in 2009.
For that reason, the NFLPA should have considered keeping Brees and former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita away from the process of negotiating with the NFL — or at a minimum away from becoming the face or voice of the union’s position. Indeed, having Brees address the effort on behalf of all players potentially undermines the NFLPA’s position by tying it to the Saints’ obvious, knee-jerk interest in minimizing the punishment and/or the stigma.

To the extent that the NFLPA hopes to separate Brees’ role as a member of the Saints and his involvement in the talks as a member of the NFLPA Executive Committee, new NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth wasn’t as convincing as he could have been. “It’s mostly coincidental that Drew and Scott are here, they’re also Executive Committee members, so they’re here to serve their duties as executive committee members, not necessarily as members of the Saints,” Foxworth said, per Breer. “Obviously Drew is, and Scott was a member of the Saints, that’s true. But their capacity here is as Executive Committee members.”
Thus, Brees, the Saints, and the NFLPA would be better off by making the lines even more clear, allowing Brees to avoid an obvious conflict of interest arising from his desire to keep his team competitive and his Super Bowl ring legitimate, and his duty to protect the players who were targeted by any bounties.
As a result, the best players to involve in the discussions between the union and the league would be men who were actually in the crosshairs of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, like Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, 49ers running backFrank Gore, 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, and/or 49ers receive Kyle Williams. If/when one of those men declares publicly that there’s no evidence of a bounty system, fans will regard their words with a far greater degree of credibility.

Is this guy a total idiot? Is he this damn self-righteous? Thanks for sticking up for player safety, Brees.

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#1730635 Cam Is Great, Cam Is Good. Let Us Thank Him....

Posted by jtnc on 15 April 2012 - 11:43 AM

OMG not this fuging thread again. I'm tired of the bitching.

#1730448 Steve Smith Promo 2012

Posted by jtnc on 15 April 2012 - 12:08 AM

He's an overpaid problem child, we should teh tradez hims for teh 3rds, onlys teh matters of timez tills hises next tantrum. derp nerp

#1730096 Jon Beason Says Poe Would "shore Up Position"

Posted by jtnc on 14 April 2012 - 03:54 PM

As is anybody in this draft NFL production so what's your point?

The diiference is Shirley played his way off a team Cox hasn't yet.

Shirley didn't play his way off a team. He was a guard during his tenure with the Bengals, they already had depth at DT at that time.

#1729892 Auburn Erecting a Cam Newton Statue

Posted by jtnc on 14 April 2012 - 12:17 PM


#1728289 Cam Really Wants To Be On The Madden Cover

Posted by jtnc on 12 April 2012 - 11:39 PM

Of course he does. They always talk about his handlers on the radio. Still, nothing about that Facebook page seems genuine from Cam. When you go to Deangelo's page you can tell he's speaking directly to the fans. All of Cam's posts seem filtered by his staff or whomever actually runs that page.

Cam is a much bigger star than D-will in just ONE year in the NFL, every superstar has handlers. And Charlotte radio is filled idiots who are not used to a guy who has so much power like Cam.

Hmmm Tom Brady's Page seems to be ran by his publicist: http://www.facebook.com/TomBrady

Vick's page ran by his publicist: http://www.facebook....fficialMikeVick

Our fans are so damn small-minded

#1725830 Breaking Down Steve Smith's Deal

Posted by jtnc on 11 April 2012 - 12:37 PM

I just got the complete details on the contract extension receiver Steve Smith signed with the Panthers on Tuesday and they’re very interesting on several levels. It’s a three-year deal with the team holding an option for the fourth year and could be worth as much as $37.8 million.

The deal includes $16.8 million in guaranteed money. Smith received a $10 million signing bonus and comes out way ahead on what he’ll earn in 2012. In addition to the signing bonus, he’ll also earn $1 million in base salary. Smith had been scheduled to earn $7.75 million in the final year of his contract. The new deal gives Smith more money, but he also frees up significant salary-cap room for the Panthers, who had less than $500,000 available before this deal.

Smith had been scheduled to count $10.7 million against the cap this year, but the new deal drops that figure to $5.96 million.

In 2013, Smith’s base salary will rise to $3.75 million and that’s guaranteed. Smith also will earn a guaranteed $4 million in base salary in 2014. That’s also the year he can collect a $3 million bonus if the Panthers elect to pick up his option for 2016.

In 2015, Smith is scheduled to make $7 million in base salary. If he gets to the option year, his base salary will rise to $9 million.

Decent deal imo.

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