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#2953093 Mike Shula

Posted by panthers55 on Yesterday, 07:44 PM

Cam was sacked and hit quite a bit. :|

Most of that was his issue. He just won't throw the ball away. When he ses a blitz he tries to run and doesn't focus on finding the hot read. I still think they are figuring it out. Which is understandable given the amount of time he missed.
Overall I was really worried about Cam coming out rusty and flat. I have to say he made some great plays today. I was very pleased on both sides of the ball.
Let's be real here. With all the new faces and changes to the offense the fact we are scoring at all is a glowing testament to all the offensive coaches and the hard work they have all done. Both Anderson and Newton have played well in successive weeks.

#2943559 Smitty may be even more pissed than we thought (Panthers related)

Posted by panthers55 on 11 September 2014 - 12:19 PM

Smitty being Smitty.  I hope he brings his A game and we will see what happens.  I just wouldn't get too negative and mouthy if he thinks he wants to retire here when things are done.  No need to burn bridges.

#2934938 Attention Buc Fans: In This Thread You Eat Crow

Posted by panthers55 on 07 September 2014 - 07:54 PM

I'd eat it if I actually talked poo and if I didn't predict you guys to win. Clearly outplayed by a more prepared team. Congrats.

Actually you should be welcome anytime. You talked football for the most part and were knowledgable. Good luck against Atlanta and New Orleans. They are two teams I want you to beat. Tough lost at home. But take heart we started out 1-3 last year before we caught fire. At
East you came back....

#2934913 All Anderson proved today is...

Posted by panthers55 on 07 September 2014 - 07:48 PM

DA gave us the best chance to win today while resting Cam for the future. Like I said, if you are a fan of the team and not a player you are very happy that DA was so solid on the road. The best case scenario for the Panthers. Anderson was a big part of the win today. 20 points on the road is more than we averaged last year. His,passer rating was 110 or so. It doesn't get better than that......

#2934725 What we learned about today's game against Tampa Bay

Posted by panthers55 on 07 September 2014 - 07:22 PM

What we learned today is that Anderson can really play when it matters. There were hiccups at the end but this was Anderson's first start since 2010. He was really solid all day and gained invaluable experience. Cam got a well deserved rest and 7 more days to heel. This takes the pressure off of Newton to force himself to come backer sooner than he needs to. When he is ready he can do his thing and until then has a backup who is solid and moving the offense. Penalties and missed line assignments cost us a few drives and points.
Shula was great today.. He passed when they loaded the box and ran Deangelo around the end and Stewart up the middle when they played cover 2. He created a gameplan for Anderson that was effective. and used the whole offense with a backup quarterback who hadn't even appeared in a game since 2012. On the road against a Tampa Bay team celebrating a new coach and a new offense that is supposed to put up 35 points we pitched a shutout most of the night . Some say too conservative but I say until we closed out the game relying on the defense which is the strength of the team.
If someone had told me this is how things would unfold last night I would have been ecstatic. I hate nitpickars and guys with axes to grind criticizing the game. It was awesome. That's it......................

#2931381 On Cam Newton's Playing Status...

Posted by panthers55 on 07 September 2014 - 02:40 PM

Can you imagine the size of the smile on Rivera's face when he shakes Lovie's hand after just beating him with his backup QB?

Exactly. Ron knows Lovie and what he is going to do. I think Anderson will give us as good or better a chance to win this week. Folks need to stop talking about the Cam of last year and see where he is right now which is rusty and still recovering from 2 injuries. As you noted, Cam has had very little practice.

#2929425 Is Shula waiting till Sunday to use the double TE sets?

Posted by panthers55 on 06 September 2014 - 04:56 PM

I am not sure Starr becomes a Suh like contract. There is a ton TON Ton TOOOON of wothy cap space next year. Granted some will be spent but it will change the Panthers future in a way the last 5 Hurnial years didn't

Hard to predict what he will get in a few years. Gettleman does like his hog mollies and Star is one of his own.

#2929080 On Cam Newton's Playing Status...

Posted by panthers55 on 06 September 2014 - 12:09 PM

We will see what happens Sunday.

Whoever plays, I am most worried about our power RBs not being featured early to aid our QB

And I am afraid we will be stupid and not take what the defense is giving us and try to establish the run with 3 or 4 initial
3 and outs. If Tampa stacks the box only a fool will keep trying to run when that is what they are taking away. Middle school coaches know you have to run when they are in pass defense and you have to pass when they are trying to stop the run. You have a gameplan but you have to adapt along the way.

#2928954 Is Shula waiting till Sunday to use the double TE sets?

Posted by panthers55 on 06 September 2014 - 10:48 AM

It wasnt that our playcalling was boring, it was that Shula seemed to label guys and then force them into molds. Examples were abundant, especially early in the season.
We know Tolbert is a bruising running back that gets plenty of yards after contact so Shula takes that to mean that when Tolbert goes in we can only run straight up the gut... when in reality, other than goal-line, these plays did not work at all. He is much better in space where he can build up a head of steam -think SF game.

We know that Cam can run. Shula takes that to mean that we need to run Cam out of shotgun all of the time and run read-option plays frequently. These killed any run-game that we had and weren't very productive. The run game for both Cam and the RBs is much better in traditional sets where we can run play-action. Cam can fake, turn around and assess the field, and then take off if there are holes.

Now, these habits did change a little as the year went on but Shula clearly didn't adapt as fast as he should have. The 12-4 season bought him some time. Hopefully he can build on what he learned last year and make the offense a bit more dynamic.

Also, I know he is probably our 3rd TE option but I would love to see B.Williams get some plays. He needs some PT for the intimidation factor alone.

So he put people Iin molds early in the season on his first season of being an OC and that is your complaint?
And because he changed and adapted but not as much as you think he should then he didn't do a good job.
Shula did what he was asked to do which is run a ball control offense, use what he had which was a bad line and a bunch of high priced running backs and a collection of receivers that were serviceable at best and score points and control the clock. He did all those things and we went 12-4 which matches the best win total in our history and that isn't good enough? You guys slay me with the nitpicking as if you could do better.

#2928781 Yo ho ho it's a pirates life for me - smack approved

Posted by panthers55 on 06 September 2014 - 09:15 AM

So how many of the Bucs players are around from the 2002 team? Yeah none. So that is how relevant what the Bucs did in 2002 is to today. The only reason Bucs fans keeps looking backwards is because since then there has been little to cheer about. Since no Bucs fans got that ring it is pretty stupid to keep bringing it up. What they have gotten since then is a bunch of losing and a fan base that doesn't support them. Let's not forget an owner who cares more about soccer than football at this point. It is a good thing they can hold onto the past because that is all they have.

#2928730 Is Shula waiting till Sunday to use the double TE sets?

Posted by panthers55 on 06 September 2014 - 08:48 AM

Shula did exactly what they wanted to do. Fans might be unhappy but Gettleman and Rivera are not. There is no controversy other than that which is created. We are a ball control offense and we spend our money on the defense. Shula is not on the hot seat like some here assume.

#2928456 Gerald McCoy Best DT in NFL?

Posted by panthers55 on 05 September 2014 - 10:26 PM

GMC is still on his rookie contract which was pre New CBA. His contract figure won't raise much at all and he'd still be the highest paid dt in the league. We haven't got much money tied up long term on offense either. Mankins and V Jax are the only players I would consider getting paid handsomely. McCoy is already the highest paid player on the team with 100 mil over six years.

Didn't know he was already making Charles Johnson money. He better dominate to be worth over 16 million a year. It makes both Star and Short incredible deals. I really like the rookie cap.

#2928426 Gerald McCoy Best DT in NFL?

Posted by panthers55 on 05 September 2014 - 09:46 PM

I would like McCoy to bring it again this year before crowning him the best. I wonder if it is better to be perhaps the best Dt on the 17th ranked defense. Or a star rookie on the second best defense in the league.

#2928221 Yo ho ho it's a pirates life for me - smack approved

Posted by panthers55 on 05 September 2014 - 07:40 PM

The problem with this type of logic is that is simplistic and without context. For example tackles are always a function of opportunities . So it isn't just tackles but tackles as a function of total defensive plays or time of possessions or something. Luke not only had 12 more tackles but he did it on 45 fewer opportunities. The casual fans point to quantity stats while knowledgable fans on this board point out quality stats which are in context. For example if one player has 3 sacks on 50 blitzes attempts while another primarily plays in coverage and blitzes once and gets to the quarterback, which one did better? Look at Richard Sherman's stats and tell me if he is better than Byron Maxwell who had 1 interception and 2 passes defended by numbers alone. Of course not because Sherman did his job which was shut down that side of the field. Stats have to be in context so if you want to discuss which one is better go do your homework and then come back to at least make a cogent justified rationale for why David is better. I have plenty for why Luke is not only better than David but why he is arguably the best player in the league. Meanwhile me and the udders are gona sit a spell and spit terbacki in our fancy spittoon next to the laptop. Yeeeee Hawwwww. Y'all!!!!

#2924190 Let Cam Sit This Week

Posted by panthers55 on 04 September 2014 - 07:39 AM

For me the issue is whether playing Cam is risky at this point.  Sometimes rib injuries are long standing issues not so much with the chance of further injury but with ongoing soreness and pain.  If by sitting him this Sunday he will be much better by the following week and he will close to 100% by the home opener then you need to sit him for the benefit of the whole season.  If on the other hand, he doesn't stand a good chance of re-injuring them further and he is going to be in pain for the next several weeks regardless then he needs the practice given how much he has missed of training camp and the preseason.


Obviously the other issue is who would be better at this point.  Is DAs hand totally recovered or not?  Who gives us the best chance to win this week??  Maybe if Cam can't run or take many hits at this point, DA and even Webb would be better options for this game.  Both have looked very good in the preseason.

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