-Its 4th and Inches in MY HOUSE, And Im not going for it... when I have the option of running it with D-Will, Tolbert, or I have a 240 LB 6,5 QB who led the team in rushing yards last year.
-Theres no way in the world that I NOT punch somebody. The Frank Alexander punch wasnt that big of a deal. And the only reason YOU have a problem with it, is because it got him thrown out. If we run the footage of how many punches, pushes, kicks 89 has thrown... we might be sitting here for awhile. Its football... and thats why they wear helmets.
- Theres no way in the world that the guy who leads the NFL in preseason INTS DOESNT Start. Whats the lesson here? Yes he takes risks... but its the perfect way to play when you have the kind of front 7 that we have.
- Theres no way in the world that I blame this game on Cam. I was waiting for it and surely enough... it wouldnt take long.... The fun boys have found a way to make this game about Cam's mental make-up, his footwork, or how he shouldve thrown the ball softer so that his guys would have held on to it.
-There's no way I go into the Half with 3 timeouts, the ball, and not take a shot at getting in field goal range. Cam is one of the leagues leaders in 20+ yardage completions. Use what you have.
- Armond Smith!! "You couldnt smooth a silk sheet if you had a hot date with a babe..... Lost my train of thought." (Seinfeld. Festivus Episode. youtube it.)
-Theres no way in the world that we go into next week with this patchy offensive line. It actually takes time for certain routes to develop so that ... O Wait... that makes too much sense. I shouldnt post it.
1st Down, run. 2nd Down, run, 3rd down, pass. 4th down. Punt (with a penalty.) Mike Shula... whose your daddy?? John Fox?
-There's no way in the world that I start losing my marbles over this game. Not because Seattle is a good team... but because I really believe we're equally as good, if not better. We had entirely too many mental mistakes, breakdowns, dropped passes.... and those ungodly fumbles. This game was going to come down to "Who F'ed up last." And F'ed in this instance ... means fumbled.
- Theres no way in the world that I NOT let Deangelo take the blame for this game. He's a grown man... and He makes alot of money. Sure its a team sport... but your team didnt fumble the ball at the 8 yard line. We love D-Will, but if you hold on to the ball... we win the game.
The point is not about "what if" someone goes down or gets hurt. ANYBODY could get hurt... and we have to adapt. And its not like Steve Smith hasnt been hurt before.
But I want to point out some of the guys that we tried to sign in the past that didnt pan out too well...
Remember Keyshawn Johnson, DJ Hackett, L. Naanae, David Clowney ???
Its not a bad idea to get veteran guys to come in for productivity... but in OUR instance... we have some guys who, with the other weapons around them can grow in a safe environment where there isnt any pressure of being "THE GUY" yet.
My point is that B. Lafell has just as good a numbers as any of the other guys that we would try to bring in here... except that B. Lafell was the 5th and 6th option on this offense. Gettis is back and is expected to fight for serious playing time, if not the #2 spot.
Dont forget that Steve Smith started off as a special teams player. We didnt draft him in top of the draft. He's proven himself to be one of the best in the league because somebody gave him a shot. Im saying... with THIS offense... with THESE weapons.... let somebody grow. And we've got 2 to 3 guys who have that opportunity this year.
Alot has been said about who our 2nd/ 3rd WR will be.
This is the thing about having this kind of offense with the kind of names that we have...
This seems to be the case... it will be hard to tell how good some of these guys are because there simply is not enough balls to go around.
With Cam, Smitty, D-Will, J-Stew, Greg Olsen, and Mike Tolbert... the seemingly "weakest" position is 2nd WR. That doesnt mean that we dont have talent there... It just means that in this offense... with the way that things are going to be spread out... somebodies NOT gonna get the ball, as often.
With Cam as a quarterback that is feared as another running weapon in the passing game, there is always a mismatch. Cam's job is to recognize the mismatch and exploit it. This is actually EASIER for Cam because of his ability to run and the others he has to get the ball too.
Tom Brady is going to sit in the pocket and try to find every guy he can... simply because he has too. With Cam, he can do the same thing, but with the option to pick up 8 -10 yds with his feet. (And it works.)
Remember that Brandon Lafell had a good year last year... in a year where Steve Smith had big numbers. Cam set rookie records.
During the Regular Season... The Panthers had 3 players in the top 26 for rushing yards...
23.) D-Will 836 yds 7 TDs
25.) J. Stew 761 yds 4 TDs
26.) Cam Newton 706 yds 14 TDs
That comes to 2303 yds and 25 TD's for this offense.
(Mike Tolbert for SD had 490 yds and 8 TD'S. So we can expect alot of Cam's short yd TD's to go down.)
Steve Smith finished at #5 with 1394 rec yds and 7 TD's
Cam relied heavily on his TE's early in the season as he was getting comfortable with the offense. (Greg Olsen 5 TDs and 540 rec yds.)
The point is this... most of the guys that people are looking at trying to bring in at WR dont have significantly better numbers than Brandon Lafell (613 yds 3 TD'S) ... on teams with less weapons and less complex offenses. When you have a person like Cam Newton who changes the dynamics of your offense.... and the weapons he ALREADY has around him, it gives the illusion that we need to sign another WR. We havent seen what a healthy David Gettis can do. Pilares hasnt had an opportunity... and Joe Adams can spread a defense with his speed.
Carolina's biggest opportunity for improvement is on the defensive and on Special Teams. Adding a name at WR would make us "feel good" but it doesnt mean we'll be more productive. To win games... we have to stop late game drives and control the ball on special teams.
So I saw a debate this morning on ESPN.com talking about Hank WIlliams Jr and what he said concerning the President. For those who haven't heard ... He made a comparison of President Obama and John Boehner playing golf together to Adolf Hitler and Benjamin Netanyahu playing golf together. So ESPN decided Monday Night to pull his song from being played at the opening of Monday Night Football. Today they're reporting that Monday Night Football and Hank Williams Jr will now part ways because of his comments. For those who care: Here are my thoughts. For those who dont care.... well... here are my thoughts.
As an african american black colored *****, it would be very easy for me fall right in line with the "race baiting." But his comments were totally not about race! He wasnt talking about black people or jews. He was making a comparison of how polarizing the political parties are in regards to the direction of this nation. His comments had a political undertone. While his analogy was offensive, his point was not.
And this is something that bothers me. The silencing of real opinion. The choking out of offensive perspectives. What it says to me is that, "Though you have freedom of speech, if you want us to leave you alone, you are bound to silence." It is foolish to believe that everyone who criticizes the President is a racist. What ESPN, CNN, and everyone else FAILED to report is that Hank Williams Jr actually stated that he most supported Herman Cain, the conservative black candidate running for President in 2012.
Dave Zirwin, from the Nation Sports Editor questioning why ESPN he was employed so long in a public position because his views were different. This is a silly statement, because anyone's views can be seen as offensive to someone else because of the mere fact that they're different. There are plenty of fools who come on the Huddle on a daily basis who ignorantly express themselves in a manner in which I believe is detestable, but no one here is crying about it.
And while its nice to think that ESPN and the NFL are doing everyone a favor by getting rid of a "bigot", people refuse to deal with other racial undertones that permeate the culture. IE: The athletic black QB, whose too stupid to run an offense because he came out of a simplified run-first offense, will only make plays with his athletic ability vs the white QB who runs well is seen as a positive because most white QB's dont run well. I know everyone feels differently about this... because it doesnt seem so obvious... but this is a TYPE of discrimination with racially charged undertones.
This is a double standard... and I think Im more bothered by this than I am Hank Williams Jr's statement. I think his comments were totally taken out of context... and because of NFL-ESPN politics, we will no longer be asked, "ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!??"
All due respect to breast cancer awareness month, but maybe we should wear pink all year, because I dont ever remember the league being such a pansy league. We need to do something for testicular cancer because we have seemingly lost ours.
I think that a lot of our fans didn't understand what it meant to draft Cam Newton. Being last in passing offense was our biggest hole. The previous year, we had 2 running backs run for over 1000 yds. Steve Smith was seriously contemplating leaving... D-Will became a free agent, and I can imagine a number of players wanting to jump the sinking ship.
You can check back on some of my past posts and you'll see that I predicted that we would draft Cam Newton and I also predicted that signing Cam would cause D-will and Steve Smith to stay. Not only has drafting Cam energized the fan base, but Cam has helped bring in some serious weapons for our offense.
Sure Marcel Dareus is probably going to be a solid player, but he's not gonna have the same impact that Cam will have. I'm ELATED that Ron Rivera, JR and Marty Hurney, didn't drink the Kool-aid about Cams work ethic, character issues, and all the stupid comparisons to J. Russell.
I liked Andrew Luck, but felt like if he didn't come out, Cam Newton would be just as good of a pick. And it makes it even more of a steal that the CBA won't handicap a franchise by having us spending big bucks.
Some think that there was no need to draft a qb with the 1st pick... But Cam has proven to be more than just a qb. This dude, whether we want to believe it or not, is our Lebron James.