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#2109295 Game 40: Charlotte Bobcats (10-30) vs. Houston Rockets (21-21

Posted by teeray on 21 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

There is something wrong when one team jacking up three gets 41 free throws and the team attacking the basket only gets 24. NBA refs are BY FAR the worst officials in all of sports. They are terrible in every single way.

#2109223 The Media and Black Quarterbacks

Posted by teeray on 21 January 2013 - 04:37 PM

I am beginning to think that the media criticism of Cam has less to do with him being black than it does with the media's desire to be right when they unfairly and incorrectly belittled him and his accomplishments leading up to the draft.

As far as that pre-draft criticism being racially biased, I think it certainly did play a part. But now, they want him to fail so they can feel smart. Several people lost a lot of credibility and they are trying to get it back.

If Luck wins OROY over Russell and RG3 it will be a travesty and it will further prove that point.

#2108713 National Anthem: Tradition or Style?

Posted by teeray on 21 January 2013 - 11:15 AM

They should quit hiring people to sing the national anthem and just replay this on the jumbotron every Super Bowl:

It has never been done better than Whitney. Still to this day gives me goosebumps. I love the end when the look on her face tells you that she knows she nailed it.

#2107944 Remember guys, Rome wasn't built in a day

Posted by teeray on 20 January 2013 - 10:52 PM

Were they 2-14 the year before he got there?? I thought they were 6-10, about where we are now.

Harbaugh is a great coach though. No doubt about it.

it took them 8 years of rebuilding after going 2-14 in 2004 to get where they are now.

#2107697 Read option is here to stay

Posted by teeray on 20 January 2013 - 09:34 PM

This is not a wrinkle that will be figured out. The Wildcat was and is nothing like the read option. If I were a braggart I would mention that I wrote about this very thing in 2010 as Cam was going through the draft process.

When I or others said that Cam could revolutionize the QB position, we were mainly talking about how scouts view QBs in the evaluation process. Before Cam's rookie year, being very mobile was considered either negligible benefit or even a hindrance.

The truth is, that the prototypical straight drop back QB is on the verge of extinction in college and high school. There will always be a premium on great passers. But what we have seen over the last 10 or so years is that prototypical QBs have become over valued in the scouting process. Basically, if you ran a pro style offense in college and could be even moderately competent you would get an automatic top two round grade.

I said then and I still believe now that the NFL is on the verge of a major change. Mainly because the athletic QB has become so commonplace in college that the NFL will have to adjust in order to expand the options at QB that are available.

And with the remarkable success of our offense (which is better than you guys act like it is), SF, Seattle, and Washington, NFL coaches are beginning to make this transition and will continue to do so unless college reverts back to more traditional offenses.

Of course, when I said this two years ago most on here laughed at me.

At the same time, it is too early to be too braggadocios, because the NFL defenses will continue to make adjustments. But in my opinion, it doesn't really matter what defenses do. If the QB can pass as well as run, it is virtually undefendable.

#2105948 The Pistol

Posted by teeray on 20 January 2013 - 12:07 PM

I wish we would mix the Pistol offense in with our scheme more.

Does anyone know if Shula has experience running the Pistol?

the Shanahans didn't have experience with it either. The great thing about the pistol is you can basically just run a typical NFL offense out of it. It is an easier transition for OC's with NFL experience or have only run pro style offenses their whole career.

I think all of these offenses can work including what we have been doing. My main complaint with our offense is that we need to pick up the pace. Get in and out of the huddle with 20-25 seconds still on the play clock instead of 15-12 seconds like we have been doing. That gives us a chance to adjust or change the play based on what the defense is showing us. These last two years we haven't done that, so if the defense is giving us a look that has our play well defended, we just run it anyway and hope for the best. in order for our offense to work it has to be more flexible at the line of scrimmage.

#2105923 The huddle can be cams new qb coach

Posted by teeray on 20 January 2013 - 11:48 AM

Don't ever go to a website called the Carolina Huddle.

#2105125 Shula promoted to OC

Posted by teeray on 19 January 2013 - 05:03 PM

My girlfriend won't cook, clean, or get a job. She is mean to my best hunting dogs and she sleeps with other men in the neighborhood while I am at work. I considered finding a new girlfriend but for the sake contunuity, I decided to keep her. I'm following your example Coach Rivera - I sure hope it works out for both of us.

Quit being lazy and do some cleaning on your own, and go ahead and bang that hot secretary you've been spanking it to in the shower the last 5 years.

You can make it work. This could be a good thing. Good luck!

#2105063 Shula promoted to OC

Posted by teeray on 19 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

Am I the only one just dying in laughter at the people who are grasping so hard for straws to hold onto to mindlessly defend this team?

By that I mean literally the exact same people who are screaming you can't judge Shula for something that happened ten years ago (and five too btw) are also screaming that he's also just so dandy because of something he did fifteen years ago.

Okay fair enough. How about last season when he took a QB "project" and developed him into the best rookie QB in NFL history. Or is that too far back for you also?

#2105021 Continuity not Capability

Posted by teeray on 19 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

Isn't that obvious?

Shula is Rivera's best hope at keeping his job. Not because he is the best OC available, but because he does not have to completely overhaul the current offense.

Hiring an outsider offensive coordinator would mean the entire offensive staff would be gone and a completely new offensive system in place. A new playbook. New terminology for the players to learn. New chemistry to be developed between players and coaches. Often, this can take more than one season to start yielding results.

Rivera does not have more than one season. If the Panthers do not win this year, he is gone. He knows it, everyone knows it.

So put yourself in his shoes. Knowing you can only lose 7 games next season or your ass is fired, would you

1: Hire a completely new offensive staff and implement a new system knowing in all likelyhood it will take a good of time to develop into a good offense if ever at all. or...

2. Promote from within and hope the current offense can be good enough to get you 9 wins. No learning curve, fewer variables.

Lets be clear here. The Shula hire was not made because he was the best candidate. Shula was hired because it presented the best option for Rivera to possibly win 9 games next season. It was a last ditch short term job saving hire. Any considerations past 2013 are an afterthought.

New England has done that ever since Brady and Belichik have gotten there. There are other candidates that might have better resumes but he promotes from within.

How is New England being doing these last couple of years, anyone know?? :P

#2105019 Dispelling some half-truths about Shula's time in Tampa

Posted by teeray on 19 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

You have to be kidding me. Your entire support is based on the "Yeah, you have a point, but THIS time it's different." argument?

I haven't said I think Shula is going to be the greatest OC ever the way many of you have already declaring him a bust in Carolina before he has coached a game.

But having said that, it is different. Different situation, different QB, different playbook, etc.

Was Belichek's experience different in New England than it was in Cleveland?? i wonder if Kraft thought, "yeah he stunk in Cleveland but THIS time it's different"

#2104839 Dispelling some half-truths about Shula's time in Tampa

Posted by teeray on 19 January 2013 - 01:00 PM

There has been a lot of discussion about Shula's time in Tampa so I think there are a couple of things that people should know to provide context to his failure in Tampa Bay.

Half Truth #1- The offense was inept despite having a Pro Bowl QB.

The Other Half- Yes Trent Dilfer was a Pro Bowler in 1997. In 1995 he also had a Clausen-esque debacle of a season. In 1995, which was Dilfer's second in the NFL but first as a starter, he had 4 TD passes and 18 INTs. Schula took over in 1996. Dilfer showed some improvement in 1996 and then developed into a Pro Bowl QB in 1997 with 21 TDs and 11 INTs, all under the tutelage of Mike Schula. Statistically, it would end up being the best season of Dilfer's career in which he started 8 or more games. Including when he won a Super Bowl in Baltimore.

Half Truth #2- In response to people saying "He was hamstrung by Dungy's conservative tendencies" people have stated "He was so bad that his replacement took the same offense and jumped to #6 in the NFL in PPG"

The Other Half- Yes it is true that the year after Shula was replaced by Les Steckel Tampa Bay jumped to #6 in points per game. On paper it looks like an incredible turnaround.

So how did Steckel get repaid for this amazing turnaround? Did he get a raise? Did Steckel get an extension? Did another team swoop in and hire him as a head coach?

No. He was fired. After one season. Dungy stated in his reasoning for firing Steckel:

"It's a little bit of chemistry, a little bit of fit, a little bit of what I want to do, how I want to do things. It is just hard to explain and put a finger on and let everyone know without getting into a lot of detail that we just can't get into."


Despite the turnaround in points per game Dungy did not like the way the offense was being run and after only one season decided to fire that OC.

Half Truth #3- Schula did not use Shaun King, he had Dilfer his entire time

The Other Half- It is true that Dilfer started the majority of the games during Schula's tenure. But he did have Shaun King in 1999 and Shaun King started 5 regular season games for Shula after Dilfer got hurt. During those 5 games they only scored less than 20 points once (granted that one game was a shutout). The next season (2000), with Shaun King as the full time starting QB they continued that trend and improved offensively and were very similar to how they closed their last 5 games of the regular season in 1999. That fact begs the question, what was really holding the offense back in for most of 1999, Mike Schula or Trent Dilfer?

They did struggle offensively in the playoffs in 1999, but that also happened in 2000 when the only mustered 3 points in a loss against the Eagles.

The point isn't that I think Schula was a great hire, or that he will be a great coordinator. My point is, if we are going to have a serious conversation about his time in Tampa and how that disqualifies or qualifies him to be a OC 12 years later, it is important that we have all the facts straight.

#2104730 Shula promoted to OC

Posted by teeray on 19 January 2013 - 11:43 AM

Continuity for a sub 500 team....sure if that is the goal.

GL trying to make a joke about the Browns or Raiders....jokes on you(us) now.

Or continuity on a top 10 offense. But it is harder to be so self loathing if you think of it that way

#2104682 For everyone that thinks our offense would be top-tier if Chud stopped going...

Posted by teeray on 19 January 2013 - 11:03 AM

He never had to start King. He had Dilfer for his entire tenure.

His replacement came in and jumped the offense all the way up to 6th. With Shaun King.

No mention that he took a QB that had 4 TDs and 18 INTS as a rookie in 2005 and in two seasons Shula had him at 21 TDs and 11 INTs in 2007? He took a guy that was as bad or worse than Jimmy Clausen and made him respectable.

And he was replaced by Les Steckel in 2000 who was a failure in Minnesota . I wonder if the fans were like "NOOOOO he was a failure in Minnesota in 1986 where his offense finished near the bottom of the NFL... Derpa derpa!!1111!"

By the way Steckel failed in Minnesota, then 13 years later was hired by Tennessee as OC and was successful. Hmmmmm

#2104449 When was the last time a franchise QB willingly left a team?

Posted by teeray on 19 January 2013 - 02:20 AM

The only close game you can even come close to putting on Cam is Seattle and even that one I have to split with Chud because I don't agree with that lower percentage play at that point in the game where they were.

Before you cite the fumble in Atl, that's just the sort of thing that happens. It didn't end our chances of running out the clock, Rivera refusing to let him fall forward on 4th and 1 and Nakamura take full blame for that game.

The Dallas game he had a drive with a chance to win and didn't succeed. But I usually don't blame one person for any game we lose. Even a QB. But I think we can all agree that Cam struggled some at the beginning of the season, and we may have left some games on the table by not being more efficient on offense.

Hey, I am one of the founding members of the Cam Newton Nuthuggers Society, so I am not blaming Cam individually for the losses. However, there are things Cam can get better at that will eventually be the difference between 7-9 and 10-6 or better.

It isn't like he is throwing 35+ tds and having less than 10 INTs these last 2 seasons. I hope and think that may be where he is heading, but he has a lot of growing yet to do as a QB. And as he improves, we will win more, and thus he will still be happy.

And all will be well.

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