I don't mean to imply that those who prefer us lose out are bad fans. You're thinking about what benefits the team best long term. I get it. But as much as I want Rivera gone, what I wanted more was for Cam to come out in the second half today and brings up back for a victory. I want us to win.
I agree, in the moment fandom takes over and you really can't help root for your team to win. But to answer a question posed above, about whether or not rooting for your team to lose is being a good fan, I can only say I look at it as a tactical withdrawal to allow the team to regroup. If losing allows us a chance to acquire blue chip personnel, a coaching staff that knows how to use it, and to offer some glimmer of hope for a fan base that has been as abused as an NFL wife/girlfriend, then how can we help but root for the loss? When all hope is gone, there is only April to look forward to.
Let me start by saying I consider myself SOLID Panthers fan. Having said that, I truly hope, after what I just watched int he first half against the Vikings, that we lose every single game left on the schedule. The ONLY thing left to play for is a good draft pick, and losing out is the best way to insure that. It is also the best way to see some of the spectacularly bad coaching and playing on this team sent on their merry way. When August comes, I will once again be wearing my jersey and hoping for better, but I think I'm packing my team gear away for what's left of the 2014 season. I am SO GLAD I did not invest any money in going to any games this year! April can't get here soon enough.
I've been a fan since the beginning, but I cannot remember a worse team than the one we are fielding this year. Even in the 1-and 2-win seasons, the games were at least somewhat competitive. But that abortion last night has resigned me to the fact that this team is in no way ready to play big boy ball. I thin there are plenty of places to point fingers, starting with an oline that can't seem to do anything right (and is likely to either get Cam killed or at least leave him a David Carr-esque shell of himself). Running backs who consume large chunks of our salary cap that generally also drop to their knees at first contact. Defensive ends that are pedestrian at best without the presence of our perhaps mentally ill problem child to give them fire and anchor the right side of the line. Dbacks who are practically old enough to have played against Roger Staubach, or who have proved why their former teams bid them farewell. Youngsters at corner and safety who show flashes of promise, but who still have a lot to learn. On the oline, Bell and Chandler should buy a Two Men and a Truck franchise and start their new careers as furniture movers, because they sure as hell ain't cutting the mustard in the NFL. Kelvin Benjamin needs a Steve Smith-like come to Jesus meeting about completing routes and fierceness - there's no reason a WR his size should ever pull up short when a contested ball is in the air. And lastly, I have lost my faith in RR. It was apparent to anyone with a television last night that Cam was getting hammered, was hurt, and was consequently playing sloppy and making bad decisions out of real concern for his safety. When, in the press conference afterwards, Rivera said he "needed to get his reps," I resigned from the Riverboat fan club. If I'm Cam, someone in the Panthers organization is going to have do a lot to prove to me why I should re-sign with a team that seems content to watch me get pounded to jelly every Sunday, without providing any sort of real weapon to at least give me a shot at being competitive. I say blow it up, keep the 10 or 12 players who still have a glimmer of talent and worth, and pray we get a high draft pick we can trade away - to get a lot more picks in later rounds. At least that way we might be able to start building something that will be good for a few years, instead of a team whose wins all feel like a fluke.