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.
Last time (2011) Stafford had 5 TD passes and they lit us up for 49 pts. I'm betting the team gets a lot of looks at that game film.
I don't know how much validity that game will have, since there's a new regime coaching the Lions now. We may be able to pick up individual tendencies, but I think the overall team schemes will be different than in 2011.
I don't think it's really very relevant. 2009 was six years ago, and the talent DA had around him then is different from the guys he has around him now. In what little playing time I've seen DA as a Panther, I like what I've seen. I would prefer Cam be under center, but I have confidence in DA, too.
Okay, since this is a Madden post, I just have to share a link for what may be the best commercial I have seen this year. It stars Kevin Hart and promotes Madden Season. Funny as hell! Here's the link:
It would have been funny had he not been begging for attention the whole game. I mean I love the guy but let the other players get some tv time too, I mean damn lol
I am almost 54 years old, and that's about 50 seasons of football watching under my belt. High school, Pop Warner, College or Pro, I have never seen another player whose transparent love of the game is so readily apparent as Cam Newton's is. For me, part of the fun in watching Panther football these days is seeing the player who is unarguably the most vital cog in the machine reveling in the game and the successes of his team mates. I don't think he detracts from anyone else's spotlight at all. If anything, I think it shows how much this team embraces the concept of winning TOGETHER, because TOGETHER is the only true recipe for success in a sport that is the ultimate team game. Party on, Wayne! Party on Garth!...and Party on, Cam!
I recognize the potential, but it's just so damn frustrating when he makes a bone headed play that erases all the goodwill his previous good play has banked. And I still don't know what the hurdle is that keeps the good practice player from carrying over to the game-time player.
Not that it matters getting in to what could have or might have... but in most games I think Benjamin gets McKelvin. He is far more athletic and faster then Gilmore. He would have been able to keep up and get in to position much more easily then Gilmore. And, slammed to the ground - nah, because they'd have just pulled the CB back 5 yards and any contact would be illegal. Also, they'd have gone to a cover 4.
From the limited amount I saw of KB I have to believe the best way to cover him in the NFL is to intercept and cut him off in motion with the safety. There is little to not reason to not double team him because there are no viable threats to catch a cold on the team. Double coverage on KB will be done from his first snap in his first game. Against the Bucs you will likely see the CB play inside and under on KB, avoid nearly all contact and let Goldson cover the top. Goldson will likely even be the first player to make contact. Being that he only ran a 4.61 Benjamin isn't blowing by anyone and defenders have a better chance at jumping his route then they do actually stopping him. He's just too big and powerful.
If you can keep him outside it will be even easier but a nearly impossible task to do.
I kind of hope they DO give KB the attention you describe. I think your estimation of the lack of talent among the other WRs is a bit off base. They may not be Pro Bowlers (yet),but they have some skills. Cotchery and Avant are sure handed if a little long int he tooth. Bersin, King, and Lucas show quite a lot of promise. And if that all fails, there's still Olsen and Dickson at TE as a passing option. If the opposing defenses make KB the main focus, that's going to leave a lot of other people open for business. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, they also serve who draw coverage off the other offensive weapons!
I am giddy at the thought of what having KB does for our offense. Just the threat of him makes it a nightmare for opposing defenses. If you double him, watch out for the other WRs or tight ends. If you shadow the tight ends, it's going to leave KB one-on-one (a match up I'll take every time when it involves Benjamin!). If the WRs and TEs are locked up, watch out for Dwill/Tolbert/insert Stewart or another RB here. And if all else fails, don't forget someone better spy Cam. Having KB be a legit threat means opposing DCs can pick their own poison!