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Ranking the Owners - JR #19

04 May 2014 - 08:42 PM

19. Jerry Richardson, Panthers


You probably didn’t know that Richardson played in the NFL. This is because his career was undistinguished. In two years as a Baltimore Colt, Richardson caught just 15 passes. “Undistinguished” can also be applied to Richardson’s ownership career. In the 21 years (19 seasons) since the Panthers’ founding, there have been only five playoff appearances, and little consistency. Before 2013, the Panthers had won 11 or more games four times. All four times, they won eight or fewer the following season. As a person, Richardson’s humble persona is sometimes belied by surprisingly vicious actions. He infamously fired his own sons before even more infamously insulting Drew Brees and Peyton Manning during 2011’s CBA negotiations. Throughout the talks, Richardson was billed as the “least flexible and most pessimistic” of the owners, and didn’t seem to want to mediate with the union so much as break it. Finally, there’s Richardson’s stadium machinations. Despite Bank of America Stadium’s relative youth, Richardson has already ransomed the fine people of Charlotte for $87.5 million, and a favorable lease. With the team instructed to be sold within two years of Richardson’s death, it’s conceivable it could jump town. Richardson is to be commended for bringing football to the Carolinas, and seemingly doing his best to field a competitive team. But his actions in recent years have suggested that his ego comes before all else.      

By Patrick Daugherty  Rotoworld





Interesting.?.  What is this garbage about the team being sold within 2 years of his death.  That's news to me ... and not very good news.  I wonder how this tidbit hasn't been discussed before, or did I miss it?

Free Agency Losers

27 March 2014 - 04:00 PM



Below is the piece on Cam.  Pretty much nails it.  Link to Adam Levitan's article is above.  FA isn't over and the draft is yet to come, but there is much more work to be done.  BTW, save the posts about being cap-strapped, we went 12-4 last year and in DG we trust.  Reality is that we are in rough shape right now and there will be no chemistry on the OL, between Cam and his WRs, and in the defensive backfield.  Rivera has a big job in front of him once DG pulls together a roster.


 1. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
The daggers are coming fast and furious at Cam Newton right now. Let’s start with the offensive line.

Jordan Gross, PFF’s No. 3 left tackle last season, has retired. Travelle Wharton, PFF’s No. 5 guard last season, remains an unsigned free agent. Backup G/C Geoff Hangartner has retired. If the season started today, the projected offensive line is a rag-tag group of Byron Bell at left tackle, Garry Williams at right tackle, Amini Silatolu and Edmund Kugbila at the guard spots and Ryan Kalil at center.

Bell was PFF’s No. 52 tackle last year while playing on the right side and figures to struggle even more on the left side. Williams is former UDFA with 21 career starts in five seasons. Silatolu and Kugbila are youngsters coming off serious injuries. Kalil is the only sure thing. It's arguably the worst unit in the NFL.

OK, now let’s get to the receiving corps. This was a sub-par unit a year ago with declining Steve Smith and underperforming Brandon LaFell leading the way. Now those two are gone, as well as speedster Ted Ginn. The Panthers failed to truly address the position in free agency, only adding 32-year-old (in June) Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood to Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King. It’s a room devoid of playmakers.

The third negative for Newton in free agency is significant defensive improvements around the NFC South. The Saints added Jairus Byrd to pair with Kenny Vaccaro at the safety spot. The Bucs scooped up Michael Johnson, Clinton McDonald and a Revis replacement in Alterraun Verner. The Falcons added size with Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai.

Lastly, Newton underwent ankle surgery to repair a ligament issue that’s bothered him since Auburn. He’s been slapped with a four-month rehab timetable, meaning he’ll miss offseason workouts with his new “toys.”  

Kap at Hooters

11 January 2014 - 05:05 PM

At 5:00 across from the downtown Marriott. Crabtree was in/out as well. Sitting like a little bitch with a black hoodie

Philly Police Disguised as Saints Fans

03 January 2014 - 10:27 AM

Got this off yahoo sports ...


This isn't the first time the force has resorted to undercover measures to deter would-be aggressors from going after opposing fans, but with the Eagles hosting a playoff tilt for the first time since 2010 it is certainly high-profile detail for Philly's finest. Officers impersonating Saints devotees will be spread out amongst the 69,000 fans in the stadium in hopes that 'Bird Brains' will think twice before picking on someone wearing black and gold.


For all the complaining about BOA, be thankful it doesn't resort to this.  I was at the NFC Championship game in Philly against the Panthers several years ago.  BOA is just as loud ... actually probably louder ... for playoff games but just not full of the nonsense that occurs there.



Call to Arms

20 December 2013 - 01:25 PM

Sorry for another thread about crowd noise but it is that important.  In anticipation of the big game, I have been trolling Panthers stuff more than usual this week.  Here's a summary of what I have seen / heard over the last 5 days.


1.  Riverboat issued a Call to Arms for Panther fans at BOA this Sunday.  He understands and emphasized the importance of crowd noise.


2.  Gross asked fans to skip work or do whatever is necessary to save their voices for Sunday.


3.  Cam and Gross mentioned home field advantage and crowd noise several times during interviews this week.  Gross said BOA has been great the last couple weeks and fans are rallying around the team.  Cam said BOA is one of the best places to play and fans are really behind the team.


4.  Yesterday, analysts on NFLN said the Saints O-line is their Achilles heel.  Primary reason for their poor road record is the o-line cannot anticipate the snap count in loud environments and the brief hesitation gives the D-line an advantage.


5.  Brees said they have several playmakers (receivers primarily) and are difficult to defend when they establish their rhythm.



This game will be discussed on all sports-talk shows next week.  I am tired of hearing about the 12th man in Seattle.  For all of us going to the game, get to your seats before kickoff and lets rock for all 60 minutes.  Don't wait until 3rd down and from the first series, make it hard for Brees to audible at the line of scrimmage and for their offense to get in a groove.  In addition, lets make our silence on offense just as deafening. 


Lets establish BOA as a hostile environment and do our part this weekend!  

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