One thing you have to understand is Sean is as much a Cam Newton homer as Heath Evans is a Saints homer. Sean had Cam for MVP before the season started and has picked us to make the playoffs the past 2, maybe 3 seasons. He picked Cam for Rookie of the Year before any games were played. Sean absolutely loves Cam. I think he feels a connection to him being a black QB in the NFC South.
It's clear to me that this so-called "red light" that Ron supposedly ran was actually a metaphor. My guess is it was some sort of wormhole that unleashed bizarro Ron upon this dimension while sending our Ron there. Suddenly our fortunes have changed for the better, while the other dimension is wondering what happened to the dynastic Panthers. It'd be crazy if it wasn't true.
Remember that Jet Li movie "The One" where he traveled through dimensions killing all of his versions to become stronger? In the movie wasn't there a red flash when he traveled through dimensions? (red light= red flash).
He might want to be called Analytical Ron, but here, he'll always be Riverboat Ron Rivera. And on Sunday, the Panthers added another fourth-down conversion to their long list of short-yardage successes. I'd call it another notch on the bedpost, but Steve Smith might sue me and then beat me up after winning the lawsuit.
Anyway, the Panthers just went through the usual steps. They were up 10-6 in the second quarter and faced a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line against the Buccaneers, who have the league's eighth-best run defense. Riverboat Ron let the clock wind down before calling a timeout, which remains the only flaw in his fourth-down strategy; he does that more often than not, and it's going to cost Carolina a meaningful timeout some day. When the Panthers came out of the timeout, they lined up to go for it and pulled the Cam Newton diving sneak out of their arsenal; Newton broke the plane of the goal line before the ball was knocked out of his hands, resulting in yet another Panthers touchdown. It was Carolina's seventh successful fourth-and-short conversion of eight meaningful attempts this year, with a drop from Brandon LaFell blemishing the perfect record. Each of the seven conversions has either resulted in a touchdown or extended a drive that would eventually produce a touchdown.
I can't even get angry at Rivera for kicking a field goal on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter; there, a 22-yarder from Graham Gano put Carolina up by 21 points with 6:43 to go. Tampa Bay was so interested in trying to mount a comeback after that, Greg Schiano's men punted at the end of a three-and-out on the very next drive.
I don't see how we could keep Cam, Keek and Hardy. Hardy is asking for MVP money.
You have absolutely zero idea of what Hardy has asked for. You can only speculate. It could be a few million apart or only the actual structure of the deal that is the separation. Everyone can easily be kept depending on how you structure the deals/escalators, roster bonuses, guarantee money. Just have to plan far enough ahead.