I really planned not post this summer as the Huddle tries, with all its might, to understand what happened this off season. Sure the OL is a concern but I was more concerned about the skill positions and to be honest, our WR core last year sucked, and sucked bad.
I am a fan of Smith but man what a head case, still fighting for respect on the field and in the locker room. I love his motor but not his leadership...
Newton and the running game deserves a a sure handed and young WR group, and that's what we have...with a cohesive leadership from JerCrot and willingness to listen to coaching and work with Newton.
Two games last year pissed me off, the Seahawks/49ers...we won the defensive game but couldn't score and that needs to improve...and I look forward to a group of guys that will CATCH the ball in traffic and have disciplined route running. Ricky will teach route running and Newton will know where these guys break off routes...and we have a pretty good TE core too.
GMAN/Riverboat football sounds good to me...We improved in the off season as far as a TEAM and that's what counts. So I'm not going to bitch about the tight cap or the off season FA's, I like the direction we are taking and look forward to beating the West with a balanced offensive attack and Tenacious D ...
we had second row end zone at BOA for a couple of years now. when the plays are in you end of the station, it's incredible...I'll miss Smitty's jawing the whole game. But when it's the opposite, it sucks. like someone said, you can't tell first downs...so it's like watching half a game.
so it depends what you want to do...get in the players ears and hear the carnage or watch a game. we will probably move up and and out of the endzone next year...but it was damn fun.
Frankly, i don't give a fug about a #1 WR, it isn't like SS was one over the last couple of years and 12-4 wasn't a bad record for a bottom feeding offense.
But we will need a OL to run and that seems to much easier to get in the short term. But all this crying over having a top receiving core really is just fans wanting a high powered offense to watch. That will take two years or longer, WR are pricey and guess what...we ain't got nothing to spend.
I have as much fun watching us executing a great defense as scoring points and if we can score some OL in the draft and add another big bodied slot receiver, I would be happy. Stuff them defensively and run the living crap out of the ball...and still have a better receiving core than last year...
I trust the coach and the GM, it's time for long term fixes and to be a contender every year...not every four.
Posted by AviationMX
on 07 January 2014 - 11:48 AM
The reality is that we are a small market without a long history, that being said we will have to do what we know we can do. Get a turnover in the first half and turn it into points. No more field goals, we have to play to win and play to win early. Keep a short field and make them work hard the entire game. They will have about 2 seconds to throw a pass or Kaep will be admiring the carolina blue sky ....that may be the most fun for us fans, making some real noise and watching our crushing D line go to work with our LB's flying around the field.
We can compare stats, rings, coaching styles and travel fatigue but this is a fan forum, we believe RR has this team working together like Dean Smith / Coach K/Jimmy V would and we should be clear about our faith in our team, regardless of those who doubt the team. Yes , this is tobacco roads...all we have is national college championships and a Stanley Cup...for now , but we know what it takes to win and we love underdogs.
I think at the end of the half we will be ahead by 10 and the coaching will be aggressive to the end...final score
Posted by AviationMX
on 06 January 2014 - 03:04 PM
For my 100 post....
I see a blow out with the 49ers tanking like they did against the Colts in week three and our offense goes supersonic. Kap is another game manager that when he needs to throw into a tight window, runs instead. I doubt he can escape our LBs like in GB and that will not end well... Good bye Tats...ice up, son
30 -10 Panthers cruise to a win...
Now on to more important things....A all South NFC championship....in CLT. We're waiting for you Breezy.....