Nice thread....and board. I will be covering camp starting tomorrow for radio and our football site. Follow me over at twitter.com/ellisradioguy and feed me some of your pressing questions for Coach Rivera and co.
Hope to give you a little depth to the camp reports at www.the212daily.com (and if this plug is deemed shameless, burn my pie.)
Don't post here often--did back during the dog-days of camps with those infamous twitter wars (Person/Reed/etc). Was a blast.
I work in radio exclusively now, but love vid-production. I just got Sony Vegas, and am hoping to cut up some great stuff soon. Smitty89 (I think I got your name right).....second to NONE. Awesome thematic concepts, great storyboarding. It's NFL-Films quality work, without the advantages of the technology.
This was the most recent piece I put together. Basic. I've always tried to let the music and images do the talking. Less narrative makes for a more dynamic piece, IMO. That said, I AM a RADIO jock....and just did this for shits/giggles on WMM.
It was to celebrate the ending of the lockout, which looking back, makes me appreciate the "problems" our beloved team faces today. Nothing....nothing...would have been worse than no football at all.
Aside from that miserable, unfortunate typo, let me make my position on Clausen/Cam very clear:
--I have no favorites here. I look at several things while other writers are busy watching the ball floating in the air:
1. QB's pre-snap adjustments 2. Footwork under center--Newton shows occasional "tells" on run v. pass 3. Efficiency with drops from behind center 4. Back foot and leg drive through the ball 5. Velocity and placement of the throw (accuracy is a hack term--placement is what matters. Many say Clausen's TD to Olsen on SAT was not accurate. Actually, it was very well placed, given the trail coverage and S over the top)
--Clausen, unless you are biased, had a far better night as a pro QB on Tuesday
--Newton wasn't bad--just inefficient. Looked lethargic. Sloppy with footwork again.
--Anderson has no shot to start if he plays like he practiced last night. Keep in mind, on his TD drive vs. NY, his second completion was a tipped ball that was caught on a lucky break by Charly Martin. His last throw, the TD, was a simple bubble screen. He threw the ball 10-yards, laterally, and 81 did the rest. I'm in the minority here, but come cut-time, he might not make it, if Hurney sees someone else with a little more accuracy out there.
I have followed this team since Bob Christian's TD in the in 1995 HOF Game. I'm not a "fan-boy", but with respect to the history of this team, I'm a decent resource for info.
As an observer, I want Cam to be ready now, because he is going to be the guy sooner or later. But he can't one-hop simple stick routes to TE's and expect to win the job with his smile alone. Has to be good in practice, all the time. That's what Rivera wants to see, and until he breaks out of the rookie funk, Clausen will be their guy.
But, then again, watch me be 100% wrong on all of this :Yawn:
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You see, I've been a sports writer since 2003. Before that, radio. I was born into a radio fam, so I've had a rare look into the "agendas" of many in the media.
Your regulars: Gantt, Person, Reed...the beat guys...are genuinely good. You may not like their work, but they work hard.
For every one of them, you have dozens of hacks who literally (and I have seen this)...scan tweets from other sources, and put together their word secondhand.
It's a dying biz, sports journalism. Social is where it's evolving to, and honestly--love him/hate him--Florio is the best example of taking a simple blog, working his tail off, and building an enterprise.
It can happen, if you attack the stories with an honest perspective. You have to add value along the way--something the aforementioned either can't/won't.
As you will see on the site in the coming weeks, the P.O.D. will be considerable.
Very interesting night on the sidelines. Taking tomorrow off, as it will be a walkthrough/fluff interviews, so we will have more time to devote to launching other modules on our site. Podcasts, message boards (can't compete with this, of course), videos, X's and O's segments.
It's a work in progress. Thanks for supporting the site. Honestly, I will have more freedom from outside the ropes to deliver a more honest read on what's going on inside the ropes. Doesn't make sense? Don't worry--it's jibberish.
Tonight was compelling. Full recap later at www.the212daily.com.
I don't like predictions, but anyone who says that Newton had anywhere close to the night that Clausen did tonight is uninformed or has an agenda. I have no agenda, if you read my work.
Clausen would have to "sh*t the bed" on Friday for Newton to pass him, IMO. Just the way things feel out there at camp, to this observer.
Kudos to Joe Person, Steve Reed and a pair of PR/Media champs from the Panthers: Charlie Dayton and Ryan Anderson. Both were awesome with helping the "rookie" out.
Between my radio gig, the new website, and my work as a freelance reporter, this season is by far my favorite assignment--not because I am a fan, but because I can see the nuances and architecture of the NFL game right in front of me.
I'm trying to model my site, and subsequent podcast after a few sources:
--NFL Matchup Show (Jaws, Hoge) --Sirius NFL Radio Movin' the Chains (Ryan, Kirwan) --Greg Cosell from NFL Films (twitter.com/gregcosell)
We want to push beyond the "broad" opinions of "should this dude start" or "can Cam's smile transform a city", and keep things on message with pure football analysis. We're off to a good start, and it should only get better from here.
I will be in Charlotte for each home game, will full previews, in game tweets, and post-game reports.
In the mean time, keep checking in each day to the site, and follow me at www.twitter.com/johnellis212 (tweets are protected because, believe it or not, there are some hack-job journalists out there--not the ones above).
I'm back in the ropes tonight for camp updates. Not going to be in a frenzy race with Person and Reed, but will provide timely updates. Follow me on Twitter and shoot me a note with any questions you might have. I'll do my best to get answers.
Again, thanks to the entire Panthers Huddle fam for the support. Linked this site on the sidebar of my site: www.the212daily.com