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#2076245 We should at least take a hard look at Chip Kelly

Posted by rayzor on 04 January 2013 - 08:58 AM

agreed, but unfortunately the goal is to be safe and comfortable instead of being winners.

#2076244 Spoke with Jim Szoke on the phone...

Posted by rayzor on 04 January 2013 - 08:56 AM

i can live with one one more year to prove himself. more than enough time, esp. if it's a playoff or bust condition followed by a back to back winning seasons or he gone type deal.

it's not ideal and not the coach i want, but if he can win that's all that matters.

the next couple years needs to be a no excuses allowed period. we've got to get some higher standards up in here where nothing short of a winning season is allowed, regardless of how beloved the coach is. and after that, keep raising that bar.

we haven't had a winning team because our standards and expectations have been too low. we've become conditioned by this team to accept mediocrity if we like the coach/player/GM. if that continues we'll never be a perennial powerhouse team always in the playoff picture.

#2075719 Getting Cam a QB coach worth a damn

Posted by rayzor on 03 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

I don't want just a playmaker at QB, I want a surgeon. I want Cam to be a play-making surgeon.... A bigger and faster version of Aaron Rodgers.

you're just setting yourself up for disappointment then. totally unrealistic expectation.

#2075689 Panthers not behind in coaching search

Posted by rayzor on 03 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

brandt is one of those guys i put a whole lot of stock in what he says.

makes me feel a good better, tho we still don't need to be sitting around doing nothing.

#2075622 Getting Cam a QB coach worth a damn

Posted by rayzor on 03 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

I think he just needs better guard play.

Big Ben, Eli....lots of good QBs have pooty footwork.

Cam is rewriting record books. People think he should play like Brady 8 years into his career or something. Rivera and Shula seem to be good fits for Cam IMO. I think they know how to handle his development (more than the technical aspect of throwing)

cam made some bad decisions, no doubt, but that OL and having passing plays that took forever to develop caused him to operate in some crazy situations that one doesn't automatically think about footwork...it's just "oh crap i gotta run!".

better protection and getting the ball out quicker will help more than correct footwork.

i want cam to be more productive. i don't think for everyone that the solution is getting more technically proficient. you make him think about his footwork and other areas will suffer.

#2075568 Getting Cam a QB coach worth a damn

Posted by rayzor on 03 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

i have no complaints about cam after the last few weeks.

we've lost no games because of his footwork. cam's coming along just fine and his production is what will make him elite, not his footwork. it's not holding him back.

#2075235 Our Cap Isn't In Good Shape For 2013

Posted by rayzor on 03 January 2013 - 03:54 PM

it's not?

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#2073354 Why is it all Rivera's fault?

Posted by rayzor on 02 January 2013 - 03:15 PM

Maybe it is me, but who in their right mind wouldn't see the way we hit on all cylinders at the end of the year and say that is what we are going to do all year next season.

As for the running game lets see whether we keep Stewart and Williams before we go down that road.

As you say I have been waiting for an aggressive defense that runs a Jim Johnson style defense for a decade. I would hate to see that go in favor of a bend don't break defense as in years past. I would hope that McDermott could do it on his own but there is no guarantee he won't go with Rivera who I suspect could get another head coaching job this year with all the vacancies out there.

we were hitting it on all cylinders at the end of the season last year and we thought that there was no reason to think they wouldn't heading into this one.

#2072926 Why is it all Rivera's fault?

Posted by rayzor on 02 January 2013 - 09:30 AM

that five year old team has been to the playoffs every year with pretty much the same level of overall talent.

who is laying it all on rivera? no one is letting the other coaches or players off the hook.

the team is ultimately on his shoulders. his job is to find a way to win with who he has.

most don't trust his team or game management skills and with the record he has as a coach its hard to argue that he's doing very well with those two areas. making the players love you isn't enough. getting closse to winning isn't enough.

#2071823 The case for firing Rivera and the case for keeping Rivera

Posted by rayzor on 01 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

You bring up some good points and I don't wholeheartedly disagree with you.


We were wasting timeouts against the Saints and against Oakland we botched the end of the first half by using a final timeout when we should have been spiking the ball thus limiting our playcalling options especially after the penalty that pushed us back.

Nobody remembers those things because we won those games. But those are the type of things that lose close games.

It didn't get much better. We just happened to win some games so people didn't notice.

agreed. we barely got away with wins that we essentially just got lucky with and we lost games that we had in the bag. again, players made mistakes but the coaching staff made bad calls that helped give those games away.

and performance of the players always falls back on the coaching staff. it's their job to put them in a position to win, and part of that is not giving games away or giving control to the other team. it's also putting together a plan that the players can win with or even excel in. it's also getting the right people in the right positions at the right time and ensuring that they can carry out the plan/directions you've given them.

team management. game management. it all falls on rivera. he improved in some areas, but my main concern is 1) his ability to continue growth and 2) having a low ceiling. it's quite possible that this team will never get much better than average with rivera calling the shots.

but hey...as long as the players are content with their coach and we don't have to rock the boat again, it's all worth it, right?

meh.....if rivera stays, it should be with a very short leash that he will be released from if he doesn't perform as expected...and those expectations are winning season next year or he's gone. not 8-8....winning. playoffs the year after that. that's the bare minimum.

i would also make sure that there's a coach on staff that has HC experience and if rivera's team goes through a losing spell, as in 3 in a row...he's gone and the assistant will take over. if the team is losing by the bye week....he's gone. losing can no longer be tolerated.

if the players think it's harsh or putting too much pressure on him...too bad. play better and know that it's not just your job on the line, it's the coaches.

#2070188 John Kilgo thinks Carolina Huddle posters are idiots

Posted by rayzor on 31 December 2012 - 12:15 PM

not disagreeing, but does anyone have the context? or are we too idiotic to think that context is beneficial to understanding?

#2069834 Saintsreport cracks me up.

Posted by rayzor on 31 December 2012 - 10:26 AM

they had no head coach, the worst defense in the league....ever, and got swept by us and we still finished with the same record.

this bothers me.

#2069774 The Problem With Our Fanbase

Posted by rayzor on 31 December 2012 - 09:44 AM

low standards.

low expectations.

going from 6-10 to 7-9 is solid progress.


#2069756 What has Rivera really proven?

Posted by rayzor on 31 December 2012 - 09:34 AM

What Rivera has shown is that he can adapt and learn as well as get his players to buy into his system and play inspired. Rivera never used the injuries as an excuse for struggling but stressed the positives and the next man stepping up. He has done a great job the past few games and has shown he is definitely worthy of keeping for another year.

i hope so because i really don't see him leaving.

i'll somehow turn into superhomer again heading into training camp, but i don't like his game management at the end of games. when the game is on the line and we have the lead (which has become common) he starts trying to protect the lead by allowing the opposing team to get the ball so that his defense can stop them. the only problem is that the rules have made it easy for big chunks of yardage to be given up in a very short amount of time through the air and teams have over and over found a way to do this against us.

the only safe place for the ball to be is in our offenses hands. a lead is not safe unless the clock strikes 00:00. you either keep putting points on the board or keep the ball in your hands. we've had too many close losses happen when we had the lead because our defense couldn't contain the other offense. yes, the defense should have stopped them. that's their job. the problem was that they shouldn't have been in that situation to begin with. but he's a defensive coach. it's his nature to trust defenses more. it's historically been a safe way to manage games. i just don't think it is effective game management anymore and i don't have faith that he'll get that.

#2069558 What has Rivera really proven?

Posted by rayzor on 31 December 2012 - 02:21 AM

These coaches your posting each had at least 3 years to prove themselves.
What coach has got fired in their 2nd year with an improve in their record?

Can't wait to see the Rivera haters when a thread about him officially coming back is made.

he'll have to do a whole lot more than just manage to keep from getting fired for any "haters" to look foolish.

he needs to do something other than have a losing season. did he improve the teams record? yes, and at this pace we may end up with a winning record...in 2014. maybe even a playoff spot in 2015.

good times. weeeeeeee..........

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