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  1. 57 points
    In a tale as legendary as time itself, unlikely hero Martin McFly once found himself in 1955, trapped in his own past thirty years before the present. There he found his father, George McFly, pummeled and ridiculed by Biff Tannen, subject to the insults and repeated harassment of a bully able to impose his will every time they met. Marty watched in disgust as his father, a gangly, overgrown, underpowered high school milquetoast, kowtowed to Biff's every offense. It was a dynamic that molded his identity, indeed his very consciousness. Biff's bullying became the essence of who George McFly was. Does this dynamic sound familiar? Biff Tannen is the Seattle Seahawks, and by my estimation that makes the Panthers George McFly. But we've all seen how that one ends, and it's glorious. Faster than you can yell "Hello McFly!" the Panthers did swear, George, goddammit, and they punched Biff square in the face, knocked him out, and took the girl. And thirty years later, back in the present, Marty observed the difference that win made in his father's life, his personality, his outlook, his attitude. It became the single defining moment in his life and spawned greatness. But all did not end well. Just like Seattle isn't the end of the season, so did Marty find that his misadventures were only beginning. Having only just triumphed over his own family's fate, Marty found himself in a new crisis. So it goes with the Panthers. Forget the past, it's time to go back to the future and avenge the poor choices of your children: that is, the 2014 Panthers matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. October 21, 2015 That's the date Marty went to the future. He saw a version of his future that reminded him of his past: his son a criminal, his wife a drunk, his own life in shambles due to a series of terrible choices. And what's more, 78-year-old Biff stole the DeLorean, flew to 1955, gave that version of himself a sports almanac, and set in motion a chain of events leading to an alternate reality, a dystopian 1985 that finds Hill Valley in physical ruin, crossed with barbed wire, bodybags, machine guns, social decay, and the flickering neon lights of excess and immense economic inequality. In other words, they were in Philadelphia. Absolute disaster! Much like Doc and Marty, the Panthers last year found themselves humuliated by the Eagles, sacked nine times and overwhelmed from the opening snap. A starting secondary consisting of Melvin White, Antoine Cason, Charles Godfrey, and Thomas DeCoud couldn't stop Mark Sanchez from lighting up the scoreboard, and an offensive line consisting of Byron Bell, Amini Silatolu, Chris Scott, and Nate Chandler couldn't stop a formidable pass rush from shredding the point of attack. The result was a humiliating 45-21 loss that was a deeper drubbing than it sounds (14 of those Carolina points came in garbage time.) In the trash-strewn alleys of 1985, Doc and Marty knew they needed a plan to reverse the past and make the present right again. Just like they had to devise a plan to return to 1955 and steal Biff's fateful sports almanac, the Panthers need to devise a plan to clip the wings of a Philadelphia team coming off of two straight wins, surging in the NFC East and motivated to prove the doubters wrong. Philadelphia has fixed several early-season hang-ups, maximizing their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses. Taking them down won't be an easy task, but here's a few keys to making it happen: 1) Take advantage of a soft interior line. This is probably the Eagles' biggest weakness personnel-wise. Guards Allen Barbre and Matt Tobin are playing some of the worst positional football in the league, consistently allowing penetration by defensive tackles on both running and passing downs. More surprisingly, center Jason Kelce is having the worst year of his professional career (perhaps Panthers fans can sympathize, having watched Ryan Kalil's effectiveness plunge when sandwiched between subpar talent.) Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short should both have huge days. 2) Force DeMarco Murray to run laterally. One of the Eagles' biggest problems over the course of the season has been trying to get Murray going south downfield. He hasn't been able to do it, largely because of terrible interior line play, which plays right into the Panthers' strengths. Interior pressure should force Chip Kelly to treat Murray as the scat back he isn't, sending him outside, around the tackles, where rising star Kony Ealy and newcomer Ryan Delaire are good enough to seal the edge and allow a speedy linebacking corps to come up and make plays. 3) Put the ball in Sam Bradford's hands. Prior to this season Bradford was touted as having the best pass-to-turnover ratio in the league. Not so this year. Bradford has looked atrocious, and it's reflected in the Eagles' bottom-scraping average of 8+ yards to go on third down. Third and long has been standard fare for Bradford through six games and this is where Carolina can force him into mistakes. Bradford's problem hasn't been decision-making, it's been accuracy, and it's hard to imagine a defense better suited for making him pay for off-target balls. The Giants' last-ranked pass defense forced three interceptions last week, so expect a feeding frenzy. 4) Play physically against Philadelphia's receivers. None of them are playing good ball right now, and both have proven susceptible to being nullified at the line of scrimmage when pressed. Jordan Matthews has made a few plays but tends to come up short when it counts (see: game-losing bobble against the Falcons in week one) and Aglohor has proved deeply inconsistent, notching only eight receptions and a fumble through six games. (It's worth noting he didn't practice yesterday and may be out for Sunday's matchup, leaving the number two duties to second-year man Josh Huff, a negligible threat.) Riley Cooper is reliable but dislikes minorities. 5) Isolate the Eagles' cornerbacks. This is going to be key on offense for the Panthers. Last year the Eagles defense struggled in coverage, allowing the most yards after catch in the league, and retooled the entire secondary as an answer. Both safeties are playing at a high level, but corner Byron Maxwell is having an awful year, and his counterpart, Nolan Carroll, is only marginal. There are no tricks to exposing Maxwell. Here's a play the Jets ran in week three: Nothing special, just a deep out run by Brandon Marshall. Maxwell is turn inside in coverage, attempting to direct the route inside where he'll have safety help upfield, or simply not get beat over the top, which has been a problem for him. Much like Cary Williams last week, Maxwell often has to play off the line of scrimmage to avoid getting beat. This buffer often leaves openings for quick cuts and big plays. Cue Brandon Marshall: That's as easy as you're going to get in the NFL. Maxwell plays too far back to recover when Marshall pivots outside, and Fitzpatrick connects with him for a nice gain. The Panthers should be able to take advantage of matchups like this all day. One way Mike Shula can isolate poorly-performing corners like Maxwell is heavy use of two TE sets. A play like the following would likely be successful: Nothing special about this play other than that it utilizes a good tight end and a fast wide receiver. At the bottom of the screen the strong safety will probably have to come up to bracket the TE, Olsen, in the flat, leaving single coverage outside against the receiver (a safer bet than your strong-side linebacker alone against Olsen.) On the upper end of your screen the slot receiver (ideally Philly Brown or Ted Ginn Jr.) will force the free safety to give helped to the nickel back over the top, leaving one-on-one coverage outside for the receiver (who runs an outside hitch in this case.) Plays like this will isolate Maxwell and Carroll in space, where they struggle to position themselves properly against opposing receivers. If the Panthers can do these things they should come out with a convincing win - beating Biff, as it were, and restoring things to the way they were meant to be: victors over the Eagles, undefeated. 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  2. 15 points
    Boy I hope so. My Dad was let go from the Sunoco and I begged them to take him back, they didn't. Now he's dead.
  3. 6 points
  4. 5 points
    Hmm, for that to have been put out publicly like that sounds like it might possibly have been a topic of conversation within the Smith household. For someone as prideful and stubborn as Smitty this might be his way of saying "baby give me one more chance" Now I know the chances of it happening are absolutely slim to fuging none, but it's an interesting possibility. I definitely wouldn't be opposed to it as long as it were made clear this isn't his locker room anymore.
  5. 5 points
    Thank god our General Manager isn't as naive as Steve Smith's son.
  6. 5 points
    There is something perversely hilarious about a team saying "they haven't played a good QB" when that team also doesn't have a good QB.
  7. 4 points
    In a tale as legendary as time itself, unlikely hero Martin McFly once found himself in 1955, trapped in his own past thirty years before the present. There he found his father, George McFly, pummeled and ridiculed by Biff Tannen, subject to the insults and repeated harassment of a bully able to impose his will every time they met. Marty watched in disgust as his father, a gangly, overgrown, underpowered high school milquetoast, kowtowed to Biff's every offense. It was a dynamic that molded his identity, indeed his very consciousness. Biff's bullying became the essence of who George McFly was. Does this dynamic sound familiar? Biff Tannen is the Seattle Seahawks, and by my estimation that makes the Panthers George McFly. But we've all seen how that one ends, and it's glorious. Faster than you can yell "Hello McFly!" the Panthers did swear, George, goddammit, and they punched Biff square in the face, knocked him out, and took the girl. And thirty years later, back in the present, Marty observed the difference that win made in his father's life, his personality, his outlook, his attitude. It became the single defining moment in his life and spawned greatness. But all did not end well. Just like Seattle isn't the end of the season, so did Marty find that his misadventures were only beginning. Having only just triumphed over his own family's fate, Marty found himself in a new crisis. So it goes with the Panthers. Forget the past, it's time to go back to the future and avenge the poor choices of your children: that is, the 2014 Panthers matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. October 21, 2015 That's the date Marty went to the future. He saw a version of his future that reminded him of his past: his son a criminal, his wife a drunk, his own life in shambles due to a series of terrible choices. And what's more, 78-year-old Biff stole the DeLorean, flew to 1955, gave that version of himself a sports almanac, and set in motion a chain of events leading to an alternate reality, a dystopian 1985 that finds Hill Valley in physical ruin, crossed with barbed wire, bodybags, machine guns, social decay, and the flickering neon lights of excess and immense economic inequality. In other words, they were in Philadelphia. Absolute disaster! Much like Doc and Marty, the Panthers last year found themselves humuliated by the Eagles, sacked nine times and overwhelmed from the opening snap. A starting secondary consisting of Melvin White, Antoine Cason, Charles Godfrey, and Thomas DeCoud couldn't stop Mark Sanchez from lighting up the scoreboard, and an offensive line consisting of Byron Bell, Amini Silatolu, Chris Scott, and Nate Chandler couldn't stop a formidable pass rush from shredding the point of attack. The result was a humiliating 45-21 loss that was a deeper drubbing than it sounds (14 of those Carolina points came in garbage time.) In the trash-strewn alleys of 1985, Doc and Marty knew they needed a plan to reverse the past and make the present right again. Just like they had to devise a plan to return to 1955 and steal Biff's fateful sports almanac, the Panthers need to devise a plan to clip the wings of a Philadelphia team coming off of two straight wins, surging in the NFC East and motivated to prove the doubters wrong. Philadelphia has fixed several early-season hang-ups, maximizing their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses. Taking them down won't be an easy task, but here's a few keys to making it happen: 1) Take advantage of a soft interior line. This is probably the Eagles' biggest weakness personnel-wise. Guards Allen Barbre and Matt Tobin are playing some of the worst positional football in the league, consistently allowing penetration by defensive tackles on both running and passing downs. More surprisingly, center Jason Kelce is having the worst year of his professional career (perhaps Panthers fans can sympathize, having watched Ryan Kalil's effectiveness plunge when sandwiched between subpar talent.) Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short should both have huge days. 2) Force DeMarco Murray to run laterally. One of the Eagles' biggest problems over the course of the season has been trying to get Murray going south downfield. He hasn't been able to do it, largely because of terrible interior line play, which plays right into the Panthers' strengths. Interior pressure should force Chip Kelly to treat Murray as the scat back he isn't, sending him outside, around the tackles, where rising star Kony Ealy and newcomer Ryan Delaire are good enough to seal the edge and allow a speedy linebacking corps to come up and make plays. 3) Put the ball in Sam Bradford's hands. Prior to this season Bradford was touted as having the best pass-to-turnover ratio in the league. Not so this year. Bradford has looked atrocious, and it's reflected in the Eagles' bottom-scraping average of 8+ yards to go on third down. Third and long has been standard fare for Bradford through six games and this is where Carolina can force him into mistakes. Bradford's problem hasn't been decision-making, it's been accuracy, and it's hard to imagine a defense better suited for making him pay for off-target balls. The Giants' last-ranked pass defense forced three interceptions last week, so expect a feeding frenzy. 4) Play physically against Philadelphia's receivers. None of them are playing good ball right now, and both have proven susceptible to being nullified at the line of scrimmage when pressed. Jordan Matthews has made a few plays but tends to come up short when it counts (see: game-losing bobble against the Falcons in week one) and Aglohor has proved deeply inconsistent, notching only eight receptions and a fumble through six games. (It's worth noting he didn't practice yesterday and may be out for Sunday's matchup, leaving the number two duties to second-year man Josh Huff, a negligible threat.) Riley Cooper is reliable but dislikes minorities. 5) Isolate the Eagles' cornerbacks. This is going to be key on offense for the Panthers. Last year the Eagles defense struggled in coverage, allowing the most yards after catch in the league, and retooled the entire secondary as an answer. Both safeties are playing at a high level, but corner Byron Maxwell is having an awful year, and his counterpart, Nolan Carroll, is only marginal. There are no tricks to exposing Maxwell. Here's a play the Jets ran in week three: Nothing special, just a deep out run by Brandon Marshall. Maxwell is turn inside in coverage, attempting to direct the route inside where he'll have safety help upfield, or simply not get beat over the top, which has been a problem for him. Much like Cary Williams last week, Maxwell often has to play off the line of scrimmage to avoid getting beat. This buffer often leaves openings for quick cuts and big plays. Cue Brandon Marshall: That's as easy as you're going to get in the NFL. Maxwell plays too far back to recover when Marshall pivots outside, and Fitzpatrick connects with him for a nice gain. The Panthers should be able to take advantage of matchups like this all day. One way Mike Shula can isolate poorly-performing corners like Maxwell is heavy use of two TE sets. A play like the following would likely be successful: Nothing special about this play other than that it utilizes a good tight end and a fast wide receiver. At the bottom of the screen the strong safety will probably have to come up to bracket the TE, Olsen, in the flat, leaving single coverage outside against the receiver (a safer bet than your strong-side linebacker alone against Olsen.) On the upper end of your screen the slot receiver (ideally Philly Brown or Ted Ginn Jr.) will force the free safety to give helped to the nickel back over the top, leaving one-on-one coverage outside for the receiver (who runs an outside hitch in this case.) Plays like this will isolate Maxwell and Carroll in space, where they struggle to position themselves properly against opposing receivers. If the Panthers can do these things they should come out with a convincing win - beating Biff, as it were, and restoring things to the way they were meant to be: victors over the Eagles, undefeated.
  8. 4 points
    After watching the video 'nail in the coffin, take your ass back to carolina and mow my grass', it reminds me....keep your ass in Baltimore and finish your career with a lame duck team.
  9. 4 points
  10. 4 points
    I'm not. Antoine Cason, Melvin White, Charles Godfrey, and Thomas DeCoud won't be within 100 miles of BoA on Sunday, unless they're working the concessions counter or bought a ticket.
  11. 4 points
    Funniest thing is that the Eagles QB will be the worst one that we have faced all season. Bradford is god awful.
  12. 4 points
    We are going to smash the Eagles. It would be a very close game if not for the 3-4 picks Bradford is going to throw. Panthers - 30 Chip Kelly's Flying Circus - 16
  13. 4 points
    myrtle beach eagles fan? shockerrrrrrrrr
  14. 3 points
    Each week I like to bring to you some of the highlights... and lowlights... of what the fans of the opposing team are saying. This week I infiltrated the locked down Eagles official message board, posing as one of their own. Here is what I discovered... Hmmmmm.... a pretty balanced post. Weird. Also, because I am tired of taking screen shots.... here are more quotes.... Eagles fans are starting to respect Cam? He must truly be in the MVP conversation. No one in their right mind would trade the entire Eagles offensive roster for Cam Newton. The Panthers did lay an egg in Philly last year, fair enough. Currently, however, they have the longest regular season win streak in the NFL. See, he put an S in front of Cam to make a new word. Never heard that one. View full article
  15. 3 points
    Back to back blowouts after winning at Seattle would be the best three game stretch in our 20 years. Would love to see that kind of consistency and beating the teams you're supposed to beat, on a national stage to boot. Sheer Panthers ecstasy.
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
    me neither. Bunch of snooty know-it-alls. It's not like it was Indianna Jones and the Crystal Skull. Oh and this is just fun.
  18. 3 points
    I loved the third one. Mad Dog Tannen Vs. a plated up Clint Eastwood (Marty McFly) Epic matchup.
  19. 3 points
    damn. was this really the starting secondary for that game??? If so, am feeling very confident
  20. 3 points
    its funny. last week a gulls fan was talkinv about us being frauds becaus we haven't played any teams with a winning record, but seattle didn't have one either so they fit the narrative that fan was running with. this week an eagles fan talks about us being frauds because we havent faced any good QBs tbis year (which i agree), but they have bradford. do they not see what they are doing?
  21. 3 points
    Yeah, we have yet to face an elite QB like Bradford... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  22. 3 points
    My good buddy who is a huge Eagles fan and generally knowledgeable football fan sent me this text last night: "Next week should be interesting. Both teams seem to have a top 5 defense and 1 team has a great QB with 1 good weapon while the other team has a poo QB with 6 good weapons."
  23. 2 points
    And honestly, why should they? They're not in business to help out other teams or give players the sendoff they want. The only incentive for them to make a trade is if they get something that helps them, and that's probably more than I'd be willing to give up for a guy who's not even going to play a full season.
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
  26. 2 points
    Yes, Luck is good. I watched him in the New England game though and he threw some of the most horrible passes I've ever seen, missing wide-open receivers. He threw stupid passes too into coverage. The myth of Football Jesus Andrew Luck is just exactly that... a myth. He's just another good, young QB with potential.
  27. 2 points
    Best one yet, PhillyB. Between this and the SCP thread, I don't see how we lose this game. Side note: the next two games are the ones I want the most. Can we get a blowout just once please? Well, twice.
  28. 2 points
    next time someone tells you we can't possibly win the superbowl without kelvin benjamin whip out BTTF3 and tell them your future hasn't been written yet!
  29. 2 points
    andrew luck can't count to ten and chuck pagano is the dumbass henchman that buford kicks in the ribs
  30. 2 points
    So does this mean the Seahawks game is the GOAT, the Eagles game will be pretty good, and the Colts game will be poo and we'll wonder how it went all downhill?
  31. 2 points
    I don't even understand the Sir Cameron Newton: Leader of Men, Lover of Puppies...Esquire play on words. He was never a scammer... It's like me calling their old QB Donovan McStabb when he's never been accused of stabbing someone.
  32. 2 points
    Let's make him sole owner of the number 1 spot. 3 more INTs on Sunday night.
  33. 2 points
    Philly definitely presents some challenges with their uptempo, quick hitting offense when clicking is tough to stop. We've seen McCown throw for 300 (without Luke) using a similar quick passing scheme. Philly has some guys that can move in their front 7 as well. Barwin, Cox, Alonso, Kendricks are all pretty athletic. Thankfully our OL is a bit different this time around. Last year in Philly the OL consisted of Bell, Amini and Chandler... Cam stood no chance. It also didn't help that Deangelo fumbled on the second play of the game. It'll be interesting to see how the Panthers come out coming off their huge win in Seattle.
  34. 2 points
    Drop the trap game please. There is no way in hell after the embarrassment Philly put on us last year are they overlooking the Eagles. One of Rivera's greatest attributes is he was a former player. He knows the week to week mindset and makes sure NO ONE look past the Eagles. He makes sure we keep with the "Our most important game is our Next game" mentality.
  35. 2 points
    Eagles fans are correct when they we haven't really played any above average QB's yet this season. Indy fans will be able to say the same thing next week.
  36. 1 point
    Id take him in a minute. All you assholes act like he was a cancer. fug you. I WANT MY SMITTY BACK!! #bestreceiverinpanthershistory
  37. 1 point
    As much as it pains me to say it, Smith is a natural Raven, and that fan base rightfully appreciates and loves 89. It is a shame that it ended like it did here. Dave Gettleman and many here basically said that Smitty had outlived his usefulness on the gridiron. Well, that was wrong. After all the spilled blood and guts in reference to his departure, I just don't see a return happening. His legend has grown though---through it all---and I fully expect to see his bust in Canton one day.
  38. 1 point
    I'd rather trade for anquan boldin. Peter King said it might be avalible and thinks we'd be the perfect team for him
  39. 1 point
    I've moved on, but I wouldn't be opposed to trading something for Smith. Let's get that man a ring. I'm usually one of those guys that don't want to hear about him until he retires, but he's a legend and if we make it the superbowl, I want that man to have a ring.
  40. 1 point
    Not at all. Cam hasn't been hailed as the jesus young QB that does no wrong like Luck. The real difference is the media is finally seeing what they refused to see and report.
  41. 1 point
    if you haven't watched Bill Burr's standup in Philly on youtube. Google it, watch it, thank me later.
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    Jordan Matthews seems to be the matchup we have to win IMO. We should be able to contain there rush....can't let Mathews have a game. Think he had a big day last year too good of write up as usual
  44. 1 point
    pied before reading. great job PhillyB. you keep this up and you will begin to be on @SCP's level. I would say Igo's as well, but alas... i dont think anyone can quite attain the gloriousness that is Zod.
  45. 1 point
    Pinned and great read Philly. Dystopian future principal Strickland was pretty badass though with that shotgun. "Eat lead Slackers!!!"
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    it seems like we have heard that "they haven't played anyone" the last 2-3 weeks... and then their team gets beat.
  48. 1 point
    Someone says this just about every week, but to me this looks like a trap game. We are undoubtedly the better team right now, but any given Sunday boys.
  49. 1 point
    Other the obviously overlooking TD at OLB, biglou22's post was pretty much spot on.
  50. 1 point
    Are you in a clan? You should try to find one that works for you. That's the best way to find raid mates. I'm at 283....the grind is real! I just need more time!
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