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    I certainly bleed my Panther blue, and have followed the team so long, that I'm beginning to feel like history as opposed to remembering history. That being said, I follow the Panthers very closely and am truly a Panthers fanatic in the best sense of the word.

    In addition to following the Panthers and the NFL, I also write poems and essays regarding different aspects of race relations in America, and sometimes the world. You can see some of my poetry at blackpoems.net, and perhaps more importantly read my essays on race at racerelations.net. Yes, I know that dealing with racial issues can seem somewhat taboo at times, but my goal is to provide forums where people can at least open up a dialogue and discuss racial issues forthrightly, but respectfully. It is my dream that people will get to a point where, like Dr. martin Luther King expressed, people will be judged by their character and not skin color. Moreover, I have been known to write reviews and opinions on different aspects of the wireless industry, and other issues that affect consumers.

    Lastly, I am a family man who works a penny ante job, enjoys sports and very few TV shows, and plays video games. I am in some ways the quintessential "starving artist", who somewhat revels in being a rebel and covets a Bohemian lifestyle.


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  1. First and foremost, stop allowing people to call names and insult people on the sly. The rule should be applied regardless of the member's status or popularity. Mods should be encouraged to give warnings freely and often if necessary. Perhaps a badge (of shame) for a certain amount of time (even permanent) would be further discouragement for offenders. I would say that I agree that there should be a minimum number of posts to start a thread, but that it should actually be more than 100 or 250. If it were up to me, it would be at least 500. That way you'd really have to prove yourself as a contributing member and you would be less likely to post needless crap just to get the ability to start nonsensical threads. From a technical standpoint, I really think that a radio button for a quote box on the editor of the mobile version of the software would be a fine idea. Moreover, a few more emojis to express feelings would probably be fun fore some folks (perhaps some to be used in lieu of insults).
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    Ron is no longer the biggest pussy HC in the NFL

    When they came off the field and eventually kicked the FG, my wife asked, "Why did he do that?" I replied, "Because he's a pussy, that's why!"
  3. I specifically say that it was Cam's play that was the cause for the skid, but I'm assuming that his shoulder was the reason for his play. Listening to Tepper, he believes it as well. The questions is whether or not Cam can return back to pre-surgery form. He's got to be able to at least push the ball down field for 40 yards for our offense to move halfway efficiently. I'm beginning to wonder if all the talk of "evolution" on offense was kind of a cover for the real problem: Cam's shoulder.
  4. Tim Weaver and USA Today have come up with some guys that we may think about bringing in, two or three because they would ultimately fill some gaps, and the remainder to add depth and maybe be upgrades if we're lucky. On an off note, because I don't particularly care for the need to click to navigate their list (but still feel the need to respect their copyrights), I'll list them here with quoted selections, a paraphrase of their thinking, and/or my own thoughts (along with the links). 1. G Mike Iupati, 2018 PFF ranking: No. 33 at G At 31, would Lupati be really anything other than depth or a Band-Aid? My question: Does he have enough in the tank to actually be a marked upgrade for a few years over the young guys that we have? 2. G Rodger Saffold, 2018 PFF ranking: No. 7 at G Apparently Saffold still has plenty left in the tank, and his play is indicative of that fact. He likely will come at a higher price than Lupati, but according to Weaver, "Adding Saffold would provide an upgrade at left guard and could firmly establish Carolina as the conference’s top running team." 3. C Matt Paradis, 2018 PFF ranking: No. 2 at C "Tyler Larsen got some very valuable experience starting at center in 2016 and 2017, when Kalil missed significant time in both seasons due to lingering neck issues. Nevertheless, if the team has a chance to replace Kalil with a proven starter in his prime, they have to take it. Before he went on injured reserve, Paradis was having a fantastic year for an otherwise dismal Denver offensive line. He could be a perfect stop-gap to prevent any significant decline in Kalil’s absence." 4. G/C Nick Easton, PFF 2018 ranking: Unranked Easton was not only unranked by PFF, but something about coming from Minny just leaves a bad taste in my mouth for some reason. Moreover, this "versatility" thing is a little overrated. I don't think that we're going to sign a guy that essentially sucks, unless we're desperate. Offseason FA is not a time for desperation. Could Easton be cheap, developmental depth? Maybe. 5. OT Ja’Wuan James, 2018 PFF ranking: No. 33 at OT Here is a guy Dave Gettleman wanted, and now Marty Hurney could go and get him. This time though, it would likely be specifically for the right side (if you listen to Weaver's insinuation). Of course it really does make some sense, especially if Daryl Williams is not in our plans and the plan is to move Moton to the left. Otherwise, I don't really see it happening as James would essentially become a luxury pick. Matt Kalil is such a fly in the ointment... 6. C Mitch Morse, 2018 PFF ranking, No. 12 at C This would be a most sensible move. It may be even the best feasible and long term move for a team in our position, as Weaver suggested: "Paradis is arguably the best option in what’s a surprisingly solid class of centers. However, Morse is both three years younger and a bit bigger. Adding a powerful blocker like Morse to the middle of the line would set the table at center for several years." Larsen, though a fine backup, isn't the answer if you're serious about protection. 7. OT Jake Fisher, PFF 2018 ranking: Unranked From one first round bust to another? Are you kidding me? https://pantherswire.usatoday.com/2019/01/20/panthers-7-free-agent-offensive-line-options-2019/
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    Do we need a CB?

    Even if that's true, Bradberry is still a far cry away. Consistency is the key!
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    Do we need a CB?

    I don't think people look askance at Bradberry because of lack of INTs, it's the fact that he needs more consistency. The only thing that's going to get him paid like a top five CB, is to consistently play like a top five CB. You can't play lights out one game (or series) and give up big plays the next if you expect to get paid as a top corner. Sure, all corners get beat sometimes, but the best ones keep the chunk plays to a minimum (so much so, that it's almost surprising when they get beat big). Bradberry hasn't reached that elite level (not saying that he isn't necessarily a starting corner, but he's got to minimize the wtf plays).
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    Ring of Honor expanding

    Are the numbers retired?
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    Panthers hire Hostler as WR coach

    He's worked with some solid receivers, and that's good enough for me.
  9. He is much more talented than that.
  10. The reason I ask about Ryan Finley is because USA Today's Bill Ricette brought him up as an option during this draft. "Finley has five years worth of games (46 total games) under his belt. He split his time between two schools, starting at Boise State in 2013, where he red-shirted his freshman season before transferring to North Carolina State in 2016. Finley will go down as one of the best quarterbacks North Carolina State has ever seen. And this is a school that has seen Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson, to name a few. The biggest worries among draft analysts are Finley’s arm strength and his accuracy. He is a 64.2 percent passer, so take that for what it’s worth. Newton has also had his accuracy questioned and he has turned out just fine." Yep, accuracy is kind of a premium with me (for some reason), but the part that really caught my eye was the mention of Finley being in the company of Rivers and Wilson as perhaps the school's best. Is he backup material, which would pretty much render him useless to us as far as I'm concerned, or does he have a true starter's upside? https://pantherswire.usatoday.com/2019/01/17/4-potential-qb-options-panthers-2019-nfl-draft/
  11. If he would come on good terms---the financial ones---then I'd look to sign him to a two or three year contract (that has an optional additional year). He's been kind of middle-of-the-pack in D.C., so middle-of-the-pack money would be OK. I think that he still has the years left to be an impactful player in our system.
  12. "Terrible" is way too strong of a word. He may have been a "terrible value," but he was far from bad.
  13. Well then they should adjust and flex their muscle accordingly within that context. I was around when the players went on strike. The so-called scabs playing football wasn't good. It was akin to "fake football." What do they make like at least $400,000 per year? Prepare, make plans, be conservative, and sit.the fug out if you have to. The owners and networks don't want that. It's their worst nightmare. Vince McMahon would be smiling though, as would his BFF.
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    Stat that makes me puke

    I thought you were going to say that it was more of an indictment on coaching, but the lack of a pass rush was pretty big.
  15. Also, I wouldn't necessarily say that Jackson "struggled" the further the season went on as much as he got beat a couple of times and had a b.s. call against him. He had some solid games toward the end of the season as well.