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Everything posted by Khyber53

  1. There may be a lot of truth to this, but I don't think any of us want to really speak to it or consider it without more evidence.
  2. I think it's going to take more than just the foot. There's mojo to recover, too.
  3. Honestly, more than anything you can't have two defensive coordinators lost to HC jobs two years in a row and not suffer mightily. Rivera and McDermott built a helluva defense here and he was able to maintain it with Wilks at about 85%. Wilks was promoted from within because of his familiarity with the whole concept and personnel on hand, and I think Washington was, too. Maybe it was chasing lightning in a bottle, but by the time Washington got the job, the personnel had changed/aged too much and the wrinkles had been figured out without adding any new ones in (which McDermott was masterful at). The desire for continuity just was stronger than the desire for innovation. I think having Luke out there directing traffic and diagnosing plays covered up a lot of it, but even he can't do the work if the wrong personnel groupings are on the field. Things are more aggressive defensively when RR is in charge of it, you can just feel it. When Washington takes the reigns it isn't "bend don't break" but more of a "do what you want to the girl, just leave me alone" kind of defense. Our offensive woes last week may have meant RR had to hand off the play calling back to Washington to try and find some spark on offense. Both sides collapsed against the Bucs, the lowly Bucs.
  4. Gimmicks are great, until someone figures them out. Rookie phenoms are great, until someone figures them out. My money is on Luke.
  5. Cam has always played on the field and lived off the field with great care and concern for his team, his teammates, his coaches, his fans and his community. To say anything else is to not just be wrong but to expose a sad personal agenda. Yes, his recent play is worthy of criticism. Yes, his mode of dress does invite some catcalls and ridicule. You cannot, however, argue his history, his accomplishments, his commitment or his integrity. The guy is a man among men and when he was on, he played like a man among boys. Injuries eventually catch all the great warriors.
  6. Let's face it, Ron's going to have to really let it roll and take the brakes off for it to work. Playing it safe won't get it. Playing to win very well could. There's a lot of talent on this team, but he's going to have to gamble on the 52 other players rather than just gamble on the 1. Of course, who knows, maybe with Cam being how he has been, perhaps we've been playing with too many safety measures in place. Really, though, it is going to be on Norv's shoulders with the play calls and personnel. Ron's overseeing it, but he's also leading the defense (and doing pretty darned well). Still, Kyle's gonna have to Jake the heck out of this to win. Play it like this was your only chance -- that was Jake's secret.
  7. Only Tepper can officially put anyone on the hot seat in the Panthers organization. At this point, he's made no statement. You're just farting into the wind at this point.
  8. We don't have access to what plays were called. We can see shifts and hear audibles, but we really have no way of knowing what plays were being called or even why Norv Turner called them. We don't even know if Ron agreed with the calls or if Cam did. We're left to read a lot into this and speculate.
  9. If I were Coach Rivera, I'd ask Jake Delhomme to give Allen a call sometime this week and explain that it can be done and a no name guy can literally come off the bench and take a team to the Super Bowl. Delhomme had Todd Steussie and Jeno James watching his blind side, with Kris Mangum and Jermaine Wiggins as TEs. A young Jordan Gross was manning the RT spot (make your own Moton comparison) with Kevin Donnalley and a veteran Jeff Mitchell at center. Honestly, Allen's got a better grouping in front of him with massive upgrades at the tight end position. CMC offers more options than Stephen Davis (who was a hard nosed runner of the highest caliber) and I think Armah is a nice successor to Brad Hoover, if used properly. And while Moose and Smitty were incendiary that year, there's a lot to cheer about with Samuel and DJ. If Allen goes out there and somehow finds that ultimate underdog magic that Jake had, this could work. Just like back then, we've got a defense that can keep us in just about any game. Or at least, that's what I'm hoping.
  10. There's never been a better market for FA QBs than there is right now. Lot of folks who were ready to hang it up are getting calls. We should stick with what we have rather than start scraping under the bottom of the barrel. This is how you end up with Jeff George.
  11. Let's see how it will play out. Far too much speculation being injected into this situation.
  12. We're going to learn a lot about Cam and a lot about our coaching in the next couple of games if Cam has to sit. It could clash with a few of the narratives here. We may find that injuries to Cam really are the problem. We could find that Ron and the Turners can actually coach without having Cam to lean on. We may find out that any man less than Cam will get carted off the field in a stretcher behind that offensive line. We just don't know. The hard to accept fact amongst all the thunder and grief right now is that we are just a couple of blown calls away from being 2-0 in truth. Both games featured a bad call that either did or could have broke the game in our favor. Had those gone the other way, we'd be talking about how we were sitting in the driver's seat of an NFCSouth that is going in a completely different direction than expected. I'm hoping Cam heals up and gets the mojo back. I'm hoping that Ron's coaching is good. And I'm hoping that Allen shows he's got some good stuff, too. More than anything, I'm hoping that the other 52 guys on the team not named Cam are out to prove they are winners in their own right.
  13. Just floating out the possibility that it isn't much.
  14. Could just be a veteran day off. I know it doesn't play into either panicky storyline going on here, but it may just be that.
  15. The first quarter of every season is usually the most brutal. The butcher's bill so far across the board has been heavy.
  16. This whole thing is going to say a lot more about our society than we really want to admit.
  17. Ryan retired because he was tired of the grind and wanted to get on with his life. Then the Jets called in an emergency and set a huuuuge pile of money in front of him to come back and play a season for them. He smartly took it, but not before making sure there'd be no hard feelings on the Panthers. He's a good guy and as big of a Panthers guy as you could ever imagine. May he earn a lot this year and then spend it well. Here, ummm, really needing to see Paradis performing better and making better protection calls. It's beginning to look like we bought a lemon.
  18. I'm not on the ledge yet, but we're going to have to see something soon from the QB1 position if we're going to win anything.
  19. It's one thing to poke fun at some questionable fashion choices, but the gender identity thing is taking things way too far. Get some perspective.
  20. Except when you compare the two teams records this year... advantage Bills, as strange as that sounds.
  21. Eccentricities are much easier to accept and even applaud when you're winning. When a team is losing, the sh!t starts wearing thin pretty quickly.
  22. Convert Cam to a WR. He knows the routes and has a Guinness World Record for catches. Run the Wildcat. At this point, who knows what to do? If they did, they'd already be doing it.
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