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Everything posted by Khyber53

  1. Nah. No chance we're taking a WR in the first three or four rounds. This is a huge class of quality WRs and hopefully many teams will dip into that pool and the deep QB one as well, leaving more quality defensive players available to us.
  2. Curtco could easily be moved to a halfback position to spell CMC just as simply as you could move CMC wide out as WR1, or as a slot receiver. He won't be traded or lost in the shuffle, but will really be used in many ways. And the Kirkwood signing, pure genius. As a second line receiver in NO, guess who he has been working with in practices over the last season? Good ol' Teddy Bridgewater. That relationship should add some stability and familiarity there. Smart move guys, smart move.
  3. I like what Rhule says. I like what he has done with Temple and Baylor as he climbed the ladder to get here. He took a big eraser to the chalkboard here, and that hurt some. It is what needs to be done, though. If he has had to build teams based around finding tough players who had to earn their spots, the forgotten and the high motor guys, then that's what we'll have here. In a star-studded NFC South, it might just take the Dirty Dozen to win. We may be more like the 2003 Panthers than the 2015 ones... It might not be as spectacular, but darn that was an exciting time and no game was ever boring. Let's just hope there's a season, because it should be a fun one.
  4. Bring Cockrell back and forget about this guy. His agent does a good job of selling him, but man, 33 passes defensed and three interceptions in five years? The only way he could make it to Thieves Alley is as an embezzler taking funds from his employers with nothing in return.
  5. Yeah, I've got to disagree here. Beyond basic repairs, there are a lot of folks, our family included, that are taking the time to start container gardening vegetables and herbs. Grabbing a couple of bags of potting soil and some pots is for the good and could add to our supplies as the season wears on. Basically, here's the deal: what is an essential thing to one person may not be to another and vice versa. I don't see a reason to go golfing, but there they are zipping up and down the fairways today, one to a cart, but clustering at the holes. But it's not my place to get my panties in a wad. Those might be doctors who are getting a few moments off or something like that. We're going to be alright, eventually. Just be cool.
  6. You know the Wild Card team is supposed to be a miracle chance at best, right? In the end, it doesn't dilute the game nearly as much as having two teams with bye weeks for each conference especially if those spots were locked in before the week 17 games.
  7. Suddenly that bye week in the playoffs just got more precious and more teams have a shot at the prize. If they can work out some equitable pay for the players, then hooray for everyone!
  8. In the end, we're benefiting from their being here, to be honest. We'd like to be done with the project, too. And looking at it from the contractor's perspective, it is easy to see why continuing work on this right now is the best deal going. He has other things lined up afterwards (I hope -- he's a good guy and does quality work) and he needs to finish this, get paid and get to the next (for people who are also waiting). He also is at the mercy of subcontractors like electricians, plumbers and installers, so the more he can keep things moving, the less vulnerable he is to work stoppages for one of those. Just going to have to hope they stay well, we stay well, everything gets done and happiness abounds on both sides. Besides, do you know how good it is to find a general contractor that really knows what they are doing and are fair and trustworthy? You just can't let one of those go when you find them. And all of those folks have families to feed and bills to pay.
  9. There's a lot of self-determined essentials going on. We have contractors and electricians working in our house today ... our project isn't essential, but they want to be here. We'd send them home but have already been told that if they leave today then we have to wait to get back on their schedule and that could be months out, and they'll want payment for the project now. I mean, what do you do? Luckily they are working in the bottom half of the house and my family has sequestered itself in the top half, so we're good and there's little contact, but dang man, really?
  10. He will be the pick (unless Rivera takes him first) and he'll be a star here. A Defensive Tackle is involved directly in every play of the game. It's just the most bang for the buck and a guy like Brown is so head and shoulders above everyone else, it's a no-brainer. He's also the kind of guy you pick for your team just so you don't have him going after your QB and RBs. Think about that... we do NOT want TB, ATL or NO grabbing this guy. Grab him and use him as the foundation of the new defense. He's a guy that will make it easier on other defensive players and give some of them a chance to shine. Just remember that last year, our terrible interior defensive line play screwed the entire team so badly that Luke frikkin' Kuechly looked bad, got hurt and then retired because of it.
  11. Our receivers will shine out this season. DJ will hit his stride and we will see Samuel live up to his promise as both a WR and a RB. And CMC, oh, now that is really going to be something special to watch. Just wait.
  12. Too much rum, not enough ham.
  13. You're right. See, we can print practically unlimited amounts of money. Gold, well, there just isn't a way to make matter... But hey, it is really much more complicated than that. You can also say that about the same time we brought that top end income tax down from the 70% rate in 1981. That's also about the time that American industry started moving offshore. So many causes...
  14. If we take one, I won't complain, but we have some other really big needs. It basically comes down to if there's someone sitting there in the 4th that should have gone much higher... well, you grab that guy.
  15. I hope Reed works out for us, but it looks like we need both guards replaced and probably the center, too. I hope we take Hennessy in the third round for center, maybe work him in at RG for the short term.
  16. No, not quite the Daniel Snyder zone, or even the Al Davis and Sprout Davis zone. I think there is a definite plan in Carolina and we're seeing it played out (with some bumps), we're just not privy to the background conversations and negotiations. I mean, in the Cam deal the unsexy, but most likely case, is that it comes down to Cam didn't want to play without an extension and more money. The team wanted him, but was wanted to treat his last contract year as a "prove it" year considering how the last three seasons turned out. Neither would, or could, budge and in a QB heavy and risk averse free agency period both were stuck looking at nothing really happening. Cam doesn't want just $19 million, and the team doesn't want to either give a longer contract with guarantees OR risk having a celebrity player sit out of training camps as we install an entirely new coaching staff and playbook. So, divorce it is and no one looks good. There's probably no conspiracy behind the massive number of free agents we let go of. It's not necessarily about comp picks, it probably has a lot to do simply with the fact that a team coming off of three disappointing seasons probably shouldn't keep around the same guys who have been lackluster. No conspiracy for Luke's retirement, either. It was neither a slight to the Panthers nor falling on the sword at the loss of Ron Rivera. It's just a very smart young man who can read and understand things (like defenses and medical reports) saying, "I've had all my body can and should take. I've got enough money to take care of myself and my family for life. Thank you, I'm retiring while I still can function and I've appreciated it all." None of this has that crazy ass Daniel Snyder feel to it. Bringing in big time names and vastly overpaying them, now that's the Daniel Snyder way, with the cherry on the top of getting absolutely no performance for the dough.
  17. First, check the source. Anyone can post a video on YouTube. Second, does it make any sense whatsoever? Nope. Third, could it just be someone who is sitting at home coming up with crazy ideas? Yep. Fourth, could there be upper management at the Panthers and another team both sitting at home, bored out of their minds and coming up with something this crazy? Right now, I wouldn't put it past anyone. These are strange days, indeed.
  18. We've been blessed that both my wife and I can work from home. The kids are enjoying school being out and have been fairly good about keeping up with their work online (amazing job the teachers have done putting together a working distance learning program on the fly like this). My only difficulty is right before the virus hit, my mom had been hospitalized for pneumonia (she's 70 and a lifelong asthmatic with other underlying conditions, too). They released her into a nursing home/rehab facility and the place has been locked down ever since. At least I can call her, but if things change for the worse then I won't get to see her again. She's going to be okay, though, I know it. Good luck to everyone and no matter how bad it gets, there are days ahead that will be better. Don't survive the pandemic and simultaneously convince yourself that your life is over. This too shall pass.
  19. Will Witherspoon did more as OLB for the Panthers than Kevin Greene. He is vastly underappreciated for his time here, and the guy was a certifiable genius. Also, I think that if Jordan Carstens hadn't had medical issues, he'd have been one of our greatest DTs ever. That was one of the country strongest players we've ever had. Brentson Buckner was also great in his own way, as one of the dirtiest linemen in the history of the NFL -- he was the master of the double catch and don't release method of tying up the interior of the line. That guy committed more holds than the entire Raiders team from 1988-1996, but was only called for about a dozen of them.
  20. Honestly, if I were a GM in need of a decent QB either as a place holder or someone to coach up my next draft choice QB, then I'd trade for Andy Dalton. He's the safest bet of those left as available right now, and while you would have to trade for him, it wouldn't be for much. Cam, you don't know if he's really healthy. Jameis, do you really want him teaching anyone anything? Dalton probably would have turned into a darned good QB had he gone to any team other than the Bengals. Good, not great.
  21. Let's see how he does on opening day. It's been a long time since anyone in a Panthers uniform could regularly throw a pass 20 yards down the field accurately. I still think Teddy is going to make a lot of us sit up and say, "Hey, that was cool. Wow. Look at that. Maybe... just maybe... he's not bad at all. I was his fan all along." And quit using Game Manager like it was a bad thing. If your QB can't manage the game, then you are going to lose a lot of games.
  22. And that's not to say anything bad about Beason, he was excellent, but Morgan was just brutal out there.
  23. My point exactly. If he's our pick, I'll feel pretty good about it.
  24. Well, not to be too crass about it, but Baby Mama #1 found out about Baby Mama #2 who'd been living above his cigar shop in Atlanta. Such things become extremely expensive, or so I've been told. https://sports.yahoo.com/cam-newton-fighting-baby-mama-035911600.html
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