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Everything posted by Khyber53

  1. Meh. Got the decent check, did half a job. Not gonna cry and wring my hands over him heading out. Seeya. Good luck, though.
  2. You can't argue against this. We lost KK early, Poe later. McCoy was looking to pad stats and get his next FA check somewhere based on sacks. Love was a backup/roleplayer who didn't have his best year. Big Vern... he finally got it when it came to the stats sheet but all of these guys were missing the most important job of a DT: clog up that center of the field and tie up their blockers. Everyone wants to be a star, no one wants to do the dirty work anymore.
  3. I think we will see Shaq move to MLB and take over the role Luke had. Do I think he can do it? Yeah, he's a smart young guy, high motor and high football IQ. He has also had the opportunity to learn from probably the best MLB to play the game. As to the LBs beside him... there I have some worries. I'm just not seeing the names that make me think we're solid. I don't think we will use our first round pick on LB, but I could see us moving in the second or even picking up Davis-Gaither from App State if he's still there in the third round (or dipping back into the second for him).
  4. Meh. He spent the big bucks and we all cried for Jerry's head on a platter. Now, well, he gets to run the team however he wants and for whatever results that happen. The fan base can scream for a coach to be fired and it happen (it did here). The fan base can scream for the firing of a GM, and that could conceivably happen. You can't scream for an owner to be canned because your team sucks. It doesn't work that way. It requires a scandal or the owner die with no heir. Buckle up folks, Tepper is driving, for better or worse.
  5. Good piece and I agree with you. And I think Paradis' ability at making the calls might have been, umm, padded a bit. Or he was making calls based on what it took to cover his injuries.
  6. It, and the situation, all comes down to this: Is Cam Newton still a franchise QB? Who really knows? Personality-wise, sure. Can he actually do the on-field stuff? I don't know and you don't know. Injuries have piled up on him and have majorly affected the last three seasons for him. These have caused diminishing returns. That can't be argued... the stats point to it, the record(s) point to it. Cam was not just injured but debilitatingly hurt in multiple ways -- shoulder and foot most notably. A strong-armed, hyper mobile QB with injuries to his shoulder and his foot. Hopefully surgery has taken care of it. We won't know until not just a physician checks him out (remember that Paradis passed his physical last year), but when we see him in full practice, perhaps until we see him in action in a pre-season game. That's a long time for now and it's after the draft and the start of free agency, not to mention after the prime time for trades. It's a big, big gamble and it doesn't matter how you and I feel about rolling those dice. It just matters how the new head coach feels and this guy doesn't have Rivera's commitment to retaining older players. That guarantee went out the window when we all called for Rivera's firing. In the end, looking at any possibility of NOT trading Cam before the draft is just wishful thinking. The press' constant remarks about the impending trade isn't bias, it's just looking at the ledger sheet and opportunity costs, not to mention what their sources may have told them.
  7. It's not quite going to the NBA's level of pointless playoff games, but it is inching closer.
  8. I think his worth is best off field. Far off field. Away from the stadium. Never really liked the guy.
  9. The guy is still better than 90% of the starters in the league at this point in his career and age in life. He's still capable and isn't crippled with injuries. Yeah, even though I hate to see us have to face him twice a year (at least), it would be a shame for him to bail out now. And as to greed... how many of you would give anything if your boss said you'd get an additional $50k for working for them next season? Greed or not, most of you are just showing some ignorance.
  10. How about we have one for a whole season?!?! It has been a while!
  11. It's like going back over how a fantastic girl broke up with you years ago. Nothing good can be gained from doing it. Just move on and wish 'em well.
  12. Honestly, I'm not so sure Hurney screwed us on this one as much as KK did. KK was setting the league on fire when he got that contract and he looked like he'd be the most dominant DT in the league for years to come. It wasn't just that season but how he had developed over time. And KK was going to get paid, the hype machine was going to make sure of it. And all of us were pretty much on it, too. We weren't going to let him get away and be a monster for someone else. Had he gone, the uproar would have been terrible. Instead, we gave him a big contract and let Star walk. And then KK just got fat and lazy on the contract, or so it seemed. His numbers started tapering off. He wasn't terrorizing QBs so much as flopping onto the pile for a half sack. He basically gave up on stopping the run game. Or maybe, and most likely, he missed Star. Star was the unsung hero there, taking on blockers, tying up the middle of the field and basically clearing a path for KK. Star went north to Buffalo and did his job well there, too and with just about as much fanfare. Now we have KK with a big cap hit and coming off an injury season. Maybe he will get out there and try to impress the coaches, but I don't think he has any real trade value. The best we can hope for is that he sees this as a prove it year and balls out, otherwise a team in rebuild mode might just jettison him and take the cap hit to free up the space and clear out the unmotivated.
  13. Yeah, there were problems in the past, without a doubt. But it doesn't help to throw money at what is basically a used car lot trading ground when it comes to free agency. Everyone wants to buy that Beamer with low miles, or that flashy Maserati with new paint, never thinking of how many lemons they are buying along the way. Good teams develop in house -- great teams develop in house and are very, very selective in the free agent market to the point of being nearly unmoving. Chasing star free agents just doesn't pan out. Not here or in almost any other team in the league.
  14. Honestly, I'm tired of marquee free agents. Really. When do they ever pan out? The success rate across the league is like maybe 30%? Locally, we've ended up paying big bucks to guys who basically cash the paychecks and play at 85% speed for the first few games and then they either clock it down to half effort or get "injured." How about we just take the money, spend it on some talent already in house and just roll with it? I'm tired of getting excited over guys like Gerald McCoy and Bruce Irvin coming here riding the Huddle Hype Chain and then producing a snooze-worthy season. Want to keep Bradberry? Ditch Poe, McCoy and Irvin, along with that RB we picked up late in the season who was so unknown that I can't remember his name off the top of my head. Quit buying other people's problems and underperformers. And Cam. If he could live up to his promises and hype, it'd be great. That's not a "what have you done for me lately" kind of thing, because let's face it, the answer there would be "not too much" but a "Hey, you were great, can you find that in yourself again?" kind of thing.
  15. Good luck to him. Hope he gets eight touchdowns and a ring out of this. We won't be competitive next season, but I think Greg still will be. He's a guy that deserves a good sunset to ride off into.
  16. Yeah, it was a great season. And Josh kept getting high off his own supply. He literally lost his freaking mind that season.
  17. I wish him the best, those are mighty big shoes to fill. Hopefully he learned a lot from Greg over the last couple of seasons. Do remember, though, that Greg hasn't always been very healthy and there have been opportunities for Thomas to step up. We've seen a few flashes, but just a few, in some very imperfect seasons. Yet, when things get tough and your star players are out, a team needs to be able to lean on their tight end frequently, from blocking to getting the tough yards. Stepping up is tough, hope he can do it.
  18. Sorry, made too quick of a Google search. Completely my fault. Apologies all around
  19. Make millions, add to his incredible career stats, help a team win games, perhaps get a Superb Owl ring to top off a great career? Yeah, all of us would kill for the chance to do that. Good luck Greg, in whatever you choose to do.
  20. Sorry, made too quick of a Google search. Completely my fault. Apologies all around
  21. Sorry, made too quick of a Google search. Completely my fault. Apologies all around.
  22. Captive audience. Doesn't have to be better. Probably won't be cheaper.
  23. 20 TDs, 17 INT. Just not sure this is really the guy. He could just be the white, Mormon Jameis Winston, minus the crab legs. Edit to add: Terrible post by me. Googled badly, got the wrong guy. My bad. Apologies to all.
  24. Was talking about the Raiders. While Brown was a rare faceplant for the Patriots, he was a comical flop in Raider Nation -- a place that has been an ass clown circus for a decade and a half.
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