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  1. I'm glad we didn't give D. Williams a big contract coming off of his 2017 season. I seem to recall us having an offer on the table prior to the start of 2018, but it was rejected because he wanted a larger contract. There is no way this guy deserves elite money like Norwell received (who was vastly overpaid in Jacksonville). If he moves on after the season he'll have to play RT, because he's a serious liability on the left side. I was hoping Greg Little could have started at LT after moving Williams inside to LG. I can't see that Little getting much playing time this season unless Williams gets hurt which is a shame. We need to get Little on the field to see what we have.
  2. In defense to Tepper, the team started good last season. We were 6-2 at the halfway point. Cam got hurt and the season fell apart. I can see why he wanted to see how things would go this season before making a franchise altering decisions. Now at 0-2, with Cam and the coaching staff appearing to have regressed I think it's becoming quite obvious changes need to be made. If Tepper wants to compete for championships and build an elite franchise, it won't happen with the current starting QB, head coach, and GM. I'm sure he'll make some changes at the end of the year, possibly before midseason.
  3. I remember that great year Cam had when we ran a two TE offense with Shockley and Olsen. Ian Thomas showed he could be a legitimate threat filling in for Olsen while he was injured last year. Yet, he probably won't see any action unless Greg is hurt or he's coming in for mop up duty. It seems having two receiving threats at TE makes it harder for defenses to lock in on anyone and could possibly even improve what is already a solid running game. If some are afraid that it takes away a slot receiver, you could always motion Christian outside because he runs routes as good (if not better) than most of the slot guys in the league, or just continue sending him out on routes from the backfield. Great coaching staffs find ways to get their play-makers on the field. Look at the offense the Pats ran when they had Gronk and Hernandez. If Belichik and McDaniels had our TE's to work with I think they would be grinning from ear to ear.
  4. The players don't want to go beyond the 16 games per season. The NFPLA doesn't want ANY additional regular season games.
  5. I was wondering the same thing. I rarely watch a preseason game these days, but last week I did see a couple of minutes of a game. The stadium couldn't have been filled more than 60% capacity. We have to remember that the NFL teams share their revenue. Those games are televised so the league gets the TV money. And, even the poor attendance balances out across the league since you're still playing 16 preseason games per week in the month of August. If they weren't making SIGNIFICANT money in the preseason you'd think the owners would have already realized cutting the preseason is a good idea.
  6. Most of the people on the PFT website were against it as well. But, with the decreasing quality of preseason play and the risk of injury it's possible the preseason could be shortened in the future. Would you rather have an 18 game regular season or 2 extra playoff teams and two extra games on wild card week? The lost revenue from the preseason has to come from somewhere.
  7. I'm not going to post the entire article. But, I'm going to paste some of the more interesting snippets from Pro Football Talk below the link. I'd love to hear what you guys think about this. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/08/28/report-expanded-playoffs-likely-focus-over-18-game-season/#comments Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said recently that the NFL is looking at ways to make the preseason better for its fans and most would point to cutting the number of preseason games as the place to start.... Losing those games would cost teams revenue, which has led to a concurrent discussion about expanding the regular season. That notion has been met with strong resistance from the NFLPA and Maske reports that the league is shifting gears in response... The potential change would give each league seven playoff teams while eliminating one of the two byes currently handed out. It’s expected that one of the six first round games would be played on Monday night. With questions still to be answered about how much of a revenue boost that would provide along with Maske’s note that some owners aren’t ready to move on from a longer regular season, there’s more to work out as the push for a shorter preseason and talks on a new CBA go on. ----- I may be in the minority in this, but I think this is better than an 18 game regular season. After hearing the comments from Andrew Luck and Gronk over the last couple of days, the last thing we need is for the NFL to add 32 more regular season games and subject their players to even more punishment. My thoughts from the discussion are highlighted below. I wouldn’t expect the owners to give up millions in ticket revenue in the preseason without a way to recoup it by seasons end. We currently have 16 teams per conference. Six teams in conference make the playoffs each year. That means 12 of the 32 teams make the postseason. Even if you added 2 more participants over half the teams (18) would still miss the playoffs. It also makes the bye slot more valuable which keeps the regular season meaningful. I like things the way they are. But, adding an extra playoff team per conference is a reasonable compromise “IF” you expect the owners cut 32 games worth of revenue from the preseason. ----- Thoughts?
  8. Several teams look good "on paper" this year. Carolina could possibly go 11-5 and miss the playoffs this in 2019! Consider the following scenario. 2 years ago we went 11-5 and had to play a road game against the Saints in the wild card round. What if we finish 11-5 again but lose the tie breaker to NO or ATL and and the division is won with a 12-4 or 11-5 record. We know 4 teams are automatically locked in by winning their division. That only leaves 2 more spots under the current playoff format. Barring injuries/holdouts I could see the Cowboys and Eagles finishing around the 11-5/12-4 mark in the NFC East. The same thing could happen in the NFC West with Seattle and LA. The Bears should be good again. The Vikings will likely bounce back from a disappointing 2018 season and the Packers will probably be competitive as well. It isn't out of the realm of possibility that 2 playoff teams could come out of the NFC North. We know at least one of those 3 will be in unless the Lions shock everyone this year and take the division. The NFC is stacked this year. If all of the above play up to their potential there is a chance that a 10-6 team...and possibly even an 11-5 team could miss the playoffs. It happened to NE the year Brady was hurt. I also think Miami missed the playoffs one year under Dave Wannstedt @ 11-5 If the team plays well, gets double digit wins, and misses the playoffs I wouldn't panic and automatically fire Ron. If the team shows signs of improvement I'd give him one more year to prove himself.
  9. If (or when) we cut Butler, you guys think G-Man will try to sign him with Giants to prove he was right about his ability to play in the NFL?
  10. I caught just a bit of Colin Cowherd on the way back from lunch today. He suggested that the Packers may be cutting Daniels to ease the burden of paying Aaron Rodgers $35 million a year. He finished by saying that in a passing league where QB's are making over $30 million per season teams are going to have to be willing to cut ties with very good players in order to pay these elite QB's (which I believe are way overpayed and hurting the ability to build depth on both sides of the ball). He thinks KC let Dee Ford go this off season because they know they're going to have to give Pat Mahomes the biggest contract in NFL history next off season. Thoughts?
  11. Before Williams got hurt last year he it was reported he was looking for a lot more money than the Panther's were wanting to pay. It looked as if he was going to play out the last year of his contract and hit the FA market to get paid (like Norwell) after 2018. The injury changed everything. He's in town on a 1 year prove it deal. We have no idea how his body is going to hold up. If he gets hurt again we're probably going to move on from him.If he plays well he'll likely be looking for a large contract and a substantial amount of guaranteed money heading into 2020. Moton played well at RT. We didn't expereince much drop off at RT last season when he took over. He's only in the 3rd year of a 4 yr deal. Trai has resigned with us right after prior to the 2017 season. Paradis was just signed in this offseason. If Little pans out at LT we'll have him under control via his rookie contract for 3 more seasons. This line will be in very good shape heading into 2020 season...even if Williams decides to move on. Quality guards are easier to find than quality tackles. And, if Darryl decides to stick around on a team friendly deal our O-line could be one of the best in the NFL for the next couple of years.
  12. I think this sums up things perfectly. If I could give you more than 1 positive ranking if I would.
  13. Good comment. I feel the same way. After watching this video I can see why the 3-4 front seems to be becoming more popular in today's pass happy league. A great 4 man d-line pass rush is ideal but those type of players don't grow on trees. And, even if you do put together a great d-line for a couple of years, by the time their contracts need to be extended you'd never be able to pay them all. This video shows that you don't have to have extraordinary pass rushers to create pressure and confusion on the defensive side of the ball. I'm really looking forward to watching the defense Rivera puts on the field this year.
  14. I've watched nearly every game CMac has started in Carolina. The run blocking was much better last year. He (and Stewart) didn't have much room to run in 2017. Last year the O-line was opening holes consistently all season long w/out Norwell (and D. Williams for that matter). I think some of this was due to Christian adjusting to the the NFL and getting physically stronger. Some was due to R. Kalil getting healthy. If Cam hadn't got hurt, there is no way we don't finish above .500. We probably would've won 10-11 games and made the playoffs. My point was paying Norwell $13 million would not have made us significantly better even though he is a better player than Van Roten.
  15. I don't think this has been posted by anyone here yet. I going to paste the first half of the article. Follow the link if you want to read the entire thing...it's pretty short. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/06/06/after-big-contract-with-jaguars-andrew-norwell-let-my-teammates Last year guard Andrew Norwell signed a five-year, $66.5 million contract with the Jaguars, which at the time made him the highest-paid guard in the league. The return on the Jaguars’ investment was not good. Norwell missed five games with injuries, didn’t play particularly well in the games he did play, and admitted that he had a poor first year in Jacksonville. “It’s no excuse, but it wasn’t my healthiest season,” Norwell said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I battled through it and ultimately had a significant injury there and that ended my season. I was very disappointed. I’m not going to let my teammates down like that again.” ------ I was NEVER in favor of paying Norwell that type of money. I'm glad the Panthers let him walk last off-season. I can't see him ever living up to that contract even if he maintain his health going forward. I don't think we really missed him last year. CMac rushed for over 1,000 yds and Cam was having a great year until the shoulder injury, which Norwell's presence wouldn't have prevented. Our 2019 O-line could very well be better than any of the squads a he started on...and the money we saved on his contract has allowed us to build a deeper team in my opinion.
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