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  1. Drafted an elite QB in Mahomes - even though everyone else didn’t see him as such coming out of college. Then, they didn’t wait - and tried to surround him with talent and embraced a win now mentality knowing that their best chance is while they have him on his first and cheapest contract. They traded their 2019 first round pick for Frank Clarke, knowing they needed a better pass rush to make it to the super bowl. Clarke was huge against the Texans with 3 sacks in crucial moments to help them overcome a 24 pt deficit. At any rate, I think the Infatuation with stockpiling future draft picks is overrated when you have a window with an MVP young QB and can choose to surround him with key pieces to win a Super Bowl. We will see if it works out. I couldn’t help but think how Rivera, Hurney and Gettleman all blew it and didn’t give Cam even an offensive line to work with or even weapons at WR. Hurney put us in cap hell while Gettleman kept getting rid of critical pieces like Smith, Norman and gave a terrible contract to Kalil. They rode Cam in to the ground and now we have to start over. If we do somehow draft an elite QB, I hope that the future will be different and they do whatever it takes to be great. I laughed at the Falcons for trading away their picks to draft Julio Jones but they turnes out to be right. He has been the best at his position and, if not for a 28-3 debacle, they would have a SB to show for it. if the Panthers truly think Joe Burrow is the next Mahomes, they should do what it takes to get him and be smart in free agency to build around him. p.s. I am operating under the assumption that Can will be released or traded. If Cam stays, then they should do the same to give him the offensive line he needs to be successful.
  2. We have to keep some veterans. I say we need to try to retain Bradberry, Addison and Irvin.
  3. We have the best and the worst luck with middle linebackers. All three were amazing all pro caliber players, but Kuechly outshines them all as a complete player and a general on the field. I know it's best for him and his health, but can't help but feel heartbroken to have lost an amazing part of this organization.
  4. From FMIA https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/01/13/aaron-rodgers-packers-nfl-playoffs-fmia-peter-king/ Matt Rhule • Carolina head coach • What led you to this moment, being handed the reins of an NFL team by David Tepper? “I think probably all of the different experiences that I’ve had. Having a chance to be a defensive line coach, an assistant offensive line coach, a special teams coach, an offensive coordinator. I’m a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. I took whatever job I could get, scratched and clawed, and worked my way up the ladder . . . getting into places and taking whatever promotion they would give me to try to have different experiences. I think that’s allowed me to be successful as a head coach. Plus, I think being in a place like Temple—when you’re at Temple, you can’t sit there and spend any time worrying about the things you don’t have. You better find the things you have and be really proud of them. I’ll never forget [like Rhule, a former Temple coach] Bruce Arians told me one time: ‘Just remember this. The best thing, the best asset you have at Temple is the people. And that’s all you need.’ He was right. It wasn’t your facilities. I met some of the best people I knew at Temple, and I learned that facilities don’t win; people and players and coaches win. So then I went to Baylor. And Baylor had great facilities and all those things and we had to rebuild it. I think I just said to myself, Hey, remember what you learned at Temple and try to build it with relationships and people.” Another learning experience, presumably, was being an undersized walk-on linebacker at Penn State in the nineties. “The biggest thing I learned from Joe Paterno, and it was such an important thing, was that he held his best players the most accountable. And not everyone does that. I was a lowly walk-on at the time. Found a way to play some. But Ki-Jana Carter, Kerry Collins, those guys got held to the highest, highest level of accountability. Which in turn reminded me, well, I better do that as well. That was Joe’s gift—his best players were the hardest-working. The rest of us fell in line. Since I got into coaching, I’ve tried to always hold my best players to the highest standard “During my interview, I asked Mr. Tepper about the things that made him successful in business. He used the word ‘process,’ which is all I ever talk about. I think I said at one point to him, I think I said, ‘If we’re a 7-9 football team, then when you watch us play that last game, we should be playing to be the best 7-9 football team in the history of football. We will have a mentality of trying to be the very best at everything regardless of the circumstances. The process will be the same. He said, ‘That’s exactly right.’ I think we see things the same way. And so I think his commitment to process in his business life, his commitment to process here as he builds this, and then him recognizing that that’s what I believe and I think that was the synergy that made me realize that hey, we see things the same way.” Anything heartbreaking to you about not being hired for your dream job, a New York City boy coaching the New York Giants? “No. I’m so excited about this. I coached at Western Carolina. My son was born here in North Carolina. I had a chance to recruit Charlotte for four years. I knew from my meeting with the Panthers—my wife felt it too—this was the right place for us.” Lots of 31-other-owners-will-be-pissed-at-Tepper comments swirling around the league in the last few days, after Carolina owner David Tepper gave Matt Rhule a seven-year contract with an estimated total value of $62 million. (Tepper reportedly also paid off the Baylor buyout of $6 million to hire Rhule.) I don’t think that anger is well-placed. Of course a seven-year contract for a first-time NFL coach, at first blush, is outlandish—as is the money. But the Panthers weren’t hiring an NFL coordinator working on a two-year, $4-million contract. They were competing against the Monopoly money of college football, and they were hiring someone to become the front-facing CEO of the football operation, not just the titular head of the team. Rhule’s contract at Baylor had eight years remaining, and he earned a reported $7.5 million in salary and associated perks on the deal in 2019. So let’s assume—I do not know if there are automatic escalators in the contract—that $7.5-million annual figure for the last eight years of the deal. That would mean Rhule had eight years and $60 million left on his deal. So seven years and $62 million is in that ballpark. The NFL contract is not exactly a parallel financial commitment, but it’s close. So now you know why the Panthers blew up the coaching salary structure for rookie NFL coaches.
  5. LOL - if you look at the reporting of two press conferences, people were much more impressed with what Rhule had to say than Judge.
  6. I hope this happens, but I'll hold off on my excitement until there's a more credible news source reporting it.
  7. Nepotism - by definition, assumes that the family or close friend is less qualified to do the job. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepotism Borrowed from the French term 'Nepotisme', which in turn was derived from Italian 'Nepotismo' and the Latin 'nepōs' (nephews), nepotism refers to the practice of popes appointing relatives during the Middle Age and Renaissance.[3] The term comes from the Italian word nepotismo,[4][5] which is based on the Latin word nepos (nephew).[6] Nepotism refers to partiality to family whereas cronyism refers to partiality to a partner or friend. Favoritism, the broadest of the terms, refers to partiality based upon being part of a favored group, rather than job performance. Now maybe you can argue favoritism in case of Rivera or even Rhule if he hires or keeps someone even when they suck at their job.
  8. Do you know what "nepotism" means? He's not putting a relative or a friend into a job he's not qualified for. He's hiring people who have proven themselves in the past and had success.
  9. I don't disagree, we need to be a physical team in the trenches. What I'm questioning is the dogmatic old school thought of running the ball that stems from the days when you had crappy game manager QBs who couldn't throw the ball down the field consistently without turning it over. I just hope that Rhule will be someone who adjusts his game-plan based on the opposition and utilizes analytics to his advantage.
  10. Andy Reid does not want to run the ball. He looks at running the ball for 5 yards as an opportunity lost to gain 15 yards through the air. However, he uses it situationally to keep the defense honest and to run the clock down when needed.
  11. I think it depends on how the run is utilized. You need a good running game to run the clock when you've established the lead. I just think without a dynamic passing attack, you will win some close games, but you'll also lose some and that is the definition of mediocrity. You're not going to blow too many teams out by running the ball unless you can do it in huge chunks at a time. That is what we had with Cam in 2015, same as Baltimore this year. But if we're going to run up the middle on first downs for a 2 yard gain just to "establish the run", we're going to be in for more 8-8 seasons.
  12. Judge was full of meaningless talk. WTF are you talking about?
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