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  1. I know you all have been absolutely dying to get in on a bit of this all-pro action that's been going down in the insider section but I was taught a long time ago some lesson that relates to this in some way I'm pretty sure. It's been a real "pearls before swine" game plan going on with the Broku articles. I'm not sure where the pearls are and who the swine is in that expression but I'm pretty sure you all get what I mean. I wanted to hide out in all pro forever but alas everything that's new gets old so here we go. Let's talk about the 5 things I KNOW about the NFL this year. Numbah one The Chiefs will lose in the first playoff game they play this year. Everyone is hyped up on the Chiefs. That’s really great it’s so nice to see the same story play out time and time again in front of your face. I haven’t seen anything different than what past Andy Reid teams have shown in this same situation. Remember that time when the chiefs blew that 10000 point lead against the colts in the playoffs and got embarrassed in front of everyone? Pepperidge Farm remembers. This is the same team coached by the same guy. Can’t sell me on this story this time. This is the whole "fool me once/fool me twice/how you keep fooling me like this" scenario. This team is a 1 and done this year. NEXT Numbah two: The Rams will not appear in the Super Bowl this year. Remember when everyone jumped on the Rams bandwagon last year only to see them get bounced by the Falcons last year when it mattered the most? I don’t recycle the same jokes but damn this is a great opportunity to. The Rams have shown that they're a great regular season team the past 2 years. Congrats Rams fans. One of the issues here is that the Rams really don't have a home field advantage. Away teams have been traveling really well to their home games which isn't really what you want to hear when you're trying to pick a pony to make a deep playoff run. Let's think about the other potential contenders in the NFC right now. We've got teams led by the likes of Brees/Rodgers/Newton/Wilson... we can even add Cousins here. 4 of those guys have been to the Super Bowl and 3 have won it. I expect either a loss in the divisional round or in the NFCS for this team. Jussst watch. now we're on to Numbah 3 The Cowboys will make the playoffs. The last article I wrote diving into the numbers with this TB/CAR matchup made me really dive into the numbers on what’s actually happening in the NFL. Dallas is in the top 3 in pass defense when you’re looking at total yards allowed per game. They’ve got a good O-line and their run game is consistent. Keep an eye on the Cowboys the rest of the way. They were smart to trade for Amari Cooper. If their QB can keep it together they should be able to win that division. What's the deal with Dak Prescott anyway? I'm trying to find a good QB comparison but I just can't find one. He's like a less athletic Russell Wilson with a worse arm, worse accuracy, and worse ability to improvise. Maybe we should scratch that comparison. ON to the next. IT'S Numbah 4 (my favorite one IMO) Eric Reid will be fined again before the end of the season (for something): Man oh man. The NFL absolutely trolled Eric Reid with the fine they gave him for the “you run up ya get done up” situation he got into in Philly. Why did they fine this man? Ertz charged him and learned the classic football lesson that the low man always wins. Carson lookin at the whole scene absolutely bamboozled. He has no idea what's happening to his homie here Classic We all know the NFL hates Eric Reid. I'm not saying it's going to be next week or even the weekend after that, but the man's on about as thin of ice as you can get. If he even farts in the general direction of an official or one of the NFL posterboys it's gonna be another 10-14k out his pocket. Call it a hunch here but I like the odds. While we're on the topic of NFL fines. Let's jump inside the mind of the casual fan real quick. Casual fan: "NFL player fines are nothing. They make millions of dollars it's not going to matter that much who cares it's like a drop in the bucket" In reality: Imagine yourself losing enough money to buy one or two of these. Insane. Granted he hit Carson Wentz a littttlllle late on an arguable call. Damn the NFL loves some Carson Wentz. They must of hated it when the Panthers embarrassed them two weeks ago. And finally. Numbah 5 The Carolina Panthers will earn a first round bye in the playoffs. This team is special. I’ve always thought about the “window” the Panthers have. The Panthers window is open as long as Luke Kuechly and Cam Newton are healthy. That’s the truth. To be honest it seems like Luke will be done before Cam so our window is effectively the length of Luke's career. Luke scares me sometimes because of the head injuries he’s had, and we’re lucky as a fanbase that he’s still playing. He's had a lot of these things show up. Panther fans like to sweep that fact under the rug but it's a serious situation. It's the type of situation where you're pretty sure his family might be edging him towards retirement at this point. Alas, Luke is still here. Cam is still here. That window is wide the fug open whenever that’s the case. Something worth being excited about WE CAN STILL WIN A SUPERBOWL SOMETIME SOON. Do you remember what happened the last time we had Luke and MVP Cam? We destroyed everybody in route to the Super Bowl that we lost in devastating fashion. The Vault was a house of horrors for anyone unfortunate enough to have to play in it. We dominated teams that were supposedly "good". The team was amazing and it was an incredible thing to watch. We can’t repeat anything that happened that amazing year without large contributions from super saiyan Cam and that’s exactly who he’s been this year. You’re going to see a huge Carolina run soon. We’re going to get this bye. And those are the 5 things I know about the NFL this year. If any of you disagree feel free to comment below I promise I won't assassinate you with intellect geez Till next time my brothers and sisters. -Broku
  2. I've been increasingly bothered by people moaning here and on Twitter about how Ron is such a lousy coach, "always going into Prevent and squandering leads." I've had the impression that's less true these days (not to say there haven't been a few too many Cardiac Cats moments for comfort....) As part of some data analysis I was already working on, I had a chance to do a bit of digging into the numbers. What got my attention initially was working on / reviewing my 2017 Panthers data spreadsheet. Did you know that Panthers led in 10 2017 games at halftime and won all 10 of those games. That's right. Last season we never lost a game in which we led at halftime! So I decided to take the analysis further... Here's how Panthers have fared since 2015 based on the status of the game at halftime, (and also, in the final row, whether Panthers EVER led during the course of the game) Note: REGULAR SEASON ONLY Since 2015 (51 total games, including the first 3 weeks of 2018), the Panthers led at halftime in 34 (67%) of their games. They WON 30 of those games (88%) - with all 4 of those losses coming in 2016. Yes, that's right, Panthers have won ALL 24 games in which they led at halftime in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and 6 of 10 games in which they had a halftime lead in 2016. [On the flip side, Panthers have been very weak in mounting a comeback when they've trailed at halftime, winning only 3 of 13 games in which they trailed at halftime since 2015.] In terms of EVER having a lead in a game, Panthers had a lead in 44 of their 51 regular season games since 2015 (86%). They won 34 of those games (77%). Those numbers in terms of winning when having a lead looked pretty good to me, but I decided it wouldn't mean much without knowing the league average and how other teams had fared. So, here are those numbers, thanks to Pro Football Reference. I didn't see a way at PFR to show games in which a team led at halftime, only the games in which a team EVER had a lead, so that's what I analyzed. The Outcome in games in which a team EVER LED since 2015. The table below is ranked by the Win % of games in which a team ever led: Not too surprising to see the Patriots are the leaders, both in terms of % of games in which they ever had a lead (90%) [see the right hand columns] AND their win % in games which they led (87%). But the Panthers are WAY up there. Panthers are 4th in terms of % of games ever having a lead (86%) and 6th in terms of Win % when ever leading (77%). The other teams up there with the Panthers & New England in winning more than 75% of the games in which they ever had a lead: Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Minnesota. (Miami is also up there, but note Miami's VERY LOW % of games ever leading. 3rd worst in the league. So, Yes, Miami won a very high % of games in which they had a lead, but they didn't have a lead nearly as often as other teams.) Not too shabby. Ron may go into PREVENT when Panthers have a lead, but he and the team have been extremely successful in winning when they have had a lead since 2015.
  3. https://247sports.com/nfl/carolina-panthers/Article/Jake-Delhomme-Panthers-offensive-line-concerns-121863705/ Here's the podcast: https://wfnz.radio.com/media/audio-channel/prowlcast-what-would-win-atlanta-mean-cam-newton-plus-jake-delhomme-joins-show I've always respected and liked Delhomme. 2003 was an exciting year. He speaks highly of Cam. The article gives no indication of how he calls the game Sunday. I hope the Panthers keep him around more.
  4. Dont Check My Chicken

    Thanks to David Tepper and Roger Goodell

    David Tepper says it is "dead wrong" to accuse NFL players as unpatriotic. And, former NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has joined the NFL players in their fight against social injustice. Thank you. Both are showing courage and empathy for others. Thank you David Tepper! And, thank you Roger Goodell. For those wondering what this has to do with the Panthers football team, I would suggest these NFL icons are leaders and I appreciate their leadership during these confusing times. As a Panthers fan, I am comforted in knowing my team is in such good hands of a courageous leader with a good heart!
  5. I'm curious to see how snap counts for various players have changed over the past 2 weeks, and how production relates to snap counts. I'll be posting a series of tables tonight and tomorrow looking at each position group. This is for games 1 & 2 of the preseason.
  6. Don't get me wrong. I love CMC. And I think Moton, Samuel, Hall and Elder might be able to help us this year.... But dang with all the injuries to an already small draft class, giving away Butker, not being able to really use Moton & Armah last year...... the Panthers 2017 draft class was pretty bad. 2016 and 2015 were also lower than average in terms of rookie impact on the roster. I've posted a pretty long twitter thread with some data. Will try to post the tables and graphs here tomorrow along with more commentary, but it's gotten too late here and I'm falling asleep at the keyboard.... Click on the tweet to follow the whole thread....
  7. Keyarris Garrett didn't have to choose Carolina, but he did. The main reason why he landed in Carolina? Well, he can tell you that... Ricky Proehl was the main reason Garrett chose Carolina over a dozen other teams. While places like Atlanta are producing "recruitment videos" and other gimmicks, the Panthers are staying true to what actually works. Namely, excellent coaches who take the time and connect with the players. Coaches with a proven track record of developing young talent. Imagine being a rookie wide receiver and in your first practice having a coach that can not only tell you how to run a route, but also run it himself better than anyone else on the field. Instant. Respect. Garrett was wise in choosing Proehl and the Panthers. Afterall, coach Proehl has.... Turned Kelvin Benjamin, who some said was a project, into a thousand yard receiver in his rookie year. Took Devin Funchess, as inexperienced a rookie wide out can be, and molded him into a real threat and one of the better Panthers receivers late in the season. Made Philly Brown, and undrafted rookie, a contributor on offense almost immediately. Clearly, coach Proehl knows how to develop young talent. This year he has the NCAA's leading receiver Keyarris Garrett to work with. Just imagine.
  8. Keyarris Garrett didn't have to choose Carolina, but he did. The main reason why he landed in Carolina? Well, he can tell you that... Ricky Proehl was the main reason Garrett chose Carolina over a dozen other teams. While places like Atlanta are producing "recruitment videos" and other gimmicks, the Panthers are staying true to what actually works. Namely, excellent coaches who take the time and connect with the players. Coaches with a proven track record of developing young talent. Imagine being a rookie wide receiver and in your first practice having a coach that can not only tell you how to run a route, but also run it himself better than anyone else on the field. Instant. Respect. Garrett was wise in choosing Proehl and the Panthers. Afterall, coach Proehl has.... Turned Kelvin Benjamin, who some said was a project, into a thousand yard receiver in his rookie year. Took Devin Funchess, as inexperienced a rookie wide out can be, and molded him into a real threat and one of the better Panthers receivers late in the season. Made Philly Brown, and undrafted rookie, a contributor on offense almost immediately. Clearly, coach Proehl knows how to develop young talent. This year he has the NCAA's leading receiver Keyarris Garrett to work with. Just imagine. View full article
  9. I see a lot of excitement out there over a few of the Carolina Panthers undrafted free agents, and rightfully so. Last season safety Dean Marlowe and running back Brandon Wegher was able to claim a roster spot. The year before? Philly Brown and Andrew Norwell made the regular roster. This year the buzz is around wide receiver Keyarris Garrett and linebacker Jeremy Cash. Here is what needs to happen for them to make the roster, and who their competition is from last season's Carolina Panthers roster. Jeremy Cash - Linebacker - Duke Panthers Roster Competition: Ben Jacobs The path to the NFL for Jeremy Cash is clear. First, the training staff needs to put some weight on him, at least 8 pounds this offseason. That sounds like a lot, but with Cash's frame it is very doable in a pro regimen. Trust me, this kid is in for a healthy dose of protein and weights. Next, he needs to get excited about special teams, because that is now his bread and butter. The Carolina Panthers will not be calling upon the services of Jeremy Cash on defense this year, just as they hardly ever called on Ben Jacobs last year. But Jacobs, a former rookie camp invitee, cemented himself as an excellent special teams player and earned respect and a paycheck. Jeremy Cash must prove he can shed blocks and get downfield for tackles on the returner. If his performance at Duke is any indication, his natural tackling ability will be a huge asset for him to rely on. The Panthers' preseason was never more important for a rookie. He will have a few opportunities to make a real difference. If not, he may be practice squad bound. It is Cash vs Jacobs. The Panthers will not be keeping both this season. Keyarris Garrett - Wide Receiver - Tulsa Panthers Roster Competition - Brenton Bersin, Kevin Norwood, Philly Brown, Stephen Hill The Panthers will likely keep only five receivers this season. There are only three locks at the moment: Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess. The rest are competing for 2 roster spots. Keyarris Garrett is ranked by most sources as the second most valuable UDFA pickup behind Jeremy Cash. Garrett's path to the Panthers roster has solely to do with his performance at the wide receiver position. That's it, that's all. Out work, out hustle, and out perform Brown, Bersin, Norwood, and Hill and the job is yours. The good news for Garrett is his drive. He has been very vocal since the draft about his resolve. He plans to prove without a doubt he was the best receiver in the draft, as his production numbers in college would indicate. As a result, a swell of support has developed from Panthers Nation. Garrett has his work cut out for him, it won't be easy. Making it even more difficult for Garrett is the fact that he is practice squad eligible, when some of the others are not. This gives the Panthers another option to develop him into a future star. Garrett needs to show the Panthers that he immediately can make plays week 1 against Denver. If he fails to do so, practice squad is likely. Carolina Panthers Rookie Camp kicks off on Friday, May 13th. I will report back with initial impressions and photos.
  10. I see a lot of excitement out there over a few of the Carolina Panthers undrafted free agents, and rightfully so. Last season safety Dean Marlowe and running back Brandon Wegher was able to claim a roster spot. The year before? Philly Brown and Andrew Norwell made the regular roster. This year the buzz is around wide receiver Keyarris Garrett and linebacker Jeremy Cash. Here is what needs to happen for them to make the roster, and who their competition is from last season's Carolina Panthers roster. Jeremy Cash - Linebacker - Duke Panthers Roster Competition: Ben Jacobs The path to the NFL for Jeremy Cash is clear. First, the training staff needs to put some weight on him, at least 8 pounds this offseason. That sounds like a lot, but with Cash's frame it is very doable in a pro regimen. Trust me, this kid is in for a healthy dose of protein and weights. Next, he needs to get excited about special teams, because that is now his bread and butter. The Carolina Panthers will not be calling upon the services of Jeremy Cash on defense this year, just as they hardly ever called on Ben Jacobs last year. But Jacobs, a former rookie camp invitee, cemented himself as an excellent special teams player and earned respect and a paycheck. Jeremy Cash must prove he can shed blocks and get downfield for tackles on the returner. If his performance at Duke is any indication, his natural tackling ability will be a huge asset for him to rely on. The Panthers' preseason was never more important for a rookie. He will have a few opportunities to make a real difference. If not, he may be practice squad bound. It is Cash vs Jacobs. The Panthers will not be keeping both this season. Keyarris Garrett - Wide Receiver - Tulsa Panthers Roster Competition - Brenton Bersin, Kevin Norwood, Philly Brown, Stephen Hill The Panthers will likely keep only five receivers this season. There are only three locks at the moment: Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess. The rest are competing for 2 roster spots. Keyarris Garrett is ranked by most sources as the second most valuable UDFA pickup behind Jeremy Cash. Garrett's path to the Panthers roster has solely to do with his performance at the wide receiver position. That's it, that's all. Out work, out hustle, and out perform Brown, Bersin, Norwood, and Hill and the job is yours. The good news for Garrett is his drive. He has been very vocal since the draft about his resolve. He plans to prove without a doubt he was the best receiver in the draft, as his production numbers in college would indicate. As a result, a swell of support has developed from Panthers Nation. Garrett has his work cut out for him, it won't be easy. Making it even more difficult for Garrett is the fact that he is practice squad eligible, when some of the others are not. This gives the Panthers another option to develop him into a future star. Garrett needs to show the Panthers that he immediately can make plays week 1 against Denver. If he fails to do so, practice squad is likely. Carolina Panthers Rookie Camp kicks off on Friday, May 13th. I will report back with initial impressions and photos. View full article
  11. Now that the dust has settled on round one, the Carolina Panthers have unfinished business to get down to in round two. I told you no uncertain terms who would be the pick in round one. Things become a little more murky in round two. Nevertheless, here is what I think will happen. 1. Panthers will try to trade up Like last year, there are still a few players on the board that the Panthers really like. Hunter Henry, Derek Henry, Emmanuel Ogbah to name a few. This would likely require a trade up into the top 10 of the second round. I am not so sure Gettleman is willing to give up enough to move that far. One possibility, however, is banking on that probable third round compensatory pick for next season and trading the existing 2017 third round pick away along with this year's. The Carolina Panthers could more easily move up to the teens. This would put them in position to draft someone they may not have a first round grade on, but someone who could impact the team immediately. 2. Panthers mid-second round targets In the second round today, aside from the players listed above, the targets could be... - Sterling Shepard - WR - Shepard would round out the Panthers WR corps perfectly and the Panthers do like him quite a bit. - Kendall Fuller - CB - Despite a minor injury last year, Fuller still high on the list of wants. This would certainly make fans who are still worried about the loss of Josh Norman happy. 3. If the Panthers cannot move up If the Panthers are unable to move up and must pick at 30, I like... - Su'a Cravens - SS - Would immediately compete for playing time with the departure of Roman Harper. Some project as a small outside LB, the Panthers could treat him like they did Thomas Davis initially and put him at strong safety. - Von Bell - FS - The Panthers really don't need another FS, but they like Bell enough to take him anyways. - Devontae Booker - RB - Good mix of size and ability. A well rounded running back that could take a roster spot from Whitaker, Artis-Payne, and/or Wegher.
  12. Now that the dust has settled on round one, the Carolina Panthers have unfinished business to get down to in round two. I told you no uncertain terms who would be the pick in round one. Things become a little more murky in round two. Nevertheless, here is what I think will happen. 1. Panthers will try to trade up Like last year, there are still a few players on the board that the Panthers really like. Hunter Henry, Derek Henry, Emmanuel Ogbah to name a few. This would likely require a trade up into the top 10 of the second round. I am not so sure Gettleman is willing to give up enough to move that far. One possibility, however, is banking on that probable third round compensatory pick for next season and trading the existing 2017 third round pick away along with this year's. The Carolina Panthers could more easily move up to the teens. This would put them in position to draft someone they may not have a first round grade on, but someone who could impact the team immediately. 2. Panthers mid-second round targets In the second round today, aside from the players listed above, the targets could be... - Sterling Shepard - WR - Shepard would round out the Panthers WR corps perfectly and the Panthers do like him quite a bit. - Kendall Fuller - CB - Despite a minor injury last year, Fuller still high on the list of wants. This would certainly make fans who are still worried about the loss of Josh Norman happy. 3. If the Panthers cannot move up If the Panthers are unable to move up and must pick at 30, I like... - Su'a Cravens - SS - Would immediately compete for playing time with the departure of Roman Harper. Some project as a small outside LB, the Panthers could treat him like they did Thomas Davis initially and put him at strong safety. - Von Bell - FS - The Panthers really don't need another FS, but they like Bell enough to take him anyways. - Devontae Booker - RB - Good mix of size and ability. A well rounded running back that could take a roster spot from Whitaker, Artis-Payne, and/or Wegher. View full article
  13. Jeremy Igo

    Sweet Carolina

    There have been a great number of music videos sent to us this season, mostly rap or hip hop tunes with a Carolina Panthers flavor. I came across this unique song this morning, and really thought it was well done. The artist, Patrick Carroll, took the Sweet Carolina victory anthem of the Carolina Panthers and put it through an "Adam Sandleresque" filter. "Except Atlanta" had me laughing Nicely done Patrick! You can follow Patrick on twitter or on his YouTube
  14. Jeremy Igo

    Sweet Carolina

    There have been a great number of music videos sent to us this season, mostly rap or hip hop tunes with a Carolina Panthers flavor. I came across this unique song this morning, and really thought it was well done. The artist, Patrick Carroll, took the Sweet Carolina victory anthem of the Carolina Panthers and put it through an "Adam Sandleresque" filter. "Except Atlanta" had me laughing Nicely done Patrick! You can follow Patrick on twitter or on his YouTube View full article
  15. Jonathan Stewart returned to the Carolina Panthers practice field today with his usual sense of humor. Stewart participated fully in all drills that media was allowed to see. He took the first team snaps as usual . I did not witness any lingering issues with his foot that there may have been. However, all eyes will be on him tomorrow to see how the foot reacts to his first day back with a helmet. In my opinion, we will see Stewart full speed ahead on Sunday. Other practice notes: - Kurt Coleman was the first player on the practice field. His presence will be needed badly against the Seattle passing attack. - The receivers looked sharp, no dropped ball from what I was allowed to witness. Usually there is one or two. Devin Funchess has improved a great deal since the Panthers - Seahawks game earlier this season. He could be a big factor in the outcome. - Cam Newton was his normal self, laughing and cracking jokes during stretches. The team seems loose but focused on the task at hand. Confidence is in the air.
  16. Jonathan Stewart returned to the Carolina Panthers practice field today with his usual sense of humor. Stewart participated fully in all drills that media was allowed to see. He took the first team snaps as usual . I did not witness any lingering issues with his foot that there may have been. However, all eyes will be on him tomorrow to see how the foot reacts to his first day back with a helmet. In my opinion, we will see Stewart full speed ahead on Sunday. Other practice notes: - Kurt Coleman was the first player on the practice field. His presence will be needed badly against the Seattle passing attack. - The receivers looked sharp, no dropped ball from what I was allowed to witness. Usually there is one or two. Devin Funchess has improved a great deal since the Panthers - Seahawks game earlier this season. He could be a big factor in the outcome. - Cam Newton was his normal self, laughing and cracking jokes during stretches. The team seems loose but focused on the task at hand. Confidence is in the air. View full article
  17. Jeremy Igo

    Cam's Clear Case for MVP

    Not only has Cam Newton earned the Most Valuable Player of the NFL this season, he has redefined the position along the way. Anyone who watches the Panthers play on Sundays clearly understands this fact. However, there are still a few who try to dismiss Newton’s performance using the old way of judging a quarterback. Allow me to present to you the main bullet points of Cam Newton’s amazing 2015 MVP bid. 3837 Yards Passing - 16th in NFL Here is the one stat that is not all that impressive. Cam Newton only threw for 3837 yards. Strange that in this day and age nearly 4000 yards passing is not particularly impressive. If Cam Newton played the entire games against Atlanta and Tampa Bay, he may have surpassed 4000 yards. But, as you can see by the following stats… it really doesn’t matter. Many doubters will point to Cam’s completion percentage. It is easy to spot a living room couch expert that way. They have no idea how many dropped passes Newton has played through. Heck, if Ted Ginn held on to just half of his drops alone Cam Newton would have had well over 4000 yards and been ranked in the top 10 in this category. 7.8 Yards per pass - 7th in the NFL The Panthers are a running team. In fact, they ranked 2nd in the NFL in rushing overall. Naturally, on a team based on the run, the QB will be throwing less. Taking this into account, Cam Newton averaged 7.8 yards per pass which ties him for 7th in the league. This is more yards per attempt than Tom Brady. Throw in the fact that Cam did so without a single wide receiver that would start on any other NFL team. This stat becomes not only impressive, but nearly unbelievable. 35 passing touchdowns - 2nd in the NFL (tied with Bortles, E. Manning, Palmer) Thats right, Cam Newton is tied for 2nd place in the NFL for number of touchdowns thrown, also known as the most important stat for a QB in football. Moving down the field is meaningless if a QB cannot deliver in the red zone. Again, without a wide receiver that would start on any other NFL team. Simply amazing. Ok, so there are some traditional QB stats that clearly show Cam Newton is one of the top QB’s in the league. Do these stats make him a MVP candidate? Not really. They make him a very good quarterback. Now comes the part where he has redefined the position…. 56 Rushing First Downs - 5th in the NFL I have said it for many seasons now. Cam Newton is 80% of the Panthers offense. Without his first down runs, many improvised, the Panthers would rank very low on offense. However, because of Cam Newton, the Panthers scored more points in 2015 than any other team in the NFL. Cam Newton single handedly kept the chains moving 56 times this season. This is almost twice as many times as the next QB on the list…. Russell Wilson who ranked 33rd. 10 Rushing Touchdowns - 5th in the NFL (tied with RB Todd Gurley) Cam Newton is tied with probably Rookie of the Year RB Todd Gurley in rushing touchdowns. He is ahead of full time running backs like Doug Martin, David Johnson, DeMarco Murray, the list goes on. Cam Newton has one rushing touchdown less than Adrian Peterson. Take a moment and let that sink in. Cam Newton has already tied Steve Young’s career record for rushing touchdowns. Now, take into consideration that Cam Newton clearly was a very good QB in 2015 despite lack of weapons, he also was a top runner in this league. In other words..... Cam Newton was the majority of the production, both in the air and on the ground, in the offense that scored the most points in the NFL. That, my friends, is MVP defined.
  18. Not only has Cam Newton earned the Most Valuable Player of the NFL this season, he has redefined the position along the way. Anyone who watches the Panthers play on Sundays clearly understands this fact. However, there are still a few who try to dismiss Newton’s performance using the old way of judging a quarterback. Allow me to present to you the main bullet points of Cam Newton’s amazing 2015 MVP bid. 3837 Yards Passing - 16th in NFL Here is the one stat that is not all that impressive. Cam Newton only threw for 3837 yards. Strange that in this day and age nearly 4000 yards passing is not particularly impressive. If Cam Newton played the entire games against Atlanta and Tampa Bay, he may have surpassed 4000 yards. But, as you can see by the following stats… it really doesn’t matter. Many doubters will point to Cam’s completion percentage. It is easy to spot a living room couch expert that way. They have no idea how many dropped passes Newton has played through. Heck, if Ted Ginn held on to just half of his drops alone Cam Newton would have had well over 4000 yards and been ranked in the top 10 in this category. 7.8 Yards per pass - 7th in the NFL The Panthers are a running team. In fact, they ranked 2nd in the NFL in rushing overall. Naturally, on a team based on the run, the QB will be throwing less. Taking this into account, Cam Newton averaged 7.8 yards per pass which ties him for 7th in the league. This is more yards per attempt than Tom Brady. Throw in the fact that Cam did so without a single wide receiver that would start on any other NFL team. This stat becomes not only impressive, but nearly unbelievable. 35 passing touchdowns - 2nd in the NFL (tied with Bortles, E. Manning, Palmer) Thats right, Cam Newton is tied for 2nd place in the NFL for number of touchdowns thrown, also known as the most important stat for a QB in football. Moving down the field is meaningless if a QB cannot deliver in the red zone. Again, without a wide receiver that would start on any other NFL team. Simply amazing. Ok, so there are some traditional QB stats that clearly show Cam Newton is one of the top QB’s in the league. Do these stats make him a MVP candidate? Not really. They make him a very good quarterback. Now comes the part where he has redefined the position…. 56 Rushing First Downs - 5th in the NFL I have said it for many seasons now. Cam Newton is 80% of the Panthers offense. Without his first down runs, many improvised, the Panthers would rank very low on offense. However, because of Cam Newton, the Panthers scored more points in 2015 than any other team in the NFL. Cam Newton single handedly kept the chains moving 56 times this season. This is almost twice as many times as the next QB on the list…. Russell Wilson who ranked 33rd. 10 Rushing Touchdowns - 5th in the NFL (tied with RB Todd Gurley) Cam Newton is tied with probably Rookie of the Year RB Todd Gurley in rushing touchdowns. He is ahead of full time running backs like Doug Martin, David Johnson, DeMarco Murray, the list goes on. Cam Newton has one rushing touchdown less than Adrian Peterson. Take a moment and let that sink in. Cam Newton has already tied Steve Young’s career record for rushing touchdowns. Now, take into consideration that Cam Newton clearly was a very good QB in 2015 despite lack of weapons, he also was a top runner in this league. In other words..... Cam Newton was the majority of the production, both in the air and on the ground, in the offense that scored the most points in the NFL. That, my friends, is MVP defined. View full article
  19. I have gathered the data. I have crunched the numbers. I have applied our proprietary Huddle Algorithm. Now, without further ado, the Official 2015 Huddle Season Prediction The Good News Cam Newton is as healthy as he has been since 2011. Not many people are discussing this, but it remains the biggest factor on the Panthers 2015 season prospects throughout the entire team. A healthy Cam Newton is good for a few wins on his own, even if the rest of the offense is not clicking. The Panthers offensive line appears to be greatly improved over the start of last season. Mike Shula's passing attack requires a bit more time than many other passing attacks in the NFL, this offensive line should be able to provide it. This is a vertical passing attack, not a west coast dink and dunk. Pro Tip: Panthers rookie Daryl Williams will be starting more sooner than later. He will quietly be the Panthers best 2015 draft selection. Running backs are no longer a concern on this team. Last season we saw undrafted rookie Darren Reaves actually start a game due to injuries. Reaves did not even make it as far as training camp this season, that tells you how much this group has improved. Stewart, Artis-Payne, and Wegher are all capable of carrying a full load of snaps on their shoulders. This is the best running back depth the Panthers have had in many seasons. The Panthers now have the most talented and most complete linebackers corps in the NFL. The addition of first rounder Shaq Thompson has solidified that fact. The linebackers are the biggest reason the Panthers were able to pull off a victory against Arizona in the playoffs last season. They are improved since then, which is a scary notion for the rest of the league. The Bad News You knew it was coming, so here it is. The loss of Kelvin Benjamin is a tough one. The Panthers wide receiver corps are just not as talented without him, especially in the red zone where the Panthers offense struggles the most. Rookie Devin Funchess has not yet shown the ability to use his size to his advantage against NFL corners. Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery are currently the two best other options. Not good. Depth at corner is razor thin. Josh Norman, Peanut Tillman, and Bene Benwikere are a stout starting lineup. All three, however, have already been injured at one point or another since the start of camp. The Panthers need help here and will most likely be bringing in an additional corner soon. Don't underestimate the Star Loutelei foot injury. His foot flared up once the pads were put on in practice, which was a full 7 months after his surgery. Prepare to see Star off and on throughout the season. Colin Cole and Kyle Love are solid backups, but they are no Star. Special teams, and particularly punt coverage, remains a concern. This group looked less than stellar in preseason after a dismal 2014 season. There will be more than one game this season where a punt return could be the difference in the game. Conclusion The 2015 Panthers squad is built to win on the road. With a solid defense and running game, they will be able to slow the game down and run the clock. This quiets the away crowds and halts any momentum the home team may develop. Cam Newton's athleticism will make up for many passing plays gone awry. His impromptu scrambling will be the difference once again. For the past two seasons, the Panthers offense would have ranked near last place without his heroics. The Panthers defense will rank in the top 5 when it is all said and done this year. 2015 Panthers Record Prediction 11 wins 5 losses NFC South Title
  20. I have gathered the data. I have crunched the numbers. I have applied our proprietary Huddle Algorithm. Now, without further ado, the Official 2015 Huddle Season Prediction The Good News Cam Newton is as healthy as he has been since 2011. Not many people are discussing this, but it remains the biggest factor on the Panthers 2015 season prospects throughout the entire team. A healthy Cam Newton is good for a few wins on his own, even if the rest of the offense is not clicking. The Panthers offensive line appears to be greatly improved over the start of last season. Mike Shula's passing attack requires a bit more time than many other passing attacks in the NFL, this offensive line should be able to provide it. This is a vertical passing attack, not a west coast dink and dunk. Pro Tip: Panthers rookie Daryl Williams will be starting more sooner than later. He will quietly be the Panthers best 2015 draft selection. Running backs are no longer a concern on this team. Last season we saw undrafted rookie Darren Reaves actually start a game due to injuries. Reaves did not even make it as far as training camp this season, that tells you how much this group has improved. Stewart, Artis-Payne, and Wegher are all capable of carrying a full load of snaps on their shoulders. This is the best running back depth the Panthers have had in many seasons. The Panthers now have the most talented and most complete linebackers corps in the NFL. The addition of first rounder Shaq Thompson has solidified that fact. The linebackers are the biggest reason the Panthers were able to pull off a victory against Arizona in the playoffs last season. They are improved since then, which is a scary notion for the rest of the league. The Bad News You knew it was coming, so here it is. The loss of Kelvin Benjamin is a tough one. The Panthers wide receiver corps are just not as talented without him, especially in the red zone where the Panthers offense struggles the most. Rookie Devin Funchess has not yet shown the ability to use his size to his advantage against NFL corners. Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery are currently the two best other options. Not good. Depth at corner is razor thin. Josh Norman, Peanut Tillman, and Bene Benwikere are a stout starting lineup. All three, however, have already been injured at one point or another since the start of camp. The Panthers need help here and will most likely be bringing in an additional corner soon. Don't underestimate the Star Loutelei foot injury. His foot flared up once the pads were put on in practice, which was a full 7 months after his surgery. Prepare to see Star off and on throughout the season. Colin Cole and Kyle Love are solid backups, but they are no Star. Special teams, and particularly punt coverage, remains a concern. This group looked less than stellar in preseason after a dismal 2014 season. There will be more than one game this season where a punt return could be the difference in the game. Conclusion The 2015 Panthers squad is built to win on the road. With a solid defense and running game, they will be able to slow the game down and run the clock. This quiets the away crowds and halts any momentum the home team may develop. Cam Newton's athleticism will make up for many passing plays gone awry. His impromptu scrambling will be the difference once again. For the past two seasons, the Panthers offense would have ranked near last place without his heroics. The Panthers defense will rank in the top 5 when it is all said and done this year. 2015 Panthers Record Prediction 11 wins 5 losses NFC South Title View full article
  21. Today the Panthers can clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs should they defeat the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers can also clinch home field with an Arizona loss in Green Bay. The Falcons are still in the playoff hunt, but need some help. They first need to win out, starting today. Keys to Panthers Victory - Expect a different Falcons team. The Falcons were embarrassed two weeks ago at Bank of America Stadium. These are professional players who don't take kindly to such a thing. They will be more motivated this week. - Continue to shut down Julio Jones. Luckily, Jones is the type of player Josh Norman plays his best against. Larger receivers that are not used to being challenged for the ball. Hopefully, Norman can continue to blanket him as he did two weeks ago. - Cameron Artis-Payne. I liked what I saw out of the rookie last week. He needs to use that as a stepping stool on the way to improving this week. Not turning the ball over would be a good start.
  22. Today the Panthers can clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs should they defeat the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers can also clinch home field with an Arizona loss in Green Bay. The Falcons are still in the playoff hunt, but need some help. They first need to win out, starting today. Keys to Panthers Victory - Expect a different Falcons team. The Falcons were embarrassed two weeks ago at Bank of America Stadium. These are professional players who don't take kindly to such a thing. They will be more motivated this week. - Continue to shut down Julio Jones. Luckily, Jones is the type of player Josh Norman plays his best against. Larger receivers that are not used to being challenged for the ball. Hopefully, Norman can continue to blanket him as he did two weeks ago. - Cameron Artis-Payne. I liked what I saw out of the rookie last week. He needs to use that as a stepping stool on the way to improving this week. Not turning the ball over would be a good start. View full article
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    What Falcons Fans Are Saying

    Believe it or not, the Atlanta Falcons are still in the playoff hunt. The Falcons need to win out and hope for two Minnesota Viking losses. A long shot, but it could possibly happen. This means that on Sunday in Atlanta, the Carolina Panthers could both clinch home field throughout the playoffs and knock the Atlanta Falcons out of the playoffs. How great is that? I went over to the Falcons fan communities to gauge their feelings on the upcoming game. On Matt Ryan being fire up. Since that Matt Ryan outburst years ago, the Falcons are 1-5 vs the Panthers. I am not so sure they should be wishing for a return of a fired up Matt Ryan. On how to beat the Panthers Oh look, another "double Olsen and the Panthers offense is dead" comment. We have seen it every single week this season from opposing fan bases. Two weeks ago Greg Olsen only played a single half against the Falcons. The end result was a 38-0 behind the woodshed shellacking. Short memories these Falcons fans have. On Roddy White talking trash about Josh Norman .....fair enough. Norman is absolutely tasked with locking up receivers many times during games. He also does play zone, as does every single corner in the league. Holding Norman to a higher standard than literally every other corner in the league in an effort to agree with an asinine comment made by Roddy White.... sad. Of course, Corey Brown and Josh Norman responded to Roddy's comments on twitter themselves... Overall, Falcons fans are evenly split. Some want to win out and hope for a postseason. Others want to lose and improve draft position. Almost none are happy with their current coaching staff, especially offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. I doubt Shanahan is around next season, unfortunately. Sunday may possibly be the largest Georgia Dome takeover in NFC South history. Expect thousands of Panthers fans to once again make it feel like a home game as Falcons fans remain mostly indifferent. See you there.
  24. Believe it or not, the Atlanta Falcons are still in the playoff hunt. The Falcons need to win out and hope for two Minnesota Viking losses. A long shot, but it could possibly happen. This means that on Sunday in Atlanta, the Carolina Panthers could both clinch home field throughout the playoffs and knock the Atlanta Falcons out of the playoffs. How great is that? I went over to the Falcons fan communities to gauge their feelings on the upcoming game. On Matt Ryan being fire up. Since that Matt Ryan outburst years ago, the Falcons are 1-5 vs the Panthers. I am not so sure they should be wishing for a return of a fired up Matt Ryan. On how to beat the Panthers Oh look, another "double Olsen and the Panthers offense is dead" comment. We have seen it every single week this season from opposing fan bases. Two weeks ago Greg Olsen only played a single half against the Falcons. The end result was a 38-0 behind the woodshed shellacking. Short memories these Falcons fans have. On Roddy White talking trash about Josh Norman .....fair enough. Norman is absolutely tasked with locking up receivers many times during games. He also does play zone, as does every single corner in the league. Holding Norman to a higher standard than literally every other corner in the league in an effort to agree with an asinine comment made by Roddy White.... sad. Of course, Corey Brown and Josh Norman responded to Roddy's comments on twitter themselves... Overall, Falcons fans are evenly split. Some want to win out and hope for a postseason. Others want to lose and improve draft position. Almost none are happy with their current coaching staff, especially offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. I doubt Shanahan is around next season, unfortunately. Sunday may possibly be the largest Georgia Dome takeover in NFC South history. Expect thousands of Panthers fans to once again make it feel like a home game as Falcons fans remain mostly indifferent. See you there. View full article
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