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Leeroy Jenkins Ph.D.

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  1. I don't hate it. More of an "Eh OK" response. But that could be the apathy setting in.
  2. So this is a survey of fan apathy. I'd say we're getting pretty high on an apathy scale sadly.
  3. But I completely agree. It definitely sounded as if DJ was in our long-term plans for sure.
  4. Technically, I do not believe we have to worry about DJ until next off-season, as we signed his 5th year option. He is under contract for 11 mil next season, but I could see us extending him.
  5. Listening to Scott Fitterer address the media yesterday felt like a breath of fresh air. The man clearly understands football and gives me a lot of hope for the organization moving forward. I absolutely agreed with the majority of his points in regards to roster building and his plan moving forward. Two things stood out to me that may be interesting to discuss. First, it was apparent that he did not have the same philosophy as Rhule in regards to which players should have been starting on Sundays. His comments about how "arm length" is not the best determining factor of an offensive tackles skill set was evidence enough after hearing Rhule parrot an alternative talking point throughout the season. Similar to Deonte Brown's ability to get to the second level, regardless of his body weight. Second, it was also apparent that Fitterer wanted to separate himself from the current coaching staff and staffing decisions. When asked about the Offensive Coordinator search, he clearly stated that this was Rhule's staff and his staffing decision. He went on to say that if Rhule wanted his input, he would gladly offer it. I was amazed at how fast and precise he was with this statement and how it appeared he had not even been in talks with Rhule about this as of yet. I was under a completely different assumption that these decisions were being shared and discussed at length between the owner, GM, and coach, but it appears there is a much clearer separation than I realized. Even with some clear early blunders in Free Agency I am still excited about Fitterer and what he offers this team. He is active (sometimes to the teams detriment), but seems to have a plan and at least appears to be learning from his mistakes. Here is an interesting look at some of the financials of next season. In 2020, the Panthers led the NFL with 54 million in dead cap money (26% of the cap) thanks to contracts still being paid to players like Matt Kalil, Trai Turner, Eric Reid, and Luke. In 2021, the Panthers again had 54 million in dead cap (29% of the cap), thanks to contracts still being paid to Teddy Bridgewater, Kawann Short, Luke, and Tre Boston In 2022, the Panthers are only set to have 7 million in dead cap (3.3% of the cap). Yes, he may have overpaid Robby Anderson and picking up Darnolds option barely makes sense even when he tries to explain it away, but at least the money is being paid to players who are on our roster, performing for our team. Unlike the past few years when over 1/4th of the cap was being paid to players who were not good enough to make a roster or playing for another team. Just wanted to try and give a bit of a positive spin on the future of the franchise. Fitterer appears to know what he is doing and seems like the kind of GM who can learn from his mistakes. He is clearly separating himself from Rhule, and I believe he will be here long past Rhule's tenure.
  6. We at least have the 6th. Will not drop past 6th, but we can still improve
  7. No, Jets have a higher strength of schedule which is the first tiebreaker in the draft. .509 vs .507.
  8. If the Jets can pull off this upset, the Panthers can move from 6th to 5th in the draft. Go Jets.
  9. Ronald Curry, Saints QB coach: In one season he's coached Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian to a 7-7 record so far. Ken Dorsey, Bills QB coach/passing game coordinator: Dorsey has been the point-person for Cam Newton and Josh Allen during their respective top seasons. Josh Gattis, University of Michigan OC: Named the top assistant coach in the nation this year, Gattis has put together an impressive resume in just a decade in coaching. Luke Getsy, Packers QB coach/passing game coordinator: He's been with Green Bay since 2019 and would be in line to assume the OC gig there if Hackett leaves. Pep Hamilton, Texans QB coach/passing game coordinator: Hamilton has been able to guide Andrew Luck and Justin Herbert. Hard to believe he's not an OC right now. Mike Kafka, Chiefs QB coach/passing game coordinator: The triumvirate of Andy Reid, Bieniemy and Kafka has the Chiefs' offense humming again. Zac Robinson, Rams assistant QB coach: His only coaching experience is three years with McVay in L.A., but he could get some looks. Bobby Slowik, 49ers offensive passing game specialist: He comes from a family of coaches and has had his hands on a lot in that organization. Frank Smith, Chargers OL coach/run game coordinator: Before joining the Chargers he was the position coach for Darren Waller in Vegas. Duce Staley, Lions assistant HC/RB coach: The former Eagles great joined Dan Campbell's staff this year and has been ready for an OC job.
  10. It looks bad, but we are currently 16th in terms of draft assets. https://www.tankathon.com/nfl/power_rankings
  11. IMO we tank next year. Trade off our assets, trade back in the draft to acquire future picks, let Rhule run this team to an 0-17 record, then cut ties. Start fresh with a new coach, loaded draft capital and a shiny new training facility. Time to burn it down so we can build it back up. May have to say goodbye to some fan favorite players and fans in the mean time, but winning will bring fans back.
  12. https://www.tankathon.com/nfl/panthers We have 1, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7
  13. Denver and Buffalo seem to really like our cast-offs. Maybe we can flip him for a late rounder flyer in the offseason? Would at least help with the cap hit. I am over the Darnold experiment. Keep Cam, draft someone who can learn behind him, fix the O-line, and get back into the playoffs.
  14. Can we talk about what really matters? What celebrity jersey is Chinn wearing pregame this Sunday.
  15. I am more lambasting the Panthers website that keeps spamming us with this garbage.
  16. This guy has started at OT for an offensive line that is much better than ours. He started over Cam Irving when he was with the Cowboys. He would, at the very least improve our depth.
  17. 31-10 Panthers. Panthers go into halftime up 14-3. Vikings score off a 3rd Quarter turnover resulting in a short field. Panthers respond with 17 unanswered points to seal it. For the first time all season, we leave our foot on the gas.
  18. There is a Vikings bar here in Houston. Went and watched the Panthers game against them last season. Honestly, good bunch of people as far as I could tell. Well represented too. They had about 40 fans or so there for the game.
  19. It is being glossed over because it appears to be complete BS.
  20. Deonte Brown needs to be given a shot. I hope this isn't another Norwell situation where a clearly better better is riding the pine and the "veteran" is being given the go. Lets see what the big brawler has! It can't be any worse, can it?
  21. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I think moving Chin back to LB may be a great move. He is a fantastic tackler and play reader. He really isn't that good against the pass.
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