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  1. I know as Panthers fans we're not used to it, but this is what good teams do, beat the teams they're expected to beat.
  2. Brady's safety blanket, CMC, was just taken away from him. Not only that, CMC's backups will now get some playing time/experience before the team reaches the more challenging part of the schedule. None of that is a bad thing. Also, Sam will have to rely more on the rest of his numerous weapons, hopefully developing a stronger chemistry with them. Yeah, the learning curve just got a little steeper for several Panther players and coaches, but it's not insurmountable and could set this team up for success later this year. Being less dependent on CMC in order to win will make this team more flexible and dynamic. Finally, when CMC returns, hopefully we won't have to run him into the ground, allowing him to remain healthy and fresh down the stretch and into the post season.
  3. Panthers can only play the teams on the schedule. The championship Patriots and 49ers teams don't have an asterisk next to their victories in the record books for having played a soft schedule either. So far the D is bringing it every week unlike past Panther teams that had a tendency to play down to the competition. Rhule has these guys prepped and RTG regardless.
  4. Halftime reality check for Rhule and the Panthers. Better come out with a plan for scoring that doesn't include CMC.
  5. Good coaches talk often about developing talent. But the logic breaks down when you apply it to only the people who score about 66% of your points. Kickers, for now, remain a psychologically tortured outlier without much reprieve. Yeah, when this kicker carousel started spinning earlier this year, thought Panthers might do well to bring in John Kasay as a consultant. Who better to analyze kicking candidates than a highly successful kicker and local legend? Having him on staff to coach up our kicker would be even better, especially if the cost is negligible.
  6. Sadly, still appears to be better than the Panthers current kicker.
  7. Yeah, I realize that, and yet somehow Panthers managed to sign a guy that still can't manage to kick the ball beyond the back of the end zone (and bonus, misses pats too). Our kicking game seems to be stuck in reverse.
  8. You know the old saying: On any given Thursday If this were your Father's Panthers I'd be expecting Davis Mills to have MVP performance.
  9. It was definitely a Fox thing. Now, while I don't recall Rivera doing it, it may have happened. Both John Rivera and Ron Fox were so similar it is easy to get them confused with one another.
  10. The secret to success in the NFL: Win all the games you're supposed to win and a few more that your not. Hopefully the many years of watching the Panthers playing down to their competition are over.
  11. There was a time when kickoffs traveling beyond the opponents end zone was uncommon. Seems like most kickers these days can do it if called on to do so. Doesn't seem like it would be in the Panthers best interests to commit to any kicker that is incapable of doing it consistently (if at all).
  12. So, knowing what we know now, should the Panthers try to resign Joey Slye when the Texans Fairbairn comes off IR? Might only be another week or two before that happens. https://www.si.com/nfl/texans/news/meet-houston-new-kicker-joey-slye-news
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