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  1. I was working so I only could "notice" a little but saw a few "solo/out on an island by himself" blocks and he held up what I saw.
  2. When I see posts that we could have had this guy or why are we not picking up a better this guy at that position, I think... "We can't have everybody we want now". It takes time to build a complete team from scratch. For a new HC, OC and DC to get use to coaching in the NFL. It takes time to clear the dead cap space and bad contracts and build from the draft. It takes time for a young team to build an identity. Ours I believe will be a great defense and a quick hitting offense. I believe they see 2021 as another step towards that. With Brady and the Bucs dominating and the Chiefs and few other teams at their peak, are we really going win a SB this year? IMO, this year is "hope we can at least win enough games" to come close to a wild card birth and maybe even sneak in. That would build team character and make the fan base start to really believe in the team. I think 2022 is a big step year with 2023 on being, we can compete for a SB run and hopefully win it. It takes a philosophy and a culture, which Rhule brings. It takes solid depth to overcome injuries, not just having superstars. And it's impossible to have superstars at every position. Darnold may not be the franchise guy but he needs at least another year and a better O-line to really know. We tried to get other QBs and it didn't work. He was a high reward - low risk investment at the time and might turn out pretty good. I said might. Fans are impatient. I would rather build a perennial winner than have the 1 year good, then 2 years bad past (that's what it felt like). But I'm jealous watching the Chiefs and how loud their fans are, or other good teams. The Panthers need to build that consistency to win back the fans and the confidence that they can win most if not almost all games, especially at home. The Chiefs, Seattle, GB, Patriots, etc have home field advantage. We need that. After the music stopped on defense at 20 seconds, the stadium crowd was so low compared to the Georgia fans (2 weeks before) that were more than double the volume with 1/2 the stadium of fans. All this takes time.
  3. The Jets game wasn't perfect, but it's the 1st real game with starters. It will get better. I think everybody is expecting we should have killed them and maybe we should have, but we won and played fairly good. When the O-line took a hit in the 3Q, we bent a little backwards. But we won. I think we can match the Saints energy and they've got some guys out. Our defense is only going to get better the more we play.
  4. IDK, but I feel an 8 to 10 win season, if we stay healthy. 10 wins is wild card berth even though we may not do anything but it's a positive step.
  5. I expect the Panthers to come out and give a tremendous effort and instead of blowing it when it's close, move further in front. to a strong win. They are not gonna run away with it but I feel we are gonna see a good team in front of a lively crowd and win and make believers of themselves. It won't be perfect but it will be a start.
  6. Moore got released because Marshall was a gold mine of a pick up. Moore would not have found much playing time and it looks like they plan on using more 2 TE sets. As to what they are doing with a back up QB, I don't think we are SB bound to need a great QB that needs to step in and carry the team if Darnold went down. If Darnold goes down, the season will probably go with it. At KC's level on SB status, yes. Things are gonna take time. I just wanna competitive team that wins maybe 9 or even 10 games and maybe gets in the playoffs. Build more next year and then take over the NFC south.
  7. Saleh was never in charge and being #1 vs #2 Coach on a team is huge. The head coach dictates everything down to schedule, the players he wants, programs, systems, etc. Rhule has shown a tremendous ability to transform an organization, from Temple and Baylor and what we have seen so far from the Panthers. I did not expect a semi competitive team last year with that roster and they fought hard and were in almost every game. Rhule will be successful and this team will be fighting for a playoff spot every year. I don't think this is on Saleh, but the Jets organization has been garbage for years. He has a lot to change there and that's a lot for a 1st time HC on any level. He seems like a good coach but being the head honcho is different than just being a coordinator.
  8. We need a good solid QB that can can step up from time to time and win and game by himself. Not every game. Darnold might have that. Teddy didn't. Build a winning franchise by having a consistent winner every year, like the Ravens or Steelers that has a chance to be in the playoffs every year. Once you make it to the dance, you just might win one or two. Also, it's not easy finding a franchise QB (what is there maybe 5 to 7 in the NFL right now?). We had Cam and then injuries made him mortal and the team was not built strong enough to stay a consistent winner after that.
  9. To think Rhule rebuilt 2 programs with no name QBs. He's the perfect man for the job.
  10. How is he a bust already?
  11. Also realize preseason is vanilla in the plays they call. OC Brady is not going to tip his hand for 2 reasons. One to show other teams what they like to do and second, players that will be cut and picked up by other teams won't know what we really do. I could see the Saints picking up one of our guys just for intel and then dumping after our week 2 game. They want to see players win or lose in basic straight up man to man plays most times to just evaluate. Our 2nd string is not that bad and our 3rd stringers seem to be terrible. Baltimore has a deeper team. Depth is one of the most important things in the NFL, just as important as starters as they can affect the outcome the same (see last years Super Bowl terrible back up tackles for KC). I'm still encouraged and excited for the season.
  12. Years ago, reading some posts that gave insight into strategy and players was awesome and yes, it's been less lately. I believe optimistim should override negative as we have too much negativity for sometimes for small and stupid reasons. This team looks promising and the future looks real good that we can have a consistent winner - year in and year out. Isn't that what we want? A team that has a shot to go all the way any given year! I've been with the team 11 years now and like when we all rode the enthusiasm with Cam and had the greatest of all seasons in 2015, this team is build around a team, not just a few great players. That's what we need as we learned the Cams and Luke can't do it by themselves and they are generational talent and that's not gonna always line up. This just feels right. This team just needs it's fans to be supportive and loud on game days and get back that home field advantage we have from 2013-2015. BofA rocked. From 2013 to 2017 we won 75% of our home games, best % ever. Great thread.
  13. This is good. I want their confidence to be a little lower. They're young. They need to buy into "they have to work harder" to have a good season. With scheme and time it will be better but just straight up with no game planning, there were good things to build on (not great) and there were things that need work (a lot of work). This year will be a grind to get to 9 or 10 wins (which I think they can do). The young players are learning what grinding really means when you have tough days like yesterday. It's good. As bad as Grier has been, I would like to see him get a series or 2 with the 1's just to see. Kinda final closure before you slam the door on him. He's not had good players around him when he plays, so I feel like Darnold in NY with him. Walker is the #2 but we will need a 3rd with Covid still out there.
  14. Until we see them in pads, no one can tell just yet. I hope one of the rookies starts at Guard but only time will tell.
  15. I think you are all missing the point. With injuries and Covid protocols, versatility is more important than in the past. Very rarely does a team have all 5 starting last the entire season. Not having good back ups costed the Chiefs the Super Bowl. We have a premier RT. A starting center for at least 2021. We have 3 "holes to fill" and a lot of talent to have quality depth up and down the line. It's not the starting caliber we may all want but if it's decent to good and has no drop off from injuries, then it's a win in my book.
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