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There is nothing that will make me happier a Panthers fan that to get the Bucs in Week 2 and get a season-defining win against the reigning SB Champions like we did in 2003.

I just looked at the power rankings and absolutely no one is giving us any respect (most I've seen have us last in the division).  But they did in 2003 also, and I feel we have just had the most transformative offseason we've had since that special season...

Who knows what will happen, but I think we crushed free agency and the draft.  This team (on paper) is much, much improved from last year. 

I tip my hat to Rhule and Fitterer.  Our roster was one of (if not the worst) in the NFL last season before last year's draft... these guys have done a masterful job building it back up.  Seriously, before the last draft, the only truly elite players on our roster were CMC, Burns, and maybe DJ Moore.  

We are a long ways from that... 

Rhule, Brady, and Snow need to earn their paycheck and coach these guys up, and we could be in a good spot at the end of the year.

I think having the 17th game definitely favors youth and having better depth.  For way too long, we have neglected quality depth in favor of trying to hit on more elite talent... and outside of the 1st round, it simply hasn't worked, and injuries have left us playing guys that shouldn't be out there

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I see more yards, TDs and lower completion % because he’ll take more shots downfield. Maybe 65%, 28 TDs and 4200 yards. Don’t forget that CMC is a TD machine. CMC played in 3 games and had 4 rushing TDs. Davis had 6 TDs in 15 games.

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1 hour ago, Ricky Spanish said:

Well Damn, I was erring on the side of caution because he was so bad last season. He took a GIANT step back last year.

If he's not broken, there's no reason he couldn't go 3500 yards, 25 TDs and under 10 INTs next year in a system with a ton of support. 

totally agreed. that should be about his floor...well...i'd bump the INTs up a little more. he's got a bit of gunslinger in him. but i'm ok with that as long as we are winning and he's around a 2:1 TD INT ratio.

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1 hour ago, Ricky Spanish said:

Well Damn, I was erring on the side of caution because he was so bad last season. He took a GIANT step back last year.

If he's not broken, there's no reason he couldn't go 3500 yards, 25 TDs and under 10 INTs next year in a system with a ton of support. 

He was actually doing just fine years 1 and 2. Maybe not all time best starts but a decent progression. Heck, he was 7-6 in 2019 and they looked to be getting their act together. I’m not 100% sure why they decided to blow it up with trading Adams, letting Anderson go and not replacing lost players but they decided to go for the top pick in 2021, save cap and build up draft picks. Probably the QB top heavy 2021 class but who knows. Maybe Douglas the GM was new and/or hated Gase, etc.

That said, we just need him to crawl back to 2019 and improve. He’s got the weapons to do better than 2019 too.

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3 hours ago, rippadonn said:

Can he be better than Jake Delhomme? 

Yet to be seen as far as playing for one of the historically worst teams for developing QBs.

We SHOULD have won the Superbowl with our once in a franchise A1 QB.

We really SHOULD have won it with Jake, they were unstoppable on offense and only needed 30+ seconds, Cheatriots couldn't stop em.

What I've learned is you need stellar defense and an above average QB to make it to the top.

We'll all get to see if Sam qualifies as above average, to which I would say THANK YOU and move on. I hope he's it.

 

Looks like Rhule and Co. have the same idea as you.  Build a monster defense and an explosive offense with a middle of the pack QB and kill people.  I think if Sam ends up in the top half of the league overall next year we're in for a really good season.  And 2022 should be when we really start to become a very dangerous team.  Like Super Bowl dangerous.  That would also follow Rhules progression everywhere else he has been.

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Perhaps I am being optimistic, but Darnold has the talent to be a top 12 QB with the weapons we have here. Not to mention the coaching. Now he also has the potential to blow up right in our faces, but is it really out of the realm of possibility we win 10 games with this guy? 

30 TDs

3400 yards 

15 picks 

66 completion rate 

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In addition to the better supporting cast here (offense and coaching), our much improved defense will help immensely.  Its nice for a QB to know he doesn't have to be perfect to win games.  Takes a little pressure off.

2021 Darnold Stats

Completion %: 60%

Yards: 4,000

TDs: 30 

INTs: 12

Rushing Yards: 300

Rushing TDs: 4

Wins: 9

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5 minutes ago, grimesgoat said:

In addition to the better supporting cast here (offense and coaching), our much improved defense will help immensely.  Its nice for a QB to know he doesn't have to be perfect to win games.  Takes a little pressure off.

2021 Darnold Stats

Completion %: 60%

Yards: 4,000

TDs: 30 

INTs: 12

Rushing Yards: 300

Rushing TDs: 4

Wins: 9

totally agree about the D helping him out. Having consistently good field position and the opponent's score being kept in check will definitely help take pressure off him and the passing game.

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Damn there are some high expectations in here. If he can achieve even half of some of these predictions I would be okay with that. The realist in me says it will likely be in the middle somewhere. Between 3500 and 4000 yards with 25 touchdowns in what will be his bounce back year while learning a new system would seem to be the most realistic ceiling sight unseen. With CMC and the recent additions to the offense plus a new running back and a couple big boys on the line it is likely a safe bet to say there will be a significant emphasis on running the ball to ease the transition for Sam so that could cut down on his numbers. But all of this depends on the offense making gains in redzone efficiency which was not pretty last year for a number of reasons but lack of push from the line was a big factor. Darnold himself is also going to have to protect the ball and fans are going to have to prepare for some turnovers through the process.

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17 hours ago, stbugs said:

I see more yards, TDs and lower completion % because he’ll take more shots downfield. Maybe 65%, 28 TDs and 4200 yards. Don’t forget that CMC is a TD machine. CMC played in 3 games and had 4 rushing TDs. Davis had 6 TDs in 15 games.

Hopefully CMC stays healthy.. knock on wood 

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