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Put it this way. They went all in on Darnold. If he plays bad or gets hurt this year we have no plan B. We had an opportunity to draft a top QB, but went with Horn. If we take Fields having a potent CB1 in Horn would be our risk/cost. Our risk/cost in Darnold is potentially the picks it cost for him, the potential of Fields/Jones minus Horn, and whatever it will cost to get another guy next year plus missing a year of development and the salary of his next two years. It’s not necessarily “mortgaging our future” but it will set the team back if he struggles like he has so far. It became much more of a risk/gamble now that the draft is over and our only other options are PJ and Grier.

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1 minute ago, LinvilleGorge said:

You've badly misrepresented my posts.

If if's and buts were candies and nuts. What if Darnold plays better in Carolina? Is it "a good look" for the franchise?

Do you know how many times a team has passed on a QB and they ended up sucking? Or traded up for one and they ended up sucking?

It goes both ways. Just because the Panthers passed on Fields doesn't mean the franchise is in bad shape. Like what are you talking about?

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Just now, ForJimmy said:

Put it this way. They went all in on Darnold. If he plays bad or gets hurt this year we have no plan B. We had an opportunity to draft a top QB, but went with Horn. If we take Fields having a potent CB1 in Horn would be our risk/cost. Our risk/cost in Darnold is potentially the picks it cost for him, the potential of Fields/Jones minus Horn, and whatever it will cost to get another guy next year plus missing a year of development and the salary of his next two years. It’s not necessarily “mortgaging our future” but it will set the team back if he struggles like he has so far. It became much more of a risk/gamble now that the draft is over and our only other options are PJ and Grier.

Or....if he plays bad...they just draft.... a QB.... in the top 5... next year?

This board has lost their minds

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32 minutes ago, LinvilleGorge said:

The opportunity was there to add a franchise QB prospect and we passed due to Darnold. 

So in your mind, Rhule liked Fields but passed because we already have Sam?

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5 minutes ago, SCO96 said:

Don't take this the wrong way, but I think you are making a big assumption that Justin Fields or Mac Jones will be franchise QB's. Based on their school pedigree, both have a greater chance of being bad to average than true "franchise QB's". I just can't see us all looking back on this draft 5 years for now saying, "We missed out on franchise greatness when passed on Fields and/or Jones in the 2021 draft. 

I know the same can be said of Darnold after the failed experience in NY, but that CB selection was exactly what we needed in a division where we face Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and now Kyle Pitts twice a year. Besides, I don't see any of the QB's selected after Horn at #8 significantly outplaying Darnold this year.

We got enough draft capital to move up next year if we need to take a QB or trade for one, and whoever we would be getting is going to be in lot better situation than Bridgewater was when he came to the team.

Good reasonable response. I'd disagree on the draft capitol though. Trade values at the top of the draft have skewed big time over the years since the rookie wage scale was implemented. Those picks have become a lot more valuable now that they also don't come with massive contract that pays a rookie like an automatic future HOFer. Those picks allow you to make a bet on elite talent without the contract that type of elite talent normally requires.

 

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1 minute ago, amcoolio said:

Or....if he plays bad...they just draft.... a QB.... in the top 5... next year?

This board has lost their minds

If he plays like Teddy or worse and we finish with a better record because our roster is better. 
When you are drafting in the top ten the hope is you want be there next year if you believe in what you are building. You should always look at a QB unless you have a solidified person already throwing the ball.

People are acting like this is just coming from this board. Any of the negatives reviews from our draft question us banking on Darnold and not drafting one. It was a bold gamble by our staff and I hope it pays out, but if it doesn’t it clearly sets us back.

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6 minutes ago, amcoolio said:

If if's and buts were candies and nuts. What if Darnold plays better in Carolina? Is it "a good look" for the franchise?

Do you know how many times a team has passed on a QB and they ended up sucking? Or traded up for one and they ended up sucking?

It goes both ways. Just because the Panthers passed on Fields doesn't mean the franchise is in bad shape. Like what are you talking about?

If Darnold resurrects his career here then it's a GREAT move. It's just that we've bet heavily against the odds relying on that. Now we'll see whether or not that bet pays off.

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1 hour ago, LinvilleGorge said:

People lost their minds when I said the Panthers have mortgaged their future on Sam Darnold, then Gantt of Panthers.com writes...

The Panthers did a lot of things over the weekend to make Darnold's life more secure. That's good news, but it also puts the bright light back on their quarterback.

By not drafting one, and picking up Darnold's fifth-year option, they've cast their lot with the former Jets first-rounder, and done their best to insulate him. Now it's on him to prove that he can grow into the job and earn that trust. It may not be New York, but there's still plenty of pressure.

That's NFL political talk for "mortgaging the future".

That's not mortgaging anything.  Passing on Fields or Jones is not mortgaging the future. It amounts to using that pick plus a 2nd next year at most for a QB and a CB.  It does not prevent them from taking either going forward. Let's not make this into something it's not.  SF mortgaged their future.  We took a flyer. 

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1 minute ago, ForJimmy said:

If he plays like Teddy or worse and we finish with a better record because our roster is better. 
When you are drafting in the top ten the hope is you want be there next year if you believe in what you are building. You should always look at a QB unless you have a solidified person already throwing the ball.

People are acting like this is just coming from this board. Any of the negatives reviews from our draft question us banking on Darnold and not drafting one. It was a bold gamble by our staff and I hope it pays out, but if it doesn’t it clearly sets us back.

I doubt that. If Darnold is bad then we are in prime position for a top 5 pick. And every year there are QB's that come out of nowhere. I mean we had pick #3 in our grasp before winning a meaningless game against WFT.

 

As far as "banking on Darnold"....I think it was more that the Panthers didn't want to take the 4th or 5th best QB with the 8th overall pick, which is absurd and I'm glad they didn't do that

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Just now, LinvilleGorge said:

Yep. Rhule has essentially admitted that himself.

Are you referring to his comments on the Rich Eisen show yesterday? If so, what else would you expect him to say about Fields and Jones when asked? 

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