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  1. Hurney's only bright spot. That trade was straight robbery.
  2. Howard as a pass catcher/route-runner is raw. Don't expect much from him his rookie year other than mediocre production as a primary blocking TE.
  3. Both Cam and Olsen have a relationship like none other. Both help each other make plays. Cam at times makes Olsen open, and Olsen helps Cam in distress. I agree Olsen and Cam are like none other. What's very interesting is even with Olsen having three 1000 yard seasons in a row, he was actually very limited in 2016. The Panthers used him in the slot since there was no one else who was good as a slot receiver. In fact, most of Olsen's snaps came from the slot: As seen above, about 53% of Olsen's snaps came from the slot, but he was the least productive from the position. Now add in guys like CMC, Samuel, and Shepard who work best from the slot, and Olsen gets freed up on the field to go where he plays best. Don't be surprised to see Olsen have an amazing year next year.
  4. From a comment I saw earlier:
  5. Actually, that's not a big loss at all. Ron Rivera's the main man behind our defense, while McDermott dialed up his Jim Johnson-inspired blitz packages. Our replacement in Steve Wilks could actually be considered an upgrade. McDermott took a conservative role in his scheme, and often stuck in zone and a less aggressive approach. Steve Wilks was originally Ron Rivera's plan for DC before McDermott. I do not believe he'll hinder our defense whatsoever. If you're wondering, Steve Wilks was the assistant head coach/secondary coach prior to his promotion to DC. He's the primary reason Norman is the elite CB he is today, and how our rookies developed so fast and well. Here's a nice post that outlines what you can expect from Wilks: (TL;DR - Much More Aggresion) So I decided to take a look back at Steve Wilks coaching background to see if there was any reason to expect significant changes to the defensive approach of the Panthers. The answer? Well, it depends.. Remember, former DC (now Bills head coach) Sean McDermott cut his coaching teeth under legendary Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. So who has Steve Wilks primarily worked under in his NFL career? Actually, that'd be Ron Rivera, who also served under Jim Johnson for a time but was equally influenced by Buddy Ryan and others. Okay, so who else has Wilks served under as a pro coach? Well, back during their time together in Chicago, both Wilks and Rivera were working for Lovie Smith. As both a defensive coordinator and a head coach, Smith tended to favor an aggressive Cover 2 approach, So does that mean we can expect more Cover 2 vs Zone Blitz? Well, to be honest the Panthers in recent years have shown plenty of Cover 2 looks so it's not a huge leap. But if that shift to more Cover 2 / less Zone Blitz does occur, then what does that actually mean? Here are some possible changes... Fewer A-Gap Blitzes The A-Gap blitz is a 'bread and butter' play for the Zone Blitz scheme. Theoretically, it forces a center to commit to one side leaving an opening in the middle of the line that a speedy linebacker can exploit. The Cover 2, however, generally works best with seven guys dropping into coverage. Panther linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis are both solid in coverage but have become masters of that A-Gap blitz under McDermott, so it's hard to imagine we'd give it up entirely, but don't be too surprised if it's done less frequently than it was under McDermott. Less Linemen Dropping Into Coverage Part of what can make the Zone Blitz confusing is that it sometimes calls for a defensive lineman you'd normally expect to be rushing the passer to instead back off and drop into a zone while someone you expected to be in coverage runs at high speed toward the quarterback. Now, when the blitzer gets there, that's great. If he doesn't, then you're left with a defensive lineman trying to cover a wide receiver. Cover 2 tends to stick to more traditional roles for the front four and the back seven. Mind you, that's not to say you'd never see a blitz out of a Cover 2 (you most certainly will) but the Cover 2 is most effective when pressure can be applied with only four rushers, thus leaving the back seven to handle the speedier guys going out for passes. All Out Aggression Here's an area that's not so much about technique as it is approach. Lovie Smith's Bears were an aggressive, attacking defense, especially aggressive when it came to creating turnovers (witness the Peanut Punch). Under Smith, Wilks and Rivera were also both known to be guys who heavily emphasized the importance of turnovers. In fact, the Bears defense under Rivera was sometimes a little overzealous in attempting to get picks and strip fumbles and wound up giving up big plays as a result. Was McDermott aggressive as Panthers DC? Yes, but was he as all out, always go for the fumble aggressive as the old Bear defenses used to be? That's a subjective question, and my subjective answer is I don't think so. Thus, if we do become more aggressive then it's right to expect a lot of turnovers, but sadly a fair number of big plays given up too. It's a very "feast or famine" approach and fans should be ready to expect that. Now for a couple of things that will probably stay mostly the same... More Man Coverage? Not Necessarily From prior discussions, I know there are some who will expect that a Cover 2 means more man coverage as opposed to the zone favored by Jim Johnson's approach. That's not necessarily true. The Cover 2 was actually built on zone concepts. Throw in the fact that we've built our defense of late with corners like James Bradberry, Daryl Worley and Leonard Johnson - i.e. guys who are primarily suited to zone coverage - and a huge shift seems unlikely. So while I do indeed expect that we'll play some man defense (as we already did before) I wouldn't necessarily expect the amount of it to increase significantly. Pass Rush - Coverage Balance In the never ending debate about whether pass rush or coverage is the more effective tool for defeating quarterbacks, Ron Rivera comes down on the side of pass rush. Wilks, however, is a secondary coach where Rivera was a linebackers guy. So will Wilks emphasize coverage more? Perhaps, but if so I doubt it'll be significant. See, McDermott was a secondary guy too, and if he emphasized what Rivera wanted him to, then it's reasonable to expect that Wilks might also. Technique wise, I also wouldn't expect many changes in the frequency of line stunts and such, but as mentioned above they'll really want to try and get that pass rush with four guys only if they go primarily Cover 2. So what's it all mean? While I do think a lot will depend on whether Wilks favors the Johnson Zone Blitz or Smith's (ultimately Tony Dungy's) Cover 2, it's worth remembering that even with a change of defensive helmsman, it's still the same captain in charge of the boat. In the end, it is still Rivera's defense and Wilks is going to be the guy who works within the parameters that Rivera gives him. The big difference you can cite though is that now he's running it with his first choice at DC. Does that mean he'll back off and let Wilks have more free reign than McDermott may have had early on? Gun to my head, I'd say yes. And that does at least open up the possibility in my mind that the kind of aggressive, step on your throat approach Rivera talked about when he first arrived might finally start coming out. Lord knows I'd love to see it, and I doubt I'm alone on that front.
  6. This guy threw 60+ yarders for about 5 games straight with a torn rotator cuff. He's also the same guy who came out of a freak accident with broken ribs and still played the next week, even choosing to not take painkillers. If there's anyone who'll be fine, it's Cam.
  7. Everyone's roster in the NFC South has been upgraded significantly. Gonna be really interesting to see what happens down here going forward. Personally think it's a crapshoot between the Falcons, Panthers, and Buccaneers. Every team has a potentially top tier offense. There's no question about it. I feel it'll come down to who has the strongest defense, which I think the Panthers and Falcons both have an advantage.
  8. Lmao is this serious? Brian Hill's a solid sleeper pick-up. He isn't going anywhere.
  9. Lol I apologize. I took that way too far. I guess my frustration is how stuff like this gets ignored by the media, but every little thing Cam does makes him a "poor leader," a "poor loser," or such and such to demean him to a person he just isn't. Like I said, I know this probably is the first time Matt Ryan even blamed someone else for the Superbowl. So, I took the bait and went with it, but obviously it was exaggerated beyond reality.
  10. Well, that's not what you normally see from QBs. Matt Ryan seemed to deflect all blame on him and point it to others. While Shanahan did play a role in your collapse, Matt Ryan also played his part as well. He could've hit his checkdown immediately when he saw the pressure coming, but looked deep instead. But consistently blaming others for a loss? I don't know how I'd feel about that. Rather than revisiting the past and blaming others, I'd rather have my QB look at what he did and how he'd get better next time. Maybe it's just me. Even for all the flack Cam Newton takes for what happened in Superbowl 50, and how he handled it, never once did I hear him blame anyone for the loss.
  11. Not the biggest fan of his UCLA game. He only won one out of his 12 one-on-one matchups, and most of his "stats" came from the linemen missing their assignments or ineptitude at play formation. Still rooting for the kid, but don't expect him to be a monster day one. He has a lot to learn.
  12. Sounds more like a Jerry Richardson pressured deal than not.
  13. Don't go there. I've had enough of that. Our ownership makes the Browns look like the NFL's best.
  14. You'll be very disappointed. I would be very surprised if Cam doesn't have his highest career completion percentage this year. You're pretty much one of the very few who try and act like what we're doing for our offense won't benefit Cam at all.
  15. That's our floor imho. This is our most well rounded roster we've ever had in a while. Couple that with us theoretically having the easiest SoS in terms of our offensive matchup versus defenses, and we'll be going far.
  16. He's getting the ejection seat if that's the case. However, at this point losing our GM doesn't really affect our roster for this year. I expect us to show up real strong those games. Only team we may lose to is NE, but we're not losing to the 49ers, Buffalo, or NO with the talent we have.
  17. He cost us a lombardi with every playcall he had lol.
  18. Jerry Richardson putting his feelings in business. That's exactly what it is. And it's why this franchise is a joke.
  19. Sigh, sadly so. Norman not being signed back let us keep everyone we did this offseason, sign some key contributors, and build a future for our secondary. Gettleman had one of his best offensive drafts as well, and now... Looks like the Panthers want to be the bottom dwellers of the NFC South now.
  20. Yeah, after all we have Brandon Beene who we've been training for years to be our future...oh wait. Or how about Dorsey...oh wait. We literally have no one. That's what makes this the most dumb move I've ever seen in the history of this franchise.
  21. It's a meltdown there. As it rightfully should be.
  22. It's because Jerry Richardson is our owner and decided he didn't want to evolve with the rest of the team. At the very least he could've stayed through to the end of this season to see where these new pieces went going forward, but looks like he doesn't care about winning anymore. I'm completely dumbfounded with this move.
  23. We had some really bad DTs before Gettleman, and he helped piece together one of the best front sevens in the NFL. I completely hate where this franchise is heading as of now. I'll wait and see who's our next GM, but I'm not very optimistic.
  24. The word is our owner is worried about how talks with TD and Olsen are going, even though 1.) Thomas Davis is ancient, and Shaq Thompson is beyond ready to take his role. 2.) Greg Olsen has two years left on his contract. TWO. Extension talks now make no sense. 3.) Giving out overpaid contracts like Hurney is a dumb move, and looks like JR wants to go back to that. I'm not confident the Panthers have that big of a window anymore. In fact, this year could be our last we even have a shot at the Superbowl if our next GM is the kind JR wants.
  25. You understand when Gettleman got in here, our cap made the Saints look rich. Gettleman did AMAZING for what little money he had. He founds hidden gems in guys like Kurt Coleman, Ted Ginn, Roman Harper, Jared Allen, and other guys at a fraction of the cost in FA. We barely had any cap to begin with, but he set us up for the future. Nearly all his picks have contributed greatly on our team. Really, the only ones that "busted" were the ones that got injured. He's been our best GM by far. I don't get this move at all.