Oh, and what the hell can McDermott do about this loss, for those of you who want to blame him? Not his fault that Luke Kuechly looks brainless in coverage half of the time, and cost the team both the TD and the two point conversion.
Btw, nice sig lol.
I'm not saying his tackling is overrated as much as the stat itself. A lot of times, he (and other players) get credit for a tackle when they dive into the pile after the play is already over. That inflates his tackle numbers.
Glad you like it.
Last edited by CarolinaFan87; 11-18-2012 at 10:00 PM.
In other news, I'm now convinced that fans are the reason teams become the Raiders/Browns. Whoever the new GM is better do a damn good job of picking the next coach (assuming Rivera's done), otherwise we might as well start the revolving door now.
Under normal teams' circumstances our playcalling might work out, but for whatever reason our defense just turns to mush when the game is on the line.
I do agree that the next GM better be pretty amazing. This team has most of the talent, just not the coaching and a few missing pieces.
Off-topic, but given that our CBs haven't been abysmal with Gamble out, does anyone think he gets cut if he doesn't restructure? I think I read somewhere that he's supposed to make $10M next season, and Beason is supposed to make $13M. I have a very strong feeling that Beason might be done unless he takes a cut, unless the new GM/coaches love him. $13M is just an awful lot to be paying a 4-3 OLB that's only played like 5 games in two years(let's face it, unless Beason magically returns to his beasty self, Kuechly is clearly the better option, even as a rookie).
Eh, I don't think we really run too many aggressive play-calls defensively. It's basically just the front four working their tails off to get after the QB. That said, you notice that our DBs tend to play even further off their marks at the end of games, and I don't think that's a good thing. It wasn't just the pass game at the end that beat us; they were able to pick up some nice big chunks on the ground too.
I think a lot of things are going to happen in the off-season that I, for one, am not looking forward to. I think Gamble is going to be part of that. I think Beason will be asked to restructure like TD did. If he does, that makes things awkward for the LBs with Davis playing lights-out and Kuechly getting things done in the middle. Beason is the best LB this team has ever had, would be a shame to see him leave while he's still so young. Obviously, there's going to be some serious discussion around Williams and Stewart and "keep your strengths strong" isn't going to be here for it.
I guess I just hope the GM doesn't get too carried away and completely blast away the (expensive) talent we have to "rebuild" for the next 5 years. That said, I also hope the players are smart enough to take the pay cuts needed to keep talent here.
As for what fans have to do with GMs, how does Charlotte feel about Rivera right now? The media, the fans, the owner -- how do they feel about him? Do you not think whoever the new GM ends up being is going to know this? Can you imagine the negativity if the new GM elected to keep Rivera and his staff?
The reason for asking is quite simple: he's been a head coach for less than two years and he inherited a 2-14 team. Yes, we made a lot of progress last year offensively and regressed this year. We also regressed defensively last year and have progressed this year. Special teams continues to be a disaster.
The concern on my part is that firing Rivera and Co. and hiring someone new means that your entire team has to learn a new system. The offense has to start from scratch, the defense has to start from scratch, the second-year QB has to start from scratch. That risks putting the entire team back at least 1-2 years.
Honestly, I think Rivera's future in Carolina is already settled. I don't know whether he's lost the players or not, but he clearly doesn't have answers right now. Ronde Barber's take is interesting (per Tom Sorensen):
That's why the next GM has to pick the right coach. Because the new coach needs to establish a winning attitude. Because the new coordinators need to make the most of the talent that's here. Because a revolving door to the coach's office won't be good for this organization in the long run.Are they snake bit?
“That’s not it,” says Ronde Barber, veteran Tampa Bay safety and unofficial team spokesman.
Then what is it?
“A lot of different factors,” Barber says. “I’ve seen most of their (Carolina’s) games. They have talent. It’s not the players and it’s not the coaches. They just haven’t been able to finish games.”
Last season the Buccaneers didn’t. They won three of their first four and finished 4-12. The Panthers beat them by 19 and 32 points.
So they started over. Now they’re 6-4.
What did you do?
“No comment,” says Barber, smiling.
With a little prompting he says: “New players and a new coach.”
Barber adds: “Our attitude changed. Good for us.”
If we have the choice to be like the Steelers/Texans (whose decision to stick with Kubiak is paying off) or Raiders/Browns, I'll go with the former. If we don't take that approach with this coaching staff, we must do it with the next. Again, that's why that search is going to be so important.
We need a HC that is willing to show he cares, show a little fire on the field. I don't mean someone like Rex Ryan that is going to act like an ***, but even John Fox could get fired up over some plays when it was game time. Rivera sits there with his arm crossed like he couldn't give a **** what happens and is ready for the game to just be over already. That's probably why the Panthers are 8-10 in games they lead in the 4th quarter, a stat that you should be winning at least a 75% clip in.
McDermott drives me insane sometimes, but today's game wasn't him. Chicago, yes; this one, no.
On the bright side -- and I posted this earlier -- I was happy to see a couple stunts on defense and a couple quick slants on offense, and they were successful. (Every once in a while I get lucky and it looks like I know what I'm talking about.) Now if only they'd bring in someone to work with Chud and the O-line on the running game...