Conference Championship Game Day Open Thread & Peppers Open Rant

So damn, the best defensive player in the franchise's history wants out in the prime of his career. His reason is just as perplexing, he wants to play in a different defensive scheme. Never mind that he's a Pro Bowler in the scheme he's been playing for seven seasons. I think it's safe to say there are other factors behind this declaration. Factors like:

  • Team owner Jerry Richardson had the gall to ask Peppers to step up and lead the team
  • His buddy Kris Jenkins got more money when he was traded away and was renewed in NY. Maybe Pep wants to join him.
  • He's jealous of DeMarcus Ware
  • He's not the brightest light in the hall
  • He thinks Panther DC Mike Tyrgovac is a turd
  • He thinks the Panthers are holding him back (of course so is every LT on the Panthers schedule)

Of course he was a little more PC with his press statement:

"I am seeking new challenges that will allow me to grow, develop and reach my personal potential on the football field," Peppers said. "I strongly feel that making a move at this time is in my best interest. I appreciate the entire Panthers organization and am thankful for the seven seasons I've spent with the team."

He wants a new challenge? Let's trade him to Detroit. Oh Detroit plays a 4-3. Who cares. Hmmm...so who are the 3-4 defensive candidates? Let's see there's the Patriots, Jets, Steelers, Cowboys, and Chargers. Did I miss anyone? That's a pretty short list.

Conference Championship Game Predictions

I really think the Eagles are the better team so I have to go with the Cardinals. Lately the best play for me has been going against my intuition. Besides, the Cardinals play well at home and that passing game is tough to stop. Cardinals by 4.

In the snow game I have to stick with the Steelers, it's their type of game and the rookie Ravens QB Joe Flacco is due for a bad game. That Steeler defense is sure to hit the Ravens running game with a thud. This is going to be another low scoring affair, Steelers by 3.

This an Open Thread for any one who wants to talk about the Panthers, talk about today's playoff games or .... Rant about Julius Peppers wanting to leave the Panthers.  

 

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