There is no doubt, nor has there ever been a doubt in my mind that we have the best community of Carolina Panthers fans anywhere. There is an assumed knowledge we have here that truly separates us from the comment sections or certain newspapers, or littering the conversation forum on ESPN. At times we come off as elitist, and I think we're all working on that because as a community we have a very high barrier of entry, this is a blessing and a curse.
That being said, there come times where things can get a little stagnant, and conversations can get bogged down; I feel we've hit that juncture. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross characterized the five stages of greiving as:
I'm not referring to this abysmal 2-14 season, but rather the never ending QB arguments which have morphed from Delhomme vs. Moore, to Moore vs. Clausen and now to Clausen vs. Luck. I hope these arguments will be over soon, but like a bird being nudged from the nest I feel we need to give this whole issue a collective 'push' in order to move from the second step, anger, which we have been dwelling in for going on 5 weeks.
At this point it doesn't matter if you like Jimmy Clausen, like Andrew Luck, like them both or hate one or the other. There are a few things I think everyone needs to accept in order for us to have constructive conversations that go beyond "No... he sucks!"
- Andrew Luck is the consensus #1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
- Should Andrew Luck declare the Panthers will select him, not trade back. (When asked Darin Gantt said "0.00%" that the Panthers trade back with Luck on the board, and now Hurney is watching the Orange Bowl live? It's a foregone conclusion.
- The 2010 Panthers were bad, not just at the QB position.
- Jimmy Clausen will be a Carolina Panther next year.
Why am I talking about this? Simply put, because we have to talk about this. As a blog we would be doing a disservice to not talk about Andrew Luck until he makes a decision on declaring. If we declares, then it's another 3 months of Andrew Luck analysis and discussion, if not then we move on to he rest of the draft. Until he decides though we are going to operate under the assumption that Luck is entering the draft.
I know it's not a fun topic as a community because everyone has hitched themselves to a horse, but I am calling for some sensibility moving forward as discussions on the topic have become unproductive as they stand.