First, don't have any opions on new GM. Just hope he comes from a organization that has an excellent history of drafting. (Baltimore, New York Giants
, or San Fran)
Second, there needs to be changes in the coaching staff. I would fire Chudzinksi, the OL coach, and possibly Shula. I would then would hire the soon to be fired Norv Turner as the the Offensive Coordinator. Norv sucks as a head coach. He team is sloppy and and weak. However, as an OC, his teams have run the football well, they are offensivly balanced, and I prefer the Air Coreyell(mispelled?) system to any other. Chud could stay as TE coach if he wanted; just so long as he was nowhere near a freaking headset. I would then huddle with Rivera and tell him he is a terrible HC, his team is weak, sloppy, and doesn't make adjustments at all. Very much like Norv Turner, RR is meant to be a coordinator. He is under contract, I would reassign him to be defensive coordinator and give him total control over the defense and input into the drafting of defensive players. With two experienced coordinators who can run their sides of the football, I would gamble just a bit. Though I would certainly be happy with Bill Cowher, and would explore Chip Kelly, Mike McCoy, and maybe several others, I would aggresively pursue Bret Bielema, the Wisconsin football coach. He's young, he's intense, his teams play smart, physical football, and he's a winner. They seem to make adjustments in game. Granted, I don't think he has NFL experience, but with two experienced coordinators, and a good gm, that would certainly lesson the blow.
We have an unmanageable cap situation. We have alot of older players, and players that frankly don't contribute taking up cap room. I would clear some space immediatly as possible. I would cut OT Jordan Gross
, OG Garry Williams
, RB Deangelo Williams, LB Jon Beason
, CB Chris Gamble
, S Haruki Nakuruma, and QB Jimmy Clausen
. I would resign CB Captain Munnerly and S Sherrod Martin
to very manageable 3 yr deals or not at all. I like Dwan Edwards
, but he is getting older (funny to say since he's 1 year younger than me) and won't be cheap.
will be chased out of Charlotte with pitch forks.
I would sign four mid level free agents. QB Chase Daniels from the Saints
. We need a good backup, and we might need more than that if Newton keeps regressing, and showing zero in the leadership depo. I think Daniels has the ability to be an average NFL starter. I would then sign OT Rashard Butler,(can compete with OT Campbell for LT) TE Martellius Bennet (added protection, another easy target for Newton in the passing game) and finally CB/S Cedric Griffin
(Versatile player with experience.)
In the Draft, if things went my way, I would trade picks with the Rams
(have a feeling they very much want Luke Joeckel) and then I would trade again with the Patriots
to move down in the draft to acquire more picks. (Gotta test new GM, see how well he can actually draft) The Panthers
would recieve a 3rd, a 3rd in 2014, and a 5th from the rams, and a 2nd and a 7th from the Patriots. In the first round I would take OG/C Barret Jones, (versatile, leadership, technique) in the 2nd round I would take CB/PR JOrdan Poyer (playmaker on ST and Defense) with the 2nd 2nd round pick I would take Dl Margus Hunt (super potential, athletic freak) in the 3rd I would take OT Alex Hurst (physical run blocking RT) in the 4th I would take WR Marcus Davis (speed, size, no one to throw him the ball at Va Tech) in the 5th DT Anothny Rashard White (Big potential little playing time) QB Colin Klein (leader and fighter at QB position) and finally in the 6th I would take OL Kyle Long (great bloodlines, great athletism, not much experience)
In this scenario, I do admit my concerns for the team are LT, and WR. Smith gets another year older, and LT might not be more than average. However, I think the OL as a whole gets better, we won't be tied down to any negative contracts in 2014, and with new management we have a possible chance to compete at a higher level than we are this season.