Uggh, i hate retirement. Forget that idea, so yeah, i'm back and probably gonna start getting back to work on some stuff around here. I figure since the major part of the combine is over i was gonna debate what was more important, Right Tackle, or receivers.
Let me start by saying that i think Dave Gettleman is foolish to say that Hogmollies, and size wins every battle. Byron bell is clear definition of Hog Molly and he is the worst Right Tackle to ever suit up in a panther uniform. If you want to draft a player, draft him for talent, NOT size. Size is a poor excuse to sidestep a question on why you selected him. And if you are arguing with me inside of your head, answer me this question. Who was a better pro? Steve Smith, or Braylon Edwards? Who was better? Ryan Leaf, or Doug Flutie? Thanks. Now, let's actually break some things down.
It is no secret that the right side of Carolina's o-line is a dumpster fire. Byron Bell allowed 43 sacks in 2013. Yup 43 times our franchise Quarter Back was put into danger, 43 TIMES! WOW. Not including the other 5 he allowed just against the 9ers in the playoffs. If this doesn't scream glaring need, i don't know what does. Ironically in the picture i posted, he is holding Cam like a newborn, but when they get on the field together, he drops cam like a radioactive camel spider then flees to the nearest gas station to pick up some Camel Spider Killer Spray.
We all know that Steve Smith is in a controversial part of his career, people on CSR are in an uprising trying to convince others that Steve needs to hit the road, honestly i think it is pretty stupid, considering we wouldn't have been 8-8 this season if it wasn't for Steve. You guys pointing fingers do realize that Steve is the one who picked everyone up after the Bills game. He is the one who straightened Cam out last season, He is the Panthers offense, heart, and soul. Please DO NOT bring up steve negatively any more, because quite frankily it is the dumbest thing i've ever heard. If it wasn't for Steve we would have a whole new coaching staff, Players would be fed up and start leaving, Hardy would be demanding 100 million easily, and Our offense would be in shambles. Do you really think that cutting Steve is worth it? Check yourself again, and get back to it.
ANYWAY outside of Smitty we have nothing,, NOTHING. We have Olsen at TE, and Ginn. Yup a guy who drops touchdown passes for a living. We should resign Ginn though, he is a great special teamsman, and is good on short throws. Laffel needs to be gone, so does Hixon. That leaves Steve, Ginn, Mcnutt, and King. it's obvious we are gonna need a free agent or drafty to fill in one of those 5 spots. should we go FA or draft for a receiver? It would be nice to think we could draft one, and sign one. Most preferring someone cheap, and can produce in FA, and get a future #1 in the draft. Can we get a #1 in the 2nd round of the draft? Tough call, but this draft is deep. i'd like to think that we could land Hakeem Nicks, but Gettleman isn't going to touch that, considering nicks is gonna demand probably 7-10 million a year with a lot guaranteed.
If Gettleman sidesteps offense again in the 1st 2 rounds this draft, i'm gonna lose my mind. Cam Newton has no help, and needs it desperatley. EVERY young Qb drafted has a side kick. Gabbert had Blackmon, Dalton has Green, Ryan got Jones, RG3 got Garcon, Luck got Richardson, and Hayward Bay, and Wilson has Lynch and an elite front 5. Not even including Kaepernick who was brought in around Gore, Davis, Crabtree and amazing front 5, and was brought in with Boldin. It's annoying when we keep side stepping talent for Cam. What Should we do then? DRAFT OFFENSIVE BPA. No more defense, none. if we go Safety or Corner in the 1st, we are just continuously sidestepping major needs for Cam Newton and Steve Smith. However, i do believe that Smitty has to restructure in the near future. I would prefer he take a 5 million dollar paycut in 2015 so that he doesn't eat up all the Cap for Cam Newton, and we can eventually sign some big name guys.
Now, i'm not venting on our drafting lately, Gettleman has been great with that. But the fact that he doesn't worry about offense in FA is dumb. Last year, we could have pulled in better o-line help, we could have got a weapon for Cam, and still be in a good situation. I think this year is the year we become a top 5 offense, and a top 3 defense.