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big gulps

i would be ok with parting ways with stewart...he's always hurt

JustSayNoToCorporateWelfare

If history teaches us anything we have zero to worry about. Next season we will be two games under .500.

The Panthers will NEVER be a top tier team until Cam has moved on, and the Big Rat finally sells the team to competent ownership. The yokels can scream all they want, but the Panthers were never a scare to any legitimate contender.

drummin4jesus101@yahoo.com

People complained that Cam put up big numbers and didn't win. People complained that Cam put up small number and won. People complained that Cam went to the playoffs but didn't win in it. When he goes to the Super Bowl, they will complain that he wore blue shoes and not black.

Holla

At least they seem to like Gano?

Hey CorporateWelfare guy - your OPINION is terrible.

Joe W.

Band wagon fans are always experts. However there are a couple of things we might want to consider. One, Mr. Richardson has never been very open with his wallet. Hey, it's his wallet, but in the NFL it takes a great deal of money to compete. Second, and a smaller item: I think everyone has to question Mr. Shula's goal line calls in the San Fran game. I think overall he calls a pretty good game with the roster he has to work with. But twice inside the 2 and 3 points? Nobody's buying that.

Ed Bermudez

I think your comments in this column are right on target, it is a lot easier to become a good critic when the history is no longer than a couple of months... by the same token, I disagree with the bulk of the negative opinions you describe, nevertheless, I have seen a few that are probably somehow on track with reality.... 2013 was a great season, but nothing is truly worth it until next season; the team showed they can do the job, but nobody took us seriously until we beat them, next year will be a different story, many teams will watch more Panther’s film and more consciousness will go into each game.
On the other hand, it is clear that the team is not as big or fast as the real contenders, so, Steve Smith size and age will likely play a role (of course, I don’t see the team not having its number one leader), that probably holds true for DeAngelo as well…. Ron Rivera did a great job, I am not sure what to make of the negative comments, same thing goes for the coaches… again, not a secret the defense needs a lot of work, but also needs one or two players….
Last, Cam Newton…. Great athlete, everybody will be lucky to have him, however, he needs to be a leader, I believe that leading and inspiring the team is as important as the yards he throws and the ones he rushes…. During the last game it looked like he had given up; simultaneously, he needs to earn his stripes, we don’t need to see Superman come up until he has proven himself consistently and that includes winning a ton of games… he owes it to his team and his fans…. So, I would say, I don’t know if he is the Franchise Quarterback we all need….. he might bring a couple good players on a trade…… by the way, I watched one of the ESPN Sport Center guys saying that Tebow had learned how to pass……

charlottean

corporate wellfare......dude do you even know where that tax money comes from? it comes from the tourism tax on hotels and restaurants/bars and the like in a certain perimeter that benefit from the panthers drawing the crowd in.

If you owned one of those businesses, you would gladly pool your money to partner with the panthers on their renovations because it means MORE MONEY FOR YOU. it's called community re-investment. if LA is offering to pay for the entire stadium and richardson is turning them down to keep the team here for a fraction of the cost.........


how does that make him the bad guy in your eyes?


FAR WORSE is the nascar hall of fame that brought in NO net tourism revenue for the cost of investment. that panthers bring in billions to the area. and let's keep in mind that stadium also brings us major concerts, international soccer exhibitions and qualifiers, the ACC championship game, a now improved bowl game, and had a lot to do with landing the DNC which anybody with a brain made boatloads off of.

the city owns the land. they are landlords reinvesting in their tenants who have been great for the neighborhood.

this isn't high brow stuff, this is the most basic local governing. the lack of competence ceases to amaze me.

Mickey

I consider myself a fairly objective, long-time Panthers fan, and I've been a vocal critic of Cam's leadership since the beginning. If you take a step back - and if you're not a hater or a troller - you can see that he made huge strides this year. He has some ways to go but if he continues on this trajectory he could be our franchise QB. Bottom line - let's get see more progress next year before we write him the big contract.

Ben

Richardson won't "open his wallet" because Hurney screwed the Panthers with bad contracts, leaving them with no cap room to work with. There is such a thing as a salary cap with penalties for being over it.

Tbill

WOW!!
Peyton Manning didn't even make the playoff his first 5 years in the league. He has 1 Super Bowl win. Glad that he wasn't a Panther.

We would have wanted him tar and feathered and run out of town.

Robert

After this past year's success. I think I trust Dave Gettleman going forward. Let the process work.

Todd Garick

No one has to 'pay' - the team has to get better. Granted I believe after having 2 weeks to prepare for the 49ers the team should have been more mentally and physically/strategically prepared to play. Playing in a playoff game can be, as we learned, a 'one-and-done' self-critiquing event that leaves players and coaches an entire off-season to ponder, "What if I had done...?" No use in dwelling on that now - it's done. Take what 'lessons learned' that can be applied for next year and apply them. Then team needs to seriously focus on making the team better this offseason, through the draft and free agency.

PantherD

Mr. (Say No To) Corporate Welfare: Put a sock in it. You are by far, the most irritating poser on here and nothing you say makes sense. You alternate between saying nothing but negative stuff about the Panthers (even when they go 12-4 and make the playoffs when less was expected of them) to talking berating JR for lobbying for public funds- something EVERY owner does. If you don't like the Panthers (clearly you don't), go mouth off on another team's blog. Apparently, nothing they do, even when it's good, satisfies you. I think you're just troll from another fan base.

Steve

Nicely said Tbill

The fact is, 31 teams in the NFL feel failure on some level every year. Around half get to see a winning season, and 12 get to see the playoffs. This was easily the second most exciting season in Panthers history, with some great wins, especially at home, that had this city electric. Of course there are some things the team can do to get better. But let's turn it around and see what some fans can do also to get better, like not throwing a fit because we did not win the Super Bowl. Like having faith that we are finally on an up slope with a very young team, especially on defense. That we seem to have a GM that understands that great teams are built on the line of scrimmage first.

Some fans will always be like the child that did not get his way. I got what I wanted this year. A great season and a good hope that next year will also be great.

Jones

Tom,

The internet has given rise to the fact that someone can email, post, and make any statements without fear of any backlash. They don't have to "put their name on it."

In other words, "trolls are gonna troll."

FAN

I doubt anyone can argue with a team starting out 1-3 and finishing 12-5. That's a major accomplishment for Riverboat Ron and the team! Job well done sir!!
I agree Cam still needs to improve, trade him??? Heck no!!! He'll get better.

The offense as a whole didnt score enough points this season, too many close games that our Defense was able to pull out a victory for us. Make adjustments off season for this issue.

Lafell? Time to move on, Hixon should get more touches. Stewart? Injured prone, time to move on.

Captain? Folks love him but Ive seen too many blown coverage plays, go back to the Miami game where he was exposed multiple times.

Tweaks here and there and this team should be a consistent playoff contender. There is no way we shouldn't improve next season!!!

FAN

I doubt anyone can argue with a team starting out 1-3 and finishing 12-5. That's a major accomplishment for Riverboat Ron and the team! Job well done sir!!
I agree Cam still needs to improve, trade him??? Heck no!!! He'll get better.

The offense as a whole didnt score enough points this season, too many close games that our Defense was able to pull out a victory for us. Make adjustments off season for this issue.

Lafell? Time to move on, Hixon should get more touches. Stewart? Injured prone, time to move on.

Captain? Folks love him but Ive seen too many blown coverage plays, go back to the Miami game where he was exposed multiple times.

Tweaks here and there and this team should be a consistent playoff contender. There is no way we shouldn't improve next season!!!

MTB

Cam will be fine as our QB. I'd take him over any of the younger crop of QBs, with the possible exception of Luck. He simply needs more weapons. We need to shore up the OL, and find a big time WR. I love Smitty, but he's not what he once was and can't be counted on for 16+ games at a high level. I'm Ok with our rushing attack - talent is there and RBs can be found deep in the draft/free agency. Some have suggested drafting a second credible TE threat to compliment Olsen. Interesting idea given the supposed depth at WR in this year's draft. Also, look out for Hakeem Nicks in Charlotte if the price and attitude is right.

Watching wheels fall off the bandwagon!

The Pussycats were the lucky benficiaries of a cake schedule in a weak division. They should be thanking their stars that they were able to make a rare playoff appearance before they wallow back to mediocrity. Nobody needs to pay... well, maybe the poor fools that embrace this team and think they might ever be something.

H.L. Trapp

Cam Newton is the Carolina Panthers QB AND i hope he retire a Panther. Some of you fans are total idiots...period. Cam has help lead this franchise to places we haven't been in a long time. QB is not our problem. We need to improve at WR and CB. We'll be there sooner rather than later. Keep pounding!!!

MTB

Watching-- Carolina had the toughest schedule in the league based on previous season winning percentage. NE, Seattle, SF, New Orleans x2... the only thing that softened it was ATL's unexpected troubles.

stanley

I say we use the Franchise tag on Hardy to see if that boy can produce two years in a row before we give him a huge contract. He sure didnt help his cause any in our playoff game.

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Let me just say that I'm so so proud of my Carolina Panthers. They had an outstanding year and were able to get a little taste of what it feels like to be winners. I didn't talk to anyone about my Panthers the first 2 days after they lost, but then I realized a few things. If the Carolina Panthers had made it to the Super Bowl the NFL would not be presenting its best talent. Look at the squad and host of weapons on the 49ers, and they were only a game ahead of us. I had to understand that we couldn't have made it any further with that terrible running game, weak O-line, and 1 tight end and 1 wide receiver. Yep I said 1 and that is(SMITTY). So looking forward we see just how close we are to making it to the big game. The only person I blame is Marty Hurney for letting SMITTY get old on a terrible Offense. I can't wait to buy more Panther gear. I love this team!!

Bobby

The Panthers had a great, satisfying season. With a few upgrades to the receiver and offensive line positions they should contend for the playoffs next year. Thats assuming the defense holds steady.
As for Cam - if he was quarterbacking either the 49ers or Seahawks teams he would have already won the superbowl.
I daresay Riverboat Ron would also be able to coach thoses teams to the big game.
For a small market team (players prefer Atlanta & NY) the Panthers do a great job. Go Panthers!

DaveT

We need to upgrade the offensive line. That solves most of our problems. I know we had injuries, but I'd love to see a strong lineman at left tackle, slide Gross to RT(provided he comes at a cost effective salary). Upgrades at guards if possible(or get people healthy). I trust Gettleman can get that done this year much like he did with the Dline last year.

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