ladies and gentleman, I have just uncovered Detroit's second round draft bust.
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How the Carolina Panthers can get back to the playoffs
- Updated: April 15, 2013
Although they have steadily improved from the disaster of 2010, the Carolina Panthers haven’t posted a winning record in the past four seasons, much less gotten close to the playoffs. They aren’t necessarily as far away from the postseason as it might look, however. They have a strong foundation in place. With a few tweaks and strategic moves, they can not only contend for the playoffs, but also take that next step to become become one of the best teams in the NFC.
Lead from the front
Quarterback Cam Newton has all the athletic ability to become an NFL great. The only thing holding him back is that he does not know how to handle losing. When the Panthers are behind on the scoreboard, Newton shuts down. The rest of the team can’t help but notice this and starts playing poorly too. As a leader of this franchise, Newton must learn how to keep a cool head and rally the troops in the face of adversity.
Less read option
Since Carolina drafted Newton, they have moved away from the traditional running game and implemented a read-option offensive scheme. This has hurt the production of running backs DeAnglo Willams and Jonathan Stewart, both of whom were 1,000-yard rushers before the read option was adopted. The read option can be useful in certain situations, but when it becomes a staple of the rushing attack, it is easily stopped.
Returning to a power run game will take pressure off Newton and make the offense both more balanced and more explosive.
General manager Dave Gettleman and the front office have their work cut out for them, as they only have five picks in the 2013 NFL Draft: the 14th-overall pick in the first round and one pick in each of the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds.
Luckily, this team doesn’t have many glaring needs other than defensive tackle, cornerback, and free safety.
Although he will likely be long gone before Carolina is on the clock, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei would make an immediate impact and transform an already good defensive line into a great one. Alternatively, Sylvester Williams out of North Carolina would be a steal in the second round. Quick off the snap, Williams is always in the backfield. He is great run stopper who can also get after the quarterback.
After picking up cornerbacks Drayton Florence and D.J. Moore in free agency, Gettleman is not likely to draft another corner in the first few rounds. However, he might take a good look at Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, a game changer who would easily replace the struggling Haruki Nakamura.
Is Raji here? What the hell is this?
This woman is the epitome of sexy:
Did anyone see this? Not only is the guy funny....last sentence is absolutely gorgeous! Amen man.
Seeing the ignorant comments about Muslims from people on various message boards makes me sad for two reasons. 1) No one knows who the attacker was, it could be a Muslim terrorist or a white american terrorist. 2) All muslims arent the same.
Brian Kelly: No, the Alabama game did not expose Manti Te’o
Found a picture of Childerz... Wild visor and all...
I do not know much about the Muslim faith but this is simple enough even for me. I pray for all those in Boston who are suffering...
@LambeauOrWrigley SCOOPED YOU LIKE A BITCH!
@LambeauOrWrigley Id own one.
@Atlfalconsfan0125 Her nose job distracts me.
@The Miracle Man swellllllllllllllllllllllllllll
@LambeauOrWrigley Fucking Patton Oswalt...bringing the RAIN!!!
@LambeauOrWrigley Yep. I posted it yesterday. And hes right. The good out number the evil in the real world, but not in the media.
@AllSaintsRow This doesn't look posed at all.
@AllSaintsRow I don' tknow if one of those chicks is fuckable.... maybe the one down in front with dark hair...
@Atlfalconsfan0125 What makes America great is everyone can allow their voice to be heard and counted. The huge flaw of America is the same thing.
@Preparation_A That's a fun bet. I hope you both win.
@Preparation_A that is a fucked up, and genius incentive scheme. best of luck
@Preparation_A You can do it!
@BearsSaveLives No he hasn't... he has until Friday.... just the beauty of having Drew Rosenhaus as your agent.
@AllSaintsRow I'll take Red Hot Chili Peppers and Stone Sour over them.
@AllSaintsRow One of their songs is severely over played here in Atlanta.
you gotta at least try. when I was looking at the categories, I just went with what came into my head. If nothing came into my head, I made a joke out of my nomination
I can't verify the first part of your statement, but you are dead on with the second.
@natradamus uuuuh, I haven't done it at all.
@LambeauOrWrigley Westboro found out who committed the bombing....... it was jesus.
I HATE those stupid fucks.
@The Miracle Man Yep, and only one of those girls are related to me.
What a difference a word makes.
Mainly due to digestive issues I have stopped eating red meat. I like beef ribs and but I am not that much into else. So, I eat beef about once a month. That alone has significantly helped my % fat. I have replaced that with a more vegetables driven diet and it has proven ok.
I exercise a lot but what I do is for fun so very much of an overkill. What I suggest is do something like eliptical at a reasonable setting for about 30 min every day if you can. I bet you it will move you forward.
@Preparation_A @EvilDonkey @LambeauOrWrigley Prep: how much are you trying to lose? Hang in there man. I don't really understand weight loss. I am a genetic freak. No matter what I eat, I am between 144-163 my entire adult life. What is even more sick is my Cholesterol is 141-182 EVER! I am not complaining but I feel for folks who have to deal with weight...I figure it is a pain.
Hang in there!