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Panthers Will Regret Parting Ways with Gettleman

Dave Gettelman

40-23-1. The Carolina Panthers combined regular season record under General Manager Dave Gettleman. Oh, excuse me. Ex-General Manager Dave Gettleman. 90-102. The Carolina Panthers combined regular season record in the 9 1/2 years under former General Manager Marty Hurney. Wait, sorry. Current General Manager Marty Hurney. That’s going to take me a little while to get used to. The Carolina Panthers decision to part ways with GM Dave Gettleman came from out of left field. Carolina seemed to be all-in for another season with Gettleman after giving him the keys to the Panthers vault and allowing him to dish out 16 new contracts during the offseason. This seemed like it was the smart thing to do, given that Gettleman had steered the Panthers to three consecutive NFC South crowns from the years 2013-2015, a stretch that included the franchise’s second Super Bowl appearance. All seemed well in Charlotte, with the Panthers players eager to rebound from a severely disappointing 6-10 2016 campaign that seemed like an anomaly on Gettleman’s resume.  The only blemishes of Carolina’s extremely active offseason were a few quiet grumblingsRead More


Two Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft

nfl mock draft

Round 1 Pick 1, Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M Garrett is hands down the best player in this draft. He has a real chance to be a future franchise cornerstone and a player that could help turn the Browns organization around. With a Von Miller-like build and a clear motivation to succeed in the league, the sky is the limit for Myles Garrett. Unless the Browns pull a Browns and don’t pick him, Garrett will almost positively be the first player off the board in the 2017 NFL Draft. Pick 2, San Francisco 49ers Mitchell Trubisky, QB, UNC I have a strong feeling that the 49ers will trade down from the second overall slot in order to accumulate more picks. That would make a lot of sense, because there is no clear cut second best player in this draft and the 49ers could still find a way to get a quality quarterback, be it Trubisky, Watson, Mahomes or someone else, later in the first round. However, in this situation of San Fran staying put, they still opt quarterback this highRead More


Carolina Panthers Draft Preview

John Ross

After an extremely disappointing 2016 season, Dave Gettleman, Ron Rivera and Co. will look to restock the Carolina Panthers roster with their eight picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Gettleman has had a reputation as an excellent drafter during his tenure as the Panthers general manager, but Carolina’s 2016 draft class was a little underwhelming. Look for Gettleman to reaffirm his status as one of the best in the league with strong selections that will drive the franchise forward. The biggest areas of need on the Panthers roster are at offensive tackle, defensive back, running back, wide receiver and defensive end. Expect Carolina to address one of these holes early in the draft with the eighth overall selection. Here are some candidates to walk across the stage in Round One and don Carolina blue in 2017. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU Fournette is probably the most common election among draft pundits who site the big running back as a perfect fit for the Carolina offense. Current Panthers back Jonathan Stewart is approaching 30 years old (commonly known as the running back age cliff) andRead More


What Will Cleveland Browns Do With #1 Overall?

Cleveland Browns Staff

The 2016-17 NFL season was filled with unexpected outcomes and shocking finishes (I mean, who really saw the Falcons making it this far?), but at the end of the day, it still confirmed two things that almost every NFL fan knew would happen when the year began: New England, despite whatever obstacles the NFL tried to put in their way, would make the Super Bowl The Cleveland Browns “football” team would be an absolute dumpster fire and run away with the rights to the first overall pick in the 2017 Draft I can make unoriginal jokes about the state of the Cleveland Browns all day, but the fact is that the Browns roster is an absolute mess and a good three years away from having any remote chance at contention. The Browns think Hue Jackson is their answer at head coach, but if GM Sashi Brown can’t give Jackson a competent roster, the charismatic leader will just be another name on a long list of failed experiments in Cleveland. Since the Browns will have a tough time trying to lure free agents to their organization, their $100+Read More


Panther’s Victory Feels More like a Defeat

Luke Kuechly Cart Ride

Backed up on their own 15 yard line, the Carolina Panthers needed ten yards to keep their season alive. On the verge of blowing back-to-back 17 point leads and with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Cam Newton fired a completion to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin who had found a soft spot in the Saints zone defense. This instantly breathed a little life back into his team. Thanks to that play, Carolina was able to hang on for their fourth win of the season and stay relevant in the NFC South. The brutal night may have ended with the Panthers ahead on the scoreboard, but that was about the only victory the team had on Thursday night. Playing on three days of rest, injured Panthers began to stack up on the sidelines like firewood over the course of the game. Center Ryan Kalil, in many ways the heart and soul of the Panthers offensive line, came into the night with an injured shoulder and ended up leaving the game after playing in the first half. The Panthers gained 140Read More


Cam Newton Deserves to be Better Protected

Cam Newton Referee

Cam Newton has made waves in the NFL world with his criticism of the officiating in football. Newton believes that he doesn’t receive the same protection from roughing the passer penalties as other quarterbacks do, specifically when he’s in the pocket. This stance, and the open manner in which Newton is expressing his views has caused both support and scrutiny throughout the league. Some say that he needs to toughen up and stop complaining, others think his plea to the league is warranted and necessary. The reality is Newton doesn’t get the protection he deserves. In Carolina’s Week 9 game against Los Angeles, Newton took two notable hits to the head and neck area while in the pocket, and neither was called a penalty.This isn’t to say the hits should have been penalties ( further review from the league office concluded neither hit was), but rather paints the picture of the brutal hits the Newton regularly takes over the course of a season. Week 1 against Denver also featured a number of violent collisions to Newton’s head; there were four separateRead More


Panthers of Old Reappear in Win Over Arizona

By all accounts, the Carolina Panthers were dead in the water 6 games into this 2016 season. Sitting at 1-5, with a dismal 0-3 record within the NFC South, the Panthers season looked to be lost. Since the NFL merger, only about 1% of teams that have started 1-5 have clinched a playoff spot. The odds still aren’t in the Panthers favor, but a convincing and much needed victory on Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals offers a sliver of hope that the Panthers still have a chance of reaching the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Carolina’s win on Sunday was reminiscent of their magical 2015 season and an encouraging sign for the team moving forward. The Panthers pass rush, a complete non-factor for the first six games of the season, was able to pressure Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer all day and registered an astounding eight sacks, seemingly out of nowhere. It was Jonathan Stewart, not Cam Newton who carried the Panthers offense with 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Graham Gano was a perfect three for three on fieldRead More


Bye Week Merciful for Panther Fans

True Panther fans have been through a lot. They’ve witnessed their team suffer through brutal seasons; 2010 saw Carolina win just two games, and in 2001, only one. They’ve never experienced back-to-back winning seasons, and until 2014, had never seen their team win the division in consecutive years. They’ve experienced highs. Names like  Steve Smith, DeAngelo Williams, Sam Mills, Mushin Muhammad and Julius Peppers will bring smiles to the face of any fan. They’ve experienced lows (Rae Carruth, need I say more?). The course of 22 years of existence has been a roller coaster filled with elation and frustration. Yet, despite all of this, the 2016 season might be the most frustrating time Panther fans have ever had to experience. Its far from over, but a 1-5 record fresh off the best season in franchise history is, obviously, less than ideal. This Panthers team is almost a mirror image of the one that won 17 total games in 2015. In fact, on paper, they might even be a little better. The loss of Josh Norman certainly hurts, but the Panthers haveRead More


Cam Newton Costs Panthers the Win on Monday Night

Cam Newton

The Panthers are in the midst of a horrendous Super Bowl Hangover. Off to a dismal 1-4 start filled with boneheaded mistakes and poor play, Carolina simply isn’t the same team they were in 2015. The Monday Night Football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the latest example of Carolina’s sharp decline in performance just months after they were playing the best football in franchise history. The team has been ravaged by injuries and forced to put inexperienced players in key positions, but there is no excuse for a team to fall this hard and this fast. Monday night was a game the Panthers should have won, plain and simple. Carolina was given countless breaks from the Buccaneers and the Ryan Leaf of kickers Roberto Aguayo, and yet they threw their opportunities away by committing four turnovers and failing to convert on third down. However, the loss was not entirely Derek Anderson’s fault, who threw two interceptions, including one with his team inside the 5 yard line. It was not entirely Kony Ealy’s, whose face mask penalty on the Bucs finalRead More


Panthers Feeling the Effects of Norman’s Departure

Josh Norman

When Dave Gettleman inherited the reigns of the Carolina Panthers back in 2013, the franchise more closely resembled a dumpster fire than an NFL team. Former General Manager Marty Hurney left the Panthers in total disarray, abusing the Panthers salary cap space by signing players to ridiculous contracts and leaving the future of the franchise in jeopardy by repeatedly failing in the Draft. When Gettleman took over the GM job for Carolina after the 2012 campaign, the Panthers were $16 million over the salary cap, eliminating Gettleman’s chance to sign big name free agents not only in that offseason, but for the next two years. In other words, Gettleman was handed the keys to a 1971 Ford Pinto with four flat tires and asked to turn it into a Porsche. And he did. Granted, DG was given a Panthers organization that had some potential. Besides crushing debt and virtually no supporting cast, Hurney left Gettleman with players that he could build a franchise around. Greg Olsen, Thomas Davis, Luke Keuchley, Ryan Kalil, Charles Johnson and Cam Newton were a fewRead More