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The Scratching Post: 7/4/15 Edition

Here's your open thread for today. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, non-football sports, you name it. As long as it's allowed by the site's ToS then it's fair game here. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 3, 2015

Ron Rivera is spending his vacation taking selfies with riverboats

#Riverboat @Panthers pic.twitter.com/68q3k1yacV — Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) July 2, 2015 On the weird, strange off-chance that Ron Rivera is reading this let it be known: Please take as many selfies with riverboats as you can. Let's keep them secret and then release a 2016 "Riverboat Ron with riverboats" calendar. We can workshop this title. Ron, you have your people call my people and we'll make this work. Note: My "people" are three chihuahuas and they don't answer the phone. So maybe send a carrier pigeon or something.

NFC South Preview 2015: Carolina Panthers

In this series we take a look at the offseason moves made by the Saints' NFC South division rivals. Today we scout the Carolina Panthers. In 2014, the Carolina Panthers ended the season with a 7-8-1 record and a 1st place finish in the NFC South.  Carolina was 4-2 in division games, including a 1-1 record vs. the New Orleans Saints.  The Panthers had the 16th ranked offense and 10th ranked defense (both in yards) in 2014.  Head coach Ron Rivera and starting quarterback Cam Newton return for their fifth season in Charlotte. Key player acquisitions CB - Chris Houston CB - Charles...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 2, 2015

From Loathing to Loving: Rooting for Panthers From Your Hated College Rivals

At what points does your love of the Panthers overcome your disdain for the colleges you despise? Steve Smith, Jordan Gross, and Star Lotulelei each have two things in common. First, they are bedrock members of my beloved Carolina Panthers. Second, they all played college football at the University of Utah. This Panther-Ute dynamic stirs some extremely complex emotions inside of me because to the degree that I love the Panthers, I loathe the University of Utah. No matter what former Utah players do to help the Panthers succeed, there is always a part of my brain that subconsciously adds,...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 2, 2015

Panthers 2015: Pre-Season Shakedown

The preseason is the marker, the opening bell, signalling at long last, our wait is finally over. In just over a month the seemingly endless drought of OTAs, draft debates and arid landscape, completely devoid of sporting news is finally at an end. It's time to start up our fantasy leagues, pull the grill out of storage and make sure our Direct TV subscriptions are up to date. Football is here and while opening day will still be four weeks away, there's more than enough action on the gridiron to sate our hunger. Position Battles: Perhaps the most exciting part of the preseason is getting an...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 2, 2015

Ron Rivera gets raw deal in NFL.com coaching power rankings

The Carolina Panthers are used to being underrated, and that is continuing to their head coach. NFL.com released their head coach power rankings, and Rivera finds himself in 17th. This is despite two straight playoff berths and being named NFL coach of the year in 2013. Let's be real here: Rivera is not a Top 5 coach in the NFL. At times he's too indecisive, and until recently he struggled with being assertive with his coaching staff. At times it felt like the team ran Ron, rather than the other way around. However, from 2013 onwards he showed a new bite. The players have followed suit and...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 2, 2015

Luke Kuechly ranked 14th on the NFL Top 100

Luke continues to carry a lot of respect from his peers after leading the NFL in tackles two years in a row. Do you agree with his ranking? What can be said about #59 that hasn't already been said? Apparently not much. As Luke continues to climb the ranks of his NFL peers, his segments keep getting shorter and less entertaining.  As a rookie in 2013 the players voted him the 79th best player in the league and former teammate Jon Beason already knew Luke was the best middle linebacker in the game.  In 2014 Luke won Defensive Player of the Year and made the jump all the way up to #15. That...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 1, 2015

Expect the Panthers to Bring More Pressure from Back 7

Head Coach Ron Rivera says an internal study showed the biggest drop in sack production from 2013 to 2014 was from the secondary. Consequently look for the Panthers to get more production from the back 7. Panthers to remedy pass-rush production - Winston-Salem Journal: Carolina PanthersGettleman says part of the answer might be found in the secondary. The third-year GM isn’t suggesting the Panthers are going to live and die by the safety blitz. But he said an internal study showed the biggest dip in sacks last season was in the secondary. After losing blitz specialists Quintin Mikell...
Cat Scratch Reader Jul 1, 2015

Newton Breaking New Ground in Advertising Industry

Advertisers continue to select Newton as a celebrity spokesman in spite of a bumpy past many detractors will never forget. Here's a look at what one advertiser saw in Newton and why they picked him to represent their brand. I keep going back in my mind to Newton's recent quote during an interview on WCCB: Newton Steps in it Again During Recent Interview - Cat Scratch Reader"You have been called the NFL's greatest talent as well as the NFL's greatest unknown. Do you agree with that?" Newton answered: "Absolutely not. And I say this with the most humility, but I don't think nobody has ever...
Cat Scratch Reader Jun 30, 2015

Panthers 2014 Season Flashback: Panthers 20 Bucs 14

Here's a look back at the Panthers 2014 season opening victory on the road over the Bucs. The Panthers would have been heavy favorites in this game had they been starting Cam Newton at QB. Instead the Panthers took a cautious approach to Newton's injury recovery and instead turned to back-up Derek Anderson. Anderson put up a very workman like 24 for 34 for 246 yards and two TDs as CSR members ultimately voted him game Offensive MVP. He wasn't flawless though as the Bucs defense dropped a late INT opportunity while being down by only three points. Watch the video highlights here. The...
Baltimore Beatdown Jun 29, 2015

Ravens Breshad Perriman's ceiling higher than Panthers Devin Funchess'

Two picks after the Baltimore Ravens snagged Breshad Perriman off the draft board, the Carolina Panthers lassoed gargantuan wide receiver Devin Funchess out of Michigan. Days leading up to Spring's Thanksgiving (the 2015 NFL Draft), I preened Devin Funchess' potential to thrive in Marc Trestman's offense, fell head-over-dress-shoes for his 6-foot-5 frame, and ... Two picks after the Baltimore Ravens snagged Breshad Perriman off the draft board, the Carolina Panthers lassoed up the gargantuan tight end out of Michigan. And I'm glad they did. Trust - I'm not on bath salts. I expressed my...
Cat Scratch Reader Jun 29, 2015

You've Never Seen the Complete Devin Funchess Before

Recently the Panthers' second round draft selection Devin Funchess provided us with few more interesting sound bites about his time at Michigan, and what Panther Fans can expect going forward. In a recent interview with NFL.com the Panthers' second round draft selection, Devin Funchess, stated he wanted to win the OROY award.  Just the other day, at a rookie symposium play 60 event, Devin Funchess provided us fans with few more interesting sound bites.  He talk about his frustrating time at Michigan, and what Panther fans can expect out of him this coming season. "We never got to see...
Cat Scratch Reader Jun 29, 2015

Panthers Land 8 Players on All NFC South Team

NFL.com's Dave Dameshek names his All NFC South team and the Panthers are well represented. Of course that doesn't mean I don't have a beef with a few of his selections. The Offense On offense, Dameshek lists TE Greg Olsen, C Ryan Kalil and WR Kelvin Benjamin as first teamers. While I imagine others might instead select Vincent Jackson or Brandon Cooks, I like his reasoning. Drew Brees, Julio Jones, Gerald McCoy lead All-NFC South Team - NFL.com Wide receiver: Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers Lots of fireworks made for a nice first go-around for the former 'Nole. Of course, there were...
Cat Scratch Reader Jun 29, 2015

The Buccaneers won't stop writing thousands of words nobody cares about

It's time to laugh at the Buccaneers. There's only one thing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers love more than finishing last in the NFC South -- writing INCREDIBLY long articles on their team website that are taxing to read, even for the most die hard Buccaneers fan. Their latest epic will be a mammoth piece on what it was like to draft Jameis Winston. Last year the Bucs posted "First 100 Days," a 30,000 word ode to the beginning of Love Smith's tenure as head coach. It was more surreal than anything else. Good luck if you made it past the first section of this novel-length puff piece about the...
Cat Scratch Reader Jun 29, 2015

Next Man Up - Analyzing the Offensive Depth

Part two of a look into the bottom of the Carolina Panthers' depth chart to see who would have to step up and fill in if an injury occurs to the starter. Injuries are a part of football. The leagues best General Managers are able to prepare their rosters for the eventual losses  as the result of the grueling season. Over the course of the last three off seasons Panthers' General Manager, Dave Gettleman, has been quietly assembling a quality roster with greater depth than any Panthers' team in recent memory. Last week we took a look at the defensive depth and came away feeling confident...
Cat Scratch Reader Jun 28, 2015

Panthers PFF Depth Chart Update

It's not very flattering once you notice they think the offense had only one player Above Average and zero 'Elite' players. The defense on the other hand gets more respect. Here's the PFF grades for the Panthers depth on offense and then defense. The Offense: I think they have underrated RB Jonathan Stewart and C Ryan Kalil for starters.They should be a rank higher. I also think WR Kelvin Benjamin is better than average, at least 'good' for sure. I predict Michael Oher will have a much better season than most pundits think and will at least be an average starter. Though I can't...
Cat Scratch Reader Jun 28, 2015

Can Newton Be the NFC Souths' Best QB?

Is this even a fair question? Drew Brees has four 5,000 yard passing seasons and came 50 yards shy of another last season. Matt Ryan has topped 4,500 yards the past three seasons. So when I read the title of this post once again I was ready to hear some Cam-bashing. To the writer's credit they kept it civil with this one the most well put: NFC South Q&A: Can Cam Newton be division's best? - Carolina Panthers Blog - ESPNMike Triplett, New Orleans Saints: Only Father Time will move Newton past Brees, but I don't think he'll ever approach the same class if we're comparing their primes. It's a...
Cat Scratch Reader Jun 28, 2015

10 Incentive Bonuses All NFL Contracts Should Include

Cam Newton's contract extension included some pretty standard incentive bonuses. It's time the NFL thought a little more creatively on the types of plays that generate the biggest payouts. When Cam Newton signed his five-year $103 million extension, the contract included his base salary and a signing bonus, but it also included several workout bonuses. The workout incentives were apparently designed to motivate Cam to spend his offseasons in the gym instead watching Netflix and eating Cheetos like the rest of us bums. Outside of workout bonuses, most incentive payouts in NFL contracts are...
Cat Scratch Reader Jun 25, 2015

Josh Norman Bought a Horse, and it has a Twitter handle

Josh Norman bought a horse. Of course. Of course. A horse is a horse, of course of course, and no one can talk to a horse of course, that is of course, unless the horse, Is the steed of Josh Norman! That happened. And we all let it happen. Josh Norman has bought a horse, and named it Delta747, presumably because he enjoys paying $5 for a mini can of Pringles and sitting uncomfortably for hours on end. But it wouldn't simply be enough to own a horse in this day and age. The horse must have its own twitter handle. That's right folks, if you ever wanted to be like Wilbur and Mr. Ed,...
Cat Scratch Reader Jun 25, 2015

Panthers Position Reviews: Safety

The Carolina Panthers safety position once again remains up in the air in 2015 as the team brought in some new faces to compete. Younger free agents will push Roman Harper and 2nd year player Tre Boston for reps. The offensive tackle position remains the most televised and main stream position of concern, but the fact is safety has been up there for the last few years as well. We've seen faces come and go, the likes of Sherrod Martin, Charles Godfrey, Chris Harris, and others. However, the Dave Gettleman era has consisted of free agent mercenaries that were supposed to help solve the...

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