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Steve Smith shares his thoughts on the draft

28 April 2010 Leave a comment

Panthers WR Steve Smith shares his thoughts on the draft during a phone call to WFNZ 610 AM (aka The Fan). The first part of the interview is totally off the wall, but hilarious. Smitty gives his thoughts on the team’s quarterback situation heading into camp, and also talks about the status of head coach John Fox.

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Chris Harris traded to Chicago

27 April 2010 Leave a comment

Update: According to the Charlotte Observer, it’s a good thing we traded Hitman, because apparently the team was prepared to release him. They allegedly tried to trade him during draft weekend, but no teams had anything to offer in return. If this is true, then it is good that we traded him instead of releasing him outright. Getting a backup linebacker who may only play special teams is better than getting nothing, and if he becomes a starter then it ends up being a great decision by the front office.

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Sometimes it really sucks when I have to type transactions that have been made, and this is one of those times. But today, the Panthers have traded SS Chris Harris to the Bears for LB Jamar Williams, according to a report by ESPN. This will be Harris’ 2nd stint with the Bears, who drafted him in the 6th round in the 2005 draft.

Harris had announced on his Twitter page earlier in the day that he was being sent back to Chicago, but I didn’t want to believe it at first because he is a really good football player and a frequent contributor at CSR, but it appears that Panthers Nation will have to cope with the loss of Hitman and prepare to welcome Williams into the fold.

Charles Godfrey is the most logical player to replace Harris at SS, with 2nd year FS Sherrod Martin moving into the starting lineup. Jamar Williams looks to compete with Dan Connor and Charles Johnson for the OLB position during training camp.

Thanks for the memories Hitman, you will be missed.

Defending Jimmy Clausen

26 April 2010 1 comment

Here is an interesting article that defends Jimmy Clausen from his naysayers.1

The article is quite long, so if you only have a few minutes you might want to either skim it briefly or wait until you have more time.  (If you just don’t want to read the whole thing, there is a conclusion section at the end.) It goes into a good bit of detail about Clausen’s strengths at the QB position and debunks a few myths about his shortcomings while at Notre Dame.

I’m not going to paste the article because it is so long, but I will post part of the introduction to give you an idea of where the writer is coming from.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t expect to convince anyone. At this point, if you still aren’t a Jimmy Clausen fan, you just have some irrational hatred either for him personally or for Notre Dame, because there is no logical reason not to have him as a top-10 player in the 2010 NFL Draft and easily the most sure-fire quarterback in the class. Really, I just want one post to point to that says “You’re stupid” whenever I read the same, tired, dumb arguments for why Clausen doesn’t deserve a first-round grade.

And, for good measure I will paste the last sentence of the article, to give you an idea of what the author is trying to prove.

In essence, there is no reason Jimmy Clausen should not be, at the very least, considered the top quarterback in this draft class.

It’s pretty interesting stuff, so if you have the time to kill I would recommend you read it.

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1 – Article courtesy of WalterFootball and CSR.

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Fox/Hurney post-draft press conference

24 April 2010 1 comment

Carolina Panthers Head Coach John Fox and General Manager Marty Hurney met with the Panthers beat writers to speak about the team’s 2010 draft choices.

Overall, I think the Panthers had a great draft. They took a top-10 rated QB at 48, a good blocking WR at 78, traded down in the 4th round and got an extra 6th round pick, took a great OLB/DE in the 4th, and filled holes in the defense in the later rounds.

Compared to the rest of the league, the Panthers easily had one of the 5 best drafts, especially when you take into account that they didn’t even have a first round pick (and didn’t give up the 2011 first rounder either). Now, it’s up to these draftees to get to work on and off the field and make something out of themselves, and help the Panthers win football games.

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Armanti Edwards’ interview with Panthers media

23 April 2010 Leave a comment

Armanti Edwards speaks with the Panthers media after being drafted in the 3rd round.

I like Edwards, but I still think we reached for him. But, I’ve read that the Colts were interested in him at #94, which means he possibly wouldn’t have been on the draft board in the 4th round when our next pick came up at #112. So, it may have been the best move to trade up to get him when we did instead of missing out on him completely.

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Should Jimmy Clausen Start?

23 April 2010 Leave a comment

Update: Panthers GM Marty Hurney shares his thoughts on Clausen.

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NFL Network analysts discussing if the Panthers should start Clausen next year.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/09000d5d817c081d/Should-Clausen-start

My bold prediction: Clausen will be the starting QB in 2010, and Matt Moore will either be the backup or be traded tomorrow for more picks in the 4th/5th rounds.

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Jimmy Clausen’s first interview as a Panther

23 April 2010 Leave a comment

I am really starting to like this kid.

Here is Clausen’s interview with the Panthers’ media.

And for those who don’t want to listen to it, here’s the transcript1:

Clausen’s opening statement: I’m so excited to be a part of the Panthers organization. I just want to tell you you just made the best pick in the draft and I’m going to make you guys proud.

What has it been like going through this process?

It’s been a dream come true. Obviously, I wanted to get picked as high as I could, but at the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. I couldn’t be happier than to be a part of the Panthers’ organization. I can’t wait to get there on Thursday and just get right to it and start getting to work.

Are you surprised you fell to No. 48?

To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to go anywhere, whether it was the top 10, first round, second round, third round. I just wanted to get my name called. My agent had been talking to a lot of people.

Have you talked to John Fox?

Oh, I definitely did. He called me. He was just really excited and he told me they were trying to get up to the 33rd pick, but it didn’t work out. He was just really excited to have me on the team. I told him I can’t wait to get there and start going to work and help the team and the organization, do whatever I can to help the team win.

What do you know about the quarterback situation with the Panthers?

I’ve watched Matt Moore. I know a lot about Matt Moore. He played at Hart High School in California. He played in the same division as my older brother. I know a lot about him. He’s a great quarterback and I just can’t wait to get there and meet him and start going to work with him.

Can you talk about your goals?

My goal is to get the playbook as soon as I can, as soon as the coaches allow me to get it, learn that as fast as I can. My goal, you know how I’m going to take this, is try to be the starter from day one. That’s going to be my mentality, be the starter from Day 1. Whatever the coaches want me to do, I’m going to do it the best of my ability and at the end of the day, if I’m good enough to play, I’m going to play. But if not, I want to do everything I can to help the team win.

How much do you think running a pro-style offense at Notre Dame will help you?

I think it’s going to help me tremendously being in Coach Weis’ system. Coach Fox told me it’s the same exact system I’ve played in the past three years at Notre Dame. So, I’m really excited about that. I’m just going to hit the ground running and try to do everything I can to help the organization and the team win.

Was it hard sleeping last night?

Not really. After the first round was over, me and my family sat around and watched TV, had some food to eat, just went to bed, woke up this morning. At the end of the day, there’s nothing I could do rather than sit back with my family and wait to get your opportunity. I couldn’t have ended up at a better spot and I’m really excited right now.

Do you feel pressure, or are you excited? Marty Hurney was visibly excited …

Oh, I’m so excited. Obviously, I wanted to go earlier, as early as I could. But at the end of the day, I’m in a great situation at Carolina. I keep saying it over and over, but I can’t wait to get there and get starting to work.

You took flack for your interview with Jon Gruden, pointing out the wide receiver’s mistake. What’s our reaction to that?

That’s just the nature of football. I make mistakes, other guys make mistakes, but at the end of the day, you’ve just got to come together and learn from your mistakes and get better each and every day, each and every week, you’ve just got to get better, on the practice field and during games. I had a great time with coach Gruden. He helped me tremendously. I think he texted me just a second ago. I couldn’t thank coach Gruden (enough) for helping me.

There are different opinions about your leadership. What kind of teammate do you think you are?

I think I’m a great leader and teammate. If you ask all the guys on the team, they love hanging out with me. They love being around me and my family. I don’t know everything that was being said, but it’s over now. I’m a Carolina Panther. I couldn’t be happier than I am right now.

Does it motivate you, though, that 47 chances to pick you passed you up, and make you want to prove people wrong and redeem yourself?

It’s frustrating sometimes. It’s definitely going to be in the back of my mind every single time I step on the field, every single time I’m in the facility working out and watching film, to make me that much better. It’s a dream come true and I just can’t wait to get there.

Last night in first round, any spot you thought you were going?

My agent was telling me some of the teams wanted to get up, that the Steelers wanted to get up and make a trade into the top 10, that the Redskins wanted to take me at 4 and swap with St. Louis. There were a bunch of different things my agent was telling me. At the end of the day, I was just sitting back, really wasn’t just paying so much attention. Just wanted to get my name called and that didn’t happen, but I was really excited and thinking my name was going to get called.

When I got the phone call, I was jumping up for joy. I was playing pool with a bunch of my buddies. My brother handed me the phone. It was coach Fox and I was so excited.

Do you have any ties to the Carolinas or Charlotte, or have you been to Charlotte?

I went there, I think when I was going to South Bend, but I think that was about it.

You were playing pool when the call came?

I was playing pool with a bunch of my friends. My brother Rick and Casey (sp?) were sitting right there. They saw the phone ringing. They screamed at me and handed me the phone. It was coach Fox on the phone. That was a pretty big moment for me.

Were you watching the draft at that point?

I wasn’t. I wasn’t at all. I was playing pool with my buddies.

Where were you?

I was out in Palm Springs with my entire family and friends and my grandfather who leaves out in Palm Springs. My grandmother passed away about a month and a half ago, so I decided not to go to New York and just be here with my family and grandfather. (said he was at a hotel out there).

What do you think about the chance to throw passes to Steve Smith?

I can’t wait! I can’t wait! I’m trying to get his phone number right now so I can call him and just tell him how happy I am to be a Panther. I can’t wait to get to work with him.

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1 – Courtesy of Inside the Panthers.

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