Mac Attack 05/15/13: D.Orlando Ledbetter from the Atlanta Journal Constitution joined the guys to discuss the Falcons off-season and how they stack up in the NFC South
The 2013 NFL Draft will take place this week, so let’s take a look at which holes each team in the NFC South needs to fill to have a successful draft.
When a bad season is over it is said to have ended mercifully, but in the case of the Panthers there is a real sense that the best is yet to come despite a 7-9 record. Cam Newton may have come of age in a single 60 minutes of play while head coach Ron Rivera gave his boss, Jerry Richardson, something to think about when it comes to his job. Happy New Year, Panthers’ fans!
The Panthers did what they had to and that was beat the Saints to sweep the season series, but was it enough to save Ron Rivera’s job as head coach? Only owner Jerry Richardson knows what will happen next but if Sunday was indeed Rivera’s last call his team didn’t lay down on him.
The end is here and it could be the end of the line for a couple of head coaches and for a pair of quarterbacks. The Panthers and Saints go at it for the final time this year, and for fans watching, it could turn out to be an entertaining game.
Maybe it is a case of losing teams not getting any respect, but it is hard to believe that the Panthers did not have anyone good enough to be selected to the Pro Bowl. It has been three years since that happened although there is still a possibility that one or more could get in as alternates with Luke Kuechly’s name at the top of the list.
The Panthers and Saints will not be playing past this weekend as both will miss the playoffs, but there are some interesting story lines to watch for. Does Carolina go for a knockout blow against Drew Brees for New Orleans targeting Cam Newton last year or do they simply try to keep him etching his name in the record book – again?
‘Tis the season to find out who was naughty and who was nice, so when Roger Goodell gets handed the paperwork from Sunday’s Raiders-Panthers game, he will see that Carolina’s Cam Newton was very, very naughty. The NFL Commissioner will leave a few lumps of coal in Newton’s stocking and could add a note telling the quarterback to just watch his team’s season finale on TV.
It was a day not fit for man nor beast, and that was just the yellow flags that were raining down on their heads. A plethora of personal fouls ruined an otherwise boring game but in the end the Carolina Panthers did something no one thought possible a few short weeks ago and that was matching last year’s win total.
The world did not come to an end as the Mayans had predicted, so that is good news for the Panthers as they get to play a downtrodden Raiders team on Sunday to close out their home schedule. After a brutal start to the season, Carolina is one win away from matching their record from a year ago and have a chance to better it with one game remaining on the docket.