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The Carolina Panthers recently released Steve Smith the best player in franchise history. Panthers fans were in shock when general manager Dave Gettleman took some shots at Steve Smith in the media before releasing him.

Steve Smith quickly signed with the Baltimore Ravens a team he had been rumored to be interested in a few years ago. I think a change of scenery will be good for Steve Smith who makes no bones about the fact that he is playing to try to get into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Not being the focal point of an offense may help Steve’s stats go up. He won’t be double covered much and working in the slot will be his best position. I could see Steve Smith catching 80 passes for 900 yards and seven or eight touchdowns this year for the Baltimore Ravens.

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The NFL Pro Bowl should be abolished

January 24th 2014 00:14
The NFL Pro Bowl needs to be done away with. The Pro Bowl has become boring and was almost ended before the NFL decided to try something new. Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice drafted teams and the conference representation was done away with this year.

Most NFL players do want to play in the Pro Bowl for very little money and a chance at getting injured after they got through an entire NFL season relatively healthy. So you get a few players every year who refuse to play in the Pro Bowl. Then the game is boring, I did used to watch it when it was the last game of the season. Then the Pro Bowl was the last glance at the NFL until the next preseason.


WFNZ co host of “Bustin Loose” Mark Yarbo had a good idea. He thinks the Pro Bowl should be replaced by a superstars competition. I will expand on why the Pro Bowl should be abolished and replaced with something else.

Years ago the NFL had the fastest man competition and quarterbacks competition both of which I loved. The NFL should bring those back and expand them to skills challenges for all the players. Instead of the Pro Bowl they could base it off the NFL All Pro team which is a more legitimate judge of the best players in the league.
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Chudzinski Shanahan and Frazier fired

December 30th 2013 14:52
Mike Shanahan of the Redskins and Leslie Frazier of the Vikings have been fired on “Black Monday” the day when NFL head coaches are usually fired. The Browns fired Rob Chudzinski last night and the Houston Texans fired Gary Kubiak earlier in the season.

That brings the number of fired NFL coaches to four. With the Lions, Buccaneers, Raiders, Jaguars and maybe even the Dolphins still not saying anything I don’t think we have seen the last NFL coach fired yet.

Quarterbacks are usually the key to a NFL coach keeping his job. The Vikings could not find one under Leslie Frazier so he is gone. Mike Shanahan found one but feuded with him and lost the team. Chudzinski made me shake my head; he was fired (for the third time by the Browns) after only one season. The Panthers players seem to hate him and maybe he couldn’t get along with the Browns management,
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Bum Phillips passes away

October 20th 2013 00:40
Former NFL Coach “Bum” Phillips has passed away at the age of 90. Bum Phillips coached the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints and was the father of Houston Texans assistant coach Wade Philips.

Bum Phillips a World War Two veteran and former U.S. Marine started coaching in high schools in Texas and worked his way up to the NFL. What I remember the most about Bum Phillips was his cowboy hat and him running Earl Campbell into the ground with the Houston Oilers


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The Carolina Panthers have released Armanti Edwards the Appalachian State quarterback icon turned NFL wide receiver. Armanti Edwards was a sore point for some Carolina Panthers fans. App State fans loved Edwards with a Tim Tebow type of worship and clamored for him to be on the Panthers roster. Most regular Carolina Panthers fans considered Armanti Edwards a bust.

Armanti Edwards got some national fame when he quarterbacked Appalachian State to an upset victory over Michigan a few years ago. The Carolina Panthers traded a 2nd round draft pick to move up in the draft to pick Edwards. I thought from day one Edwards was there to get App State fans to become Carolina Panthers fans


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I am not sold on the Chip Kelly Offense

September 16th 2013 12:42
After Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles won their first game, their quick tempo offense was declared the best thing ever by many fans and media. Kelly and Michael Vick were going to walk hand in hand to the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio.

Well now the Eagles have been exposed by the San Diego Chargers. It seems you need to have at least SOME defense even in the offense driven NFL. Yes those quick tempo plays are fun to watch and they tire out a defense. Well they tire out an offense as well


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New Hall of Fame class

February 3rd 2013 11:30
The new NFL Hall of Fame class has been announced with Coach Bill Parcells getting into Canton along with Larry Allen, wide receiver Cris Carter, tackle Jonathan Ogden and defensive tackle Warren Sapp. They will be joined in Canton by seniors candidates Curley Culp and Dave Robinson.


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My Super Bowl Prediction

February 3rd 2013 11:20
This could be one of the best Super Bowl’s ever if you like old school hitting and a nice running attack from both teams. The fact that the Harbaugh brothers are coaching against each other is remarkable.

My Super Bowl prediction is that the 49ers will win the game 27 to 24 and a missed David Akers field goal will hurt them but not cost them the game. I think San Francisco is the more complete team and that their special teams will get a return touchdown in the Super Bowl


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New article slamming Cam Newton

December 5th 2012 23:54
Cam Newton has been playing better of late so of course a CBS Sports story comes out about how disliked he is around the league. Apparently he offended some people at last year’s Pro Bowl so of course the story comes out now. Here is a link to the story by Pete Prisco.

I have doubts that Cam Newton’s own teammates even like and wrote about it on my Carolina Panthers blog earlier this season. His team seems to let him get up off the ground by himself when he is sacked on most occasions


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Former NFL defensive tackle Brenston Buckner has been named the Head Coach of the Charlotte Speed. That is the new Professional Indoor Football League team located in the Queen City. Buckner played for the Steelers, 49ers, Bengals and the Carolina Panthers in his long NFL career. Brenston Buckner has served as an intern coach with the Steelers as well as coaching individual NFL defensive linemen. Brenston Buckner may be best known in Charlotte for having a successful radio show on WFNZ with former NFL offensive lineman, Frank Garcia.

Recently the Charlotte Speed had some open tryouts and plan to have more in the near future. No word on whether Coach Buckner intends to sign the 40 year old man who smokes Newport’s and passes out after warm-ups


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