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Life After Pep

I know we've been talking about him a lot these past couple of years, but assuming Peppers doesn't get tagged or resigned and the Panthers just allow him to walk away, how good is Carolina's defensive? Is the line good enough? Will there need to be a change of philosophy and game planning? Will the Brayton, Brown, and Johnson rotation be effective? Maybe Carolina will need to go after another DE in the 2nd round. Perhaps Jerry Hughes from TCU?

What do you guys think?


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i dont want them to waste our only premium pick on another defensive end. they need to be thinking wideout either in that round or moving up again into the first. i would not mind them signing holt or TO just for 1 year. he was not too bad in buffalo ego wise, and we are so close to the SB im willing to watch them try anything after watching them play jake over and over. we really need 2 new and young speedy wideouts to learn from smith while he can still teach before he retires.


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I doubt we'd be anywhere near as good without as we would be with him.

Success had by the other DE's was warranted by Peppers doin his thing, drawing double teams and extra attention.  Notice that when he was limited with his broken hand and our D-line was generally ineffective? That's about what I'd expect us to be like without Pep.

Hopefully, once things calm down and the dust settles, people will become rational (ha, that'll be the day) and Pep will sign long term and we can put this behind us.

At the very least, we'll know a whole lot more about whats going on in a week.


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Agreed. I think that the front office should've done a better job with keeping Peppers happy. I think they would've been a much better defense last year had they played the 3-4 like Peppers wanted. If Pep was put at OLB like he asked, the D could've possibly been outstanding.

Next year, without Peppers the line will be useless (so teams are going to get 100+ rushing yards), Beason won't be free to roam the field anymore, and the guys in the secondary like Marshall and Godfrey/Martin will get burnt from WRs. It's funny how one man makes a huge difference. Even in games where he's lazy and does nothing, he attracts a double team and frees up some of the other guys on the D. Other teams game plan around him, and whoever picks him up next year will be very happy.


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I totally disagree. So we should have put him at OLB huh? Hahahahahahaha, man you sick. He would get tossed out there dude. Every commentator who commented about that said the same thing. And I guess if Smitty wanted to be player/coach or try his hand at safety, we should just do it because he is our best player right? Man, please. This is what is wrong with the league right now. We will be just fine without him. It will cause someone else to step up and Brayton led the D line in tackles anyway this year. Our line sucked all year not just when his hand got banged up. We didn't stop anything till big Hollis came through. Brayton, Johnson and Brown will be the future of this D and we can pick another up in the 4,5 round and be just fine. I think everyone agrees our biggest need is a respectable #2 wideout. I say take one 1st or 2nd pick. Peace out pep!


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The hope out here in the good life state is that a long term offer will ne extended and than accepted by 90 (sure doesn't seem very probable or likely)
Without a doubt lossing a all-decade de will have an adverse impact on the clubs d...90 does require alot of attention from oppossing o's and I agree with the notion that his presence does help to make the other d-line guys jobs a bit easier and/or helps make them a bit more effective...I really cannot say what effect lossing 90 would have in the lockerroom...some feel he is an negative influence as a guy who would preffer to play elsewhere....but IMO the other players seem to enjoy playing with the guy..

I too disagree wholeheartedly about doing a 3-4 just because 90 may like it...there needs to be one chief and a bunch of indians doing their jobs in support of the chiefs philosophies and directives...allowing a player to have a say as a chief over the long haul is in noway ever good for the greater good of the goals of a football team...IMO!


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darealpanther
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I can tell you played before cornhusker...you know what's up


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