by Jeff Taylor
Check out the latest spin from Marty “The Lig” Hurney:
“But I do think there is a plan in place and there is a foundation in place. I talked to a lot of people that do what I do in this league and basically if you’re in this (league) long enough, every team is in this situation at some point. It’s cyclical and then you start over.”
Of initial interest is an admission of sorts that Marty — at the behest of the Big Cat — blew up this team to prepare for the lockout. Now on to this “plan” nonsense, Marty:
Clearly, no plan. I doubt even Marty’s own family believes him on that whopper. Next the mythical Foundation. Let’s talk about the clearly NFL starter-quality players on this team, even expand it to the players the Panthers have to keep because they are paying them too much for them to leave.
Rock solid, huh?
You could quibble with some — LaFell for example, or Hardy — but those guys of one, two, or three years experience are coming back regardless so no real point in spending too much time on them. Other guys — Wharton and Connor, for example — get too dinged up to be counted on as Foundational in my book, although they too likely come back. As for Otah and Davis, cannot say at what level they will come back and perform at, and in the case of Otah, if he’ll ever play again.
At most then you are looking at maybe 20, 22 NFL starter-quality players on the current Panther roster, some of whom cannot see the field together. Look at successful franchises and you’ll see at least 30 starter-quality players. That is a huge talent gap. Forget the QB position. The Panthers are three OLs, two DLs, two LBs, one CB, and one WR from being competitive in the NFL.
Marty, you don’t have a foundation, you have a mud pit.