I see the Panthers as a team that is ready to bounce back to a playoff team (not a hard prediction as they were 12-4 in 2008). At least, I hope they take that course and do not go into rebuilding mode much like my Chiefs have done the last few years (Oh, Herm...). The team looks to have many pieces in place like a good defense and dynamic running game that I can't see that happening when the only missing pieces I see is a QB and pass rush. I am going to ask a lot of questions, so please bear with me.
To be honest, the last time I really paid attention to the Panthers was when they had Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster. Now, they have another dynamic backfield with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but outside a few other big names on the team, I do not know much about the Panthers. I live in Kansas City, MO so that is a big reason why I do not hear much about the Panthers. So would you be kind enough to tell me more about your Panthers?
But is it all just a problem at QB for the offense? How has the O-line been? It seems like they are not doing as well, but it could be something where the young QBs are holding onto the ball too long. I know that Otah has been injured and Gross is coming back from a season ending injury last year, so does that play a part in it? Also, how are the young receivers doing?
As far as the defense, they look pretty good considering how the offense has been. Football Outsiders has them ranked 5th on defense in Defense DVOA, which is very good even though Football Outsiders is far from perfect. Has there been problems with the pass rush? Sacks do not tell the whole story when it comes to getting pressure on the QB, so what have you guys seen? How do you guys feel about Peppers leaving? I know he has been good this season, but I would not have wanted to pay that contract for a player that has been pretty inconsistent during his career. What do you think of Everette Brown (as a pass rusher and run defender)?
Are Gamble and Marshall still an awesome combo like they were last year? Do you think Marshall will re-sign with the Panthers? How have the safeties been against the run and pass? How has Beason done with the move to OLB? Is he better at OLB or ILB? How does it look for Thomas Davis to return this season?
Sorry for so many questions, but I kind of like the Panthers, just have not been able to watch them. Oh, and before I finish, I wanted to know what you guys think of your past few drafts. The top picks have been pretty good, but what about the 3rd rounders and late round picks? I cannot think of any busts the Panthers have had recently other than 2nd round pick, Dwayne Jarrett, but have there been other busts? Thanks for all your help, and I look forward to some good discussions.