So I'm looking at CAM break all these records, and the won people seem most concerned with is Peyton Manning's yardage record. So I look at CAM and I wonder if he can do other things like Peyton, such as win 13 games in his second season. I belive we have the talent now on our roster to win it all, but we aren't winning very many, so what does it take to win it all in 2012?
First of all, there are three very obvious answers that I think come to mind for everyone. The first is having healthy players. Next year, it is possible that Beason, TD, Otah and Gettis play 12-16 games a piece. I'm not making any bets, but I think that would be a major step in winning more games. Second of all, we need to commit less turnovers. CAM has committed far too many, but for a rookie, he's actually not doing too bad, and better than some expected. After last game, I fully expect him to be even better at taking care of the ball. The last thing, IMO, is penalties. However, we've already seen a major decrease in penalties the last couple weeks.
With that said, I want to bring up coaching as the key to winning it all. Coaching is needed to prevent multiple punt returns for TDs. We seem to have corrected that to some degree already. We also need to learn to close out games. That goes with coaching. It seems that there is a lead-threshold where if our lead is big enough, our DBs relax, our play-calling gets stale, and guys forget to block and tackle. Coaching and practice are also going to make our record-shattering QB even better. I would like to see him run some no huddle.
So if all that goes well, the last thing I think we need, but is obviously a priority for every team, is to bring in new talent. If I had my choice, we'd get the best CB in the draft, and the best DL available with the following pick. Then I'd try to add depth at LB, OL, and DB again. I think that simply going BPA for this team in the draft will also work. If the best CB available when we pick is not worth that high of a pick, and we can't trade back, I'd be okay getting a top tier OL or WR who is good value at the pick.
Then there is the RB question. I gotta be honest, I would get rid of D-Will. He is a great RB, but we are paying him too much for the production we're getting. He's averaging 5.2 yards a carry, so it's certainly not his skills or talent that are the problem. We simply don't give him the ball enough. I think if Stew gets 15-18 carries a game, he'd be fine, and Goodson could get 3-5, and catch some screens. I would just rather use D-Will money on a player who's on the field more than he is. It's not his fault. BAMF is the first coach to find a way to stop D-Will, put him on the bench. I think Stew is a better back, but I think both are top 5 RB talent in this league. We just don't use D-Will enough IMO.
Well there you have it. If the Panthers just do what I say, then we'll win it all. And from where I'm sitting, it seems that I may be right on a couple things.