I believe in two people in the Panthers organization; Cam Newton and Dave Gettleman. Cam Newton is the future, he is the identity, and if he ever has somewhat of a resemblance of a NFL team around him on offense (which he hasn't had for his first 3 years in the NFL) he will not only revolutionize the game of football, but I believe he will be the best in the game of football. I honestly believe if Cam has a little bit of talent around him other than guys who are in the limelight of their careers he could enjoy a rise much like Michael Jordan enjoyed in the late-80's and early 90's in his basketball career. Cam now has the maturity and leadership all he needs is a little talent around him other than the latter supporting cast of Ted Ginn Jr. and Greg Olsen. (Both are great in their own roles, but neither need to be top receiving options, which this season they have both unfortunately have become.) I earnestly believe one day Newton will be enshrined in Canton and he will be talked as one of the greatest ever.
For that to happen say hello to Mr. Dave Gettleman; Gettleman is getting ready to clean house no doubt. Look at the one-year contracts, look at his correct assessment of Jon Beason even though there was sentimental connections to him, and finally look at Gettleman's determination and knowledge through the draft process. This is still young into Gettleman's career in Carolina and yet he has quickly turned a big weakness in the DT position into a huge strength with two men who may be one of the best when it's all said and done.
I truly believe Gettleman will let a lot go...the obvious is Rivera & Co. but I think Gettleman will shake things up more than that. The first to be shaken up is the O-line; Bell will be gone as well as Wharton and Scott. Gross will be moved to RT in the final seasons of his career. Secondly I believe the wide receiver position will look almost entirely different; we will pick up a couple in the draft or free agency, but I honestly I feel like Smith and Ginn will be the only WR's left on the roster. Third we move to the HB's; DeAngelo Williams will get a reduced contract or be shown the door and Stewart will be as good as gone, he is just too much of a liability. Gettleman will build off of Barner and possibly another HB picked up in the draft. Finally Olsen and Williams will be the only TE's left, we will finally let Hartsock go.
Finally I think Gettleman will guide the organization to find a Head Coach that will compliment Newton rather than change him...say hello to Greg Roman! Newton will finally be untilized to his complete potential and the Panthers will have their savior as promised 5 years after they drafted him.
With those moves and new added talent Cam Newton will soar to national stardom and the Panthers will slowly rebuild to a playoff team. In Cam and Dave we trust...in all others we have zero faith.