Out here in California all the fans are either Niner or Raider fans so it is hard for me to get a word in edgewise but I know that all my fellow fans hear me so here I go.
A lot of people that I talk to tell me that my team sucks and can't get it together. However when I give them facts about how young our team is and how we are a few years away from winning the championship they laugh. But how can you laugh at a team that has a young core nucleus like we do? If you look at our team you see a lot of young players I believe that we have one of the youngest teams in the NFL and I could go and get a bunch of stats proving that but we all know who is young and who is veteran. So looking at our team I see a lot of promise in many different parts of our team. First I will start with the offense.
Our offense led by Superman AKA Cam Newton has been scrutinized due to the fact that we don't close games well, but again you can attribute that to the youth on our team out of all of our players on offense we have only Jordan Gross, Geoff Hangartner, Ryan Kalil, Steve Smith, Deangelo Williams and Johnathan Stewart that have more than 3 years of experience of playing time in the league. Now Cam is entering his third year which I believe will bring more leadership and more consistency to his game which is scary to think about considering all of the success he has already had. Factor in the fact that our starting left guard now has one year of NFL experience should make for a more reliable pocket for Cam to sit in thus making way for more time to find the best possible play to develop which also is scary to think about. Yes a lot of people will say but we just changed offensive coordinators and that will push everything back but I argue that by stating that Shula not only has been the QB coach for the last 2 years but he also has a close relationship with Cam which is always important to the development of a QB and he also has had a lot of experience with our offense and has seen first hand how it operates and when it does well and when it does bad. So in seeing this and not having to be responsible for making the necessary changes he has had more time to observe and make his own notes. Furthermore he is not as how we say aggressive in his offensive attack he is more methodical which will translate into a more balanced game thus making it harder for defenses to know where we are going to go with the ball, unlike Chudz who seemed to want Cam to do EVERYTHING for the offense as evidence in Cam leading the team in rushing yards. And while I am glad that Cam has the ability to do that I think that we can all agree that it is not the most efficient way to play the game especially when we have 2 running backs that have an established track record of success in the NFL. Then you add in the two other running backs that we have in our talented stable and the sky is the limit for our running game not to mention Cam. Also you can look at the beginning of the year as a failure because we went 2-8 but I see that as a way to see what we had to do to win. As soon as we went back to a more traditional offense with a power run game and a good passing game we won 5 of the last 6 games. So what is stopping us from winning 15 of the next 16 games? A lot of people will point to our defense and that they couldn't stop the other team from scoring or running the ball for that matter so on to the defensive side of the ball.
Our defense while it did finish in the top 12 of the league overall a lot of people still doubt that we can have success based on that group. But one of our major flaws has been fixed by drafting Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short while bringing back Dwan Edwards to have a veteran presence. Our defense should be one of the best in the league as we have our defensive leader in Jon Beason returning to make sure that all of our guys are where they need to be not to mention adding a great player to an already good defense. A lot of articles I have read have said that we should have the best front seven in the game and I cannot help but agree with that however that does leave our secondary to attack but how can the opposing QB attack anything when he doesn't have time to look while he is still standing let alone from his back. This is the belief of our GM who had not one but 2 Super bowl championships with the NY Giants who a lot of people criticized them for their lack of secondary. Our secondary may not have the premier playmakers that other teams have but there is a lot of youth and upside in that group. We already have a good starter in Charles Godfrey which leaves our other spots open for teams to exploit, however if you look at the players we have in the remaining secondary positions one could argue that we are pretty well off. The players that we have brought in this offseason and last offseason now have a chance to shine now that there is not a premier CB for them to battle behind which will ramp up the competition and bring out the best in a group of young players (minus Drayton Florence) which can be very good.
So in closing I do not want to be like every other person out there and say that we are going to be the best team in the NFL and win every game and go to the Super Bowl like most fans would say just because they like their team so much. I think that we do however have a great chance to make it to the playoffs this year because of the way we not only finished last year but played the whole year because not every team in the NFL can be a top 12 offense and defense as seen by the other 28 teams not making that mark last year. The only teams that finished the year with that respect where the 49ers, Broncos, Texans and the Carolina Panthers. So let us do the talking on the field and prove everyone wrong this next year and really show them what the Panthers are made of. Keep Pounding!!!!! This is my first post on this site so please feel free to tell me what you think in the comments and maybe how I can improve as this is what I want to do for my career.