Monday Morning Optimist
A collection of the optimistic way to look at things. Week in, week out
The Panthers went from new to frustrating ahead of schedule. What else can they put ahead of schedule in their rebuild?
Bear with us, guys. The Panthers couldn’t buy a win in 2020, but it shouldn’t take much more talent for this team to take off.
The 2020 Panthers don’t need a good quarterback, they need a guy who is going to teach them about who they have while not endangering who they can get.
Year One of the Matt Rhule era is a fairly known quantity at this point. Let’s talk about why that is still a foundation for optimism.
They spent nine weeks flirting with disaster. Nobody gets to say "wow!" now that it has struck.
If games are won on the margins then Rhule is the first Panthers coach to actively make those slimmer during a game.
The season isn’t over, but it also never really began for the 2020 Carolina Panthers.
D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel are threatening to give the Panthers an offense? 2020 is weird!
Are the Bears good? I have no idea.
The Carolina Panthers proved to be the fifth and final nail in the coffin of former head coach Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons
Playoffs, here we come! What. . . too early?
Sacks, turnovers, and field goals led the way to Matt Rhule’s first win in the NFL.
Youthful mistakes are much more entertaining than missed opportunities
These aren’t your old Panthers and that couldn’t be more exciting for fans in the Carolinas.
It’s only consequence was determining where in the top ten the Panthers drafted
The Panthers should start Will Grier, but I’ll keep an eye on Thomas no matter what.
A lot of bad teams are a year away for the better part of a decade. The Panthers don’t have to be one of those teams
The Panthers struggles are far deeper—and more superficial—than their over matched backup quarterback
Moore outshone the dull performance by the Panthers defense
The Panthers are starting to get a handle on what their life needs to look like without Cam Newton.
It’ll be up to Ron Rivera to hold his team together.
The Carolina Panthers have faced a great deal of adversity during the early parts of the 2019 season, but that hasn’t stopped them from looking like the team we’ve loved to see during times of success during the Ron Rivera era.
Monday Morning Optimist: Burns and McCaffrey align to give the Panthers an identity in Newton’s absence
The Panthers proved they are good enough to win in spite of mistakes. That's new.
Speed, youth, and swagger are fueling the Panthers defense as they keep the lights on until Cam Newton return.
The Carolina Panthers won their first football game of the 2019 season, without Cam Newton. And they aren’t done yet.
He’s not dead yet!
Monday Morning Optimist: The Panthers didn’t beat the Rams, but they might have looked like the better team
Cam Newton proved he was healthy enough to shoulder the Panthers load while the rest of the team proved he won’t have to.
A talented team with fatal, and obvious, flaws was only going to do so well this season. They took the last game to remind us why there is reason to hope for the future.
The Panthers lost to the Falcons in a game where their shortcomings were in the spotlight. The offseason is where they can address them.
The Carolina Panthers put forth a valiant effort to keep their playoff hopes alive, but sadly they shot themselves in the foot too many times to keep the dream alive.