When a bad season is over it is said to have ended mercifully, but in the case of the Panthers there is a real sense that the best is yet to come despite a 7-9 record. Cam Newton may have come of age in a single 60 minutes of play while head coach Ron Rivera gave his boss, Jerry Richardson, something to think about when it comes to his job. Happy New Year, Panthers’ fans!
The Panthers did what they had to and that was beat the Saints to sweep the season series, but was it enough to save Ron Rivera’s job as head coach? Only owner Jerry Richardson knows what will happen next but if Sunday was indeed Rivera’s last call his team didn’t lay down on him.
For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the Panthers will close out the season against the division rival Saints, and the only thing on the line for either club is to finish on a positive note. Carolina desperately wants to surpass last year’s win total while New Orleans, disappointed that they will miss the postseason for the first time since 2008, is looking to go 8-8.
As a season winds down, you can always count on someone saying, “If the season ended today …..,” but in the Panthers’ case, it would be “If the season STARTED today …..,” as in six weeks ago. Over that span they are 3-3 and coming off a solid win against a division rival while Cam Newton is looking more like he did last year than in the first seven games of 2012.
They Panthers had their foot on the neck of the Buccaneers but somehow they let them slip out from under it.Carolina may be gasping for air at 2-8 but they may now be turning their attention to grabbing the best possible position in the 2013 NFL Draft after another crushing defeat.
It is safe to say that the mere mention of the word Manning around the water cooler these days might just get you uninvited to the Christmas Party after Peyton duplicated what his younger brother Eli did a number of weeks back, hang 36 points and a loss on the Panthers. Even with six prior losses, this might just be Carolina’s low point of 2012.
The Drive Wednesday 11-7-12 – Greg Olsen talks with The Drive to discuss the health of his newborn son, how the Panthers organization has helped in the process and the challenges of going against the Bronco defense.
The Panthers are a little thin on defense and that does not bode well for them getting their second win of the year against the Redskins. Washington is a little banged up themselves and a win would go a long way to makeing a second half run for a postseason berth.
They say there are no moral victories when you have a losing record. but for the Panthers, getting a win against the Bears may not be as important as how they play. Chicago has the top rated defense and the 8th best offense – a lethal combination for anyone – so Carolina needs to keep it close and let the chips fall where they may.
Marty Hurney is not the only thing wrong with this team!