Robert Griffin III
There is a big difference in the Panthers’ defense that opened the season and what they look like now. While injuries have played a role in the roster shuffle, Greg Hardy has emerged as a threat to be one of the finest sack masters in the game.
The Carolina Panthers flashed back to a year ago to do something had not done in 2012 and that was put together a complete game from start to finish. The Washington Redskins were flat and Ron Rivera’s team took advantage at every opportunity to pick up just their second win in eight tries.
If the Panthers are going to equal last season’s 6-10 record they will have to go 5-4 the rest of the way and the road ahead is a bumpy one starting off with the Redskins in their stadium. Carolina’s Cam Newton and Washington’s Robert Griffin III are quarterbacks cut from the same mold but so far RGIII is having a better year.
The Drive Thursday 11-1-12-Joe Gibbs the former coach of the Washington Redskins talks with The Drive about the struggles of the Panthers offense, we get his thoughts on RGIII and how he has reacted in his first year in the league, and we get into NASCAR and his thoughts on Sean Taylor one of Joes’ draft picks.
Even the most optimistic Panthers’ fan will look at the upcoming schedule and probably think, “No way they can win the next four.” Those games are outside the NFC South and each team has their own agendas when it comes to making the playoffs. It could prove difficult for Carolina to begin turning 2012 around.
The Saints need a win, so do the Panthers but Carolina is at home and showed they may have a defense this year. New Orleans has Drew Brees but a lot of distractions including a somewhat embarrassing loss to the Redskins at home in the season opener.
Opening the season with three of four games against division rivals could be a good thing for the Panthers, even after suffering a tough loss to the Buccaneers in Week 1. That’s because the Saints are rip to be dethroned as NFC South champs because of Bounty Gate.
Earlier this summer Panthers center Ryan Kalil bought an ad in the paper stating that he thought the Panthers could make it to the Super Bowl. Obviously with Kalil doing his best Don Draper impersonation, this fired up the fans of the team with thoughts of returning to the big game almost a decade after the Panthers’ first appearance in a Super Bowl. Well, there is one way and one way only for Carolina to get Super Bowl bound, and that is to make the playoffs. So how do the Panthers make the playoffs?
A lot is expected of a top-10 draft pick, no matter their position. See who will do what once the season kicks off.
Now that the dust has settled on the 2012 NFL Draft, let’s try to answer the 5 most important questions surrounding this years new talent.