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!
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.
Ten down, six to go and the Panthers nightmarish season is mercifully over. It’s good to know that on this day of giving thanks there will be three games on the tube and the Cats will not be one of those competing, meaning the use of antacids will be greatly reduced.
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Jeremy Bridges has yet to play a game this season but Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera believes he is exactly the right man to plug at least one hole in a porous offensive line. If the name sounds familiar, Bridges was a member of the Panthers from 2006-08 and if he is good to go, he could slide right in as a starter.
Ron Rivera has drawn his share of criticism, but how much of it is really deserved? With a little luck, the Panthers could be 4-4 and few would be looking for an exit strategy for the head coach. Maybe the media should cut him some slack and give him a chance to succeed in Charlotte.
One team could get their season back on track but the Cowboys have some significant injuries to their offense and special teams. The Panthers are hurting too, but after week off they are focused and ready to go.
The Panthers season comes down to this: They have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel and the only way to get back on solid footing is to beat the Cowboys on Sunday. But Dallas is on notice from their owner to shape up or ship out and they need a win just to get back to the .500 mark.
The Carolina Panthers are sitting at 1-4 as they head into their bye week, but are sitting tied for victories with the Saints and Buccaneers in the NFC South. In order to fight for playoff contention, the Panthers are going to really need to focus on a few key points and make sure they are done.
Three games under .500 after just five games is tough enough but now the Panthers are in a desperate search to find a replacement for arguably the best center in the NFL. Ryan Kalil set a high bar for Carolina this season and even if Carolina manages to turn things around, he won’t be leading the way.