See, Miami? All you had to do was give him eight years and he could reach his potential! I don't know what the Panthers have done, but I'm glad they've turned him into more than just a return man, and I'm glad Ted was smart enough to realize this was the place for him to be successful.
Come on, Diddy. You do this with Gettleman and the wide receivers and the same answer applies here: there are no better options. Also, he's a 15th man to fill in in an emergency situation at best. Our wing rotation is still our deepest position.
There's no "might" about it. In terms of luck, management, and success you'd be hard pressed to find a worse option. The thing is, even when they get it right, it somehow turns out the worst way possible. Tank for Davis? Finish 2nd to the franchise stolen away from you in the first place. Oh, and Davis is the only franchise player worth having in the draft. Sign Lance Stephenson to a steal of a deal? He somehow forgets how to play basketball. Draft BPA in Vonleh and PJ? Vonleh looks like he's never played basketball before and PJ punches a high schooler a week after we draft him. Sign MKG to a reasonable extension? He gets hurt in the first preseason game. Mind you, this is just in the last 3 or 4 seasons! Just think of the possibilities if you go back to 2004, or 1988, even!
What should happen: Trade Al, Batum to a contender at the deadline. Get some good assets. Go for the youth movement. Lamb should see a lot of minutes. Decide if he has a future on this team as a shooting guard. If not, deal him as he's also expiring. What will happen: They will try their darndest to sign Batum to an extension because they sold the farm for him. They won't have the depth or defense to get to the playoffs. They will wind up picking 9th. Al probably gets re-signed. Clifford probably gets fired a la Fox getting blamed for all the problems with the 2010 Panthers. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.
Starting in late November they get two teams that could pose a threat to them in the Colts and Vikings and then two cupcakes that could sneak up on them right after that if they look ahead to our two contests. But man oh man, that might be the easiest schedule in history.
Maybe I'm buying into the hype of the names on the jerseys and the venue but I still don't see it this year. They still have their playmakers and the system is in place and the depth is still there. With KB out and Funchess being more of a project we have virtually the same talent level catching the ball as last year. Our lines are decent but take weeks to get up to speed. Same with the run game in general. And the coup de gras, I don't trust either McDermott or Shula to go for the jugular if we happen to get a big lead. For whatever reason we like keeping games closer than they should be. Maybe next year. Or the playoffs.