Cutting Stewart would be worse than cutting Smith a couple years ago. I am surprised at the very short memory people are playing with right now. Once our team got their poo together last year, Stewart was the #2 back in the league. And you guys want to rely on a rookie and a couple undrafted guys?
I would never suggest a Panthers team win 45-0 and I do agree we need to start off fast because this year. We wont have the opportunity to be terrible and make a little run at the the end of the year because I think the NFCS will put two teams back in the playoffs like most years, probably more than any other division. I do believe points allowed is a better indicator of a defense rather than yards. The main reason I said that is because last year was ridiculous how bad our offense and special teams put our defense in and saying we were 21st in points allowed as a team isnt a good representation of the defense's performance. After last season, I went back and tried to calculate how many points the offense and ST gave up and that includes like ints or kr into the red zone that ended up being a FG or TD that counted against the defense. And I remember coming up with around 80, take even half of that away and our defense would have been top 10-12 in scoring defense. Roughly 40 points is probably about average points allowed by most teams from an offense or ST.
the team was 21st in points allowed. IF you were to take away the points our opposition scored off of pick sixes or shotty special teams, well I counted something like 80 points that the defense had little or nothing to do with. So if you are going to go by stats to make a counter argument, at least go by what the defense was responsible for.