Name a team that earned the #1 overall pick with the kind of talent Carolina had on the roster.....
Just sad, the Clausen/Pike and Fox combo killed that season.....and it is really hard to blame them fully.
You keep arguing against yourself to try and place 100% blame on a rookie. With the talent you speak of the Panther's should have been able to win, period. Colt McCoy threw for 74 yards and 0 TDs against the Saints a few weeks after Clausen threw for 200+ and 1 TD and guess whose team won by multiple touchdowns? The notion that a team's skill players, especially the backs, can't pick up the slack is garbage. Hillis had a stellar year last year and he did it through brute force not McCoy opening up the defense lol. Speaking of which the Browns game is another one where Clausen did the minimum amount to put the Panthers in a position to win and Kasey misses a chip shot.
The point is that there is plenty of blame to go around last season. That team was disillusioned by the front office and not meant to win games any way you cut it.