Do you believe the front office personnel are capable of executing a successful draft?
We are a lot more than one top 5 pick away from being "elite". We would have to basically strike gold with every pick of ours plus not lose even more players to injuries plus get a couple of steals in free agency plus have basically every one of our players have a best case scenario offseason development in order to become elite.
Sometimes I swear I am watching a different team than some of you on here.
We field an offense that is very potent, that can put 7 first round draft picks on the field at the same time. And they all play like first rounders. Even more impressive, that group does not include perhaps our best player, Steve Smith, or our pro bowl center, Ryan Kalil.
On defense, we are down arguably our 2 best players, plus one of our FA pickups. In spite of what some say, I think our defensive backs are playing pretty well overall. We have 2 young guys at DT learning on the fly.
As to drafts, go back and compare Hurney's record over his tenure with other GM's, and tell me we haven't drafted well. He has had some bad misses, but all teams do, not just the Panthers.
You could make the case that special teams cost us 3 of our 4 losses. Special teams are largely made up of the bottom of the roster. We don't need 1st round picks to fix special teams.
But if you prefer to think the sky is falling, have at it.
Edited by Marguide, 10 October 2011 - 02:42 AM.