I've never been this happy before with the Panthers at 2-6. These games have been like a roller coaster ride, "OMG Cam and Smith!" and "oh no our defense is out of position and getting man handled." Even so, the defense can be fixed with draft picks and some time. The future looks bright.
I agree. I have some reservations about Rivera, but nothing major. The real upside of where we are is that he is a defensive specialist. If he can put together defenses like Chicago & SD (of course relies a lot on Hurney drafting the right guys too), we will be set not next year, but the year after. I'm not giving up on next year already, but just saying, in 2 years we should have 1 of the top Ds in the league to go with Cam & hopefully more weapons too.