If some one had predicted a year ago that the New York Giants would win Super Bowl XLVI, it would be fair to have classified such a prediction as bold. While it would probably be a bit more than bold to say the 2012 Carolina Panthers will do the same, it's anything but impossible. One thing is clear. From the coaches, to the quarterback, to the very graphics of the logo itself; the times they are a changin' in Carolina. The question is whether or not they can contend anytime soon. The answer is: perhaps a lot sooner than people think. For the purposes of licking our post-Super Bowl wounds and biding our time until September, let the wild conjecture on the Panthers 2012 NFL season begin with these few, but certainly audacious possibilities..