How is that different from what the Panthers did last season? They beat a handful of piss poor teams and one playoff team who was on their 3rd quaterback. People are saying the Panthers are a playoff team this season. I don't see it, not with their DL and DB's. I think the rest of the NFC South has improved while the Panthers added a......fullback.
the difference is that I feel we may have loss against playoff caliber teams, but we played them damn close damn near to the end. Also the Bucs didn't have their main guys on DEF on IR, with a new rookie HC after a locked out season, starting a rookie QB. that 10-6 team was Morris second year.
That fullback is a beast and adds to an already very good offense.
The DEF will get better, I have faith in what RR is doing, with a full offseason, and with the key additions we have added, that defense will look nothing like it did last year. Our Dline played better the last 6 games, minus the Saints* game ( they do have a dominate O line),
Only thing Im worried about is the DB position, but with a better pass rush, and hopefully LBers that can actually drop and cover, will help out in the pass DEF ( Beason and Luke), a lot of those big plays that we gave up through the air was on short crossing routes, screens and play action ( that fooled the LBers and SS/FS).
Rivera wasn't able to field a DEF and have them learn the system on such a short offseason, but he has that now.
I know Im all over the place but I'm watching the Finals.