i felt confident that the issue from last year, the defense, would get straight.
where i went wrong was in not expecting the offense to drop off the face of the planet with pretty much the same cast of characters as last year.
honest question for the "realists" in here. did they see the defense rising up and the offense being the problem? is it working out how you thought? not trying to start anything. just wondering.
I'm not a Carolina fan but I'm from nc and follow the team somewhat. I didn't think the defense would be playing where they are now but I thought the offense would struggle. The disinterest in picking up a viable wide receiver threat opposite of Smith was inevitably going to hurt this team.
Also basing the offense around the running ability of a qb and a multi pronged backfield is a mixture of gimmicky and one dimensional. It's not something that can work long term in the NFL.
A one dimensional offense will never equal a good offense. You have to be decent in passing and running. Olsen is a good weapon, smith has some gas left in the tank. But Lafell, Murphy, and the rest of the wideouts? They are here and there guys. Might make one or two plays but can't consistently beat defenses. Cam has great arm strength but only decent to serviceable accuracy. Now he can improve in that area but with the offense you guys run, he's not going to.
These athletic QBs now a days are different then the guys coming out in the early 2000's (Vick, young, etc). These guys can throw the ball with some success. But they need to be groomed in that aspect. They need a coach that will teach them how to play a pro style game while supplementing that with the more gimmicky college plays to get them more comfortable.
Instead, what you have going on in Carolina and even Washngton is Coaches trying to run a college style offense in the pros. It won't work. So as long as your franchise refuses to add talent on the outside and as long as the coaches refuse to run an offense at least based on a more pro scheme, carolinas offense will continue to be sub par.