I actually see where the OP is going.
The individuals on this team that are good players have baisically played well all year minus a few outings each. However, the team as a whole showed no continuity and a general disdain for the positions they were put in. It seems that the players are playing harder for each other and/or have little respect or confidence in the "gameplans" the coaching staff puts together each week.
Also, the more Cam acts like a leader onthe sidelines, the more the players respond to it, even the defense. So in effect yes, the Panthers play harder "when they want to" regardless of effort put forth week in and week out.
This is actually a good sign, get the right staff in here and instantly we become a dangerous team. (not that we arent already dangerous just not consistently)
Biggest bunch of "Bullsh*t" I've seen yet on the huddle.
although I might add.......................the players do get inspired by "Bulletin board" material