This team is far from having a serious lack of talent, and while there's plenty of young guys there's plenty of experienced guys at every major position group. The DBs have Gamble, the LBs have everyone (even Luke playing like a vet), the DL is plenty experienced, the O-line has Gross and Kalil, WRs have Smitty, RBs are all experienced, QB is the only one even close to being "inexperienced" if you wanna call Anderson not much of someone to look to. Those two excuses don't even come close to cutting it. The biggest inexperience problem with the team was at the HC position.
How many of the guys you mentioned played at all this year?? Gamble?? IR on October 22nd, Kalil on October 10th, Beason on IR October 24th. How many games did Stewart play? Nine and started in 6.
Smitty was one of the only receivers who was there all year?? Gettis?? Didn't play. LaFell- missed 2 games and didn't start in another 2 so we had a 4 game void without him. Murphy was starting after being the 4th receiver on the depth chart.
And as for quarterback, Newton is the inexperienced one still learning and figuring things out.
Rivera is learning as well, but I think that this year was a great learning experience and he will do better next year. Why do I think that? Because he knows if he stays that he got a reprieve and that he has to start out well. Will they? I hope so.....