On one hand, they're completely justified in putting us at such a low rank. Sure, now we won't be getting gashed anymore, but this is a passing league and our secondary is a laughingstock in comparison to the high octane offenses we are going to be facing ALL YEAR LONG. Our offense hasn't changed much player-wise. We actually added a bit of talent, and a lot of young players are going to come back with more skills and a better understanding of the game, but we have a new OC at the same time (One who's track record shows fail, though it's been a long time and he might surprise some people) and this team's offense hasn't been truly dominant as a unit since 2011. Don't even get me started on ST's. J.J. Jansen is the only real bright spot in the unit, simply because he hasn't fuged up in God knows how long. Our kicker position is by committee, our punter position is a laughingstock, but who knows, maybe Nortman hit the weight room this offseason and can boot it better now (okay you can stop laughing). Our blocking, both on kicks and on coverage, are nonexistent, and a joke when they actually try. Now we might have a legit return man for the first time since Smitty and He Hate Me, but who knows if Ginn can do the same things with our pucsyfoot blocking. Honestly, I blame our coaching for the lack of a ST's unit. If you can take the rose shades off for a sec, this team doesn't exactly scream "Superbowl Champs".
On the other hand, I believe that they could be severely underestimating the Panthers. Sure, on paper it looks like we could be good in some areas while lacking fatally in others, but at the same time I believe that there are some young, unsung players on this team that could shine this season. If they can show up strong, this team could make a run for the playoffs. I'm not calling playoffs, I'm tired of getting my hopes up to have them come crashing back down. I support this team wholeheartedly, but they're going to have to prove to me they can do it before they get my hopes back.