That's one of my biggest gripes about this team throughout it's history- slow starts.
Come out on Week 1 looking to make a statement. We need 53 Greg Hardy's.
being strong at the end of the year means absolutely NOTHING unless they 1) manage to squeak into the playoffs and/or 2) come out hard and fast the next year.
this team is a losing team because it takes too long for them to get their poo together...players and coaches. the lack of preparation and focus ultimately lies on the leadership of this team...mainly the coaching staff.
if they have a losing record heading into the bye, it's hard to imagine them doing much better overall this year than any other year.
they need more than excuses and justifications (which i'm convinced is the panthers way). they need results. they need more than a coach who is rambling on about rome taking centuries to build. they need a coach who pulls them together and gets them fired up and ready coming out of the gate.
i hope it happens this year.