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Why do you think we are a + 7 win team?

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Rivera doesn't go full retard in end game situations, and that's good for two wins more than last year.

Our front seven is much improved, our cb's are better than people give them credit for, and if we can pick a safety up in FA our defense is going to win us at least one more game from last season. Hell if Nakanotgoodatfootballanymora Doesn't see the field that should be good for one win.

So that puts us at 10-6

Also i really want that Otah jersey. I heard you get 50% off at all McDonald's in Charlotte if you come wearing an Otah jersey since he was there all time biggest customer, both in terms of amount of food purchased, and the girth of his ass . 50 dollars for that would be a steal!

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  • We were a 7 win team last year
  • We were playing much better at the end of the season
  • We improved our DLine significantly
  • We improved the Secondary (experience and a couple of vets)
  • We improved the WR's (Hixon and Ginn are better than Murphy)
  • We lost no less than 5 games by the slightest of margins
If you can't see the reasons for some enthusiasim this season, then you never will.

You are in the lead for the Otah jersey.

Congrats :-(

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Rivera doesn't go full retard in end game situations, and that's good for two wins more than last year.

Our front seven is much improved, our cb's are better than people give them credit for, and if we can pick a safety up in FA our defense is going to win us at least one more game from last season. Hell if Nakanotgoodatfootballanymora Doesn't see the field that should be good for one win.

So that puts us at 10-6

Also i really want that Otah jersey. I heard you get 50% off at all McDonald's in Charlotte if you come wearing an Otah jersey since he was there all time biggest customer, both in terms of amount of food purchased, and the girth of his ass . 50 dollars for that would be a steal!

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Some good answers in here.

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My biggest reason is that opposite of our divisional counterparts we are trending up.  ATL, NO are have reached their apex and IMO are beginning the decent.  

 

TB is a big if but i still dont think they mesh well enough with that weirdo head coach they have.

 

Any way enough about them,

 

Our team is filled with talent in all of the right positions, QB, DL, RB, LB.  Not only are we talented in those areas but we are scary good in those areas.  

 

It would be easy to get trapped into what we are good at but im not gonna.

 

The offensive line is what most people consider the focal point of our success this year.  I too am one of those people.  If healthy this offensive line has the necessary talent and drive to get it done.  We have road grading guards(assuming Kug) and intelligent tackles.  Now throw in a perennial Pro Bowl center and all of a sudden the O-line doesn't seem so shoddy.

 

The most discussed lineman we have has and continues to be Jordan Gross.  Now we all love his podcast but his age is less than desirable at his position.  My contrast to this is that for the last 2 years Jordan has been asked to do something hes never done.  He has been in charge of protecting a mobile QB in both years and had to deal with a DII rookie all of last year standing beside him.  Not trying to make excuses but his job is hard enough already and the FO didn't help him very much.

 

Point is, with the new/old OC in Shula we will return to a scheme that fits Jordan and his line-mates very well.  O-line is a go!

 

Now the other lynch-pin in our success, we at the huddle have decided that it is the Secondary.  Some see this as a glaring weakness to be feared as Brady, Brees, Ryan and others lick their chops for this tasty match up this upcoming season.  I too have worried about this group of castoffs late rounders and vets.  If our D-line was still as in bad of a shape as it was last year I would totally abandon ship and head for the nearest bar to drink away my sorrows.  Our d-line is not that bad, in fact they will be very good.  

 

With that said our secondary has a good mix of youthful exuberance, veteran savvy and guys that want to prove they belong.  That's a dangerous combo when the QB doesn't even have time to set his feet.

 

 

The season may turnout to be considered a failure or we could march right on into the playoffs with a bye.  This doesn't change that awesome chance we as Panther's fans have to cherish this fleeting moment of excitement and angst.  

 

Your question was why should we think we can win more than 7 games, my question is why cant we?

 

just about exactly how I would have said it..  I question the leadership and the execution that it would take to win 9 or 10 games.  However, I've seen they have the ability more than enough, which includes the major holes that have held up at least 3 quarters a game (in '11) and nearly all of it except the last minute or so (in '12).  More pieces have been put in place to help slow that trend.  We'll see just how much (and if Shula can call a decent game).....

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being a fan of a team is knowing our strengths, recognizing our weakness and hoping for the best.

 

With this team hoping for the best isn't delusional. We have the talent, the coaching staff/management has been doing and saying all of the right things. We obviously need to prove it on the field.

 

I can't convince you, but since i'm a fan of the panthers i think we are a playoff team.

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Rivera doesn't go full retard in end game situations, and that's good for two wins more than last year.

Our front seven is much improved, our cb's are better than people give them credit for, and if we can pick a safety up in FA our defense is going to win us at least one more game from last season. Hell if Nakanotgoodatfootballanymora Doesn't see the field that should be good for one win.

So that puts us at 10-6

Also i really want that Otah jersey. I heard you get 50% off at all McDonald's in Charlotte if you come wearing an Otah jersey since he was there all time biggest customer, both in terms of amount of food purchased, and the girth of his ass . 50 dollars for that would be a steal!

Double post? Never go full retard smh...

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The sooner the fans have amnesia the better.    

 

Gettleman>Hurn

Cam and Chico in their 3rd yr

Luke at MLB

Star at DT

Healthy O'line

Competition in our WR, S, CB positions

Thunder and lightning and the bowling ball under Shula

Special teams overhaul

Strength of schedule schmedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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regardless of whether you end up subtracting or adding, predicting deviations in wins and losses from the previous year based upon personnel changes is a fallacious method of coming up with a season outlook

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I think we finish 8-8 give or take one.

 

Not sold on OL, and that is the biggest issue.  I believe Cam's slump in part was do to horrible OL play.  We have not really addressed the issue. 

 

Secondary IMO is doable with what our front.

 

WR, LaFell, Smith and Olsen are good targets.  

 

The OL scares me.

 

I agree wholeheartedly with your comment. Additionally, the running game (DWill) seemed to improve as well once oline play improved. Gettleman was correct in his hog-molly assessment that big men allow you to compete. Defensively, I think he's done a fantastic job this offseason. Offensively, not so much... yet.

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