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Star + Short= playoffs

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Much ado has been made over whether or not the Panthers are playoff contenders this year. I say yes they are simply because of the improvement to the interior of the defensive line. I'll lay this case out in better detail if need be, but let me say this:

Three losses swing this past season from a losing season to a playoff berth. The first Atlanta game, the second Tampa game, and the Chicago game. Each of those games was lost on the final drive of the opposing offense. If the Panther's defense, specifically the interior line, were better and had prevented a single play in each game, we would be talking about a Panther's playoff showing.

If the Panthers had won those three games, we would have had a "wins in conference" advantage over Minnesota. Each loss can be attributed to a failure on the Panthers' defensive line (despite how awesomely the line played statistically last year).

Happy to lay out my observation further, but I want to see what the board comes up with.

Thoughts?

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Your math is bad! Star + Short = Superbowl.

 

Star - Short = Playoffs.

 

The only thing is IF they would be able to produce immediately.

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Several factors will play into our eventual and in my opinion inevitable playoff berth. Increased production on the defensive side of the ball coupled with a more conventional yet cutting edge mobile QB led offense should by my own suspicions lead to more victories ie playoffs.

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we shouldnt have even given the team the ball. you give us.  coach who doesn't think it's a good idea to put the ball in the other team's hand and trust your own defense when the game is on the line and i'll show you a coach that delivers more wins.

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having a better interior dline does make that decision less stupid, though...or it least it gives it some chance of success. still a bad idea, imo.

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4 plays away from 11-5 if you throw in the Seattle game...but the past is the past and that's why they play the game needless to say I'm sooooooooooo ready to get this season started...with our schedule being so tough I feel like if we get into the playoffs we will be a force to be reckoned with!! Just look at the Giant Super Bowl teams, sub par record but tough as nails get on a run late who knows what could happen! Hopefully Gettleman brings some of that attitude to this team and staff. Plus I can't even imagine how cam goes off in that spotlight...lets get it!!!!!!

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Atlanta: Better D-line means no "Nakamura" play
Chicago: Final drive would have shut down with QB pressure
Tampa OT: Wouldn't happen without Doug Martin gashing the middle.

Those three plays would have changed the season from losing failure to playoff berth. Dead serious.

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One more week.... Give me strength...

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Much ado has been made over whether or not the Panthers are playoff contenders this year. I say yes they are simply because of the improvement to the interior of the defensive line. I'll lay this case out in better detail if need be, but let me say this:

Three losses swing this past season from a losing season to a playoff berth. The first Atlanta game, the second Tampa game, and the Chicago game. Each of those games was lost on the final drive of the opposing offense. If the Panther's defense, specifically the interior line, were better and had prevented a single play in each game, we would be talking about a Panther's playoff showing.

If the Panthers had won those three games, we would have had a "wins in conference" advantage over Minnesota. Each loss can be attributed to a failure on the Panthers' defensive line (despite how awesomely the line played statistically last year).

Happy to lay out my observation further, but I want to see what the board comes up with.

Thoughts?

I thought by reading the title you were saying by adding star and the way we played in shorts we were going to the playoffs. I like the point you are trying to make more though. Even if they are rookies it has to be an upgrade from last year.

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