Quarterback: Same. While I think Cam will have a better year, I think he is not to blame for 7-9--he is the reason we got to 7-9 with that team. Maybe the chemistry is better, but his preseason was not impressive.
RB: Better. We learned how to use Tolbert, added Barner, and have DWill and Stewart (eventually). Last year the QB out rushed the backs. That is not happening this season.
TE: Same. Williams is raw and Olsen and Hartsock are constant.
OT: Somewhat Worse: I see Bell as a very hard-working, limited T. Gross will slide each year until we decide he is done. No improvement here, unless Chandler catches fire.
OG: Better: Wharton, Silatolu, and Williams are better than a rookie and Hangartner.
C: Better: Kalil was injured for much of the season, which is why we fell short of his Super Bowl prediction.
WR: Somewhat Better. While we still need that superstar who is not 5'9" and 34, we are better. Smitty still has some juice in the tank, Lafell is improving, and Edwards/Ginn/Hixon are better than Murphy.
S: Better. Godfrey at FS is better than Godfrey at SS. Mitchell and Mikell are better than Godfrey at SS. Everyone is better than Nakamura.
CB: Somewhat Better, Gamble was hurt for most of the season. We started a fifth-round rookie from Coastal Carolina, some of the time, Dockery and Thomas the rest. Experience alone makes us better, but Moore and White do too.
OLB: Somewhat Better. Davis has shaken the rust off,while Beason begins the process, but Davis and Beason are tremendous football players. Beason may take some time to surpass Anderson's production because he is learning and getting back into football shape, but do not discount the fact that beason makes others better. The improvement lies in the addition of Chase Blackburn and AJ Klein.
MLB: Somewhat Better. How can anyone expect Luke to improve on his NFL-leading tackle total? He will become a better player because there are now 4 guys in front of him who will garner some attention.
DE: Better, Hardy came into his own last season, but this is his breakout season. Stay tuned. Johnson is still solid and Alexander is no longer a rookie. Star, KK, and Dwan will demand double teams. Happy days are here again. Expect 30 sacks from our DEs.
DT: Unbelievably better: Star > Fua. KK and Dwan > Dwan and Chandler. The biggest improvement
K: Somewhat Better. Gano has been stroking it with confidence and power--like Rum is gone with a Victoria Secret catalog. Impressive.
P: Better. During the second half of the season, Nortman improved his average by 5 yards. He seemed to be getting some good hang time and distance this preseason.
PR: Better. Ted Ginn.
KR: Same: Not sure who gets the work, but I doubt we see worse than 2012.
While the Panthers have weak spots, so do all other teams. Hats off to Gettlemen for giving us a chance to compete. Screw you Hurney, and may the guy who stomped your face with golf spikes live a long and prosperous life for having the vision to do what we all would have done had it not been already done.