Barring any key injuries, I think the floor for the Panthers is 7-9. We'd probably see something similar to 2012 in that they'd get the short end of the stick in some close games and generally not get the luck they did in 2013. I predict the NFC South to be the second best division in the NFL behind the NFC West and that could cost the Panthers a couple wins on sheer improvement of the divisional opponents alone. Defenses might have an easy time getting to Cam Newton with an inexperienced offensive line and all new receiving corp, but the defense is too good to fall below this. As long as the defense is close to as good as 2013 and Cam Newton is under center, at the very worst they will finish around .500.
Ceiling is 12-4. I don't think the Panthers can improve on their record from 2013 given some key areas of roster deficiency but they could match it if everything bounces their way again. This would require the receivers overachieving and the offensive line gelling quickly. They've got some young players slated to start on the offensive line and that is a major question mark. The Panthers play ball-control offense and you need a good offensive line to do that. O-Line needs to step up quick and Riverboat Ron needs to show that his magic from 2013 wasn't a fluke.
tl;dr - Floor = 7-9. Ceiling = 12-4. What do you think?
The worst teams always have issues at QB (except somehow Atlanta managed to subvert that rule last season).
That said I agree with the Titans...new coach, not a lot of talent on that team. Locker is injury prone and hasn't shown much. They could definitely struggle. Top 5 pick? Yes. Worst overall? Nah.
Houston will be in the top 5 starting Ryan Fitzpatrick, although I think their defense will be good enough to keep them from being the worst team.
Detroit Lions...this is a hard one to pick but I just don't see them being that good. Stafford is a mediocre QB that crumbles in crunch time. His stats are inflated from playing with Megatron. They will be in the top 5.
Minnesota Vikings. QB is still a huge question mark. While they have Peterson and Patterson, this is a developing team that needs a complete defensive rebuild that will take a few seasons. A team on the rise but not ready to come out of the basement yet.
My pick for the worst team will totally surprise you. I'm picking the Bengals. Hear me out on this...because they've had a long run of success. They've got a decent game manager QB and a solid defense. But losing their defensive coordinator will hurt more than people realize. I see them having a Texans style collapse and Marvin Lewis is finally let go after an incredible run as Bengals HC. I could be totally wrong and I probably will be, but there always seems to be a team that no one expects to be terrible that ends up picking in the top 5 (Atlanta? Houston?). Mine is the Bengals.
This was a question of who was the greatest player in TEAM history. Peppers left when the going got tough, Smith stayed. Who is more about the team? Smitty is the greatest player in team history and it's not even close.
Today I ran 4 miles non-stop on 8 on the treadmill. I'm usually good for about 2.5 and sometimes 3 miles, but today I was feeling exceptionally depressed. I knew the second I got off that treadmill that I'd have to go back to the real world so I just kept going, until I realized I was crossing over 4 miles. I was exhausted and sore, and as soon as I stepped off I thought I might throw up and then die. But I was so proud of myself that I forgot what I was even depressed about for a few minutes. The high lasted all day!
Manziel could be a good QB in the NFL, but his chances of doing so are greatly, greatly reduced by playing for the Cleveland Browns. And no poo, a 6 year veteran (Hoyer) is performing better than a rookie? WOW that is insightful.
I hope the best for the guy - he doesn't deserve to be castrated before he's even played a single game. This is ridiculous.
Everyone has had/is having that shitty year where everything seems to go wrong and there doesn't seem to be any way things can turn around.
I had mine about 10 years ago, and I can tell you that you will make it through it. Right now all those things that have happened seem like shitty luck, but in a few years, you'll see them as necessary changes. The girlfriend thing hurts, but better you find out now than if you'd stayed in it, gotten married and then had to split up joint assets/kids. The band thing sucks as well, but you never know what opportunities are out there that you can pursue now that you've cut ties with them. You're only 5.5 months into 2014, so you can't really write it off as your shittiest year, it could still turn around and net positively for you.
Ten years ago, I was in a bad marriage, just bought a house, both of us lost our jobs within 2-3 months of signing the mortgage, and my mom tells me she has cancer. I didn't think things would ever get better.
Flash forward a decade, I got a better job, my mom has been in remission for over 7 years, I got divorced and remarried and I'm extremely happy with my current life.
Hang in there, seriously.
Thanks for the story. I really really hope things get better, and I think they will. But I've gotten to the point where I'm assuming the worst. It's gotten really bad.
I just need something good to happen because nothing has. Absolutely nothing good has happened to me this year.