The team looked set up for sustained success last year. Young franchise QB winning games in the 4th Quarter, the 2nd ranked defense in the NFL with the defensive player of the year at MLB. A defensive line that lead the NFL in sacks that featured two rookies playing a significant number of snaps.
Problem is, they didn't upgrade ANYWHERE on the roster. They downgraded the offensive line, the WR's are about the same, the secondary is worse. You can't have this huge amount of turnover on the roster year to year and expect to win every season.
It's not just Shula man. There were plenty of times that Cam had a ton of time to throw, even on third downs, and he's making the wrong read, a bad throw, or just not getting the ball out fast enough. Blame goes all the way around - the entire offense is bad. There's nothing to be hopeful about. At least the defense isn't getting steamrolled anymore and games might look closer than they should.
No. Not with games against the Falcons2x, Vikings, Browns, and Bucs at home still to play at the end of the season. Rivera's teams have always turned it on at the end of the season and I expect the same. Too little too late though. 6-9-1 or 7-8-1 is the final record.
Okay guys let's be clear, the Panthers have never had any intention of letting him walk. Why would they? He's the most talented player they've ever had. A franchise QB like that comes around once in a generation.
The important question is - does Cam want to stay in Carolina?
Lol, hep, you really think Nicks would be having the same season here that he is having there? Lol, he'd instantly be a #1 or 2 here, it would be pretty interchangeable with KB. That's just like people brining up Mitchell's season with the Steelers as justification as to why we didn't try to re-sign him. He fit here. It doesn't mean he will elsewhere.
How do you know Nicks would be tearing it up here? That's a ridiculous assumption. Benjamin is a beast - he's already better than Nicks. If they signed Nicks, would they have even drafted Benjamin? You have to be insane to say you'd rather have Nicks over Benjamin. It came down to money and Gettleman didn't want to pay for Nicks. WR is the least of the Panthers worries right now anyway so I don't even know why you brought that up.