Yes but Seattle meanwhile catches it every year and so do the Aints and Patriots,etc. If you wanna make the playoffs and be elite, you have to have good luck. We never have that.One in every 6 years or so.
It's hard to compare the Patriots to the Panthers. Bellichek had a similar track record to Ron in his Cleveland stint. He came to the Patriots with some experience and tons of connections. The Patriots have had tons of injuries over the years. Whether it's Gronk, Willfork, or Brady they keep winning with their system. 11-5 with Matt Cassel.
I agree we don't catch a ton of breaks but it's on us to make chicken salad. And the gloom and doom is premature, let's lose more than one game before we give up on this season.
One of the worst things a sports fan can do is try to divide their own fan base into castes. Everyone enjoys football in their own way. There is no such thing as being a "real" fan. ESPN has glorified the Super Fan to generations of young men now but you don't get a badge for being a "real" fan.
We can disagree on just about anything involving the Panthers but that doesn't make one of us a real fan and the other not.
This thread is laughable. If you think Chandler can play LT better than Bell I don't know what to say because he has been getting beat like a drum for three weeks now. Bell might be hurt so we might see changes but benching players is not the answer. How you could single out anyone on that line last night is beyond me. All 5 of them were inept. The Tackles have the hardest job vs the 3-4 defense. The guards have it easiest, but non of them had an even average game.
Historically it feels like our offense struggles against the 3-4 defense. The biggest thing I can suggest is get everyone on the same page.
Our special teams unit got a hero complex. Philly was thinking about the run instead of the catch. A big return wins the game but you have to get the ball first. Even when he muffed it, he was still thinking touchdown. The Josh Norman has a shot to fall on it and he tries to pick it up as if he's the only one going for it.
Two boneheaded plays by guys that were trying to be the hero. Joe Adams did the exact same thing on Thursday night against the Giants as a rookie. There are very few Rookie returners that can handle the pressure and stage.