Yes we went 12-4 last season which was an awesome ride. It seems though that this offseason people are already losing hope. I guess because of the fact that so much from the past decade of Panthers football is gone. Maybe that makes fans uncomfortable. Fans may think that last season was a fluke, which is how most of the media seems to feel.
Our defense last season was scary good with a patchwork secondary yet it seems we still don't get the credit we deserve. This season it should be even better. Our front 7 is arguably the best in the NFL. Our secondary on paper, is better than what it was last season. Defense alone should give us the opportunity to win every game we play.
Offense is where I feel most people think we are in trouble. Yes Gross retiring is a huge loss. With upgraded play at gaurd, which a healthy Silatolu and Turner should provide, will help mask the loss. Our guard play last season was god awful. Lets pray the line stays Healthy this season and I think it will be better than years past.
We finally gutted the WR corp after years of us begging for it. I know most wanted it to be done while retaining Steve Smith but thats over and done with now. I am not really sure why the media acts like we lost 1500yds and 10tds. Our new group of guys including TEs should be better than what we trotted out on the field last season. I am not really sure how you can argue against that.
The only thing I really worry about is the return game with the loss of Ginn. You would think the coaching staff would have realized how important it is to have a true return specialist. As of now I don't even know who is going to be fielding kicks for us this year.
Overall I don't see how anyone would think we will not be as good if not better than we were last season. As long as the coaching staff doesn't take a complete 180 and stays with the philosophy we ended last season with, The Panthers are in a great place now and for seasons to come.
It's time to believe in the Panthers as top dogs in the NFL. There isn't a single team we cannot defeat on any given sunday.