If we have another crap season next year then we deserve to be made fun of and called a crap franchise. If Richardson doesn't make drastic changes and if we don't see results than we don't deserve Cam or any kind of success. There is no reason for us to be a mediocre team, let alone a bottom feeder! Simply no excuses any longer.
Has nothing to do with the fact that there are actually Broncos fans in Charlotte or that Charlotte lacks Panthers fans. It's all about the win-loss record. In 2008 when we were one of the best teams in the league and the Broncos were one of the worst there were zero Broncos fans in Charlotte when we blew them out. That's just the way it is. When teams are winning fans will be at away games. When teams are losing there won't be as many. If the Steelers were 0-8 hardly any of their fans would be at a game in Charlotte to watch the Steelers play the Panthers if we were 8-0 at the same time.
It's bandwagon and fairweather BS which is 90% of the NFL fanbase.
Let's see... the aints* actually managed to not have a losing record for the first time in their 13th season, they made the playoffs for the first time in their 21st season (same season they first had a winning record LOL), they won their first playoff game in their 34th season, they reached a grand total of 2 playoff wins in franchise history in their 40th season, they reached a grand total of 5 playoff wins in their 43rd season and also won the Super Bowl and made their first Super Bowl appearance that season. That's about as far back as aints* fans memories seem to go by the way. The aints* are now in their 46th season. They have a 6-8 playoff record and have made the playoffs a grand total of 9 times in 45 years and it looks like it's gonna stay that way this season.
On the flip side... the Panthers had their first winning season and playoff appearance + playoff victory and NFC Championship appearance in only their 2nd season with a 12-4 regular season record... beating the defending Super Bowl champion Cowboys in the playoffs to go along with that. In only the Panthers 9th season they reached the Super Bowl, narrowly losing to the Patriots dynasty in the final seconds. In only 9 seasons the Panthers reached 4 playoff wins... took the aints* 43 years to do that. In the Panthers 11th season they would return to the NFC championship for the third time in franchise history and win another two playoff games. Took only 11 years to win 6 playoff games as opposed to 45 for the aints*. 3 times in only 11 years the Panthers got to the NFC Championship. Want to know who has only been to 2 NFC Championship games in 45 years? Yup, the aints*. The Panthers are currently in their 18th season... the aints* in their 46th. The Panthers have a 6-4 playoff record and have made the playoffs 4 times in that short span. By far one of the best expansion teams in NFL history. The Texans and Browns don't come close. The Jags actually had a great team in the 90s, but are clearly way behind the Panthers these days. Ravens and Titans aren't expansion teams btw of course.
It's easy as hell to see which franchise is better. The aints* will go back to their normal ways of losing every year very soon and the Panthers are just getting started. By the time the Panthers start their 46th season I think all of us here know they'll have multiple Super Bowl rings.
Check out the Bucs history too... and the Falcons history.... PATHETIC compared what the Panthers have accomplished in a relative short period of time compared to the rest of the teams in the league. I can't even believe some people can have such a narrow mind on the Panthers.
Talk about being ungrateful as hell. Sure... we're not the Patriots, we're not the 2000s Colts, or the Cowboys of the early 90s. But we have a great franchise and to act like it's all doom and gloom just because of one game is beyond pathetic.
Remember when the Panthers beat the poo out of the Giants in the 2005 playoffs? Everyone called for Coughlin's job and everyone said the Panthers were on one of the best in the league. Well ever since that game we haven't been so great and the Giants have had some amazing runs. One game does not determine everything. In the NFL just about anything can change in a split second. Right now we do have a great team... we just happened to have a bad game. Can we have more bad games? Of course. Does that mean you should give up on your franchise? Maybe it does to you. But I have more invested in that. There is no harder league to win in than the NFL. So many great teams and so much talent. So much parity and change and one bad play can be the difference.
I'm not trying to sugar coat poo here. But to sit here and make fun of the Panthers history as a franchise is about the most pathetic thing I've ever seen. You obviously don't know much about the vast majority of NFL teams and how awful they have been through the years if you think the Panthers are bad. If you're that much of a fair weather fan go follow the aints*. Oh wait.... you may be disgusted by them now as well.
I also think it's great that we have two outstanding RB's. The fact that they split carries makes them much younger than they actually are. Williams doesn't have anywhere near the wear and tear a normal RB in his late 20's would have. Both players have a ton of elite years left in them. We would be stupid as hell to trade either of them. They may not be putting up elite rushing yardage or TD's, but just look at the yards per carry. That tells the entire story. If we were to lose one of them our efficiency would go way down the drain.
The close losses stung hard, especially earlier this season. I knew that if we didn't pull those out we were looking at a losing season. After the heartbreaking Vikings loss I officially expected a losing season. But wins and losses truly don't tell the whole story.
Winning in this league doesn't come easy. Sometimes luck is involved (and we haven't had much of that this season) but almost everything is earned with hard work and dedication. We have had a massive amount of drawbacks this season. The lockout, injuries, bad breaks. Our coaching staff and players have been great about not making excuses. It's true that every teams has to deal with these things, but it's also true that some teams are affected more than others whether opposing fans and teams like to admit it or not.
Let's just look at a few simple things. We were the worst team in the league last year, the worst offense in the league, and the most boring and hopeless team in the league. One player changed all of that -- our Cam! This is easily the most exciting and dynamic Panthers offense I have ever watched and I'm sure it's only going to improve.
Cam has had a lot of help though. I think Ron Rivera was a brilliant hire. And the best proof of that is the people who he hired. Chud, Shula, Turner as new guys and retaining Mills and Meeks just as a few examples. Not everyone or everything has been perfect. Our special teams has been rather bad and that falls on Murphy, and ultimately Rivera. But it is his first year after all. And without question the positives greatly outweigh the negatives and there's a lot more that goes into than just blaming coaching.
People talk about potential a lot, but what we haven't just shown potential. We've actually tapped into it and proven what we can be. The problem is that we haven't been consistently good. That comes with experience and time. Rivera and his team aren't trying to make a quick fix here. They're in the process of building a winning franchise that is going to compete for a Super Bowl year in and year out for years to come. I know it stinks to not be in the playoff hunt during December, but I can't remember a season where I was ever this excited in December and the Panthers only had 5 wins. 2002 was full of a good amount of optimism, but nowhere near what we have right now.
For the first time in our relatively short history we have a superstar QB. It goes without saying that it's the most important position in football. Cam is only 22 and has shattered all kinds of records and is only going to get better. For the immediate future we have a lot of talent surrounding him made up of veteran players who will continue to teach and help him and young players who will grow with him. And it's scary to imagine how much Cam is going to grow with a full offseason under his belt and another draft and free agency worth of fresh talent to work with. And getting Beaston back.
I have never been more excited to be a Panthers fan. It sounds silly to say, but we are seriously one of the most dangerous and explosive losing teams I have ever seen play. And losing 6 games that we led in the 4th quarter and being close in every game except the Titans brain fart it shows just how close we are to turning the corner. The Texans game was a huge win and will work as a great springboard for us.
The Panthers are back. We are going to be one of the best teams in the NFL for several years to come and there is a new word we're going to have to embrace, because it's going to change for us. That's 'consistency.' We've only known it as being related to disappointment and consistently being inconsistently good. Now it will take on a good meaning and that's consistently winning and being competitive.
Rice was 33 when he set the record for most yards in 1995. And he went on to have elite seasons until he was 40. I doubt Smitty continues playing for that long, but there is no question that he has atleast 2 elite seasons left after this year of playing vertically and being a deep threat. Then I think when he's 34-36 he'll move to just being a slot WR and will still be very productive. Then he'll probably retire at 37 or so. He's always been in great physical condition and with his attitude and intangibles there's really no telling how much he has left. Only he knows, but he definitely has a ton left in him.
I love this quote... "we actually make in-game adjustments now"
It's like 2:50 in.
He talks about Cam a lot and also talks about the reasons why he thought about quitting football completely during the offseason. Talks about the team as a whole and having fun again and the future. Great stuff.
And lol "from putting down the football cleats, to picking up the towels and sheets, ya know folding those up"