From 2003 on, the Falcon's did a TERRIBLE job building their OL and DL (especially their DL). And they're still paying for that to this day.
Dave Gettleman isn't ignoring the lines which is where GOOD TEAMS ARE BUILT.
Now some will say "Well what about the OL, isn't he ignoring that?" And my answer is, one thing at a time. With his limited budget and BPA philosophy, the first shot he had was to strengthen the DL. And now the DL is easily a strength. The OL is next.
I wouldn't agree Luck is a better runner than Jameis. Jameis has been a dual threat QB all his life. Luck is just willing to move his ass outta the pocket unlike previous era QBs. Nothing special about him at all. He's just being well marketed. For some reason a lot of people wanna see him do well.
The "progress" you speak of wasn't just with Cam. It was the team that had trouble finishing in 2011 and 2012, particularly the defense. Cam Newton and the offense gave the Panthers plenty of leads heading into the fourth quarter in both of his first two seasons.
The offense started making progress toward being a winning team when they added Cam.
The defense started making progress toward being a winning team when they added Luke (and Star and KK).
Speaking of that guy, didn't he make some kind of guarantee that Cam wouldn't be in the league 3 years from then meanwhile The Golden Calf of Bristol would be on his way to multiple Super Bowls? Said if it didn't happen then he would show up to the Bucs home game in his underwear with a Cam Newton jersey and a sign that says 'Carolina rules, Tampa Bay sucks' or something like that.
Dude was still celebrating his "prediction" after we started 0-2 last year.
And the crickets chirp while sCam starts 0-2 yet again. To be fair, the Seahawks are a pretty good team, but E. J. Manuel in his second start beats your boy? Who could have seen that coming? Oh yeah...me.
Don't worry guys, once you're 1-7 and out of contention he'll start winning just enough to keep you hoping next year will be different.