Friends, Foes, Huddlers,,,
It is that time one again that I bring to you the State of the Panthers. After much introspection and meditation, I have come to a conclusion.
2011 will be Avenged.
Ron Rivera now in his second season as head coach has his philosophy in place. With emphasis on team play and a decrease of individualism, he has assembled his squad of heroes. Rivera is by nature a disciplinarian, but this one time grid-iron hero was known for his fury.
Rivera expects nothing less than a playoff berth, anything else will be a failure.
Leading the offense we find a super soldier of sorts, Cam Newton. His physical abilities are far beyond anything we have seen on the football field. He can do things other QB's only dream of. Once doubted and belittled as a gimmick, he has since proven to be a true leader. In fact, you can call him Cap.
Joining Newton on the offense is a player ready to take the next step. Ready to dominate all that block his path to greatness. A mammoth of a man, with blonde locks that flow like honey, no homo. Greg Olsen will have a huge season this year. Rivera recently has stated as much. He didn't throw the gauntlet. He dropped the hammer.
The offense will be great. But this season they will have help from the defense. The biggest improvement will come from the linebacking corps. First round selection Luke Kuechly has the speed, brawn, and intelligence to become an All-Pro in this league. Kuechly has already dazzled us all preseason, and he is just getting warmed up. Although he resembles the man of Steel, I like to think he is made of iron.
After a year hiatus, Jon Beason is rejoining the defense and will return to his pro bowl form. He looks more conditioned and in better shape than I have ever seen him. Beason is also one of the most intelligent and charismatic players in the NFL, but make him angry and you may see a whole other side of him. A side that makes opposing offenses crap their collective pants. Many of you call him Beast... but Hulk may be more fitting.
Friends, I have crunched the numbers. I say to you now I have taken all things Carolina Panthers and have come to a conclusion. All signs point to a Marvel of a Season. Buy your tickets, secure your Lazyboy, fire up the grill and lets get it on. Ish is about to get real.
Record Prediction = 13-3