Say what you want about metrics, but they at least are indicative that Rhule and company have the Panthers on the right track. But more than that, we could actually be turning a corner--gradually transitioning into one of the elite franchises. At least we can dream about it as something that is very much attainable.
We've been Snowed! The defense is powering our turnaround.
“That’s [the defense] the unit that’s powering the Panthers so far this season,” writes Aaron Schatz, the creator of DVOA. “Carolina has -52.0% defensive DVOA through two games. The Panthers rank No. 1 in both adjusted line yards and adjusted sack rate. This is quite the unexpected improvement, as the Panthers ranked 24th in defensive DVOA a year ago.”
"Carolina’s defense, in some more normal stats, has allowed the fewest points per game (10.5), the fewest yards per game (190.0), the fewest first downs (22), the fewest yards per rush (2.7) and the lowest third-down conversion rate (25 percent)."