The Carolina Panthers' season is over, and it is time to think 2012.
The Panthers will have a lot of work to do in the offseason, but it is actually all very good. Carolina does not have to worry about hiring an entire coaching staff or evaluating who they should take with the No. 1 overall pick, like they did the previous year.
There is a chance that the Panthers will have to replace offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, and that could cause problems. However, Carolina does not have any glaring need for the 2012 NFL draft. Instead, the Panthers can look at a couple different positions but ultimately take the best player available in the first round.
Looking forward, the Panthers have a bright future.
Before we get too far into the next season, let's take a look at four things we learned from the Panthers in the 2011 NFL season.