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Mike Tolbert will look good in a Carolina uniform
I'll need to ask you to remember back fondly if you can to the back of the Madden '94 video game box. The premiere team on the game at the time was the San Francisco 49ers, and it said something to the effect of:
"Steve Young. Ricky Watters. Jerry Rice. Brent Jones. William Floyd. John Taylor. Choose your weapon."
Granted, the Madden series was a lot better game back then. And I might not have nailed the phrase verbatim (bonus points to any commenter who owns the game and can look up the correct version). But my point is that I feel like the Panthers are in that mold offensively.
With their Ferrari of a quarterback, and Steve Smith, DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Greg Olsen shouldering the heavy load, this could be one of the most exciting offenses in the history of the sport.
But those are just the weapons Newton already had. When you factor in the additions of Mike Tolbert, Joe Adams, David Gettis (returning from injury) and a year of seasoning for Brandon LaFell and Kealoha Pilares; the Panthers just might be fighting for bread to feed all of the troops.
The 2011 Panthers scored 406 points, good for fifth best in the league. I don't think there's any reason, barring injury, that the 2012 doesn't best that total.
Like a new car with four fresh tires on the highway, what could be more encouraging than a superstar quarterback with more weapons than he knows what to do with? This is going to be exciting.