Making Sense of the Carolina Panthers' Slow Start

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Making Sense of the Carolina Panthers' Slow Start
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It has been three days since the Carolina Panthers were embarrassed on national television at the hands of the New York Giants and in the aftermath, fans, experts and analysts have been trying to make sense of the lack of success thus far in Carolina. 

Let's be realistic for a moment.  The Panthers' shortcomings are not a product of one loss.  It's not due to being blown out in a lopsided game early in the season.  No, the issues facing the Panthers stem from a multitude of places. 

For a team that was supposed to be a contender this year, they haven't looked the part.  Yes, they did defeat the New Orleans Saints, but that was just one game and in their two losses the Panthers looked lost.

While it is pointless to review and regurgitate all the things that have gone wrong so far, it seems as though another angle should be explored as to the slow start experienced by Carolina. 

These theories go beyond the team, its players and their on-field performance.  While some will touch on a few players specifically, there will be no mention of a regression on the part of Cam Newton.  That idea has been tossed around and floated enough already, so fresh ideas are welcome. 

While there may not be a general consensus on the the items listed here, they are being presented to merely put things in perspective.

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