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Current Record: 1-5
Projected Record: 3-13
The Panthers are actually a fairly talented team; the issues are where the talent is on the field and how it is being used.
Generally, the two easiest positions to fill are the linebacker and running back positions, as passing offenses have devalued both positions.
However, the Panthers spent a ton of money extending DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, while using their limited cap room to sign Mike Tolbert. In the draft, they passed on the opportunity to fill their need at defensive tackle with Fletcher Cox in favor of Luke Kuechly, a tackling machine at linebacker.
To make matters worse, the Panthers have elected to run more of a college running game, with option plays and designed runs for Cam Newton, not maximizing their excessive running back depth. As a result, GM Marty Hurney was fired.
It is too late in the season for the Panthers to change offensive philosophies. It will take a full offseason to get them and their young quarterback back on track.