The 1-5 Carolina Panthers have stumbled out of the gate, the slow start led to owner Jerry Richardson's decision to fire longtime GM and good friend Marty Hurney.
Panthers fans could be forgiven if they were already looking forward to the 2013 season, as they are already five games behind the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.
While Panthers faithful should spend a bit more time scouting college football's biggest stars, they shouldn't give up on this season just yet.
Carolina is a long shot to make the playoffs, but the progression of the young players will be crucial to the team's long term success.
Cam Newton is in the midst of a sophomore slump, while high paid running backs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert have all been disappointing.
Carolina has also been struck with injuries, as stars Chris Gamble and Ryan Kalil are both out for the season.
It is difficult to identify the Panthers best players at this point, because the majority of the team has played poorly. While it is mostly doom in gloom for the Panthers, there have been some bright spots through seven weeks of the season.