After getting off to a miserable start to the 2012 season, the Carolina Panthers (5-9) hope to finish strong by winning their final two games, and they will look to start 2013 on a strong note. Still, the Panthers have a lot of areas that they will need to address as far as personnel and roster moves are concerned.
Some moves have been made already, as Carolina has dismissed general manager Marty Hurney, special teams coach Brian Murphy and kicker Justin Medlock. With the possibility of a coaching change and potential trades of key players looming on the horizon, this offseason may be a busy one in Charlotte.
When the 2013 season starts next September, will the moves of the spring and summer be enough to lift the Panthers over the hurdle of mediocrity?
Perhaps. Perhaps not.
Given what we know now, all that can be done is to project and predict the Panthers' level of success next season. Most fans in Carolina will have all the optimism in the world, and they believe that their team can make a playoff run next year.
Here are five reasons why.