The Carolina Panthers will be playing in their final game of the 2012 season and it seemed not too long ago, there was no reason to doubt they would be in the playoffs and possibly competing for a trip to the Super Bowl. As Week 17 draws closer, the Panthers find themselves eliminated from postseason contention and looking ahead to the offseason.
What was only viewed as a mere formality prior to this season beginning as been transformed into a soon to be busy winter and spring. Carolina not only has to address the typical team needs but are also looking to address needs in the front office and perhaps the coaching staff.
Of course, before any needs are discussed, decisions regarding those needs must happen first. The Panthers will need to make five important decisions following Sunday's game.