The 2012 NFL season was a massive disappointment for the Carolina Panthers. After improving to 6-10 the previous season with then-rookie quarterback Cam Newton and the new coaching staff, the 2012 iteration of the Panthers looked poised for a playoff run coming into the season. ESPN's Adam Schefter picked Carolina to make the postseason, as did a few NFL.com and NFL Network analysts.
Carolina entered the season as a sleeper team with playoff aspirations, but finished a disappointing 7-9, tied for the worst record in the seemingly top-heavy NFC South. Here are the five biggest disappointments from the 2012 season.