This game against the Cowboys proved that the Panthers are incapable of beating good teams. The defense, mainly due to Dallas penalties, held the Cowboys at bay in the first half. They were able to get pressure, and chalk up sacks. The Panthers ended the half on a high note with a perfect two minute drive offense capped off by a 25 yard touchdown pass to Dante Rosario.
But for the third time in the last four meaningful games the Panthers fell apart after getting the first score. The Panthers offense was three and out in the first four drives of the second half, while the Cowboys slowly ran up points. Drive after drive the Panthers D failed to make a big play.
Despite all of this the Panthers were only down 13-7 but of course like the 0-3 team we are we made an, "0-3" type mistake. A miscommunication on a passing route that turned into a 27-yard pick six. Set, game, match...season.
The Panthers are now 0-3. They've been inconsistent at best, and downright awful at their worst. Their cruising to a 4-12 season, and barring some miraculous season changing experience where we somehow make the playoffs, there will be big changes in Carolina.
Firstly Fox will go. No doubt about it. Second Peppers will walk. We don't have a first round pick so we'll probably draft a QB in the second round. Muhammad, who is in the last year of a two year deal, could either retire, sign an extension or sign with a contender.
The John Fox era was great while it lasted. It had incredible highs, and tough lows, but somehow we were always able to right the ship, unfortunately this time I think our luck is finally out. Believe me teams have come back from worse than 0-3 to at least salvage a season. But this squad has too many problems and not enough depth.
Panthers fans sit back and brace yourself. In all likelihood this season will be one beating after another, but who knows names like Gruden, Holmgren, Shanahan, and Cowher are on the market.
After the ceiling inevitably collapses, they just might be the right guy to build us back up again.