A new era will begin in Uptown Charlotte, and by the grace of God, it will be a winning tradition that produces. Head Coach John Fox is on the hot seat. Everyone knows that, so this will be a true test of his coaching skills...new quarterback, a much younger defensive line (without JP) and a defensive backfield that has struggled recently.
The two-back tandem of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams will return and likely to combine to lead the league in rushing. With that being said, a little help on the defensive side of the ball and having a quarterback, whether it be Matt Moore or Jimmy Clausen, who will win games but not single-handedly cost lose them, well, the future is bright.
Steve Smith did a dumb thing and got himself hurt, and losing Moose was a killer to Panthers fans as a whole, but Dwayne Jarrett will step up for the first time in his career, and I cannot wait to see what Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards does when lined up in the slot or across from Smitty.
Not to mention, the Panthers have one of the easier schedules on the NFL schedule, so an opportunity with question marks on both sides of the football does not happen often.
Could this be the Year of the Cat, once again? Only time will tell, but I do know this team has the capability and skill to not only take care of business in the NFC South, but the NFC. I am not saying they will win the Super Bowl, but what I do know is that Carolina will claw their way as far as the football gods will allow them to go.