Five losses, a rookie quarterback getting his first starts in the NFL, a defense that plays hard only for the offense to stink it up and a head coach on his last legs with the franchise.
Things could be a lot smoother right now for the Carolina Panthers, who are historically a team that has a knack for rebounding after tough times. The staple of a John Fox team, after all, is to keep fighting to the very end.
I don’t doubt that the 2010 version of the Panthers has talent. I simply worry about their short term prospects, considering the abundance of young blood on the roster. Young talent takes time to bed in, to pick up techniques and to appreciate what being a professional football player entails.
The National Football League is an unforgiving place sometimes, and right now the Panthers are getting a cold hard look at how hard it can be to be a kid in the man’s world of pro football.
Still, the Panthers haven’t been as poor as advertised. There have been a number of positives sprinkled into the 0-5 start, unfortunately overshadowed by the winless record the team carries with them. What follows is a list of things we know – both good and bad – about the 2010 Panthers after five games.