After the 2001 season, the Carolina Panthers finished with the worst record in the league, 1-15, they had just hired a first time NFL head coach and they had major questions at the quarterback position. Flash forward to today and the Panthers again find themselves with the worst record in the league, this time 2-14, they just hired a man, in Ron Rivera, who has never been a head coach in the NFL and they have major questions at the quarterback position.
Back in 2002, a few key decisions led to an NFC Championship victory and a Super Bowl appearance in just two short years. The moves made by the organization led to the most success the Panthers have ever experienced producing five playoff wins and three separate appearances in a six year span. In ways, the 2010 version of the Panthers had more talent than that 2001 team did. The NFL is a league that is set up to allow teams to rebuild quickly, so the Panthers definitely have that in their favor. If the Panthers can replicate the model they used then, they could find themselves back in the playoffs sooner than later. Let’s take a look at four steps that can put the Panthers in a position to make another run to the Super Bowl.