Carolina Panthers Look to Be the Suprise Team of 2011-2012 Season

George SeligaCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  Running back DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers runs for a touchdown past Will Smith #91 of the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Carolina Panthers look to be the underdogs for the 2012 football season.  Ever since last year, the Panthers have had major holes on both sides of the football and major questions at the coaching position.

With a new head coach and  potentially a new quarterback leading the way, the offense looks much improved.  The Panthers made big changes at the head coaching position by releasing John Fox and hiring Ron Rivera.

Other recent additions during the off-season was adding two experienced tight ends, Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen to compliment a strong running attack led by DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

The wide receivers are led by veteran Steve Smith while bringing in experience from Legedu Naanee.  Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen are going to be competing for the starting quarterback role while Tony Pike will be sitting at the number 3 spot on the depth chart.

On defense, the D-line will be led by defensive end Charles Johnson.  Carolina would like to see a big breakout year from Everette Brown, another pass rushing defensive end from Florida State.

The linebackers are led by Pro- Bowl Veteran Jon Beason, who has been a beast up the middle.

The secondary looks to have a solid year, led by  experienced Cornerback Chris Gamble and Safety Charles Godfrey.

This Panther team has a lot of talent, and if used correctly, could surprise a bunch of people during the 2011-2012 season.  Look for the Panthers to have a great year because of their talent and out of conference schedule.