|The Panthers decided to give Rivera another crack|
at making the playoffs.
|Will Captain Munnerlyn take his talents elsewhere|
|Kuechly may win DROY, but Carolina needs|
to find more talent in the draft.
|The Panthers don't need Newton to|
be Superman, just a better QB.
All in all, the Panthers still aren't far away from becoming a playoff contender. They beat Atlanta once, and should have beat them a second time. They have a good young QB, and some dynamic (but older) play makers. I believe they made the right decision in keeping Rivera around, and making another run at the playoffs with this core.
When it comes down to it though, Cam Newton needs to improve. He is so dynamic, and is maybe the best rushing QB in the league. He can take hits, unlike RGIII or Mike Vick. He led the team in rushing this season (come on DeAngelo Williams and John Stewart), and is a nightmare to defend. Guess what? It won't matter if Newton does not improve his accuracy and overall passing abilities. He has finished in the middle of the NFL (17th and 16th) in total QBR, and showed no improvement in his second year (He actually lowered his QBR from 55 to 54.2. In comparison, Peyton Manning led the league this season with a 84.1 rating). Newton has the talent to become the biggest weapon in the league. The thing is, he doesn't have to be the top weapon, just a better QB. If he can become a top 10 QB, at least in QBR, the Panthers will surely be a playoff team.