Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/21/12

The Carolina Panthers have high expectations heading into the 2012 NFL season.

The atmosphere surrounding the Panther’s training camp is so optimistic it prompted center Ryan Kalil to take a full ad out in the newspaper touting a Super Bowl victory for the team.

Kalil listed several reasons why the Panthers will win the Super Bowl, and while his bravado should be applauded, it’s unwarranted. The Panthers, although improving, will not only fail in their lofty goals, but they will miss the NFL playoffs. Here’s why.

FREE NFL CONTEST: Think You Can Pick Winners in Football? If so join the biggest NFL Pick ‘em for FREE!! Win big, become the best and win the ring at the World Series of Handicapping! To Be the best you have to beat the best!

For the latest odds on the Panthers to make the Playoffs and Win the NFC South and the Super Bowl, check out the lines at WagerWeb! The top rated sportsbook WagerWeb offers a 200% Bonus and a FREE 2 team parlay! Sign up today and bet on the NFL at Wager Web! Are you up for the challenge?
 

Cam Newton is one of the most explosive players in football. He is fun to watch, and his energy and enthusiasm for the game is contagious.

In one short year, he has become one of the leaders of the Panthers, and he can run and throw, which makes him a double-threat on the field. Many of the experts believe that Newton can deliver on the promise to win a Super Bowl.

However, defenses now have extensive game film on Newton and will have a much different approach to preparing for the Panthers this year. It all starts with stopping Newton and confusing the young scrambler with different defensive looks.

The second year in the NFL could prove to be a learning process for Newton, and that is not good news for Panther fans.

It could be argued that the NFC South is one of the most competitive divisions in football.

One Reason the Panthers Won’t make the playoffs? The Saints

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have something to prove after Bounty-gate. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have a shot of representing the NFC at the Super Bowl, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are vastly improved from a year ago. During the 2011 season, the Panthers finished 2-4 in conference with the only two wins coming against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Expecting the Panthers to finish above .500 in conference is asking too much for a young team still building.

The Panthers spent most of the offseason surrounding Newton with talent by re-signing Steve Smith, bringing in free agent fullback Mike Tolbert and locking up running back Jonathan Stewart, but what about the defense?

Jon Beason is arguably the best player on the Panthers’ defense, but he has proven he is unable to stay healthy. Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson received a big payday in the offseason, but he also has some injury concerns. Right now there are just too many questions on the defensive side of the ball to predict a preseason berth for this team.

The Panthers finished 28th in total defense a year ago and need to do their part if they have any chance of making the postseason.

If playing in conference is not hard enough, the Panthers have a difficult schedule for 2012.

The Panthers have games against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Chicago Bears, all teams that have a chance of making it to the playoffs. Difficult road games on the West Coast against the San Diego Chargers and in the intimidating atmosphere of Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs will provide a daunting task for the Panthers.

The schedule is so hard to navigate that the Panthers could enter Week 6, their bye week, with a record of 1-4. That kind of start would nearly guarantee that this team would not make the playoffs.

The Panthers did a terrific job of upgrading the special teams by selecting Joe Adams out of Arkansas. This kid is a game changer and has an outstanding chance of making an impact in year one as a Panther. In fact, it has been suggested that Adams can make a run at rookie of the year, but the Panthers have another glaring issue on special teams they failed to address.

The Panthers are awful at stopping other teams from returning big kicks on special teams.

The future is bright for the Carolina Panthers. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

They have one of the most exciting young players in football in Newton and are slowly building the franchise in the right direction.

They are not very far from being a NFL playoff team, but to think they will make it this year is a bit premature. This year the Panthers will be respectable and will manage to get a few impressive victories but are still a year away from entering the playoffs.

It was on display in Week 1 of the NFL preseason when the Panthers allowed Trindon Holliday of the Houston Texans to return a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. The special-teams unit is constantly giving the opponent decent field position, and this will eventually cost them victories.

In the NFL, a team has to do the little things if they hope to make the playoffs.

The top rated sportsbook WagerWeb offers a 200% Bonus and a FREE 2 team parlay! Sign up today and bet on the NFL at Wager Web! Are you up for the challenge?

Be sure to check out other great articles at Bookie Blitz.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Urban Meyer hints JT Barrett leads Ohio State starting QB competition

Boras: Marlins players are angry Marcell Ozuna is in minors

Report: Chancellor officially holding out of training camp

Cardinals' Jen Welter is 'tired of hearing about Tom Brady's balls'

Sandoval downplays talk about weight, conditioning, defense

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Astros acquire Carlos Gomez from Brewers

Richardson charged for resisting arrest after high-speed chase

Yankees finally get Dustin Ackley

Five most overrated teams in the CFB preseason coaches’ poll

Murphy pulled players to give media ‘something to think about’

Robert Kraft signs fan’s ‘Free Brady’ poster

Giants acquire Mike Leake from Reds for two prospects

Twins closer's wife pens essay about Twitter hate he's enduring

Kings set to make Lieberman NBA’s second female coach

Is Julius Randle a star?

Projecting the prospects in the David Price trade

'Miracle on Ice' goalie selling Olympic gear for $5.7 million

Josh Smith addresses ‘harder on me’ comment in essay

Examining the state of the NFL

Steelers players: Who is Jimmy Garoppolo?

Tigers’ reboot continues, Joakim Soria traded to Pirates

Matthews ‘felt disrespected’ Blazers didn’t try to re-sign him

Cardinals ink billion dollar TV deal from Fox Sports Midwest

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker