Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/26/12
Panthers nation has been in a constant panic this week. First, it was another disconcerting press conference for their franchise quarterback, Cam Newton, after the Panthers suffered their fourth consecutive loss against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. Then, Monday, things became even more hectic when Marty Hurney was abruptly fired less than halfway through his 11th season as general manager. Before we all begin to hyperventilate, let's think back two years to the 2-14 season where the team finished dead last in almost every offensive category. At that point, every Panthers fan knew that the transformation from a doormat into a perennial playoff contender would not happen overnight. This became abundantly clear when the team used the first overall pick in the 2011 draft on Newton, who was labeled by most as a raw project with tremendous upside. Consequently, Carolina fans tempered their expectations heading into last season as Newton earned valuable experience and learned how to play
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