Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 8/22/12
If you happened to see the first quarter of the Carolina Panthers 23-17 preseason victory over the Miami Dolphins last Friday night, you now know the image Ron Rivera and Marty Hurney had when they united 19 months ago. First, the now-second year head coach and 11th-year general manager were in accord that taking Cam Newton with the top overall pick in last years NFL draft was the first major piece to the puzzle. And if he worked out, everything else should fall into place over time. Its uncertain if either man even teased the thought of the Panthers becoming NFC South contenders so quickly. But if the teams second preseason game of the year at Bank of America Stadium was any indication, something special could be on the horizon. Granted the opponent was the Dolphins, who are in a transition themselves, but Carolinas 17-0 domination of the first quarter looked more like one of those early September college mismatches. The teams were that far apart. Newton and the Panthers marche...
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