Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 8/2/14
The Carolina Panthers were one of the NFC’s elite teams in 2013 due to an offense centered around ball control, time of possession, and controlling field position. That and an elite defense were the major components to a 12-4 record and first round playoff bye. However, due to major losses on the offensive side of the ball, many critics have the Panthers pegged to take a big step back in the wins column in 2014. In order to improve on their 2013 season and make a sustained playoff run, Ron Rivera and his team will be forced to lean heavily Sean McDermott’s defense.…
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