Panthers offensive guard Geoff Hangartner was talking Sunday afternoon about how good it feels to win a game in the NFL, regardless of how pretty it may have been.
Considering the Panthers' 27-19 victory over winless Indianapolis may have lacked a measure of artistry, it still had the desired effect for a team that has won just five of its last 27 games.
"There's nothing like winning in this league," Hangartner said.
It's the walk before you run theory. The Panthers are still learning to walk.
Sometimes they can sprint. They just can't sustain it.
There are moments, such as DeAngelo Williams' 25-yard touchdown run, or Cam Newton whistling a 24-yard fourth-quarter reception to Jeremy Shockey or both end-zone interceptions by Chris Gamble and Sharrod Martin when the Panthers are brilliant.
There are other moments, though, when the defense can't get off the field or the offense can't sustain a drive or a somebody gets called for an illegal block on the rare long pun...