An ESPN Sports Poll recently reported that the Carolina Panthers ranked at number 28 with 1 percent of votes as people favorite team.
While Carolina is getting more popular, they still haven’t drawn in that many fans to support them. All it takes is a run into the playoffs this year in extraordinary fashion to bring in more supporters.
Tampa Bay and Atlanta tied at number 24 while New Orleans came in at number 7. It is all irrelevant now but if you ask any football player, fans can change momentum in a game.
There are bright things to look for in the coming season that gets many fans excited. Once the new icon of the Panthers (Cam Newton) gets into the playoffs, you can guarantee that a lot of people will jump on the bandwagon then.
Who doesn’t like a team that had a bad year and work their way to the playoffs? Look at Carolina in 2001 to 2003, or Detroit in 2008 to now, or Miami in 2007 to 2008. All of these teams reached the playoffs just a couple of seasons after their horrible season.
Cam Newton has been working harder and harder to avoid a sophomore slump that many already are predicting. Newton thrived off of people doubting him to do good last year and some analysis’s do not think he has much to prove anymore.
However he does, he wants to prove that he can win with his great stats and that he is no one hit wonder.
With a full off-season and OTA’s finishing up, look for Newton to do great things and bring the franchise back. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski mentioned that with a whole lot of new plays this year, Newton will be an unexpected force like he was last year.