For those of you not familiar with a Maverick, it is one of the most sought after waves for professional surfers. Maverick waves can reach up to 15 meters in height and can be found off Half Moon Bay in California. I am sure you are wondering why in the heck I am giving you some boring lesson on waves. In order for the Panthers to find success this year they will most certainly need to find a Maverick of their own. The good news is, I am speaking of a figurative version, so go ahead and get the images of Star and K.K. trying to get up on a surfboard out of your head.
I am sure you all at some point or another have heard a player refer to the phrase “ride the wave untill it crashes”. The problem with our Panthers it would seem, is that we can’t seem to even get off the beach. This team has certainly had its struggles in the last couple of seasons establishing any type of rhythm. They could not seem to find an identity or even attempt getting up on their boards. All that seemed to change the last few games of the season in 2012. After being tossed off of their boards throughout the season, with the hail mary nightmare against the Falcons or the CB collapse against the Bears, this team finally caught a nice wave and rode it into the offseason. The question now becomes: can they keep riding it into 2013.
The Panthers certainly have the talent to stay on the board this season. Dave Gettleman seems to have a strong sense of direction for this unit. The addition of Star and K.K. will definitely prove to be a good start. The secondary will continue to be a question mark until training camp gets underway. It’s hard to get a good idea of how much talent you truly have until the pads are on, and everything is full speed. The offense should be able to continue where they left off, and Shula I feel will certainly help to keep them balanced between the run/pass.
This team will most certainly have to have some things go their way this up and coming season. They will have to keep the penalties to a minimum and consistently put themselves in the best possible position. If the chemistry that is currently being established can carry over when it counts, this will be a big boost. This team has the fire power to do something special, they just have to make sure they stay on that wave they caught at the end of last season because as we all know, in the NFL, you will need to do more than just “hang ten”. If this team is to be successful, they will need to hang 40.
In the spirit of writing surfing articles about the Panthers; thanks for reading dudes. Please leave a comment and let us know if you think the Panthers can catch a big one this year or will they be pulled under.