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Poll: Win Total for the Carolina Panthers In 2014


With less than a month to go until Training Camp kicks off in Spartanburg, SC, we are curious how you think the 2014 roster stacks up against the 2013 version.  Lots of storylines swirled this offseason as veterans departed, rookies were drafted and free agents were signed.

Cam Newton is still the man under center calling the shots for the offense, but he has a new layer of leadership on his shoulders with the departure of Jordan Gross and Steve Smith.

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There’s a whole new clan of receivers for Newton to toss darts to, as well as an intriguing backfield.  Throw in a restructured offensive line and some promising young talent on the interior, and it’s quite possible that the offense we see in ’14 will be more entertaining and productive than that of the 2013 team.

The Panthers return the entire front seven, including a healthy Chase Blackburn to the linebacking corps.  There is depth all along the line, and rookie Kony Ealy will be introduced slowly, yet play an important role.  The secondary talent is a repeat of last year, just with different names on the back of their jersey.  Melvin White is still starting at corner, and the remaining players are free agents brought in off the bargain rack, along with a couple of very promising rookies.

Special teams took a blow with the loss of Ted Ginn, Jr, but FA Tiquan Underwood looks to fill a similar role.

The coaching staff remains intact, though an interesting curve ball was thrown earlier this Spring.  John Ramsdell was brought in as a Senior Offensive Assistant.  Mike Shula is still the OC, but Ramsdell’s expertise with developing QBs and knowledge of the “Air Coryell” system is a brilliant move.

The schedule that was released is full of ebb and flows throughout 2014.  They open the season with five very winnable games, before heading into a rough five-game stretch starting in Cincinnati, and ending in Philadelphia.  There is a favorable week 12 bye, and then wrap up the season with several games that are equally losable as they are winnable.

Many in the mainstream media think that we were fortunate to have gone 12-4 last season.  A few bad bounces or penalties being called, and we could have been 9-7.  By the same token, if we didn’t let Buffalo march down the field in week two, or if we don’t fumble in week one against the Seahawks, we could also be staring at a different season.

So Cat Cravers, scanning the schedule and seeing the roster that is assembled for our Panthers, what do you think the final win total for the Carolina Panthers will be in 2014?  Did we overachieve in 2013?

How Many Wins Will the Carolina Panthers Have in 2014?

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  • Cyteria Knight

    11-5 is my prediction but it’s early. Let’s see how everyone looks during training camp. Go Panthers!

  • PantherNasty

    Dam good I’m glad you included Ramsdell

  • Charles Thomas

    13-3 this year…superbowl bound…

  • Greg

    I suppose any game is “winnable”. Not sure I’d throw the first 5 in the bag already as it seems you have here considering Steelers, Ravens, and Bears are in the first 5 games. We’ll see how camp/pre-season goes but looks like maybe 8-8…this is a tough schedule.

  • Billy

    How do you not like the panthers to go 13-3? I see them loosing at gb at no and at atl. They know how to win now. Cam has better options at wr 2 sure handed vets and a very good rookie wr. I love what there doing in the secondary the linebackers make all the tackles and there will be constant pressure on the qb there loading the roster with ball hawks in the secondary to make turnovers and let the offense rack up points. As a panther fan I think we’re in the best position to be the next dynasty and i believe the ringS are coming! KEEP POUNDING

  • Bryan Palmese

    I would love a repeat of last year, but I see a drop off. 10-6 and a wild card berth seems like a safe bet. Lots of winnable games that could go either way. Regardless of ’14, GMan has set us up to have long success, rather than inconsistent seasons.