Carolina Panthers: Analyzing the 8 NFC South All-Decade picks

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Taking an in-depth look at the eight players that made ESPN’s NFC South All-Decade team for the Carolina Panthers.

The Carolina Panthers enjoyed some success during the 2010s. This saw the team come within inches of their first Super Bowl before a gradual decline that eventually ended with the firing of long-term head coach Ron Rivera.

Things are now going in a completely different direction for the Carolina Panthers from this point on. The organization gutted their roster this offseason. And their coaching staff has been revamped in the hope of turning around their fortunes.

An ESPN article recently selected the NFC South’s All-Decade team. And the Panthers had no fewer than eight players named into the line-up. This list features some of the team’s most recognizable faces and was a further indication of just what an impact they had during their stint with the franchise.

One notable omission from the team was quarterback Cam Newton. This was down in no small part to the presence of Drew Brees. But the 2015 NFL MVP did pick up recognition in the form of Panthers’ player of the decade.

What Carolina would give to have even a few of their picks in their prime during this period of transition. Their roster looks devoid of any real experience and this has left expectations at an all-time low during Matt Rhule’s first season at the helm in 2020.

We took an in-depth look at the players selected to the NFC South’s All-Decade team and what they brought to the organization.