Panthers influence guiding Bills to possible AFC Championship glory

(Syndication: Democrat and Chronicle) Sean McDermott
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Should the Carolina Panthers have any regrets?

There are probably a couple of regrets from the Carolina Panthers’ perspective. But hindsight is a wonderful thing to have and few could have envisaged the stark turnaround in fortunes that has transpired in Buffalo.

This is all part of the business. The NFL is a constant turnover machine when it comes to employment and at the end of the day, the Panthers will just have to get on with it, focus on themselves, and perhaps even learn from the Bills and the structure they’ve put in place.

Brandon Beane’s departure is probably the hardest one to take. It’s clear he was a future general manager but was let go by previous owner Jerry Richardson, who preferred Dave Gettleman for an ill-fated period before Marty Hurney returned to the fold.

Nothing to do with the new regime, obviously.

But that doesn’t make it sting any less.

Carolina should not look back in anger. As stated previously, they’ve made a solid if not spectacular start to a substantial rebuild of their own, putting together a superb core of young players from which to build a potential contender.

Emulating Buffalo’s recent triumphs will not be easy.

However, if the Panthers were looking for a bar to set themselves, they should look no further than what a plethora of their former employees managed to accomplish together elsewhere.