Before the 2011 draft, free agency and lockout ended the Panthers were bottom of barrel when it comes to media attention. I have scoured NFLN and segments and bottom line praying for a snippet of Panthers information. Then to have something roll across and find myself reading some regurgitated stale headline. (mostly about Steve Smith demanding a trade)(Untrue).
That is all beginning to change along with the guard in Carolina. Matt Hurney and crew brought in Ron Rivera and his associates to turn around this young franchise. Beginning with the brazen first round pick that has taken a life of it’s own (Cam Newton). Now I hear analysis that he can’t hack a complex NFL offense while dealing with tricky NFL defense along with and faster players. Not the best new for a Panther’s fan but oh well.
The draft along with recent free agent signing/retaining new and talented players (Greg Olsen) has brought a lot of analysis directed in the Panthers direction. The national notoriety makes the Panthers fan feel a little bit better about their team in that it is nice to be noticed. Anybody that follows them knows that the smaller outlets like twitter or local writers are the best source but it is nice to be noticed on a national level.
Hopefully the new acquisitions can perpetuate the Panthers popularity. The only real way to do that is to win football games. I truly feel that the new defense under Ron Rivera and Sean McDermott will command respect around the league. As pumped as I am to see Cam Newton run around I am equally if not more excited to see the new look cat’s defense.