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How the Carolina Panthers can get back to the playoffs
Although they have steadily improved from the disaster of 2010, the Carolina Panthers haven’t posted a winning record in the past four seasons, much less gotten close to the playoffs. They aren’t necessarily as far away from the postseason as it might look, however. They have a strong foundation in place. With a few tweaks and strategic moves, they can not only contend for the playoffs, but also take that next step to become become one of the best teams in the NFC.
Lead from the front
Quarterback Cam Newton has all the athletic ability to become an NFL great. The only thing holding him back is that he does not know how to handle losing. When the Panthers are behind on the scoreboard, Newton shuts down. The rest of the team can’t help but notice this and starts playing poorly too. As a leader of this franchise, Newton must learn how to keep a cool head and rally the troops in the face of adversity.
Less read option
Since Carolina drafted Newton, they have moved away from the traditional running game and implemented a read-option offensive scheme. This has hurt the production of running backs DeAnglo Willams and Jonathan Stewart, both of whom were 1,000-yard rushers before the read option was adopted. The read option can be useful in certain situations, but when it becomes a staple of the rushing attack, it is easily stopped.
Returning to a power run game will take pressure off Newton and make the offense both more balanced and more explosive.
General manager Dave Gettleman and the front office have their work cut out for them, as they only have five picks in the 2013 NFL Draft: the 14th-overall pick in the first round and one pick in each of the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds.
Luckily, this team doesn’t have many glaring needs other than defensive tackle, cornerback, and free safety.
Although he will likely be long gone before Carolina is on the clock, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei would make an immediate impact and transform an already good defensive line into a great one. Alternatively, Sylvester Williams out of North Carolina would be a steal in the second round. Quick off the snap, Williams is always in the backfield. He is great run stopper who can also get after the quarterback.
After picking up cornerbacks Drayton Florence and D.J. Moore in free agency, Gettleman is not likely to draft another corner in the first few rounds. However, he might take a good look at Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, a game changer who would easily replace the struggling Haruki Nakamura.
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