Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Flash Points: Panthers' defining moment
By Pat Yasinskas
What key event significantly changed the fortunes of the Panthers -- for better or worse? Give us your take and we’ll give you our definitive moment on May 25.
The Carolina Panthers are the newest team in the NFC South, coming into the league as an expansion team in 1995. But this team already has seen just about as many highs and lows as any team in the division.
You could even make a case that no team has gone lower. The Panthers were 2-14 last season, 1-15 under George Seifert in 2001 and they went through some tragic circumstances early on with first-round draft picks Rae Carruth and Kerry Collins.
But the high points have been there too. Just two seasons removed from the 1-15 disaster, coach John Fox had the Panthers in the Super Bowl. Quick turnarounds were nothing new to Carolina. The expansion Panthers struggled a bit early in their first season, started showing improvement and were in the NFC Championship Game in only their second year in the league.
Success never has lasted long for the Panthers, though. But there’s room for that to change with new coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton coming to town.
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