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Panthers defeat Saints to finish season 8-8

Where was this team at the beginning of the season?

After finishing off the Saints 23-10 today, the Panthers completed the 2009 campaign on a 3-game winning streak to finish the season at 8-8, and even though they are not going to the playoffs it was nice to see them finish up on a winning note. Because of the injuries that were suffered during the season a lot of reserves got valuable playing time and gained a lot of experience for the future, and a lot of players could have played themselves into more prominent roles in 20101.

I am excited for what this team can do in 2010. It all starts with the draft in April, and after that it begins with mini-camps and training camp. I think this team has a chance to contend next season, primarily because they will get back several key players who went down with injuries in 2009, and also because the defense now has a full season under Ron Meeks’ system2.

Over the next few months I plan to re-evaluate what went wrong in 2009 (with more depth than “Davidson sucks” or “Delhomme is crap”) and I also plan to weigh in on the draft and free agent signings (if there are any).

Of course, I wish I could be evaluating a Panthers playoff game for next weekend, but alas, it just wasn’t meant to be.

But, as the old adage goes: there’s always next year.

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1 – The main one being Matt Moore. If he hasn’t at least earned an open quarterback competition with Delhomme and/or a draft pick or free agent in training camp next year, he may as well quit now because there’s nothing else he can do to prove himself.

2 – They consistently improved week to week under the Meeks system, and it can only improve after adjusting to the new scheme over the course of a full season.

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  1. The BEEZE
    4 January 2010 at 5:07 AM

    Two 1,100 yard rushers…Steve Smith…I'd say the biggest reason the Panthers didn't make the playoffs was Delhomme…And Fox not pulling him sooner…On the other hand, I can't even come close to explaining the Browns! LOL

  2. bwsmith25
    4 January 2010 at 5:27 AM

    Hey, you gotta give the Browns credit — they finished the season on a winning streak.

  3. LestersLegends
    4 January 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Moore was solid and J-Stew was a beast. If they could deal a back for some defense, they would be in better shape.

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