Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Super Bowl Buzz Kill: Carolina Panthers

Anybody can pick winners. We at The Hater Nation like to predict the losers. And last year, who could match our accuracy? The Hater Nation went 31 for 32 in picking teams that would not win the Super Bowl. If you read through the lines, too, you would have saw that we were secretly picking the Saints to take the whole thing.

So here is the 2010 Super Bowl Buzz Kill. A feature so awesome, those (expletives) at Deadspin have blatantly ripped it off. Turns out the schmucks at the Bleacher Report did, too. Always imitated, never duplicated.

Why your team won't win the Super Bowl: Carolina Panthers

You always hear about players in a contract year performing above expectations. Does the same go for coaches, too? Because the Panthers are going to try it with John Fox this year.

Fox is in the final year of his contract and everybody seems to be making a big deal about it. But why should the Panthers be committed to a ton of money when there might not be a season in 2011.

But doom and gloom aside, why should Fox be so indignant about his contract? Sure people tend to say that he is one of the best coaches in the NFL. But aside from one great year in 2003, his career has been about expectations and wild disappointments. Remember, the Panthers were the home team when the Panthers were smoked by the Cardinals in 2008.

So what would the Panthers be walking away from? One good year followed by one bad? Yeah, again, I don't see why they are not breaking the bank for this guy.

The Panthers do have some talent. QB Matt Moore finished really good last year. Steve Smith is brittle but is poised for a bounce back. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart look pretty good. But who knows about the defense.

There has to be hope that the team will rally around Fox this year because of his contract situation. But even that seems like a stretch.

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