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GRADING THE 2013 CAROLINA PANTHERS

August 22, 2013
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



2012 RECORD: 7-9 (tied for second place NFC South)

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2008 (lost to Arizona in wild card round)

HEAD COACH (RECORD): Ron Rivera (13-19, third season)

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Mike Shula (first season)

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Sean McDermott (third season)

KEY ADDITIONS: LB Chase Blackburn (from Giants), CB Drayton Florence (from Lions), S Mike Mitchell (from Raiders), WR/KR Ted Ginn (from 49ers), WR Domenik Hixon (from Giants),

KEY DEPARTURES: LB James Anderson (released), CB Chris Gamble (released), WR Louis Murphy (Giants), TE Gary Barnidge (Browns), DE Antwan Applewhite (Dolphins)

QB: GRADE: A

RB: GRADE: B

WR: GRADE: B

TE: GRADE: C

OL: GRADE: C-

DL: GRADE: C+

LB: GRADE: B-

DB: GRADE: C

SPECIAL TEAMS: GRADE: C

COACHING: GRADE: B-

Playing in the NFC South does no favors for Carolina and a third-place tag in the division is the proper prediction. But that doesn't mean this team won't compete for a playoff spot even though the Panthers will play seven games this season against teams that finished 2012 with a .500 record or better. Six opponents even made it to the postseason, a destination not entirely far- fetched for the Panthers.


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