Carolina Panthers’ Current Success Rooted in Last Year’s Difficult Decisions

January 19, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Sometimes, difficult decisions made by an NFL organization can shift the entire paradigm of a franchise. As a result of such moves, the Carolina Panthers are now on the verge of the franchise's second Super Bowl appearance if they can overcome the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. 
Last season, the Panthers surprised many when they released veteran cornerback Antoine Cason on Dec. 2. The move came after the team signed him to a one-year contract nine months earlier and he started 11 of the first 12 games in the 2014 season. 
At the time of Cason's release, Carolina owned a 3-8-1 record. The team struggled through a six-game losing streak, and its hopes of competing in the floundering NFC South were fading. After a 31-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 30, changes needed to made. 
This point defined the team over the next year. The Panthers ripped off four straight wins to end the 2014 season and capture an NFC South crown...

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