As part of the first generation that grew up with the Panthers, I’ve spent my entire life dreaming of a Panthers Super Bowl win. I was in middle school the first time they made the playoffs under John Fox and Jake Delhomme. And I was devastated when we lost. Then after starting 14-0 it had to be our time right? Nope, I’m not sure what Panthers team showed up in Santa Clara in 2015 but it wasn’t the one we watched the rest of the season. As part of the media, I saw the emails regarding the potential parade that would have occurred if we won. I’m still waiting on that parade as is the rest of the city of Charlotte. So what will it take to bring the Lombardi Trophy home to the Carolinas? One major sports publication thinks the Panthers can (and should) win a Super Bowl under new coach Frank Reich.
A lot of fans were happy with the hire, wanting Steve Wilks for the job. I expressed why I had hesitations about that last week, and do feel an offensive mind like Reich is what we need. Reich was introduced officially to Charlotte today in a press conference. And like it or not, he’s now the coach. I’m cautiously optimistic, and honestly just glad to move on from the dismal last few years. But Schuyler Callihan, who writes for All Panthers which is a part of Sports Illustrated, is more optimistic. In fact, he believes the Panthers can win it all under their new head coach.
Here are the five reasons why he says it can happen:
- The defense is young and loaded with talent
- The offensive line is built
- We have what he thinks is the best roster in the NFC South
- Reich will draft and develop a franchise QB
- He has a winning background
Calliham raises good points, and I agree that we are just a few key pieces, including that franchise QB, away from being a legitimate contender. I miss the excitement that playoff football brought to Charlotte. Not even playoff football just a team you knew would compete each and every weekend. I can’t wait to see the moves the team makes in the off-season, and how next year shapes up. It’s been a rough few years as a Panthers fan and if Reich can bring that passion back and maybe even a Lombardi Trophy, well he will be Charlotte royalty for life. You can read Schuyler Callihan’s full analysis of what he believes the Panthers will win a Super Bowl under Frank Reich here.
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