12. Riverboat Ron is calm under pressure but willing to toss that red flag
Ron Rivera came to Carolina in 2011 and has patiently built the team that now prepares to head to Santa Clara. He is a stoic leader who doesn’t flinch under pressure, and if he’s not Coach of the Year, something is definitely wrong.
13. The Panthers have built a successful franchise in a short period of time
The 1995 season was the Panther’s first time competing in the NFL. They’ve have gone from a greenhorn expansion team in teal Starter jackets to being five-time division winners and two-time conference champions since 2003. Carolina has done more in that short period of time than most teams who have existed since before the AFL/NFL merger.
14. We’ve got a wall guarding Cam and too many targets to defend
Ryan Kalil has been selected for the Pro Bowl 5 times and anchors an o-line that gives Cam plenty of time to get that ball down the field with his legs or his arm. Funchess, Philly Brown, Olsen, Ginn, Cotchery, Dickson. All have proven they can get down the turf and catch the ball. Even a defense as skilled as Denver cannot hope to hold back that offensive tide.