It has reached that awkward point in the Panthers’ season where there’s talk about seeing what the young players can do in games to get a jump on next season.
That’s like going to a dinner party at a friend’s house and all you can compliment is the table cloth. Ooh, is this from Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel?
It has been an awkward season for the Panthers, in case you hadn’t noticed. They started slowly, fired general manager Marty Hurney and nothing much has changed. Even David Copperfield would be impressed by how the Panthers have turned what could easily be a 7-5 record into 3-9.
Watch this failed fourth-down play at Atlanta. Watch this touchdown pass at Ben Hartsock’s feet. Watch Steve Smith slip and fall in Chicago.
But the Panthers are soldiering on. Ron Rivera, one of the most admirable people you can ever meet, is insistent this season can be turned around. This is, of course, the time for Christmas lists.
And the shopping days are running out.
Last week: 9-5