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From Worst To First: The Carolina Panthers

By J. Tinsley / 12.27.10

In 2010, Charlotte-area sports suck, for lack of a better term. The Bobcats boast one of their league’s worst records in 9-19 and things look even bleaker when the G.O.A.T.’s choice in wardrobe has a brighter future than the team itself. Unlike their NBA counterparts, the Panthers are hands down the posterchild for futility in the NFL. Matt Moore hasn’t been seen or heard from in weeks and Jimmy Clausen looks to be out of the door before even settling into his apartment.

The former Notre Dame standout is the owner of the league’s worst quarterback rating (56.8) and – while not all his fault – an offense most high school teams wouldn’t dare run. Still, by being the league’s punching bag this season, the Panthers actually secured their biggest win with a loss to the Steelers on Thursday and uncharacteristic victories by the Bengals and Broncos yesterday. This guarantees the right to the number one pick in the 2011 Draft. If everything goes according to plan, Standford signal caller and Heisman finalist Andrew Luck will be under center come next fall.

Now the question is: Will Luck leave school early?

Most draft analysts say the 6-foot-4 junior is the best prospect in the potential draft pool. He’s completed 70.2 percent of his passes this season for 3,051 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Luck, who will lead the Cardinal (11-1) against Virginia Tech (11-2) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3, has not revealed his intentions. [ESPN]

However, this is the NFL and the ghost of Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick haunt every franchise. The Patriots have the rights to Carolina’s second round draft pick after allowing the team to receive an additional third rounder last year. John Fox’s bunch used that pick to draft former Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards – who has been in street clothes more than pads this year.


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