The Panthers went from 15-1 and reigning NFC champions to the ultimate Super Bowl hangover in 2016, going 6-10 and finishing last in the NFC South. They are trying to recover and rebound in the right way: offensively.
After Carolina took the division and then the conference on the strength of the NFL’s highest-scoring offense in 2015, rival Atlanta followed suit last season. Another team in the South, New Orleans, ranked first in total offense. The Saints and Falcons were 1-2 in that category.
Those two teams figure to put up big numbers and yardage again, and the Buccaneers, with an aggressive offseason of adding playmakers, will be a lot more dangerous.
Gilbert’s comments likely stemmed from the fact the Cavs missed out on George. He was a major target of theirs, and they felt they were close to landing him. An ESPN report claims Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard backed out when “the Cavs were just starting to celebrate.”
The deal, which involved the Nuggets, would have sent Kevin Love to Denver, George to Cleveland and players such as Gary Harris and the 13th pick in the draft to Indiana. Instead, the Pacers ended up with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis from the Thunder.
While we don’t know why the Pacers didn’t go with the pre-draft trade, Windhorst mentioned Monday on The Lowe Post the Cavs weren’t interested in a deal the Pacers initiated.
“I know that around the draft and in the Paul George talks, the Cavs were not willing to make Kyrie Irving available for Paul George,” he said.
Zach Lowe added: “The Pacers offered Paul George for Kyrie Irving. That’s a thing that happened, according to people that we’ve talked to.”
When it’s all said and done, though, it was pretty remarkable to hear Gilbert openly mock the Pacers’ haul for George during Wednesday’s conference. He Detroit Lions Cheap Jerseys wasn’t asked a question about it, and instead Fans Cheap Jerseys decided to give his response, unprovoked.