The Carolina Panthers Super Bowl odds for 2014 were set at 50/1. Their odds of winning the NFC South were set at 4/1.
Here is what Deadspin.com had to say about Carolina’s chances of having any type of success in 2013-2014:
I'm gonna tell you Cam Newton's destiny. From now until the end of his career, Cam Newton will be a fabulous standout on an otherwise horrible football team. Whatever Cam accomplishes for the Panthers will be accomplished in the face of 10 agonizing losses per season. He'll score a shitload of touchdowns, have some awesome runs, throw a handful of 80-yard bombs, and the Panthers will still inexplicably lose every game by 20 points. That's his destiny. Cue the exasperated face!
In the end, Carolina’s success this season (or lack thereof) will come down to the head coach. Thus far, Ron Rivera has failed to prove he is capable of leading this franchise.
Ron Rivera’s third season as the Carolina Panthers’ head coach may be his last if the team can’t make the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. Team owner Jerry Richardson made Rivera wait six agonizing days after the 2012 season before deciding that the former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears deserved another shot at leading the team in 2013. Rivera had been put on notice that he was on the hot seat following the Panthers’ disappointing 1–5 start that cost longtime general manger Marty Hurney his job. The new decision-maker is Dave Gettleman, who had been with the N.Y. Giants organization since 1998.
In their first two years under Rivera, the Panthers have gotten off to horrible starts that doomed the season. They can’t afford to do that again. Newton and Kuechly are fine cornerstones on which to build, and there are fewer holes on this team than you would likely expect from a squad that hasn’t had a winning season since 2008.
- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com