So the offense was terrible. But some units and some individuals played a fine game Saturday.
The defense again was excellent. It sacked the Tennessee quarterbacks seven times. Second-year defensive end Everette Brown has been unstoppable. He sacked Vince Young on the first series and forced a fumble.
Second-year running back Mike Goodson, the star of the 2009 preseason, returned a kick 91 yards for a touchdown.
Tight end Gary Barnidge took a short pass, busted a tackle, sustained his balance and picked up 50 yards.
Rookie Brandon LaFell made a diving catch.
Brian Witherspoon made what would have been a stunning punt return if he had not stepped out of bounds. It was still entertaining, though.
Quarterbacks threw to Armanti Edwards four times and three of the passes were completed. Armanti lives.
About the defense: If I'm going to believe the offense is as bad as it has looked, I have to believe the defense is as good as it has looked.
Thursday's final exhibition against Pittsburgh Thursday is meaningless, except for players trying to make the team.
So we won't know until Sept. 12, when Carolina opens the season on the road against the New York Giants.
I don't know if the Panthers are ready for the regular season. But fans are.