What do you say about this season? The Carolina Panthers started miserably and finished beautifully and, for the fourth straight season, failed to make the playoffs.
After a 44-38 victory against New Orleans the Panther locker room was a testament to team. There was tackle Jordan Gross huddling with quarterback Cam Newton, laughing, talking. There was Newton talking to tight end Greg Olsen, kidding and joking.
The Panthers lost five of their first six and won their final four. So they feel good about their finish and miserable about their start.
Also interesting will be what happens next. I'll be shocked if a decision whether to retain head coach Ron Rivera is made Monday or this week. It has to be the general manager's call, and the Panthers don't have one.
Carolina won one more game than it did last season, and last season it won four more games than it did the season before.
Is that enough?