games, I saw that Shula wasn't the only problem. Our wide receivers were also a major issue. And if I saw it, I'm sure the coaching staff did also. Running routes correctly, getting to the proper depths, getting open, and catching the ball were some of the areas where our receivers consistently struggled. It showed all season. In week 16, at home against the Saints, Smith went down early--setting the stage for LaFell to step up and show he can be “the guy” or a part of our future. Instead, LaFell had no catches, with Cam throwing the game-winning touchdown to Hixon instead. The game was won on the heroics of the defense and Cam Newton. The next game versus Atlanta, for the division title, Smith sat out with an injury giving LaFell, Hixon, or Ginn a chance to step up. I thought one of them would. They didn't. Carolina squeaked out a 1 point victory through defensive domination and 9 total sacks.
By Willie P