When Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman looks at his team, he can’t help but see the holes.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like what he sees.
Gettleman told reporters at the conclusion of Panthers minicamp that he likes the atittude his team has shown all spring, despite missing quarterback Cam Newton (ankle surgery) and blowing up the roster at several key spots.
“I think they feel they have unfinished business,” Gettleman said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “It’s been since they walked in the door back in April [for offseason workouts]. They’ve worked very, very hard. They’ve been very diligent. They’re focused.”
They better be. After going 12-4 last year, the Panthers lost left tackle Jordan Gross to retirement and cut wide receiver Steve Smith, and didn’t really replace either. Combined with the exodus of free agents, it’s almost impossible to not look at their roster and see regression.
Yet, they’re optimistic.
“Every year’s new. We’re all starting 0-0. And everybody gets tired of hearing that, but that’s really where it’s at,” Gettleman said. “I feel good about where we’re at right now. You just have to get into it and see where it goes.”
He’ll feel better when the books are clear, and he can add to his team rather than regular subtraction. But to the degree they over-achieved last year, it’s hard to see them matching that feat this year.