The Carolina Panthers don’t scare New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson.
Appearing on NFL Network’s Total Access, Watson expressed a lack of concern regarding the defending NFC South champions for the upcoming season.
“I will say this about our division, one team I’m not worried about is the Carolina Panthers,” Watson said.
The biggest reason Watson isn’t concerned about the Panthers is the historical trend regarding defending NFC South division champions. Since the NFL’s realignment in 2002, defending NFC South champions are 0-for-11 in attempts to win the title in consecutive seasons.
“The numbers say they won’t win it. There’s never been a repeat champ in the NFC South.” Watson said. “So we’re not worried about the Carolina Panthers. So there’s only two teams with Atlanta and Tampa Bay.”
Despite the current trend, it’s probably going a little too far to completely write off the Panthers so easily. They have lost key pieces, including replacing their entire receiving corps. However, their defense still projects to be one of the better units in the league this season and Cam Newton is still under center directing the offense as well.
The trend may continue with the Panthers unable to recapture the division title in 2014, but there is a long way to go before that will be decided.