Carolina Panthers: 2013
Up to this point the Cam Newton era had been fun in terms of the highlight plays and the gaudy stats, but that wears off after awhile. Fans wanted to start seeing more wins out of the former #1 pick. Their demands weren’t answered when the 2013 season began. The Panthers started out 1-3. Worse still? Newton and the offense were floundering, turning the ball over nine times and scoring seven and six points respectively in two of their three losses.
Something had to change. In the end, it was finding ways to get Newton comfortable. He started to play better and protected the football more. The offense went on to score 30 points or more in their next four games and the team caught fire. Carolina won 11 of their final 12 games to finish 12-4, tying the best record in franchise history at the time. Safe to say nobody saw that coming since the team hadn’t made the playoffs since 2008.