How the Panthers' 15-win season and potential dynasty went up in smoke

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The 2015 Carolina Panthers were fun, they were great, and they completely blew their chance at being one of the best ever. Their fall happened immediately and in a unique way when compared to other NFL collapses. It's almost impressive to go from 15-wins to the bottom of the division in just a single season, but to then bounce back into the playoffs from there makes for an even more confusing story.
You could say they had more luck than most in 2015, then it ran out (and then some) over the following seasons. After dodging injuries, they quickly piled up. From top to bottom the organization received a facelift, which helped further distance our thoughts from their incredible run to the Super Bowl. But to appreciate greatness, sometimes you have to explore its demise.
Written and produced by Will Buikema
Directed and edited by Jiazhen Zhang
Motion graphics by Michael Das
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Afonso Santos
Afonso Santos Il y a 4 heures
This video made me sad. I've never been a Panthers fan but during a year they were the best of the NFL. Seeing how that team got dismantled peace by peace is really sad.
OpinionsVary Il y a 10 heures
Those 15-1 Panthers were the 73-9 Golden State Warriors of the league. Best record with no championship 👍
Tevin Franklin
Tevin Franklin Il y a 22 heures
As a Panthers fan this is hard to watch 😢😢
jrad410 Il y a jour
I never thought they’d be a dynasty, they weren’t built as young as the Seahawks were earlier or the chiefs now.
Ali Cox
Ali Cox Il y a 2 jours
sobrcelt Il y a 2 jours
Tl;dw: Denver broke them with back-to-back losses. 🐎
Think Blue
Think Blue Il y a 3 jours
Here's what went wrong in five seconds; Scam Newton. He's a cancer.
Gavin Tubbs
Gavin Tubbs Il y a 4 jours
As a panthers fan I have one thing to tell pats fans I think you idiot if you think you’re getting 2015 cam
Gavin Tubbs
Gavin Tubbs Il y a 4 jours
Cam obviously didn’t us it as motivation he lost his love for the game and became a bum
Elijah Hayes
Elijah Hayes Il y a 4 jours
I knew when we let Josh Norman walk without a true replacement and kept Mike Remmers after he got obliterated by Von Miller, that we were on our way downhill. Both positions could have been easily replaced, but Carolina went the cheap route and signed Matt Kalil. Then Cam ended up getting killed for that entire season. Kalil gets injured and retires (thank God), but they still never find a decent replacement for him.This isn’t even half of the BS that went on over the years but I’m tired of typing so fast forward to now.... they let Cam go, Luke retires and think CMC is gonna be the savior of the team??? I really hate Dave Gettleman and Marty Hurney, both of them ruined this organization with their terrible leadership over the years. I hope they both rot in hell.
takeyourshoesoffnow Il y a 4 jours
And also damn I never realized they lost both the starting tackles and the tight end like how can you win with that
takeyourshoesoffnow Il y a 4 jours
I knew this video was coming I really didn’t wanna see it though. I felt so bad for cam when they lost the sb. It reminded me of how bad I felt for Larry Fitzgerald when the Cardinals lost to the Steelers. You just really wanted those guys to get one those years
Necalli Jones
Necalli Jones Il y a 12 heures
Larry the best WR to never win it... SMH
Erik Hernandez
Erik Hernandez Il y a 5 jours
Not shocking they fell apart. The Bills of the 90's were an outlier. There is something about getting to the Super Bowl and losing that takes so much out of you and almost acts as a detriment for your next season.
Ken PantherPickle
Ken PantherPickle Il y a 5 jours
David Gettleman was a moron who destroyed the panthers
ohgodnotadam U
ohgodnotadam U Il y a 5 jours
The 2005 white Sox literally went 11-1 in the playoffs and won a was and haven’t made the playoffs since 2008
The Ignorant Bostonian
The Ignorant Bostonian Il y a 6 jours
You should do a Dynasty series with a deep dive into what made them great and sustainable.
Cryptic_ Slayer
Cryptic_ Slayer Il y a 7 jours
Imagine if they had McCaffrey that year
thebigbaz Il y a 7 jours
Aight this vid is good but they did not dismantle Seattle. They almost sold the bag after being up 31.
Lazuardi Firdaus
Lazuardi Firdaus Il y a 7 jours
The Answer : Injury & Von Miller
Amaan Raza
Amaan Raza Il y a 7 jours
Do a Manchester Utd one after 2013
Daniel Alam
Daniel Alam Il y a 8 jours
@SB Nation, you should to a collapse on the 2017 jags
AJ Mitchell
AJ Mitchell Il y a 9 jours
Definitely should do 2017 Jaguars one.
adlwilliams Il y a 9 jours
Cam newton playbook: dress like a fool, act like a child, and give kids your touchdown balls so nobody can criticize you. Cams a pouty baby, i wonder how he will act with wild Bill belichick staring over his shoulder
Stephanie McCullum
Stephanie McCullum Il y a 10 jours
I’m a Cam Panther fan and I really enjoyed 2015 football season with exception of one game...most important game the super bowl which I’m still bitter at Von Miller was actually happy when he caught Covid...yeah I said it...not sorry but life goes on and hopefully Cam can redeem himself with New England. Which is kinda ironic because the Patriots went undefeated all year but lost the super bowl few years ago or early 2000,s to the Giants.
Ryan Il y a 10 jours
Keen to see the Falcons collapse episode
No Sir, Not I
No Sir, Not I Il y a 11 jours
As a Panthers fan.... that last line to this video hit me right in the damn chest. Exited for the future, but we were supposed to be kings.
jespinoza2966 Il y a 12 jours
Newton was always trash
SquidParty Il y a 12 jours
Do the 2006 bears
Derick Haenitsch
Derick Haenitsch Il y a 12 jours
I watch this as a panthers fan and just feel sad
Emmanuel E.
Emmanuel E. Il y a 14 jours
Im actually crying. pain. just pain
Adam West
Adam West Il y a 15 jours
Potential dynasty? Dude calm tf down we had them winning the superbowl and that was it
Faded Il y a 15 jours
As a Cardinals fan I was over the moon that the Panthers lost SB 50. Sorry Panthers fans.
Jay Farmz
Jay Farmz Il y a 15 jours
Truth hurts! Wish we could've kept it together, but it's all apart of the game. I'm looking forward to where we go from here!
Matthew Kim
Matthew Kim Il y a 15 jours
This is why you don’t shell out when you have a team that’s top heavy. Gettleman got the short end of the stick.
Sr Asshole
Sr Asshole Il y a 16 jours
I don’t even know why I’m watching this, I have no interest in football, maybe it’s for the same reason I play ESPN NFL 2K5, they’re both *pretty good*
Chris Vickers
Chris Vickers Il y a 16 jours
With those George Floyd stickers they have on their helmets now, I was a life long fan of Carolina but not any more.... guess it’s time to find a team that doesn’t support a drug addicted woman beater...
CheeseBoy Il y a 16 jours
You guys should do “How the Buffalo Bills fell apart after 4 straight super bowl appearances.”
Dan Brown
Dan Brown Il y a 14 jours
The Four Falls of Buffalo does that pretty well
LA Sports Club
LA Sports Club Il y a 16 jours
please do collapse for san Francisco giants and Jacksonville jaguars
Alex Mahany
Alex Mahany Il y a 16 jours
Offense was bad. Stewart was injured, Ginn was trash. All they had was Olsen.
EvoroPictures Il y a 17 jours
“ nearly twice the amount of turnovers” is exactly twice the amount lol
Jordan Harris
Jordan Harris Il y a 17 jours
Go broncos
Dark-Hero-6's Sports News and opinions
Gano missing that FG week one I think took the wind out of Carolina. From there we know what happens.
Joshua Hodson
Joshua Hodson Il y a 17 jours
Here's the TLDR summary from a Panthers fan: lack of QB protection and mismanagement of player injuries.
A_Boogie Il y a 18 jours
Pain 😢😢😢
thenewjord50 Il y a 19 jours
Do the Broncos collapse from post Elway to post Manning, Dolphins collapse, Bills collapse, Cardinals collapse Falcons post super bowl 51 collapse, and formerly Redskins collapse
The Duke
The Duke Il y a 19 jours
Cam not diving for that fumble was a key point in his career. And his response to it. Never seen him the same. Then all the diva fashion stuff started. 🤦🏾‍♂️
Ademir Segura
Ademir Segura Il y a 5 jours
Well he won’t have that in New England
Jason Godfrey
Jason Godfrey Il y a 19 jours
I really thought Cam Newton and the Panthers really was gonna win the big one
Yuze Wu
Yuze Wu Il y a 19 jours
Yeah this sick to the stomach to watch... That Panthers O line was a weakness, and they didn't double team Von was the issue, Ware also destroyed that O Line.
DrMegaSteve Il y a 19 jours
As a broncos fan, I want to feel bad. But I gotta worry about my team losing, everyone
Jacob Williams
Jacob Williams Il y a 20 jours
Basically what I am getting from this is whoever the Panthers Strength & Conditioning Coach was needed to be fired.
Chef Sanders
Chef Sanders Il y a 20 jours
As a Broncos Fan, I have only one word to describe this video: *Beautiful*
DrMegaSteve Il y a 19 jours
As a broncos, I am scared of losing von Miller. We have lost so much. I'm scared man, scared
mrlaydback11 Il y a 20 jours
As a Bucs fan looking, I think it was mismanagement from the top. They let Cam play hurt and didn't invest much in the offense after Steven Smith left.
SuperPsychoterror Il y a 20 jours
"Dynasty" LOL!!! I think to even be considered a dynasty you need to win a few Super bowls close together. How many has Carolina won? Oh yeah.......ZERO so lets leave the "Potential Dynasty" out of this entire conversation plz. They made it to the Super bowl because of scheduling and didn't face a good team UNTIL the Super Bowl.
frankie zamarripa
frankie zamarripa Il y a 20 jours
Do an episode on the San Francisco Giants collapse from 2014 next season
Dillon K.
Dillon K. Il y a 20 jours
This video hurt me, me being a diehard panthers fan.
DrMegaSteve Il y a 19 jours
Being die hard broncos fan, it to hurt me. It feels like the broncos are losing everyone
Pumpkin GuineaPig
Pumpkin GuineaPig Il y a 20 jours
Do the early 2010s SF Giants next.
Muffs 55mercury
Muffs 55mercury Il y a 21 jour
The question that may never be answered>>>why didn't Cam at least try and recover the fumble in the Super Bowl??
Divine_Wrath Il y a 21 jour
The irony in this that the Broncos also collapsed after 2015 when Peyton Manning retired, but he went out a winner. Although they are in better shape now since then.
The Discussion
The Discussion Il y a 20 jours
Certainly in much better shape than Carolina.
kenny wheeler
kenny wheeler Il y a 21 jour
Hopefully we get to see another collapse in New England, and Cam and Belichick will both go away for good.
H F M Il y a 21 jour
You should do a 10, 12, 14 giants collapse episode
Deadpool Il y a 21 jour
It crumbled because cam just like jamis can lead a team and is drastically overhyped
Cal Caleb
Cal Caleb Il y a 20 jours
Eanna Daly
Eanna Daly Il y a 21 jour
Collapse: the history of the New York Knicks
blkprl34 Il y a 21 jour
10:44 everyone casually misses tj watt's helmet to cam's throwing shoulder which affected him for the rest of that season....
Hitman Il y a 21 jour
The truth is CAM NEWTON is hybrid running back that can throw sometimes. You cant win SB like that
sportsfan6554 Il y a 21 jour
Panthers fan for life and I don’t even know why I clicked on this video
hjlw 494
hjlw 494 Il y a 21 jour
Do the 1999 Vikings
Brian Duneman
Brian Duneman Il y a 21 jour
Their defense was incredible that year. Led the league in turnovers and put the offense in easy TD situations all year long.
SnacKing Il y a 21 jour
You forgot to mention tolbert who was KEY in blocking and short run situations. We had the QB sneak/dive, HB sneak (or really anything up the middle), FB sneak, and WR sweep with ginn!! It was lethal in short yardage situations. Also tolbert could catch and made some big red zone plays and could line up in a few different spots. Cant believe we got rid of him and star.
Tman4ever Il y a 22 jours
As a panthers fan, this hurtssssss now all of them are gone now 🙏
Garrett Kirk
Garrett Kirk Il y a 22 jours
I really think Cam will have a career revival in NE. I don't think Bill would have okay'd it without some serious homework
cisco01real1 Il y a 22 jours
This is why Football is the best sport, you can go from worst to best in 1 season or the opposite..
Matthew Sanchez
Matthew Sanchez Il y a 22 jours
Tyler Breeze
Tyler Breeze Il y a 22 jours
This felt so good as a broncos fan especially after what the Seahawks did to us in SB48
IndianHead Logan
IndianHead Logan Il y a 22 jours
I still cant forget the part in the episode where the baseball players traded wives and lives, where you said you wouldn't trade your dog for anything and that you loved your dog. That was so sweet to me, that here I am, lord knows how long later commenting about it on a completely random and unrelated video.
Ben Mazur
Ben Mazur Il y a 22 jours
This trip down memory lane almost brought me to tears. If I remember right, Cam was on fire in 2018, as good as his MVP year (if not better with CMC demanding defensive attention) up until that arm injury. The team mishandled him, and far too many fans rejected him because they didn't like his "style." I owned four jerseys of players from the 2015 team and they are all gone. I'm taking a break from the Panthers for a bit because I'm just so mad at the organization.
paul keith
paul keith Il y a 22 jours
All has been witnessed first hand and i can tell you it doesn't feel good. Panthers deserved better.
WoeIsLee Il y a 22 jours
Just imagine if cam Newton didn't have so many female tendencies. He seems like a guy who's more concerned with what he wears to press conferences than the actual games themselves. The second he jumped away from that football was the second I lost all respect, not to mention the amount of money I lost.
Dtruth Il y a 22 jours
He always was an erratic passer even when healthy. His passing cost the team multiple games every year. When his health took away the pass run option he was horrible at his position. Tepper made the correct move in letting him go. The NFL is a what have you done for me lately league. Being a Panthers fan I'm excited about the Bridgewater era.
Brotherhood Il y a 23 jours
Those articles by the Charlotte news paper is laughable. "New Dynasty" ???? Gotta win something first. Seems everyone caught the hype train before it headed right for a wall.
micah_lee Il y a 23 jours
Rivera said it best. Attrition killed this football team.
Benjamin Vega Abarca
Benjamin Vega Abarca Il y a 23 jours
Nope that Superbowl was the drop after that the team lost in touch
micah_lee Il y a 23 jours
i'm gonna cry.
Sam Jasek
Sam Jasek Il y a 23 jours
Collapse for the peak era Miggy Detroit Tigers, The Giants who won 3 titles in 5 years, the Orioles, or the Royals two World Series runs and one title. Would be so cool to see
Jeff Marchand
Jeff Marchand Il y a 23 jours
Literally is an overused word. Von Miller literally ended that man's entire career.
Kaizaro123 Il y a 10 jours
"Entire Career"? Really?
Jens Petersen
Jens Petersen Il y a 15 jours
@bl1tz Yes - the Broncos defense in 2015 and 2016 gave the blueprint to make Cam Newton a sub par QB. It was like a red flag for every other defense - we just had the personnel for it. It was easy to see - especially after the opening game in 2016 that the whole Panthers organisation would whine when Cam was treated the same as other QB's that loved to leave the pocket . Ex. Tim Tebow had no shortage of teams going hunting in 2011.
Ryland Cisco
Ryland Cisco Il y a 19 jours
Well considering it was a TJ Watt hit that caused Cams most severe and recent injury, and he is currently on a roster, I fail to see how that is the case.
Abram Sirois
Abram Sirois Il y a 20 jours
@bl1tz That's a better way of saying it
bl1tz Il y a 20 jours
@Abram Sirois von miller didn't end his career he ended that panthers dynasty and cam newtons potential hall of fame career with the panthers
Cosmos Fristachi
Cosmos Fristachi Il y a 23 jours
Josh Norman is washed up now, he got burned time and time again with the Redskins last season
HonchoTV _
HonchoTV _ Il y a 23 jours
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rvr91696 Il y a 23 jours
Do a collapse of the early 2000s Kings
god Il y a 23 jours
if cam won the sb against the broncos, he”ll probably would’ve been a panther right now regardless of whatever situation hes in right now
Dark-Hero-6's Sports News and opinions
The Panthers do things differently 😂 trust me I know. I think it would take longer but he wouldn't be a lifelong panther
Meech Il y a 23 jours
To save everyone 15 minutes of their day. The panthers collapse is because of the following: terrible coaching, inability to protect their QB, terrible signings at key position groups, inability to manage injuries affectively with Cam, and terrible coaching. Also, if Cam makes two game winning drives in separate years this is a whole new narrative. Just couldn’t get over the hump with all the speed bumps in his way that the coaching staff created.
Steve Fowler
Steve Fowler Il y a 23 jours
Cam was a supreme talent but as the one NFL scout said about him (he was subsequently roasted after Cam won rookie of the year and then league MVP, but looks like he was right), "He is a Look at Me guy" that I wouldn't want as my QB for my team. Cam was supposed to inherit the QB job at Florida when Tebow left but he stole a laptop then lied about it to the student council and was about to be booted from U of F so he then transferred to a small school and then to Auburn. He is not a very stable person, but yes there is no doubt he is a physical specimen.
Matt Noble
Matt Noble Il y a 23 jours
Too many people on this team thought they were better than they were.
Islam Khalil
Islam Khalil Il y a 23 jours
Do a collapse of Tiger Woods
Falcons Warrior
Falcons Warrior Il y a 23 jours
It was a fluke year
JGreenberg11 Il y a 24 jours
When I first left home for college in Cincinnati in 2016, it was the season right after their superbowl loss. When I say everyone was suddenly Panthers fans, I mean EVERYONE I knew liked the Panthers. That was the big bandwagon team from 2015-2017. Insane how fast they collapsed. Baker got drafted and suddenly everyone here became Browns fans, but I'm assuming after Burrow plays, everyone will go backed to their original roots of Bengals fandom here, but for a good while, Cincinnati was Panthers territory.
Docta Delicious
Docta Delicious Il y a 24 jours
I feel most people already know this story
Ness Il y a 24 jours
Uggghh this still hurts I don’t know if I’m ready to watch this
Eric Il y a 24 jours
two words: Von Miller
Phinal Flash
Phinal Flash Il y a 24 jours
This narrator's voice sounds like he's annoyed 24/7.
O Dog
O Dog Il y a 24 jours
Man can’t believe we’re 0-2 in the super bowl 😐 I just want one man come on
Phil Nye
Phil Nye Il y a 24 jours
Felt like i was watching investigation discovery