Can Florida International Panthers Improve at all for 2014?

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It’s hard to get much worse than the Florida International Panthers were last year. Not only were they a dismal 1-11 with a very weak schedule that included a 21-point loss at home to FCS school Bethune-Cookman, but they were pretty much at the bottom in every statistical category. Scoring Defense? 110th, giving up 37 points per gam. Scoring Offense? Dead last in FBS, scoring only 9.8 points per game. Total offense? Also dead last averaging only 219 yards per game. The bad offense can be attributed to pathetic quarterback play and shuffling players behind center throughout the season.

What about total defense? Well, they 94th, allowing 429.7 yards per game. Hooray for making the top 100 in at least one FBS

Oct 5, 2013; Hattiesburg, MS, USA; FIU Golden Panthers head coach Ron Turner on the bench during the second half of their game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at M.M. Roberts Stadium. FIU won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


This team is so bad, led by a coach who is now 5-30 in his last three coaching seasons, including at Illinois in 2003 and 2004, that it’s hard to have any bright spots going into the year. Even with 16 starters returning, it’s 16 starters who led a team to the bottom of every statistical category in a 1-11 season. What are the bright spots?

Well, there’s at least experience now. With the starters returning, it’s important to note that the Golden Panthers did manage two close games on the year mid-season in a 27-24 loss to UAB and a 24-23 win at Southern Miss, which shows improvement from the early season blowout loss to Bethune-Cookman. Maybe with his second year under his belt, Ron Turner can get some things going. And with Jake Medlock, one of last year’s quarterbacks, transferring, there’s a good chance that Turner won’t be shuffling quarterbacks as much this time around.

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