These questions are answered by the blog writers, who may have also come up with the question. They tend to be a bit homerish. Anyway, the logic behind the answer to Carolina's question is really flawed. LINK
Q: Will the offense regress after the Panthers parted ways with their top four wide receivers and lost left tackle Jordan Gross to retirement?
A: Popular opinion has the Panthers regressing from last season's 12-4 record, in part because they released all-time leading receiver Steve Smith, let three other wide receivers sign elsewhere in free agency and lost Gross to retirement. That they didn't replace them with big names further fuels that argument.
It shouldn't. Not only will the Panthers be better offensively, they have a chance to be significantly better.
They can't get much worse.
Consider: They ranked 29th in the NFL in passing yards (190.2 per game) and 26th in total yards (316.8 per game) with the players many say they will miss. Ten tight ends in the league had more than Smith's 64 catches, which ranked 49th in the league. Among those were Carolina's Greg Olsen with 73, and he didn't go anywhere. Brandon LaFell ranked 64th in receptions with 49. Ted Ginn Jr. ranked 80th with 36. Carolina receivers averaged fewer than 10 catches per game. Think about it: Ten. That's not a lot to replace.
They added another receiving tight end, Ed Dickson, in free agency with the plan to run more two-tight end sets like they did in 2011, when quarterback Cam Newton set a rookie passing record with 4,051 yards. They added two experienced possession receivers in Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant and drafted a potentially dynamic receiver, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin, with the No. 28 pick. At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Benjamin will be an important weapon for Newton in the red zone.
As for the line, the Panthers had a patchwork group of guards after losing three to season-ending injuries, including both starters. They still averaged 126.6 rushing yards per game. All of the injured players are back, which should be an upgrade.
Then there's Newton. He made huge strides between his second and third seasons. He did this playing on an ankle that has given him trouble since his senior season at Auburn. Offseason surgery should fix that, meaning one of the league's top running quarterbacks should be better than ever.
-- David Newton
The "logic" seems to be that the offense was bad last year, so losing a bunch of their players doesn't really matter. That doesn't mean they'll be better. Whatever.