Carolina Panthers Twenty Bracket Seifert Region

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Aug 9, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers team logo on the sideline before the game against the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The second region in the Carolina Panthers twenty bracket is the George Seifert region. It covers the time period of 1999-2001 seasons. This was the hardest region to construct and it is still not completely satisfactory to me.

The reason for this is that the Seifert years were the transitional period from the Capers talent pools to the Fox talent pools. Many of the players in the Seifert era were of more consequence either in the earlier days of the Panthers or would play bigger roles under John Fox. Placing someone in this region became an exercise of two things. One, who would I leave out in their better fitting region? Two, who would add some juice to the region?

There were a number of quality free agents who played a year or less for the Panthers in this time. This included Reggie White, Nate Newton, Chuck Smith, and Jim Harbaugh among others. However none of these guys were around long enough or stayed healthy enough to be seriously considered.

The Seifert years were also a time in shifting the offensive philosophy. The Panthers went from a conservative more run based scheme to the West Coast Offense. A lot of Seifert’s staff were people with old 49ers ties. It never really caught on as the Panthers went 8-8, 7-9, and then 1-15 when Beuerlein left.