Panthers face tough odds, decisions to return to Super Bowl

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dave Gettleman has been on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to Super Bowl, winning two with the New York Giants as a front office assistant and losing on Sunday as general manager of the Carolina Panthers.

''This side stinks,'' Gettleman said Tuesday.

But Gettleman said the Panthers are in good position moving forward, citing the vast majority of the team's core players being under contract and the fact the team is ''not in horrible shape'' under next season's NFL salary cap.

He acknowledged that going 15-1 in the regular season and reaching the Super Bowl was ''very unique,'' but was quick to add that the goal is to get refocused and next year reach the peak of the mountain.

''You can't sit here on your laurels because you went to the Super Bowl and just think you're going to go back again,'' Gettleman said.

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