Preview 2017: Charlotte Needs Patience, Patience, Patience
Things are getting better for Charlotte, but it’s still going to take a little while to be a Conference USA player.
Patience, everyone. Patience.
The Charlotte football program is just four years old, so at least give it credit for not being completely and totally abysmal.
Granted, going 16-30 in four years isn’t a plus, but head coach Brad Lambert has slowly been building it all up, and now gets to start showing what he can potentially do – although it might take one more year.
Yeah, Charlotte loses a ton of experience and key parts off of last year’s 4-8 team, but that was the first ever group of players to come in. Now Lambert gets to work more and more after a few real recruiting cycles, and the payoff should start to come with a more competitive team that shows plenty of promise.
It’s still going to be a youth movement at several spots, and a few miracles have to happen on the lines and at receiver to be tougher on offense and more explosive on defense, but there are just enough decent pieces returning to hope for a surprising season and possible slight improvement to get to six wins.
The 49ers might have been blown out by Louisville to start the season, but two of the losses were by a point each, and the loss to Middle Tennessee was by seven. The team got more and more competitive as the season went on, but it’s still going to be a process.
Charlotte is close to turning the corner, but get through this season, and look out in 2018, Conference USA.