Carolina Panthers: Rebuilding with a “now and later” mentality

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) David Tepper and Marty Hurney
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) David Tepper and Marty Hurney /
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NFL Combine - Day 1
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Matt Rhule of the Carolina Panthers interviews during the first day of the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

Thrown To The wolves

The NFC South has been very busy this offseason with additions such as Tom Brady, Todd Gurley, and Emmanuel Sanders just to name a few. After working so hard to bring in a bevy of successful coaches the Panthers can’t just roll over and hope for better luck next year.

So they did exactly what they needed to do, they outsourced for a “true number-one” wide receiver (who is younger than the other “true number-ones” in the division, by the way) and a speedy receiver who also happens to be a solid return man. Suddenly the offense looks great on paper and has plenty of competition where it’s needed.

Now there’s the matter of seeing if the offensive system they’re building this year can keep pace with the most competitive offenses in the league. The defense will mostly mostly be new faces and people who had limited playing time last year, so they’ll be expected to struggle. However, if the offense can make up for the shortcomings the system will be deemed a success.

Heading into next season Carolina will have an offensive system built with the fluidity to fit different quarterbacks as validated by the success of both Bridgewater and Walker. To make matters better, if the team manages to make it to the playoffs this season while still leaving room for improvement they can erase any doubts people had about this off-season’s team management.