Panthers News: Could Carolina beat their grim win-loss projection?

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Panthers News: What would come next for Carolina at 3-13?

If the Carolina Panthers did end up with a 3-13 record, it could change the whole direction of their rebuild. They would be in a position to draft an elite quarterback prospect such as Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, or Trey Lance and this is something that would warrant serious consideration.

Having a poor record to this degree is not entirely out of the realms of possibility. The Panthers know that things might get worse before they get better. Things haven’t been helped with their salary cap constraints and an extortionate dead cap figure of $49.1 million.

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Their financial situation will get a little better in 2021. But whether this will be enough to attract some of the better free agents with such a lowly record remains to be seen.

Regardless of what record they eventually end up with. The Panthers will need to show that this is a young group who are all on the same page and showing potential for growth. If players and fans witness this then it might be a case of their win-loss total being somewhat irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out things could get ugly in Carolina next season. What is essential is the bigger picture and how it shouldn’t be overlooked. Their record might be among the worst in the NFL. But Rome wasn’t built in a day and Matt Rhule has already proven that he can turn around struggling organizations if presented with enough time.

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This is something one doesn’t normally associate with the win-now world of the NFL. The Panthers have a solid record when it comes to coach longevity and this must also be the case with Rhule during his rookie year coaching in the NFL.