4 burning questions the Carolina Panthers must answer in 2020

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What are some of the burning questions surrounding the Carolina Panthers heading into 2020?

To say there are some questions regarding the Carolina Panthers heading into 2020 would be understating things somewhat. They have undergone a complete makeover from top to bottom during the first year of their rebuild. And next season will ultimately determine just how long it is going to take for the organization to become a contender once again.

New head coach Matt Rhule has done a good job so far in difficult circumstances. Although he has met only 20 of the roster of the Carolina Panthers by his own admission. Plenty of players have come out with glowing references regarding the way the former Baylor man has handled himself both with the media and during virtual meetings.

This will count for nothing if the Panthers do not show positive signs during a tough-looking schedule. One suspects it is going to come with some significant hardship. And how this young group responds to adversity is going to be crucial not only for the team but also for their respective futures.

There is still a lot of work to do for Carolina’s decision-makers if they wish to make a postseason push sooner rather than later. They do have plenty of salary-cap space to work in 2021. But whether the organization can do enough to become an attractive free-agent destination is another matter entirely.

If the Panthers have ambitions to surprise people in 2020, then some burning questions will need to be answered quickly in order for them to succeed. Here are four in particular that come to mind first.