4 burning questions the Carolina Panthers must answer in 2020

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Carolina Panthers Question No. 1: How will new coaching staff adapt to the NFL?

The Carolina Panthers come into the new season a coaching staff that comes with a big reputation. This is a change that was severely needed after a period of stagnation that eventually ended with the firing of long-term head coach Ron Rivera.

Matt Rhule comes into the NFL with a formidable record of turning around college programs at Baylor and Temple. Although there is no guarantee he can bring this sort of success to the NFL. There are few that would argue he is not deserving of such an opportunity.

Offensive coordinator Joe Brady is another hire that could be a masterstroke from the Panthers. The progressive coach guided LSU’s passing attack to a National Championship in 2019. And he has also spent time working under Sean Payton with the New Orleans Saints.

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Phil Snow is an experienced figure that has been a stalwart of Rhule’s in college. The defensive coordinator has a nous for getting the most out of his players. And this is something that will be needed in no uncertain terms in Carolina.

All three definitely have the potential to thrive at the next level. But they will find out quickly that college and the professional level are completely different.

How they adapt to their new surrounding in a short space of time will be pivotal early on. And although not much is expected in the way of a winning record in 2020. Owner David Tepper will still want to see some sort of return on his substantial investment.

There are no easy games in the NFL compared to college. And those that have made the step up have found things difficult in recent years. Rhule, Snow, and Brady could buck this trend. And the Panthers will be counting on them to do so.