4 things we learned about the Panthers this offseason

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What things did we learn from a very busy offseason period for the Carolina Panthers?

It has been an offseason that will live long in the memory for the Carolina Panthers. The organization has been gutted from top to bottom in a bid to turnaround its fortunes. And this is something that was both welcome and necessary after years of inconsistency following their 2015 Super Bowl appearance.

Things might get worse before they get better. But this is normally the case when a team takes on a project this large. The Panthers will know this, so it is vital that patience is shown by the front office and the coaching staff during this expected period of transition.

Carolina’s schedule does not look particularly favorable in 2020. They will face two Super Bowl contenders in the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers four times within their division. And other fixtures will see the Panthers come up against plenty of teams that will have strong ambitions of a deep postseason run.

It was hard to take your eyes off the Panthers during free agency, the NFL Draft, or in the lead-up to training camp. Whether the moves made will bring any immediate success next season remains to be seen. But the offseason in 2021 is going to be arguably more crucial than the past few months.

New head coach Matt Rhule will have his work cut out getting his roster to become a cohesive unit in such a short space of time. It is going to be a baptism of fire for them, without question. And it could ultimately determine just how long it’s going to take to get back to prominence.

Here are four things that we learned from the Panthers’ incredible offseason.