NFL Insider Field Yates published some eye-catching thoughts that further highlighted the daunting task facing the Carolina Panthers in 2020.
The Carolina Panthers have a daunting task awaiting them in 2020. And they have plenty of challenges to overcome if the organization wants to defy some lowly expectations.
Their task hasn’t been made any easier with a severely disrupted preseason. There will be no warm-up games this year due to the current climate. And training camp is going to have a far different feel to it when players report in the coming days.
NFL Insider Field Yates produced some figures that could be a cause for concern this week. If anyone was unaware of just how up against it the Panthers’ are next season, then they should look no further than what the writer had to say.
"“The Panthers are the only NFL team with a new head coach, all new coordinators and a new starting QB this season. They also return a league-low 46.9% of total snaps from last year. One of the fascinating teams to watch in a zero preseason game season.”"
How can the Carolina Panthers overcome these challenges?
Nothing much is expected of the Panthers in terms of a winning record in 2020. A rebuild of this magnitude is going to take time. And although Rhule has a formidable reputation of turning around college programs. This doesn’t happen in year one and it may not make a smooth transition to the next level.
There will be plenty of bumps along the way, of that there is little doubt. Carolina finds itself in arguably the NFL’s toughest division. And a lack of time for this new roster and coaching staff to come together is another element that could hamper their initial progress.
The Panthers have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. Seasoned veterans who were underperforming have been removed. But the loss of team legends such as Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, and Luke Kuechly is bound to leave a huge hole on the field and within the locker room.
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Teddy Bridgewater’s familiarity with offensive coordinator Joe Brady from their time with the New Orleans Saints should help. And Rhule has brought in plenty of players who worked with him at Temple and Baylor to further ease this period of transition.
The NFL is an unforgiving place at the best of times. And this will be especially evident for teams who are not ready from the word go next time out.
Things might get worse before they get better in Carolina. But the 2020 season is a real opportunity for their young roster to gain vital experience ahead of another crucial offseason period in 2021.
Rhule will rely heavily on the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Kawann Short, Taylor Moton, and Tre Boston. All four are proven at the highest level and can be the team’s cornerstone in 2020 and possibly beyond.
Although Carolina might be getting a pass from owner David Tepper in terms of their record in 2020. The billionaire has some ambitious plans for the organization. And he will want a team worthy of challenging for a Super Bowl by the time these proposals come to life.
Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer before the Panthers are back in a position of prominence. But it is hard to deny that they have plenty on their plate next season.