Carolina Panthers No. 2: Matt Rhule giving everyone a shot
It would have been a great relief for head coach Matt Rhule to finally get his roster on the field at training camp. Walkthroughs are a great way to improve positioning early on. But there is no substitute for getting out there at full pace in a bid to enhance in-game scenarios.
Rhule will be fully aware of the task awaiting his squad next season. But the former Baylor man has left a lasting impression during his first few months in the role.
This has come under the most unprecedented circumstances. And Rhule is eager to give everyone on the roster an opportunity to prove themselves during team drills with no preseason games to call upon in 2020.
"“We’ll try to rotate guys to give guys different opportunities. I think we’ll mix it between ones and ones, and ones and twos — try to get the young guys to a chance to see what they can do versus some vets.”"
This is yet another smart move from Rhule. Teams tend to get too preoccupied with working on those that are expected to feature prominently. And this restricts those on the fringes to minimal chances to showcase exactly what they can bring to the table.
Given the lack of expectations surrounding the Panthers in 2020, there will be more opportunities for unproven players here than on a possible contender. Diamonds in the rough always emerge from warm-up games. And Rhule is allowing those that could fall into this bracket a chance to work with established veterans during team drills in the absence of a normal preseason.
Whether this is going to benefit the team, in the long run, remains to be seen. But it is a further indication of just how well Rhule is adapting in the current climate.