What are some big things that defensive coordinator Phil Snow must decide during his first training camp with the Carolina Panthers?
New defensive coordinator Phil Snow has a mammoth task on his hands with the Carolina Panthers in 2020. The organization lost key individuals during free agency that has left the group devoid of any real starting experience. And although this might have been for the greater good. It has not improved their chances of any immediate success next season.
If things do not click into place on defense from the word go, then it could end up becoming a real problem. Not much is expected of the Carolina Panthers during the upcoming campaign. But they will still need to show improvement throughout their difficult looking schedule to prove the franchise is heading in the right direction under the new regime.
Training camp has been full of high intensity and a tempo that hasn’t been seen in this environment for some time. Players are fighting for places on the rotation, and in some cases, their livelihoods. And this is something that is sure to stand them in good stead when competitive action gets underway.
Snow does not have that much in the way of NFL coaching experience despite his advancing years. He has been a successful college coach who has followed Matt Rhule to both Temple and Baylor during the recent period of his career. But making the transition to the next level has been a challenge too far for most.
This is a crucial few weeks for the coach as he looks to form a plan that might see the Panthers’ defense surprise those who have already claimed them to be one of the NFL’s worst. Here are three things the coordinator must take from camp going into the season.