One of the real problem areas that emerged for the Carolina Panthers last weekend was communication. Matt Rhule claimed the coaching staff dealt with headset issues throughout the contest. But this is a situation that could probably have been handled better by the head coach.
Rhule needs to make contingency plans for every eventuality, no matter how unlikely they may seem. Not having the defense in the right formation 10-12 times in the first half alone is simply inexcusable in the NFL and this needs to be addressed at the earliest possible opportunity.
Something as simple as hand signals could have prevented such a lack of organization. The headset problem might have been a frustration. But you have to find a way to get around it without it affecting simple things on the field that can make a massive difference.
There is little margin for error in the NFL. Rhule found this out the hard way against the Raiders. He must learn from this and put a more comprehensive plan in place that also includes potential technological mishaps during the game.
It is this attention to detail that separates the good coaches from the also-rans. Rhule is looking to buck the trend of college coaches who failed miserably at the next level and the communication, or lack thereof, due to problems outside of his control may have cost the Panthers in the long run.