4 things Matt Rhule must get right against the Buccaneers

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Getting the big calls right

The Carolina Panthers might have picked up a crucial victory in Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders had they managed to convert a fourth-and-one late in the game.

Carolina’s offensive coordinator opted to hand the ball to fullback Alex Armah rather than All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey and they were unable to get the push needed to move the chains. This was a bitter blow and Matt Rhule took full responsibility for the play-call, stating that he had the chance to do something different before eventually trusting his coordinator.

This might have been some rookie nerves from all sides. McCaffrey handled most of the responsibility throughout the second half and not giving their face of the franchise the chance to gain short yardage seems bizarre in hindsight.

The Raiders knew what was coming and stacked the box accordingly. Something a little more creative might also have aided their cause. But yet again, this is another learning tool that Rhule should be able to get from his first time running things at the next level.

Rhule must not be afraid to take charge if he feels a certain call isn’t what is required in big moments. This might be perceived as Brady being undermined. But the NFL is a cutthroat business and if things go wrong, it will be the head coach who takes the heat.