Cut down on the missed tackles
The Carolina Panthers did show tremendous promise on the defensive side of the ball in their Week 3 win at the Chargers. However, there is one critical area that continues to be a source of frustration.
Missed tackles have been a real problem during the early stages of the campaign. This has resulted in the Panthers giving up significant yards after initial contact that is among the NFL’s worst and it didn’t show any signs of getting better at SoFi Stadium.
This isn’t something that the coaching staff can rectify, no matter how much they attempt to.
The onus will be on the players themselves to do a better job of wrapping up opponents at the point of attack. Players such as Tahir Whitehead, Shaq Thompson, and Tre Boston have proven more than capable of this over their careers. But this is something they simply haven’t done over a consistent period.
It’s easy to forget that there were no preseason games on the schedule, so it might just be a case of getting back into the swing of things during an in-game situation. They have had three contests to get back up to speed now, but whether this comes with an immediate turnaround in fortunes remains to be seen.