4 painful realities for the Carolina Panthers so far this season

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What are some painful realities for the Carolina Panthers so far this season?

With nine weeks of the 2020 season now in the books, the Carolina Panthers find themselves with a 3-6 record following their narrow 33-31 defeat at the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

This is about where everyone expected them to be at this stage of their development. But the fact they’re being extremely competitive against elite opposition is proof they’re heading in a positive direction.

Head coach Matt Rhule is the right man for the job, of that there is little doubt. The Carolina Panthers identified him as someone who could turn around a stagnant organization and although their record might not necessarily portray it, they do appear ahead of schedule in year one of his tenure since joining from Baylor.

Getting the Panthers back to prominence was never going to happen this season. Losing influential figures such as Cam Newton and Greg Olsen was a big call to make for the decision-makers. But it’s proving to be the right one if they build on some encouraging signs with another strong offseason period in 2021.

That being said, there are some potential problems that Carolina might be facing in the weeks and months ahead. Here are four painful realities the Panthers might find themselves having to deal with if their exploits this season are any indication.