Have the Panthers officially hit rock bottom after Week 10 loss?

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Matt Rhule
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Have the Carolina Panthers hit rock bottom after their Week 10 loss?

To say the Carolina Panthers weren’t at their best against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be something of an understatement. A positive first half saw them level with the Super Bowl contenders, but a capitulation of epic proportions after the break was yet another strong indicator of just how much the organization still has to do in order to get back to prominence.

A loss like this will be a substantial blow to already low morale. The Carolina Panthers are now in a five-game losing slump, have a 3-7 record, and more questions than answers regarding just how long their current rebuild is going to take.

Nobody was more disappointed than Rhule after the game. And it’s clear from his comments that he is getting a little bit sick and tired of how his roster is performing in the second half of games.

"“Obviously, unbelievably disappointed in the way we played in the second half. Completely unacceptable from every member of that locker room – player, coach. Completely unacceptable. A lot of credit goes to them. Obviously, Tom Brady is the best, and in the second half couldn’t make any plays to get them off the field really other than a couple in the red zone. Their run game hurt us with that a 99-yard run. We tried to be aggressive to stay in the game but just didn’t work out.”"

Yes, this is a young and inexperienced roster. But how much longer can they keep using this excuse?

After all, we are now ten games into the season.

Carolina has mixed it with some big hitters this season before failing to come through down the stretch. This was also the case in the first half against the Bucs but the way things went south quickly was a damning indictment of either the adjustments being made or the collective effort the team is putting in once they get some rest at the half.

This is a trend that needs to completely turnaround at the earliest possible opportunity. But the only way is up for the Panthers after hitting rock bottom.