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4 major problems the Carolina Panthers need to fix at the bye week

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Matt Rhule
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Interior protection

It’s easy to blame the offensive struggles on the interior protection. The Carolina Panthers have gotten some nice production from a patchwork group, on the whole, but there are some definite cracks beginning to show during a concerning run that has seen them win just once in seven attempts.

This might be down to the wear and tear on their bodies having so long to wait for a bye week. However, their inability to produce the goods in key moments of games is something that’s really come across against opposing schemes that target this particular area of the field.

John Miller has done well at right guard despite his obvious limitations. Center Matt Paradis is another who’s performed largely above expectations after a dismal 2019 campaign. But the play of Chris Reed on the left-hand side has become a weak link that defenses aim to exploit early and often.

Tweaking the protection scheme slightly during the bye week will do their chances of finishing on a high note the world of good. There is very little to play for now aside from respectability in Carolina and the coaching staff should use the next four games as a period of experimentation to find out exactly what needs to be done to improve the roster moving forward.