10 key takeaways from the Panthers’ dismal loss vs. Broncos

(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) Matt Rhule
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Game management struggles late

Once again, the Carolina Panthers got within a score and were in the red-zone with a shot to tie the game. Instead, yet more disappointing game management in a critical situation resulted in a delay of game penalty and eventually settling for a Joey Slye field goal.

Sound familiar?

This has been the story of the 2020 season. Whether it’s offensive coordinator Joe Brady isn’t getting the plays in quick enough or Teddy Bridgewater is trying to do too much at the line of scrimmage, it just isn’t good enough and screams a lack of awareness or ability to adjust quickly.

The Carolina Panthers defense kept them in it

For all Carolina’s faults, and there were plenty. One thing that cannot be put into question is how much this team continues to fight for one another.

This was especially evident late in the game from a defensive standpoint, who came up big on a crucial three-and-out that saw Brian Burns and Jeremy Chinn come to the fore when it mattered most.

Sadly, and probably predictably, the offense didn’t live up to their end of the bargain yet again with the game on the line.

Joe Brady’s play-calling was awful

The hype surrounding Joe Brady possibly getting a head coaching gig after this season is fading with every passing week. Some of the decisions made by the offensive coordinator were shocking, to say the least, and it didn’t seem to give Bridgewater any sort of chance to move the chains in crucial situations.

This is Brady’s first year calling plays at the next level. It has been a steep and sometimes hard learning curve, which will hopefully serve him well next time around.