What were the best moments of 2020 for the Carolina Panthers?
This year has been more than eventful, it more ways than one. The Carolina Panthers have gone through more changes than most over the last 12 months, but despite some obvious opinions to the contrary, things seem to be finally looking up for an organization that has been somewhat stagnant since their Super Bowl appearance in 2015.
If there is one thing that people around the world need after this year, it’s hope. COVID-19 health concerns may remain, at least for now. But from a footballing perspective, things look a lot brighter for the Carolina Panthers than they did entering 2020.
There do appear to be some concerns surrounding the long-term future of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has shown some regression over the second half of the season. However, there is plenty to like about the exciting young pieces on their roster providing the necessary reinforcements are brought in this offseason.
For now, let’s take a look at the four best Panthers moments from the calendar year.
Moment No. 1
Appointing Matt Rhule
The Panthers kicked-off 2020 on a high note with the appointment of Matt Rhule as their new head coach. Carolina gave the former Baylor man a seven-year, $60 million deal to prise him away from the college system and it’s clear that the new man-in-charge has made a positive start in the most difficult of circumstances.
Rhule was the right hire, of that there is little doubt. And it’s clear that he is building something special in Carolina despite the obvious needs for better players in certain position groups.
What comes next will be equally as important for Rhule, who built a strong reputation for building college programs back to prominence and he has made an impressive start as the coach looks to continue this trend with the Panthers.