4 Carolina Panthers in the last chance saloon ahead of Week 8

Dean Jones
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Sam Darnold
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Sam Darnold /
2 of 4
Carolina Panthers
(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Joe Brady /

Joe Brady – Carolina Panthers OC

It was another week where things looked stale on offense for the Carolina Panthers. Any attempts to gain a new identity didn’t come to fruition, with Matt Rhule’s comments about adopting a run-first approach not going unnoticed by the New York Giants players.

They used this statement as bulletin board material and crushed the Panthers offensively. The defense tried their best – but they had absolutely no help from the opposite side of the football.

Joe Brady might be among the most respected young minds in the league. But his play-calling is coming in for increased criticism during the team’s four-game slump.

Rhule stated on Monday that Brady will remain the team’s play-caller in Week 8. Much like the quarterback, the former LSU passing game coordinator is finding life increasingly difficult without Christian McCaffrey, which shouldn’t be the case considering how much time the All-Pro’s missed over the last two seasons.

Whether it’s a lack of confidence in Sam Darnold or something else, Brady’s scheme is predictable and teams have now figured out how to stop the Panthers.

Making adjustments is absolutely critical in the coming days.

If Brady wants a head coaching job next year, he needs to step up and make a considerable difference. Because at the moment, he’s in danger of having some responsibilities taken away from him if matters don’t progress in a positive fashion.