4 reasons the Carolina Panthers might struggle in 2022

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What are some reasons why the Carolina Panthers might end up struggling during the 2022 season?

There is a quiet sense of optimism surrounding the Carolina Panthers despite what some in the national media might tell you. Some outstanding arrivals to the organization via free agency and the draft strengthened their chances of genuine progress, although nobody could say for sure right now just how much improvement comes in 2022.

Some doubts remain about certain areas of the roster. The Panthers have the cap space to make another move or two should they wish, which might be wise considering how much is at stake for Matt Rhule in Year 3 of his tenure.

Team owner David Tepper has not experienced a winning season since buying the franchise from Jerry Richardson. There are now firm fingers being pointed at the billionaire and how he’s running things, so he won’t want any further failings even though they cannot be dismissed entirely.

With this in mind, here are four reasons why the Panthers might end up struggling in 2022.

Reason No. 1

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Carolina Panthers have a tough schedule

One major obstacle the Carolina Panthers must overcome is their schedule. Things look incredibly tough – particularly down the stretch – so gaining respectability once again is going to be an uphill battle all things considered.

The Panthers are at home for five of their first six games. Therefore, it’s absolutely vital they get off to a fast start and hope this provides enough momentum to achieve some surprising results later in the campaign.

Easier said than done. But the urgency of ever-increasing stakes after so much underachievement can only help their cause.