4 reasons the Carolina Panthers might struggle in 2022

(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) Matt Rhule
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Matt Rhule holds the Carolina Panthers back

Matt Rhule is a man under pressure no matter how much confidence he has in his own abilities and the vote of confidence received from team owner David Tepper. The Carolina Panthers accumulated just 10 wins over the last two years since the former Baylor man arrived, which isn’t the strongest indicator that things have gone according to plan so far and this has to change quickly.

There aren’t many people who believe Rhule is not on the hot seat in 2022. If most fans had their way, the head coach would have been removed immediately after the previous campaign came to a conclusion.

For all Rhule’s faults – and he’s had many – the locker room hasn’t been lost. The Panthers also strengthened their coaching staff to further aid their cause next time around.

We are now embarking on Rhule’s third season and are none the wiser as to whether or not he can successfully lead an NFL franchise. Some major flaws continually emerged regarding in-game adjustments and his bizarre statements in front of the media offered little explanation as to why the Panthers were coming up short time and time again.

Rhule is down, but not out. He’s also looked to a more personal approach with his players this offseason in one final bid to get everyone on the same page well ahead of time.

Whether this has the desired effect or not remains to be seen. But if Rhule continues to hold Carolina back, significant changes won’t be far behind.

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