5 Panthers who’ll benefit most from major 2022 offseason changes

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Matt Rhule – Carolina Panthers HC

After another five-win season that was nothing short of disastrous after an impressive start, there were more than a few that thought it could be the end for Matt Rhule. The head coach looked out of his depth once again in the face of stern competition, which left many wondering whether David Tepper would cut this experiment short just two seasons into a seven-year deal.

As it turned out, Rhule’s confidence that he still had Tepper’s full support was right on the money. The former Baylor man got a reprieve and the billionaire finally gave a public vote of confidence just before the draft, but it’s hard to deny that the seat is warm heading into a critical third campaign at the helm.

The Panthers have done everything in their power to put Rhule in a better position to succeed. There are some obvious complications at quarterback unless Carolina doesn’t act before the season, but the roster looks good aside from the defensive line depth and the questions at middle linebacker.

Throw some new coaches with legitimate NFL experience into the mix, and there are no more excuses for Rhule. If he cannot show growth next season, then it might force Tepper into a fresh start.

Rhule hasn’t lost the locker room yet, so all hope is not lost. The coach has also been working hard to shift the culture within the organization that can hopefully reap some rewards when competitive games begin.