4 big plans that could go wrong for the Carolina Panthers in 2022

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Which big plans could go wrong for the Carolina Panthers during a critical 2022 season for the franchise?

After what seems like an eternity, Carolina Panthers football is now within touching distance. The team is gearing up for a crucial training camp in Spartanburg that begins next week, with the stakes incredibly high for everyone associated with the organization after so much underachievement of late.

Matt Rhule is a man under fire despite a public vote of confidence from team owner David Tepper. The Panthers have moved heaven and earth to put everything in place around the head coach, so any further failings will be on his shoulders in no uncertain terms.

There’s been a different approach to Carolina’s recruitment this spring. This was a refreshing change of pace, but it will ultimately come down to whether or not things progress on the gridiron during a difficult schedule.

With this in mind, here are four big plans that could go wrong for the Panthers in 2022.

Big Plan No. 1

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Carolina Panthers OL upgrades

The Carolina Panthers made strengthening their offensive line a major priority this offseason. This came after yet more inept production from everyone outside of Taylor Moton, who remained a supremely consistent presence at right tackle when all around him crumbled.

Bradley Bozeman, Austin Corbett, and Ikem Ekwonu should all help enormously. But so many big changes normally come with a period of adjustment in this crucial area of the field.

Time is a luxury the Panthers don’t have. So if the protection doesn’t make immediate improvements, it will be nothing short of disastrous.