4 crucial observations from Matt Rhule’s pre-training camp presser

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Matt Rhule outlines the blueprint for Carolina Panthers’ success

After managing just 10 wins from his first two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Matt Rhule enters his third year at the helm under the microscope. Many outside the organization believe that the former Baylor man is on the hot seat, but team owner David Tepper has given no indication of that so far and remains supremely confident in his selection despite evidence to the contrary.

There are no more excuses for Rhule. He now has a balanced roster that appears much deeper than the one that finished the 2021 season and an abundance of experienced coaches to lean on with legitimate NFL credentials.

So how does Rhule plan on making significant strides in 2022?

According to his media availability on Monday, he laid out three key areas that could help Carolina exceed modest expectations.

  1. Go from good to great on defense
  2. Establish offensive identity
  3. Have special teams affect winning

Sounds good, in theory.

But talk is cheap right now.

Putting this plan into action will be a big challenge for Rhule and his staff. The talent is there, but it’s vital that everyone gets on the same page with a fast start possible from Weeks 1-6.

The three-step plan seems pretty obvious. Be better in all three phases of play and everything else should take care of itself.

Putting this plan into action is another matter entirely.