The Carolina Panthers look poised for their best year under Matt Rhule, but they still need to jump some significant hurdles in 2022.
The Carolina Panthers roster looks very good on paper. Now is the time for head coach Matt Rhule and the rest of his staff need to find a way for all that talent to produce on the field.
General manager Scott Fitterer had a great offseason in addressing needs on the offensive line, adding quarterback Baker Mayfield via trade and also securing the services of Laviska Shenaullt Jr. from the Jacksonville Jaguars shortly before final cuts were confirmed.
Fitterer left no stone unturned during his second offseason in Carolina. He has assembled a very good roster while also making the most of the limited draft picks in 2022.
There’s no doubt that Rhule is feeling the pressure going into Year 3 with a record of 10-23. Team owner David Tepper will not be afraid to cut ties early if the Panthers continue to underperform, even if he did issue a public vote of confidence in the former Baylor man this spring.
The Panthers have to find a way to get things done at the end of the game. They’ve failed to do the past two years due to ineffective production and poor in-game adjustments by Rhule and his staff.
With the roster assembled how it is, this should be a team fighting for a wild card spot. For that to happen, here are four major hurdles Carolina must overcome during the 2022 season.