5 harsh realities facing the Carolina Panthers after Week 4 defeat

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What harsh realities are facing the Carolina Panthers after a 1-3 start following a putrid home loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4?

After one week of positivity, we’re back to your regularly scheduled programming of miserable Carolina Panthers football. After getting back to 1-2 with a victory over the New Orleans Saints in, they failed to build on this in Week 4 during their first defeat to the Arizona Cardinals since 2013.

The way the game played out on Sunday is what Panthers fans have become accustomed to over the past season and four games. Their defense plays lights out to start the game, but the offense cannot sustain drives, and eventually, they are worn down.

This has been the tale of the tape for a long time. And even with a change in key coaches, nothing is getting better.

If anything, things are worse.

After Joe Brady was fired during the bye week last season, he seemed to be the scapegoat for the failings of Matt Rhule. When the Panthers hired Ben McAdoo as the new offensive coordinator, it was hoped that he could bring some competency back.

Instead, what we’ve seen through four weeks has given fans flashbacks to 2010 and the Jimmy Clausen-led Panthers. In fact, things have gotten so bleak that some supporters are even clamoring for the return of Sam Darnold, which is just indicative of the current state of affairs.

With that said, here are some harsh realities facing Carolina after another bleak Sunday in Week 4.