4 offseason moves already proving costly for the Panthers in 2022

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Carolina Panthers hired Ben McAdoo

David Tepper reportedly wanted a rockstar offensive coordinator.

He got Ben McAdoo.

The former New York Giants head coach made his presence felt throughout the offseason. He was instrumental in the Carolina Panthers extending Ian Thomas and trading up to draft Matt Corral, which left plenty wondering if this stroke could transition into the regular season when it counts.

Sadly, McAdoo’s offense has been nothing short of disastrous through four games. Bland play calling, anemic route concepts, and almost no creativity are holding the Panthers back when one considers how well things are currently going on defense, special teams, and even the much-maligned offensive line of recent years.

Whether McAdoo is too long in the tooth to change this narrative remains to be seen. The NFL is a different animal from the one where he called plays previously, which didn’t exactly go down well before he was ousted from the Giants, in all honesty.

McAdoo was a Matt Rhule guy that immediately gained plenty of leverage in their decision-making process. But it’s clear this arrangement isn’t working out and if things don’t improve, it’s unlikely he’ll be around in 2023.

Depending on Carolina’s final record, he might not be alone in that regard.