4 critical observations from the Carolina Panthers firing Matt Rhule

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Carolina Panthers fans reached their limit with Matt Rhule

If any outsiders wanted any indication of just how Carolina Panthers fans felt about this team under the current regime, a look into the stands would have told you everything in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Games like this are never going to be great for teams like Carolina. A relatively small market franchise that was only formed in 1995 playing one of the most historic organizations in the league.

But this was bad, seriously bad.

Clips before the game showed that Niners fans had traveled in huge numbers. And the blue scattered across Bank of America Stadium were empty seats rather than home support.

Another indicator that Panthers fans had reached their breaking point with Matt Rhule.

When the broadcast began, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was being played in Santa Clara and not uptown Charlotte. The official attendance was listed at over 72,000, but there’s little chance the number was that high.

Clips posted post-game showed waves of Niners fans making their exit from the stadium. Couple this with another hammering on home solid and it’s not hard to see why David Tepper took action.