4 big problems Carolina Panthers interim coach Steve Wilks must fix

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Carolina Panthers’ offensive identity

Opposing defenses continue to expose these Carolina Panthers’ offense to the point where they are struggling to get a touchdown. Ben McAdoo has a predictable approach to his scheme, something that’s brought almost no consistent production so far and Matt Rhule paid the price with his job.

McAdoo has clearly learned nothing from Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore while he was on staff as a consultant. He is a very bright mind and the former New York Giants head coach should have been taking notes in the event he was given a prominent play-calling position again.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans further exposed his outdated style of play, shutting down all areas while McAdoo made no adjustments. Steve Wilks gave the coach a reprieve upon replacing Rhule, but it won’t take much more poor performances to see changes arrive.

McAdoo was unprepared for another big-time role by the looks of things. But Rhule didn’t have many options to choose from as everybody knew what was coming.

He seems to be stuck in the past as an innovator and play caller. Carolina’s offense will continue to look asleep until garbage time from the disappointing utilization of key playmakers that deserve better unless Wilks has something up his sleeve.