4 major factors behind Carolina Panthers poor start in 2022

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Robbie Anderson
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What are the major factors behind another disastrous start for the Carolina Panthers through the opening five games of 2022?

The Carolina Panthers fell to 1-4 on the season losing in embarrassing fashion to the San Francisco 49ers. Outside of the New Orleans Saints game, it is hard to find one thing to feel great about through the opening five weeks.

While the defense had been playing well despite their quarterback, they finally let go of the rope in the second half. This spelled the end for head coach Matt Rhule after just 11 wins and more than three years remaining on his deal.

The way Carolina lost is unacceptable for a team that was supposed to make big-time strides in 2022. Although David Tepper was the last one to realize this, he did at least end this experiment and take the expected heat from the media in the immediate aftermath of Rhule’s departure.

It’s been quite a rollercoaster and we still have 12 games to go. With that being said, here are four major factors behind Carolina’s poor start in 2022.

Major Factor No. 1

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Carolina Panthers’ offensive inefficiency

The introduction of Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator was a questionable move at the time and even more so now. His lackluster scheme has no creativity and is making things extremely difficult for the Carolina Panthers to come up with any sense of consistency, which was there for all to see during Matt Rhule’s final game in Week 5.

McAdoo got a reprieve from interim head coach Steve Wilks, who dismissed defensive coordinator Phil Snow due to an apparent difference of opinion regarding philosophy. But make no mistake, the former New York Giants head coach has his work cut out being on the staff in 2023.