5 Carolina Panthers under the microscope after Robbie Anderson trade

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Ben McAdoo – Carolina Panthers OC

Robbie Anderson might have been in Joe Dailey’s grill on the sidelines at SoFi Stadium. But one suspects his anger was primarily associated with the man out of the firing line and in the booth.

Ben McAdoo‘s time as Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator has been nothing short of embarrassing through six weeks. For a scheme that was supposedly complex and difficult to learn according to players this summer, it’s been anything but and the team’s primary playmakers are suffering as a result.

Anderson had reached a boiling point within this system. D.J. Moore might not be saying it, but it would be a huge shock if he wasn’t feeling something similar.

The former New York Giants head coach has some huge adjustments to make in a short space of time before Carolina takes the field in Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A team that will be keen to put a shock loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers behind them versus their NFC South rivals.

Had Anderson gotten more involved and the Panthers’ offense actually been a cohesive unit for any of their six games, this complication could have been avoided. Instead, it’s cast another dark cloud on a franchise that is going nowhere fast.

McAdoo is unlikely to be around in 2023, which is a relief. But fans still have to sit through 11 more games this season and expect progression, at the very least.