4 embarrassing stats holding the Carolina Panthers back in 2022

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Carolina Panthers’ total yards per game

  • 260.0 (32nd)

The complete dysfunction on offense is even more disappointing when one considers that special teams and the defense have been playing solid overall. But given the nature of how things are trending around the NFL, failing to generate yards is the primary reason why the Carolina Panthers are among the basement dwellers once again.

Ben McAdoo’s scheme is an abomination and the players are not executing effectively. Carolina ranks No. 32 league-wide with just 260 yards per game, which is 18.2 yards behind the Tennessee Titans at No. 31.

There is no balance within the system. Christian McCaffrey’s usage has been criticized on occasion and the distinct lack of opportunities for star wide receiver D.J. Moore is another major question mark that McAdoo cannot seem to solve.

Obviously, the quarterback conundrum isn’t helping. Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold just haven’t worked out and rookie Matt Corral’s chances of staking a claim were dealt a body blow with a serious foot injury during the preseason, which means he might never get a true chance to become Carolina’s long-term option under center.

If the Panthers have a shot at drafting Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud, they shouldn’t hesitate. And if the offense continues performing to this current level, that’s almost a guarantee given how tough things are from a schedule standpoint moving forward.

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