5 Carolina Panthers on the hot seat vs. the Buccaneers in Week 7

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Ben McAdoo – Carolina Panthers OC

Although Matt Rhule wasn’t around to oversee operations in his reportedly controlling manner last week, it did nothing to improve the Carolina Panthers’ lackluster offense, which is easily the NFL’s worst right now. Not having any stable presence at the quarterback position hasn’t helped, but this falls squarely on the shoulders of Ben McAdoo when it’s all said and done.

McAdoo isn’t turning out to be the rockstar appointment team owner David Tepper hoped from his next offensive coordinator. His system looks light years behind other modern schemes and something that’s having an adverse effect on the Panthers in crucial categories such as third-down conversions, red-zone efficiency, and total yards.

The former New York Giants head coach stated following Rhule’s dismissal that any day your key card works to get into the building is a good one. If things continue in the same trend for McAdoo’s anemic offense, that might not be the case for much longer.

After deciding to keep McAdoo around and fire defensive coordinator Phil Snow, interim Steve Wilks placed confidence in the play-caller to emerge from Rhule’s reign in a positive light. If this faith ends up being misplaced, Tepper will likely look elsewhere for his next head coach.

P.J. Walker is set to start once again in Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after throwing one complete pass beyond the line of scrimmage last time around. McAdoo must have more confidence to get the football downfield or this could end up being another beatdown at Bank of America Stadium.

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