4 crucial Carolina Panthers observations at the 2022 bye week

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Brian Burns
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What are some crucial observations to take from the Carolina Panthers during the 2022 bye week with the team sitting at 4-8?

The Carolina Panthers have some positive momentum at long last heading into their bye week. Aside from their poor display at the Baltimore Ravens, it’s been pretty good over the last month for the team, who now sit at 4-8 after opening the campaign 1-6 and with the No. 1 overall selection in sight.

Now, the Panthers could finish the campaign strongly given their upcoming opponents. Something that was barely believable when everything around the franchise crumbled once upon a time.

Just what the Panthers can accomplish over their remaining five games is unclear. Improvements could be made during the team’s bye week, with the increased standards and overall professionalism since Steve Wilks took command something else that is sure to help in this regard.

With that being said, here are four crucial observations from Carolina’s eventful 2022 season so far.

Crucial Observation No. 1

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Carolina Panthers are better off without Matt Rhule

It’s now clear as day that the Carolina Panthers were going absolutely nowhere under Matt Rhule. The previous head coach was out of ideas and completely out of his depth before David Tepper ended this costly experiment, which is something that was a long time coming for beleaguered fans.

Based on what’s transpired since Rhule’s removal, the Panthers are much better off. The former Baylor man landed on his feet quickly after getting the Nebraska job, which provides much-needed closure for all parties and allows Carolina to formally shut this dismal chapter in franchise history.