Forming a long-term plan for Carolina Panthers’ success
Steve Wilks restored the blueprint for success throughout Carolina Panthers’ history. A culture that was lost when Matt Rhule ran things like a college program is now back, but building upon this as part of a long-term strategy is the next step for this once-proud franchise.
This will be more collective than in years past. General manager Scott Fitterer, Dan Morgan, Samir Suleiman, and David Tepper will be other heavily involved, but Wilks can enhance his claims by displaying the vision needed to pull the Panthers from the abyss and back to relevancy.
This would involve a new franchise quarterback, roster opinions regarding extensions, releases, or incomings, and the overall coaching infrastructure. Wilks must then outline a timeframe for progress and earmark potential milestones to reach by a specific stage of his tenure.
After so much turmoil since Tepper bought the Panthers, having stability is imperative. Everyone in the locker room believes in Wilks, so he’s already well on course to securing this if the owner keeps him around.
No matter what transpires during Tuesday’s critical meeting between Wilks and Tepper, nothing will be immediately confirmed one way or another. Carolina is going to interview multiple candidates and with some involved in postseason games, it’ll be a waiting game for all parties interested in the job.
Wilks should arguably be the leading candidate. But if Tepper isn’t 100 percent convinced, then he won’t hesitate to look elsewhere.