4 primary scapegoats from the Carolina Panthers 2022 season

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Ben McAdoo
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Who are the primary scapegoats for what became another dramatic 2022 season for the Carolina Panthers? 

The dust is now settling on another rollercoaster campaign for the Carolina Panthers in 2022. There was a little bit of everything for fans to either enjoy or endure, which concluded with another losing record and some pivotal decisions to make this offseason.

Big promises of improvement didn’t translate into on-field production when it mattered initially. However, some legitimate hope emerged once Steve Wilks set about restoring pride on an interim basis.

What comes next for the Panthers is hugely important. There does appear to be a window of opportunity within a weak-looking NFC South, but influential figures within the organization must hit on almost every key move to ensure this dream becomes a reality.

Looking back on Carolina’s turbulent season, here are four primary scapegoats for the Panthers in 2022.

Scapegoat No. 1

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Ben McAdoo – Carolina Panthers OC

When Ben McAdoo was appointed offensive coordinator, there weren’t many that met this decision with widespread approval. Promises of a rockstar coming in failed to materialize and although things improved down the stretch, his arrival overall has been a big letdown.

There have been times when McAdoo’s play-calling came in for plaudits. But consistency and creativity were major concerns – so it would be a shock if the former New York Giants head coach returned to the Carolina Panthers in 2023.