Carolina Panthers’ balance of power
Much was made of Matt Rhule’s absolute power within the Carolina Panthers and the complications it caused before his enforced departure. Although this is something the newly crowned Nebraska fiercely denied, there is more than enough evidence to the contrary and another indicator of the distinct lack of accountability from one of the most hated figures in franchise history.
Whether it’s Steve Wilks or someone else, they are unlikely to get a similar stroke in personnel moves. But just what the balance of power within the Panthers will look like in the not-too-distant future is another unknown factor to monitor closely during the offseason.
One would think general manager Scott Fitterer is going to lead, with the likes of Samir Suleiman and Dan Morgan also cutting influential presences providing they don’t get promotion offers from elsewhere. David Tepper also likes to throw his weight around in football matters, which hasn’t come with the greatest success throughout his ownership.
A newfound collective approach without bowing down to one man has potential. But everyone needs to be on the same page given how many key decisions need to be made in such a short space of time.
This is arguably the most important preparation period in franchise history. If the Panthers thought process hits multiple home runs, they’ll be quietly fancied to make waves within a less-than-stellar NFC South in 2023.