This is an immensely important offseason for the Carolina Panthers, but how can those in power avoid disaster in the coming months?
With the dust settled on another losing season for the Carolina Panthers in 2022, speculation and rumors are swirling about what comes next. This is an important offseason for the franchise, with many key decisions upcoming for those in power as they look to turn things around at the earliest possible opportunity.
If the Panthers get things right, they could emerge as favorites to secure the NFC South next season. If aging quarterback Tom Brady retires or leaves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for someone else, their position strengthens further.
To put it mildly, any further failings won’t be tolerated by the team’s fanbase. Some hope was restored by interim head coach Steve Wilks over the second half of 2022, but that will count for nothing if influential figures don’t put the right foundations in place moving forward.
Looking ahead, here are four ways the Panthers can avoid another off-season disaster in 2023.
Way No. 1
Carolina Panthers must plan for the long-term
No more quick, band-aid fixes. The Carolina Panthers must put a sustainable long-term plan in place to emerge from irrelevancy and into legitimate title contention.
General manager Scott Fitterer should have more say now Matt Rhule is no longer around. However, team owner David Tepper has yet to experience a winning season since buying the organization from Jerry Richardson, which might bring a heightened sense of urgency into the decision-making process.
Being rash and reckless is no longer an option. Form a plan for steady progress and more importantly, stick to it.