4 ways the Carolina Panthers can avoid offseason disaster in 2023

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Carolina Panthers must stabilize QB spot

Another major flaw throughout recent offseasons for the Carolina Panthers is the quarterback carousel. Not having stability at football’s most influential position cost Matt Rhule his job and left more questions than answers about the team’s ability to successfully evaluate talent under center. This simply cannot continue.

Rhule won’t be around to mismanage personnel matters, which helps. But team owner David Tepper’s constant desire to find a franchise player is going to continue even if the overall process might be different.

Sam Darnold‘s improved production when introduced into the starting lineup doesn’t change the bigger picture. The Panthers must stabilize the quarterback position by any means necessary.

The most likely scenario remains via the 2023 NFL Draft. Picking from No. 9 overall isn’t ideal in this scenario, but a situation could emerge where Carolina makes a daring trade-up for their guy depending on how the board evolves early.

This is the key decision aside from picking a new head coach. A team needs more than just a consistent quarterback, but one doesn’t have to look far around the league to see what occurs when the man under center cannot produce the goods.

Only Matt Corral is under contract in 2023. So expect to see some significant changes to Carolina’s quarterback room in the not-too-distant future.

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