5 crucial observations from the Carolina Panthers 2022 season

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Brian Burns
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What are some critical observations from another season full of drama and intrigue surrounding the Carolina Panthers in 2022?

It’s been more than three weeks season the Carolina Panthers’ regular season concluded in New Orleans. It’s a campaign many fans won’t forget for how tumultuous it was with the peaks and valleys experienced throughout the campaign.

Let’s begin with Matt Rhule, who was fired after two seasons and five games following an underwhelming 1-4 start. There was a changing of the guard, so to speak, with Steve Wilks taking over as the interim head coach, the musical chairs at quarterback that made Carolina the laughing-stock of the league throughout the season, and trading a star player in order to focus on the future.

There were plenty of valleys with the Panthers this past season. However, there were peaks to be excited about.

There was arguably the best play of the year with P.J. Walker’s Hail Mary to D.J. Moore at the Atlanta Falcons. The campaign also included Carolina’s late-season run for a potential playoff berth, the emergence of star players on both sides of the ball, and an interim coach who got his second chance and could get it permanently depending on how the next several days play out.

What comes next for the team owned by billionaire David Tepper? Right now, he and other key figures of the organization are in search of their next head coach and once that is completed, they may focus on the future. One that looks bright for the first time in a while.

There were plenty of things to observe and look back at from this crazy season. Here are five of those from the Panthers’ perspective.