5 crucial observations from the Carolina Panthers 2022 season

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Carolina Panthers must solve their QB situation

One of the big talking points from the season was the Carolina Panthers and their quarterback fiasco. A situation that has stretched from the 2020 offseason when the franchise decided to move on from Cam Newton.

Since then, Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and P.J. Walker have all seen playing time. None of them produced enough to become Carolina’s franchise quarterback.

The Darnold and Mayfield experiments were incredible failures and colossal mistakes for Matt Rhule. This became a big reason why he was ultimately canned.

Now, the Panthers are in the position to finally get their signal-caller via the NFL Draft. This year, general manager Scott Fitterer and his new head coach will have the chance at selecting the future of the franchise. Will it be Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, or the Ohio State all-star C.J. Stroud?

Maybe they look to develop raw, yet gifted players like Kentucky’s Will Levis or Florida’s Anthony Richardson. Either way, it’s time to stop putting this off.

Unfortunately, I’m all the way out on the idea of Matt Corral being the future franchise quarterback. Is it possible? Certainly, but I wouldn’t bank on it due to the risks that come with this direction.

I expect the Panthers to be aggressive this upcoming draft. If the team is unable to land any of the top quarterbacks from the college ranks, Scott Fitterer could see himself out of the door in 2024.