Following the announcement of Tom Brady’s retirement and the hiring of Frank Reich, the Carolina Panthers have an opportunity to win the NFC South in 2023.
It has been five years since the Carolina Panthers have been competitive. Steve Wilks’ crew provided meaningful football in January for the first time in what feels like forever, but unfortunately, the job was not finished.
Enter the Frank Reich era.
Reich is a well-respected coach who boasts one of the most impressive offensive minds in the league. In terms of his culture and coaching style, he is the perfect antithesis of Matt Rhule and even David Tepper himself admitted that it was a mistake to hire a CEO-type head coach.
The former Indianapolis Colts head coach looks to take advantage and build upon what Wilks was able to accomplish in Carolina. Hopefully, this leads the franchise back to winning football.
Here are three reasons why Reich’s team can get over the hump and win the NFC South this upcoming season. Especially considering Tom Brady is no longer going to be a problem.
Reason No. 1
Carolina Panthers have the best defense
Make no mistake about it, the Carolina Panthers’ defense is a force. With supreme talents in Brian Burns, Jaycee Horn, and Derrick Brown, this is one of the best defensive rosters in the NFL.
They haven’t been able to sustain their success over the course of a season. But this could be attributed to the lack of offensive success resulting in a more gassed unit.
Reich and Scott Fitterer are committed to building the best staff possible in Carolina. Top-tier names such as Gus Bradley, Vic Fangio, and Marquand Manuel have been tossed out for defensive coordinator, with James Campen and Chris Tabor expected to be retained.
Couple this with the arrival of Duce Staley from the Detroit Lions, it could become one of the most stacked staff in Panthers’ history.
In Reich’s introductory press conference, he made it clear that the Panthers’ defense is the standout unit on the team. He also plans to do what it takes to progress it into a top-five defensive juggernaut moving forward.