Carolina Panthers must be wary of recent history
The thought of acquiring another quarterback surplus to requirements elsewhere obviously fills every Carolina Panthers fan with dread. This is thanks in no small part to the constant stream of failed personnel moves during Matt Rhule’s incompetent three-year stint as head coach.
First, it was Teddy Bridgewater. Then followed Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield, who simply didn’t cut the mustard and left the Panthers staring the No. 1 overall selection in the face before Steve Wilks turned things around last season.
While there’s a chance Derek Carr could shift the narrative working alongside Frank Reich and his all-star coaching staff loaded with legitimate NFL experience, it also represents a band-aid fix to an ongoing complication. Something that would instantly halt the momentum generated this offseason.
Perhaps this is being a little harsh on Carr, who is a top-20 quarterback at the peak of his powers. But it’s hard to say with any great confidence what the player can be next season after such an indifferent final campaign with the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Panthers need to be 100 percent convinced in Carr. Otherwise, they are risking a significant amount as the team finally looks to get out of irrelevancy and into the playoff picture.
And one doesn’t have to look far throughout recent history to see what complications could emerge if Carr cannot return to the form of old.