What are some critical factors that will determine whether the Carolina Panthers can be successful during the 2023 campaign?
The Carolina Panthers have a brand new look in 2023. This starts with the addition of their all-star coaching staff led by Frank Reich, defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, and offensive coordinator Thomas Brown.
There are also assistant coaches with a tremendous amount of experience in Jim Caldwell, Dom Capers, and Duce Staley. Not to mention an up-and-coming quarterbacks coach Josh McCown. This leadership group is poised to lead the Panthers to success in 2023 and beyond.
Not only is there a new coaching staff in Carolina, but the team is beginning the campaign with the No. 1 overall pick in Bryce Young. The rookie quarterback also has a good mentor in Andy Dalton, who the Panthers acquired in free agency.
Dalton has been very receptive so far in mentoring Young and the two seem to have a great relationship. If the former Alabama star can contribute positively and become the team's franchise quarterback, the future should be very bright.
The Panthers added some solid veterans in free agency with the likes of Adam Thielen, Miles Sanders, Hayden Hurst, Vonn Bell, and most recently edge rusher Justin Houston. These new additions are former captains on their previous teams, so the Panthers roster has an abundance of leaders to guide a gifted young core to prominence.
The opportunity to have a winning season and potentially make the playoffs is there for the taking. The Panthers have upgraded almost every position group since the 2022 season. The NFC South is arguably the weakest division in the NFL, so if Carolina can put a competent product on the field, postseason football might be a realistic attainment.
With this in mind, here are four critical factors that will ultimately determine whether the Panthers can achieve success in 2023.