Matt Rhule He may not leave Carolina this offseason, but one more bad season and he’ll very likely be gone by 2023. Under Rhule, the Panthers have a 10-23 record over his two seasons and finished last in the NFC South in 2021.
With stars on the list like Christian McCaffery, DJ Moore and Brian Burns, the urgency of getting Carolina back into the playoffs is immeasurable. They brought in Matt Rhule in 2020 to do just that, and to be fair he wasn’t entirely bad.
The Panthers’ defense was one of the best in the NFL rankings, 2nd in yards allowed and 3rd in average yards per game. Most of this talented defense is under contract until 2022, so they should be there for this season. Also, they have a game-breaker on offense in Christian McCaffery if he can stay sane.
Where they really struggled was in quarterback play and pass protection. We’re yet to hear more about Rhule’s plans for the quarterback position, but options abound this offseason. They will definitely try to use their 6th overall draft win on an offensive lineman to protect their signal caller for this season.
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Matt Rhule outlines his mindset for 2022
At the NFL’s Scouting Combine, Matt Rhule was quoted as saying, “I’ve been telling you all along; If I do that about myself, then I’m not the coach I say I am, don’t believe in what I believe in. I try to make the combine as good as possible. If you’re a coach in the league and you don’t feel the pressure to win every year, if you don’t feel like, ‘I have to improve the team,’ what kind of coach are you?
Rhule continued: “And I want the fans to have something. It’s been a while since we’ve had a team better than what we are now. The only pressure I feel is to be really, really good for our players, our coaches and our fans. As a free agency, we have signed some of our own players. Let’s continue that now. Be active in the free agent market as much as possible and hopefully have a good draft. I can’t go back I think future-oriented.”
Matt Rhule has already made many coaching changes this offseason. Now we’ll have to see how he handles the free hand and draft as it will be crucial to how far the Panthers can go this season.
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