The Carolina Panthers have made the first big coaching change of the NFL season.
After three seasons with the team, Matt Rhule has been fired.
His 1-4 record this season did not cut it, plus he struggled throughout his tenure in Carolina posting an 11-27 career record.
Now that Rhule is out, what other moves should the Panthers make?
Well, it appears quarterback, Baker Mayfield will miss some time with a high-ankle sprain.
But even when he is healthy, he should never start again for the Panthers.
The former first-overall pick has been terrible in his first season in Carolina.
In five games, Mayfield has thrown for 962 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions.
Here are three reasons why we should never see Mayfield start again.
The 27-year-old QB has turned the ball over at an alarming rate this season, averaging one turnover per game.
Carolina is already limited on offense, turning the ball over only makes everything more difficult.
He has four interceptions and one lost fumble in five games.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 9, 2022
Mayfield has almost no mobility so being able to escape the pass-rush is not his strong suit.
Turning the ball over is nothing new for Mayfield though.
In four seasons with the Browns, he averaged 17 turnovers per season.
He has yet to correct that issue in Carolina and it should cost him the starting job for good.
Lack Of Completions
Coming out of college, Mayfield was thought to be the most accurate passer in the 2018 draft class.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case with the Panthers this season.
Mayfield is completing 54.9% of his passes this year, which ranks last in the NFL amongst starters.
The Carolina offense has no flow under Mayfield, the lack of completions makes it hard to sustain drives.
But, with Mayfield under center, they have been terrible.
Moore is having the worst statistical season of his career and McCaffrey’s impact has not resulted in wins.
If an NFL QB can not complete at least 60% of his throws then he should probably not be starting in this league.
NFL’s Worst Offense?
The last reason why Mayfield should be benched is that the Panthers can not score points.
They average 18.6 per game on the season and that is not going to cut it.
In the five games this season, their offense has scored only seven touchdowns.
Baker Mayfield's 16.8 QBR is the 2nd-worst by any QB to start in each of their team's first 5 games of season since tracking began in 2006.
2008 JaMarcus Russell; 11.5
2022 Baker Mayfield; 16.8
2017 DeShone Kizer; 17.0 pic.twitter.com/FiLXE0vwHM
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 10, 2022
For comparison, the Detroit Lions had six offensive touchdowns in their Week 4 game against the Seahawks.
Also, there were three teams (Saints, Jets, Bills) that scored five offensive touchdowns in Week 5.
It just seems like the Panthers’ offense is so far behind compared to plenty of other teams.
Maybe the coaching change will help create a spark on offense.
But, interim head coach, Steve Wilks, should be looking to play a new QB as he gets the rest of this season to show why he can be an NFL head coach.