The Carolina Panthers are in the middle of a chaotic season.
They are 2-6 and have endured multiple injuries, the benching of quarterback Baker Mayfield, and the firing of head coach Matt Rhule.
Most recently, they’re coming off a painful overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons, 37-34, in a game that they arguably could’ve and should’ve won had it not been for some boneheaded miscues.
Now some, such as Fox Sports 1 personality Chris Broussard, are wondering if new head coach Steve Wilks will last that long in his new job.
Man, the Panthers are playing for Steve Wilks!
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) October 30, 2022
Can He Keep The Job?
In Wilks’ defense, wide receiver D.J. Moore‘s penalty for his excessive touchdown celebration with 12 seconds left in regulation may have been what cost Carolina the contest, as a 15-yard penalty was enforced during the ensuing extra-point attempt, which Eddy Piñeiro missed from 48 yards.
He then missed the potential game-winning field goal in overtime from 32 yards.
The Panthers are definitely devoid of game-changing talent, especially after they traded star running back Christian McCaffrey to the San Francisco 49ers, a team that is looking to make another run at the Super Bowl.
Carolina, on the other hand, seems to be plunging deeper into the toilet bowl.
It ranks near the bottom of the NFL in many key categories on both sides of the ball, and a few of its other key players, including Moore, have been mentioned in trade rumors lately.
It is common, whether it’s fair or not, for the head coach of a team having a terrible season to get fired, as it is much easier to do so than to fix the roster issues it is dealing with.
Perhaps the only solace for the Panthers is that they could get a very high pick in next year’s draft, one which is thought to be loaded with talented quarterbacks.