There is a consistent trend regarding the Carolina Panthers‘ history.
They would have some peak years that culminate in Super Bowl appearances.
Afterward, the team would suffer a slump after those losses.
Unfortunately, current head coach Matt Rhule hasn’t contributed to the team’s success.
He has a 10-23 record in his first two seasons, making it surprising that the team brought him back for a third.
He can’t blame Christian McCaffrey‘s injuries for his failures because great coaches find a way to win.
Are the lights in the NFL too bright for the 2019 Big 12 Coach of the Year?
The 2022 NFL season will be a make-or-break year for the 47-year-old head coach.
Sadly, the hot seat he’s currently at might get even hotter if he can’t get his assistants in line.
"Sam is our starting quarterback, yes." – Panthers OC Ben McAdoo
"That wasn't something I should have said." – Panthers OC Ben McAdoo a short while later pic.twitter.com/hpLTFBxuKR
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) April 19, 2022
In a recent press conference, Panthers’ offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said without hesitation that “Sam [Darnold] is our starting quarterback, yes.”
But over 90 seconds later, he took back that statement, saying, “One of the things I’ve been working on is being better talking to you people. So, you know, announcing the starting quarterback here, I just put my foot in the mouth. So, that wasn’t something I should have said.”
The Ship’s Sinking Before It Even Starts
That flip-flop has all Panthers fans doing a facepalm.
McAdoo had one great season as head coach of the New York Giants to his credit.
But all of the success were dashed by a 2-10 record the following year.
While this blunder is laughable, it also indicates that the coaching staff isn’t on the same page under Rhule.
It will be a long season if they continue to make mental lapses in the press room and on the field.