Offensive Line Headlines Offseason Needs For The Carolina Panthers

Panthers HC Matt Rhule. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Matt Rhule, Carolina Panthers
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4. A Reset of Mindset

As much as the hire of Matt Rhule made the Carolina Panthers an intriguing team, it was the mentality that Rhule had that was what Carolina wanted. They gave him a long deal in order to take some time with the rebuild and build towards success.

They made some popular moves in the first two seasons, bringing in Joe Brady to be the offensive coordinator and adding to a stacked corner room by trading for C.J. Henderson and Stephon Gilmore.

With all the struggles this season, it seemed like Rhule was looking for the scapegoat rather than taking more accountability. Brady was fired before the season ended, and while it may have been early for him to take an NFL job, Rhule made things about philosophical differences of opinion. Combine that with the quote about Slater, and it feels like Rhule isn’t about accepting blame and addressing that he’s made some mistakes.

Rhule has to swallow his pride heading into 2022. Admit that there are things you don’t know and surround yourself with those who can help build this franchise into a successful contender. If it’s issues with scouting offensive linemen, get help to fix that. If you want to run the ball more, fine. But don’t get hard-headed and be willing to adapt and change your perspective.