Reconstruction is a term no fan base wants to hear. This means that you expect your team to lose games and be out of the playoff competition for several years.
Well under Matt Rhule, this “reconstruction” will be a little different. No, the Panthers will not be a playoff team in 2020 and no one expects it. However, it will not be a complete tank job where the team shows no signs of promise in the near future. This reversal will likely take half the time it would normally take for a deductible. Rhule has shot two programs before and knows exactly what needs to be done to right the ship.
With Teddy Bridgewater under the center, the Panthers have a quarterback capable of not only winning games, but also running a franchise. They already have their face of frankness at Christian McCaffrey, and have several weapons with the broad receiver. If the offensive line goes well at the start of the reconstruction, the offensive could become one of the best in the league.
It is defensively that challenges arise. Aside from Brian Burns, Shaq Thompson, Tre Boston and Donte Jackson, there are a ton of question marks. This side of the ball is so young, but it is full of potential and it all starts with the choice of the first round, Derrick Brown. The Panthers were one of the worst teams against racing a season ago and one step to solving this problem is to get a guy who can absorb the double teams and close the gaps, which is exactly what Brown can do. Other exciting recruits like defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos and safeties Jeremy Chinn and Kenny Robinson give fans hope that the defense can turn things around sooner than expected.
Defense wins championships, and it looks like it’s the only thing that will keep the Panthers from becoming playoff contenders for the next year. Playoff appearances will take place as this defense matures and develops. Fortunately for Panthers fans, it may not be such a long wait.
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