Every week I bring to you the best and the worst players of the previous Carolina Panthers game. This week, however, I am at a loss. I see one player that deserves credit for his play. Christian McCaffrey showed up. Everyone else must have decided to take the week off, coaching staff included.
Perhaps they figured this was just another preseason game in Pittsburgh? Possible, I suppose. That would explain the third string level of execution.
Maybe it was the successes over the past two weeks against two of the leagues elite units? Baltimore’s defense and Tampa Bay’s offense were both dismantled. Maybe that provided a false sense of security or superiority? I hope not. Such things should only happen on very young teams. Young and inexperienced is something the Carolina Panthers are not.
The only real possibility here is a top to bottom level of unpreparedness and impotence the likes of which have not been seen in Carolina since 2010. From Ron Rivera to Eric Washington down to every player of the defense. Unfortunately, this isn’t a one time aberration. It happens every season, and arguably already happened once this season in Atlanta.
For this to happen again Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper’s back yard does not bode well for the coaching staff, not one bit. Tepper is a hedge fund. A guy that likes steady climbs and predictability. He does not strike me as someone who will have an appreciation for this roller coaster season.
Normally after a loss of this magnitude, I would assume a regrouping would happen with no major changes. This season I am not so sure. Everyone in the building is on the hot seat with new ownership in place. That is the reality of a franchise changing hands, for better or worse.
Those calling for defensive coordinator Eric Washington (and there are many of them) to be replaced may just get their wish. I am not sure such a move would have a positive effect in terms of coaching quality, but it sure as shooting may have a positive effect in the motivation department.
The Carolina Panthers now have 10 days to prepare and once again prove to their fans they are a team in contention. An ugly loss in Detroit cannot happen. If so, the wheels will be coming off the bandwagon in record time.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.