Carolina Panthers look on another lost season after loss to LA Rams
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The clock has already struck midnight on the Carolina Panthers’ season (1-5). It’s finish.
Carolina is the first team to fire its head coach this season, the team only has its third quarterback left and many players are embroiled in trade speculation. Mixed 24-10 loss on Sunday was predictable. The Panthers were the perfect remedy for the struggling Los Angeles Rams (3-3).
The only uncertainty about the Panthers Week 6 contest was how Carolina would lose its fifth game of the season.
An inept attack plagued the team again.
Carolina managed just 203 total yards, went 2-10 on third down, and was held scoreless in the second period. Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey drove in 158 of Carolina’s 203 total yards on offense. Carolina’s defense scored the team’s only touchdown.
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The Panthers are bottom of the NFL in total offense, averaging 260 yards per game.
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“You have to find a way to understand it. Find a way to get a win. The approach won’t change,” Panthers quarterback PJ Walker said after the game. “I thought we had a hell of a week in training. I think we did some very good things in training, but we failed today.
Unfortunately for Walker, the approach probably needs to change. The staff and everything else is also about to change.
The franchise is in a state of dysfunction right now.
Steve Wilks is the interim head coach and several Panthers players are amid trade rumors as the Nov. 1 deadline approaches.
One of those players, wide receiver Robbie Anderson, was asked to get to the showers early after he became disgruntled on the sidelines. McCaffrey, who was the source of the Panthers’ offense on Sunday, is also the subject of trade rumours.
“This is all out of my control,” McCaffrey said after the game of his name being mentioned in trade talks. “My job right now is to be the best Carolina Panther I can be.”
Panthers players scoffed at the idea of trade rumors affecting the team’s performance on Sunday, but the team played with a lack of energy, especially in the second half. The mood in the post-match visit locker room was somber.
“I think our problem is execution. Guys have to lock themselves into their mission and stop focusing on everything else. The guys just have to win. You just have to go out there and win your one-on-ones,” Panthers defensive end Brian Burns told USA TODAY Sports. “We have to start piling up the good days. We just have to pile the good days on top of each other.
As Panthers players try to pile on the good days, Panthers owner David Tepper and general manager Scott Fitterer are going to have to make some big franchise-changing decisions about the head coach, quarterback and… other places in the lineup as they attempt to change the direction of the franchise.
Carolina hasn’t finished a season above .500 since 2017 and is destined for another sub-.500 year in 2022. The best way forward for Panthers players is to simply play for pride. in their next 11 games.
The good news for the franchise is that it will likely own a top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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