A new report this week from Joseph Person of The Athletic details numerous red flags about Rhule’s leadership, or lack thereof, atop the organization. Those alarming signs include a perception around the league that the team is “soft.”
It also reported on resentment towards Rhule for showing favoritism for guys Rhule coached at Baylor and Temple.
Carolina Blitz’s Sheena Quick wasted little time giving Rhule the chance to respond to that damning article.
“No, I’ve never noticed anything,” Rhule said when asked if there was a disconnect between he and the locker room. “I’ve never had anyone say anything to me. It’s hard for me to comment on anonymous sources like that. I think we have a good locker room full of guys working hard from all different places. So I’ve never seen anything.”
The Week 16 beatdown at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday now accounts for the Panthers’ fifth straight loss and the 10th in their last 12 outings. Over what’s now close to being two full seasons under the regime, they’ve gone a combined 10-21.
After losing five of six starts, following a 3-0 beginning to the season, the Panthers made waves when they signed Cam Newton to a one-year, $6 million deal. Newton has gone 0-5 as the starter and now the team will turn back to Darnold as the starter against New Orleans in Week 17.
He is the only quarterback under contract next season.
The Panthers are set to miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.
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