‘Growing communication issues’ between Panthers HC Matt Rhule, OC Ben McAdoo

The Panthers continue to struggle, and now we’re learning of some inner turmoil in the locker room. League sources tell Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com that ‘there have been growing communication issues here’ between the head coach Mast Rhule and offensive coordinator Well McAdoo.

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Given the Panthers’ offensive struggles, it’s no surprise that eyes have turned to McAdoo. The former Giants head coach joined the Carolina team this offseason as offensive coordinator, replacing Joe Brady. The team’s QB situation was uncertain for much of the offseason, with the organization eventually settling on Mayfield Baker take over for Sam Darnold under the center. Despite disappointing quarterback options, the Panthers still had some of the best playmakers in running back Christian McCaffrey and wide DJ Moore.

Well, things didn’t necessarily go as planned. For four weeks, the Panthers rank last in the NFL in games per game (53.5) and third down conversion rate (25.5%), two stats that don’t put the staff to shame. coaches at their best. So as McAdoo “attempts to lead a struggling offense” and “works to resolve what appears to be a dire situation”, he is apparently receiving conflicting information or direction from his head coach.

“Well, when you look at it, I was brought here to make an impact, right? And it hasn’t happened yet.” McAdoo recently said (via Wilson). “Now that doesn’t mean we’re discouraged. We’re down to four games, aren’t we? So we had another game this week, and we’re excited about the opportunity we have this week, and we have a great opponent coming here this week.

Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Panthers this weekend, as the team faces a 49ers defense that has allowed the fewest points per game this season.

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