Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule gave Baker Mayfield the go-ahead for their preseason opener against the Washington Commanders last week. But his latest announcement about the quarterback position is disturbing fans.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Rhule announced that Mayfield and outgoing starter Sam Darnold will continue to share first-team reps at their next joint practice with the New England Patriots.
The Panthers acquired Mayfield in a trade from the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason. But there was no definite favorite during training camp.
As you can imagine, Rhule’s “plan” is not going well with Panthers fans. Many criticize him for being indecisive or wasting time by not making a formal decision:
The Carolina Panthers quarterback’s situation has been constantly changing since the arrival of Matt Rhule in 2020. He is 10-23 overall with four different starting quarterbacks working under center.
Carolina thought they had their QB issues ironed out when they traded for Sam Darnold last year. But the same issues that plagued him with the New York Jets seemed to follow him to Carolina within weeks.
Those Darnold struggles prompted their trade for Mayfield, and the jury is still out on whether Mayfield can get the offense where Rhule needs it.
Patience for Rhule seems to be running out in Charlotte, North Carolina. If he doesn’t get results this year, his seat could get very hot.
Will Matt Rhule’s decision to quarterback come back to haunt him during the regular season?