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Will the Carolina Panthers come up from the NFC South basement?

Our final team in the Ultimate Divisional Crossover, is the last place team out of Charlotte

Carolina Panthers introduce head coach Matt Rhule David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

In our fourth and final team dive in the NFC South Ultimate Divisional Crossover series, we take a look at the Carolina Panthers. After finishing last in the division in 2019, plenty of questions surround the franchise, and some excitement for what might be on the horizon.

Hiring Matt Rhule to be the head coach of the franchise was a popular move, and one fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t happy to see because of the prestige coach Rhule brings with him from Baylor.

Add to it the fact he brought on LSU’s former passing game coordinator and his own defensive coordinator, and the makings of a solid coaching staff are definitely in place, in Charlotte.

So the answer to who would replace Ron Rivera has been answered. And as much as people seemed to appreciate coach Rivera, the same folks seem pretty happy with the answer. But there are still questions.

First, and probably most interesting to Bucs fans now, is who will quarterback the team in 2020?

Kyle Allen was up and down, but more down than up it seems. Cam Newton is a star and has been the face of the franchise since arriving, but injury seems to have caught up to him at the age of 30, turning 31 this May. Relatively young when you consider quarterbacks are playing into their 40s these days.

What should the team do at quarterback? What other areas do they need to address? Should they pay Christian McCaffrey top running back money? Join the hosts of the Locked On Saints, Falcons, Bucs and Panthers Podcasts as they untangle all that’s going on with the Carolina Panthers ahead of the 2020 NFL Season!