As the Panthers transition to a new head coach, fans wonder about the future. Key questions cover the new staff, draft plans, and free agency priorities.

New Leadership, New Vision

The Carolina Panthers enter 2023 with many questions after hiring new head coach Dave Canales. As Canales constructs his staff and vision, fans want to know what changes are coming. With the team’s future unclear, supporters curiously watch the franchise’s next moves.

Coaching Connections

With Canales’ experience as a Seattle Seahawks assistant, fans ask which former coworkers could join Carolina’s new staff. On offense, Canales worked closely with wide receivers coach Brad Idzik. The team requested to interview Idzik for their open offensive coordinator role. His familiarity with Canales’ thinking makes him a top candidate if Canales calls plays. But if he wants an experienced play caller, Philadelphia’s Marcus Brady fits.

The team also reached out to special teams assistant Tracy Smith. Smith coached in Seattle with Canales across two stints. His special teams coordinator experience appeals. Other potential Seattle imports include tight ends coach Pat McPherson and running backs coach Chad Morton.

If defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero leaves for Seattle, linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. could return to his former role. Norton served four seasons directing the Seahawks defense alongside Canales.

Draft or Free Agency First?

With quarterback Bryce Young arriving, supporters ask if the team should use free agency or the draft to give him weapons. The Panthers lack offensive playmakers, so investing in proven veteran talent is best. Finding instant offensive line and wide receiver help lets Young thrive early rather than enduring growing pains.

Carolina owns pick 33 after trading its first round selection. That spot seems ideal for a future staple at pass rusher or cornerback. Building on a decent defensive foundation through the draft makes sense.

As for current Panthers nearing free agency, edge rusher Brian Burns and linebacker Frankie Luvu should be priorities. Burns especially given his fifth-year option was declined. Long snapper JJ Jansen is a reliable cheap veteran worth keeping too.

Betting on the Second Round Pick

Without a first round selection after the trade for Baker Mayfield, fans ask how Carolina will use the 33rd pick. That slot should land an impact pass catcher or coverage defender. Boosting their passing game or hindering opponents’ passing attacks is key.

If free agency sufficiently supports quarterback Bryce Young, a Burns running mate at edge rusher would help. A new corner to pair with Jaycee Horn brings much needed durability too. This area of the draft often sees offensive linemen, quarterbacks and receivers go early. That could push defensive talents down to the Panthers. Either way, the pick must influence Carolina’s air game offensively or defensively.

The Future of North Carolina Sports Betting

With North Carolina sports betting legalized in 2022, fans gained new avenues supporting their teams. The state now offers multiple North Carolina sports betting apps to conveniently wager. Top options include DraftKings North Carolina, FanDuel North Carolina and BetMGM North Carolina.

These North Carolina sportsbooks provide attractive sign-up promos to draw fans. For example, BetMGM North Carolina offers the BetMGM North Carolina bonus code NCWAGER for a $1,000 risk-free first bet. As interest grows, expect more North Carolina sportsbook promos unlocking bonuses on Panthers games.

✅ Fact Checked on January 29, 2024 by Ken Weaver