Rhule: QB battle will lead to wins for Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule does not know whether or not his quarterback shall be not too long ago acquired Baker Mayfield or returning starter Sam Darnold, however he believes the competitors will give the crew its greatest likelihood to succeed since he arrived in 2020.

“My job is to not decide the beginning quarterback,” Rhule stated on Monday, the primary time he has spoken publicly since Carolina acquired Mayfield in a commerce with Cleveland earlier this month. “The gamers will try this with the way in which they play.

“My job is to verify we now have actually good gamers within the room, which now we do, and ensure they’ve alternatives. It’s going to be a enjoyable trip. After we know we are going to know.”

The trip begins on Tuesday when the Panthers report back to coaching camp at Wofford Faculty in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It’s going to be Rhule’s third NFL camp after consecutive five-win seasons to start his NFL head teaching profession.

The notion nationally is the Panthers want to indicate marked enchancment to ensure that Rhule to maintain his job past this season. Rhule’s focus is on constructing a crew able to successful, and he understands a succesful quarterback is essential to that.

“This yr, I count on to win,” he stated. “I’ve by no means gone right into a season and stated, ‘Effectively, I hope I can win this many video games and preserve my job.’ I need to win on the highest stage.”

Rhule believes the competitors between Mayfield and Darnold offers him that likelihood no matter who wins the job. With these two, together with third-round decide Matt Corral and former XFL star PJ Walker, he cannot think about many groups have a deeper quarterback room.

“It is going to be a variety of nice competitors,” Rhule stated. “And to be fairly trustworthy it’s going to be actually good for our crew, the competitors.”

That competitors started over the weekend as Mayfield and Darnold practiced with operating again Christian McCaffrey and different teammates on their very own within the Charlotte space. That Darnold was part of that competitors, Rhule stated, speaks to how he is dealt with the addition of Mayfield.

“After we let him know we have been making this transfer he dealt with it like the final word crew man, the final word skilled,” Rhule stated. “He took it very very similar to, ‘Hey, I’ll management what I can management and that is the way in which I play.’ I look ahead to seeing him play nice soccer throughout this camp.”

The Panthers have not had nice play at quarterback since halfway via the 2018 season when Cam Newton was the starter. Since Rhule was employed in January of 2020 they’ve had seven totally different quarterbacks begin a minimum of one recreation.

Darnold was Four-7 because the starter final season, prompting the crew to go after former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in the course of the offseason. The Cleveland Browns gained that battle, making Mayfield expendable.

The Browns pursued Watson after Mayfield struggled to a 6-Eight document final season following an 11-5 document in 2020.

So each quarterbacks, Mayfield the highest decide of the 2018 draft and Darnold the third, come into camp with one thing to show.

Darnold’s benefit is he is had a complete offseason within the system being carried out by new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Mayfield’s benefit is he confirmed in 2020 with the Browns he has what it takes to get a crew to the playoffs.

“There is not any doubt he has to get right here and he has to be taught the offense and he has to go from Stage 1 realizing the offense to Stage Four mastery the place you are unconsciously assured,” Rhule stated of Mayfield. “That is a part of his journey.”

Rhule would not reveal how the repetitions between the 2 shall be break up in camp till he sits down with all of the quarterbacks on Tuesday. Nonetheless, he expects the scenario shall be “fluid” based mostly on efficiency.

The purpose, Rhule stated, is to create an “identification” on offense the crew hasn’t had the previous two years largely due to inconsistent quarterback play.

“I feel we actually have a gifted crew,” Rhule stated after an offseason of rebuilding the roster and employees. “As a result of we now have expertise, we are able to actually deal with efficiency and outcomes.”

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