Panthers vs Cardinals: Matt Rhule leaned on the team to get past Christian McCaffrey injury

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Author: Jon Kuzma

When Christian McCaffrey went down with an ankle injury. Everyone was wondering if the Carolina Panthers could survive without their best player? But ever since he’s been hired, Matt Rhule has been trying to get his players to buy in to a team-first approach. For Rhule that means making sure everyone trusts each other before stepping on the field. Then when’s it time to actually play the game. Hopefully those players will put their trust into the Panthers system. And through the first four weeks that mentality has been successful for Carolina. Rhule has funneled his offensive game plan through Teddy Bridgewater. A guy he knows that will always put the team before himself. Another thing Rhule has done well is put the focus on a group of athletes instead of just putting it all on one guy. Like they’d normally do if McCaffrey is healthy. Against Arizona that meant trusting Mike Davis, Reggie Bonnafon, and even Bridgewater to pick up the slack in the running game. And we’re seeing that a diversified offensive attack is a better strategy for the Panthers. So you can begin to understand why Rhule was all about putting the team first.  Because it prepares you for situations like this.

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