#1: Get the right coach to lead this team
This goes without saying, but Tepper has had zero success since he bought the Carolina Panthers before the 2018 season, and coming off a two-win season, he has dug himself into the deepest hole from a fan's point of view. This offseason is perhaps the most exciting offseason since the turn of the century regarding Coaching Free Agency. Several proven coaches are up for grabs that could make an impact almost immediately. Tepper needs to hire somebody who can turn this franchise around to earn Carolina fans' respect, which he has yet to accomplish.
It is in my opinion that with a quarterback heading into his second year that is supposed to be the future of the franchise, the Panthers need to bring on an offensive-minded coach. Somebody like Bobby Slowik would be my top suggestion because we saw what he and Stroud have done (and are continuing to do) this season. Bring in someone who has proven that he can have significant success with a young quarterback. If not Slowik, the Panthers should consider Todd Monken from Baltimore and Brian Johnson from Philadelphia.
#2: Spend money on the offensive line
The Panthers do not need to waste draft picks on offensive linemen. They need to pick up some seasoned vets in free agency. Developing an offensive line is not a luxury the Panthers can afford right now. They need people to come in and perform immediately.
The Panthers tied for second with the Washington commanders with the most sacks allowed this season at 65. Bryce Young did not have enough time to get the ball out of his hands this season because of the horrible pass-blocking and the team couldn't rely on their run game because run-blocking was damn near just as bad. They finished dead last in yards per game and second to last in points per game. This team gives the 2010 Panthers a run for their money for the worst team in franchise history.
#3: Bring the culture
As we stated before, Tepper has done a horrible job building a team that Carolinians can be proud of, but what I would argue is worse than that is he killed the culture that the 2015 Panthers laid the foundation for. We've all lived through some horrible seasons as Panthers fans, but at the very least, going to games and talking about the team throughout the week was something to look forward to.
I've seen people who have been season ticket holders for as long as I can remember not show up to games, and they don't make their entire personality being a Panthers fan anymore, and it's sad to see. As a Chicago Bears fan, I can say that the team has always been trash, but at least it's fun being a Bears fan. There's always something going on that keeps us on our toes, and fans make being a fan their entire personality, no matter what. Carolina doesn't have that anymore. I don't know what the solution is, but that's why I'm not paid the big bucks. Tepper has one of the biggest pockets in the NFL. It's time for him to start investing to bring back the Carolina Culture.