Matt Rhule: Sometimes you have to be booed

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The Panthers opened the 2021 season with a record of 3-0, but things have gone down right from there.

Sunday’s 32-6 loss to a shorthanded Buccaneers team was their 10th in the last 12 games and it resulted in unfortunate reactions from fans at Bank of America Stadium. There was anger for the team and singing for the dismissal of Matt Rhule as he neared the end of his second season.

After the game, Rhule said he believes things are repairable, but that the process “works 1000 percent.” He also acknowledged that “no one can see it” and that he understands that this will result in a negative reaction from the team’s fans.

“I prefer passion over apathy,” Rhule said, via Darin Gantt of the team’s website. “I prefer pressure over nothing. I could do anything else. I think our fans have been great. They support us and you sometimes know you need to be called out… I have no problem with our fans. What fans deserve is “They deserve a winner. They saw a really good team at the beginning of the year and they do not see it now. I understand their frustration.”

Of frustration is never a good thing, but it can be managed much easier than frustration from the owner of box. Should David Tepper feel differently about how the process is developing under Rhule, who has been 10-21 since his arrival in Charlotte, there could be big changes for the 2022 season.

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