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After Washington loss, the Carolina Panthers should be in full tank mode

With an unrealistic chance of making the playoffs, this team should make the future its biggest interest.

NFL: Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not trying to say that the Carolina Panthers should try to lose, but at this point, winning does nothing but boost the team’s morale. And what does a boosted morale do for this season as a whole? Exactly nothing. As of right now, the Panthers are 5-7, and to say that they would win the next four games would be laughable at this point in the season. They have the Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, and New Orleans Saints remaining on their schedule.

They will not receive any more draft picks from gaining an extra victory or two, and they certainly won’t make the playoffs, especially if their struggles on both offense and defense continue.

If I were Ron Rivera, I would do everything in my power to ensure that the remaining impact players on the roster stay healthy for the rest of the season. The last thing the Panthers need is another Cam Newton situation. Speaking of Cam...

The Panthers’ front office has a huge decision to make at quarterback this offseason. According to this tweet after the Panthers loss against the Falcons a few weeks ago, anything could happen:

“All options are on the table...”

There is a lot to unpack from that, to say the very least. It could be very possible that the decision has already been made. We just don’t know about it because of the media firestorm that could potentially surround Charlotte after the news breaks. Until then, Newton’s future as a Panther remains in question.

As for Ron Rivera, many fans are clearly upset with his decision making as of late. Some of them even feel as though he should have been out of Carolina, especially with the limited amount of success this team has experienced over the past few years. The same can be said about general manager Marty Hurney, whose performance has also been called into question by fans. However, according to the tweet below, there hasn’t been a front office decision made... yet.

As for the next few games, there won’t be as much excitement coming from this end. Winning may be the ultimate goal, but this team already lost enough games for it to do anything remotely significant this season. What do you think, Panthers fans?