30. Carolina Panthers (finished 27)
What I said at the end of last season:
"The Carolina McCaffreys are a team built around a single player going forward. While the defense has great moments, but down the stretch it has completely collapsed and it looks like there could be a change with the new HC. The Panthers have some nice pieces, but with huge questions looming at quarterback and head coach, to put them any higher than this seems like pure optimism."
The Panthers went down in my power rankings, but that is a little bit misleading. I think they are a better team structurally going forward, but they are going to have a tough 2020.
A new coaching staff trying to teach and implement a system during this offseason is hard enough, but you also have a new QB in Teddy Bridgewater who is going to have to develop chemistry with his wide receivers on top of all of that.
The good news is that Joe Brady has all of the signs of a future head coach and his time with Joe Burrow was very promising. Combine that offensive mindset with the defensive mind and leadership of Matt Rhule, and you should come out with a well-coached team.
All of that is great, but big changes on offense as well as an entire rookie class on defense (oh and losing Luke Keuchly) is going to lead to growing pains.