The struggling Panthers find themselves at a crossroads less than a month into the NFL season.
Their five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver already blasted their young star quarterback on the sideline, their coach says the team needs to find an identity, and their schedule isn't getting any easier following a 36-7 drubbing at the hands of the New York Giants last Thursday night.
At 1-2, Carolina runs the risk of falling three games behind the NFC South-leading Falcons (3-0) if the Panthers don't get things straightened away before Sunday's game against Matt Ryan and company in Atlanta.
Still, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said it's not time to panic.
Rivera said he's not planning any lineup changes on offense or defense in the wake of the team's slow start and vows that the Panthers will get back on track.
''If this was game seven, eight or nine I'd have a little more concern,'' Rivera said. ''But this was the third game of the season. We're 1-2 and there are a number of teams in this le...