Interim Panthers head coach Steve Wilks gave Robbie Anderson the AB treatment banishing the wide receiver from the sideline in the middle of the Rams game.
The Panthers have experienced miserable quarterback performances and a head coach firing already this season. Now you can add “kicking a player off the sideline” to the 2022 experience.
While Carolina was locked in a one-score battle with the Rams, wide receiver Robbie Anderson appeared to get into multiple arguments with the coaching staff.
Eventually, interim head coach Steve Wilks had enough and sent him to the locker room.
Social media immediately jumped to comparisons to Antonio Brown’s sideline meltdown with the Bucs while speculating about his future in Carolina.
NFL Twitter reacts to Robbie Anderson’s AB moment
Anderson played for Matt Rhule at Temple. Signing with the Panthers in 2020 reunited him with his old head coach. Maybe Rhule’s firing contributed to the situation on Sunday.
Rumors of players going on the trade block have also been swirling around Carolina. Christian McCaffrey may be up for grabs while Anderson’s name was also mentioned ahead of the game against the Rams. Perhaps his frustration over a potential trade was in play.
Frustration at his role is definitely another possible factor. Anderson led the Panthers with 95
catches for 1,096 yards in his debut season with the team. Last year his production dropped to 53 receptions for 519 yards. His impact wasn’t any greater this year. He came into Sunday’s game with just 13 catches this season.
Whatever sparked the incident, Anderson now looks more likely than ever to be shipped off to whatever bidder offers the most. This situation probably didn’t raise his value any, but both sides will surely benefit from a fresh start after this.