Matt Rhule on taking Panthers job: “It just seemed like the right fit”

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Just a week ago, new Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule had stated an intention to remain as the head coach at Baylor and even declined an opportunity to interview for the head coaching position with the Cleveland Browns.

Rhule remained open to interviewing with the Panthers and New York Giants for their positions and decided that Carolina was the right chance for him to take his shot at the professional game. So what convinced Rhule to leave Waco and head to Charlotte instead?

Well I just think throughout the entire process getting to know Mr. Tepper, getting to know Marty (Hurney), it was very clear that things were going to be done the right way,” Rhule said in an interview with the Panthers’ website. “They were not looking for a quick fix but instead were looking for sustained excellence. They were looking for a coach that was going to come in and build a program.

“That’s all I really believe in. It’s not about rising and falling day after day. It’s about putting a process in place that guarantees you’re going to be successful in the long run and then having the guts and the toughness to stick to it through good times and bad. When I listened to them talk, that’s what they were looking for and that’s really all I believe in and it just seemed like the right fit.”

A nice contract offer almost certainly didn’t hurt either.

34 responses to “Matt Rhule on taking Panthers job: “It just seemed like the right fit”

  1. It seemed like the right fit…….after the Giants turned down the chance to match the offer so I had no choice.

  2. you mean the giants wouldnt match so yeah, it was the right fit. thank you, you did them a favor. we got the better coach with the better pedigree.

  3. “Right fit” ?!?… OK… let’s see: “bring veteran coach Phil Snow with him to coach defense”.
    Veteran of what ?
    “The 64-year-old Snow served as Rhule’s defensive coordinator at both Temple and Baylor. He’s spent most of his career in the college ranks, but had four years with the Lions (2005-08)”
    So he’s a veteran of this:
    2008 0-16
    2007 7-9
    2006 3-13
    2005 5-11

    At 64 y.o., this is the entire NFL career of the guy he choose as defense coordinator.
    Carolina used to have Sean McDermott, Steve Wilks as DCs…

  4. Translation: “All those tens of millions of dollars are the right fit for my bank account”. But seriously, the Panthers job was the most attractive job out there. If Cam Newton gets healthy and stays healthy, you’ve got a league MVP as the best QB of any of the jobs available. If he doesn’t, you get to pick your own QB. You’ve got the most complete and arguably best RB in the league. You have a lot of the pieces and building blocks for a good defence. You don’t have to deal with Jerruh.

  5. Yeah but you still called the Giants to see if they could offer more .
    You took the job for the money not what the owner said cus you could had told the GIANTS you moving on instead of calling them to see if they would offer more.

  6. “It just seemed like the right fit.”

    But only after he contacted the Giants to see if they would match the Carolina offer … which the Giants wisely refused to do.

  7. “it just seemed like the right fit””…….Oh and lets add, “plus, the idiot just gave me more money than i actually deserve”

  8. Rhule grabbed the money from the rookie owner, who not only offered his unproven face of the franchise an exorbitant salary, but laced it with incentives.

    When Don Shula was pushed out of Miami after the 1995 season, Jimmy Johnson replaced him, inheriting legendary but time worn QB Dan Marino. It did not go well, but Jimmy got a great contract and loved south Florida.

    Rhule inherits a QB situation that’s similarly unattractive. He will not make it to his second contract.

    Joe Judge inherits Daniel Jones in New York and has a better chance to succeed professionally. Rhule took the money in Carolina when he could have had the chance to coach the Giants instead. I would have taken the Giants lower offer.

  9. $60 million makes for an awfully good fit, no matter where it is. Right, Matt? Good luck in Carolina. Hope it works out well.

  10. Rhule got the long-term commitment and time he needed to implement his program and plan, like Shanahan and Lynch did in San Francisco. Remember, their first two years were far from memorable. The division is wide-open, especially looking into the future. I think, over time, he’ll be a success in Carolina.

  11. It is refreshing to see an owner with a long term approach. And the new coach has the same philosophy as well. I think these are positives; maybe some other teams could/should adopt this (Giants, Jets, Browns).

    Question: Do the successful teams (Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers, etc.) have success because of stability at the top, or does long term success lead to stability at the top?

    Let’s check back on their progress in 3 years.

  12. The panthers are going to be patient as they rebuild their team. Expect 2-3 years of losing football. The giants want to win now which probably scared him away. The giants do not have the roster to win now.

  13. Guys always looking for the next job and then when he finds the “right fit” he calls the giants to see if they would be a better fit LOL. HE’S SLIPPERY

  14. blynch67 says:
    January 8, 2020 at 8:01 am

    It is refreshing to see an owner with a long term approach. And the new coach has the same philosophy as well. I think these are positives; maybe some other teams could/should adopt this (Giants, Jets, Browns).

    Question: Do the successful teams (Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers, etc.) have success because of stability at the top, or does long term success lead to stability at the top?

    Let’s check back on their progress in 3 years.
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    I’m quite sure Cleveland is elated that they did not give Freddy a 7 year contract. I for one, prefer a shorter term for an unproven coach. Also, it’s like saying you got 7 years to reach the SB, what’s the rush?

  15. I bet for $10 million a year. Why. Don’t understand any of the new hires this year. Except McCarthy.

  16. Tepper banking on this hire big time! This is going to be a very interesting season coming up!! New staff, new players, Cam??….

  17. Why would Ruhle call the Giants and ask them to match?

    That means the Panthers were his 2nd choice. Not only that but he HAD to know the Giants would say ‘NO’. They’d pay that for BB and NO ONE else. Not even if Parcells wanted to come back.

    I wouldn’t be happy with that phone call if I were Tepper. What if the Giants said ‘Yes’? Does Ruhle then ask Tepper for more?

    You make a great offer like that (once in a lifetime) you make the employee give you an answer NOW. No phone calls. Here’s 70 million. Yes or No? Ruhle should have known all the options going in. If he blows me away and I have to answer now, should have been on his radar.

  18. Maybe this will work out great. But Tepper seems like a weird egomaniac willing to spend any amount of money to remake things in his own image. This is a guy who spent $45 million to buy the house of a guy who had passed over him for a promotion, just so he could demolish the house and build a bigger one.

    The way he sort of creepily compares the coach to himself and always feels the need to play up his aw-shucks pseudo-blue-collar self-image doesn’t speak well to his soundness of thought.

  19. nite2al says:
    January 8, 2020 at 9:15 am
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    I’m quite sure Cleveland is elated that they did not give Freddy a 7 year contract. I for one, prefer a shorter term for an unproven coach.
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    That’s nice what you prefer and he’s not an unproven coach, so there is that.

  20. I’m glad the guy is getting paid but hope he’s fired shortly. He’s all about Baylor and then runs for the big payday saying it seemed like the right fit? He’d make Bobby Petrino proud

  21. After this round of firings and hirings, it’s beyond me why someone doesn’t go out and offer BB, Carroll or Harbaugh $20 million to coach their team. I guess tampering rules are the only thing to defend against that.

  22. Whenever a HC gets hired by an NFL and says it seems like the right fit – it means the team threw more money at him than he ever dreamed of.

  23. Didn’t he just say he wouldn’t sell his soul for 4 million dollar contract
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    Well, in his defense, he was accurate. He sold it for $10 million.

  24. I wish I were a fly on the wall at the next NFL owners meeting. I’d love to see the reception Tepper gets from his fellow owners for raising the bar on salaries for newly-hired head coaches.

  25. If I were one of his players, I wouldn’t want to hear this BS, especially after being told he was leaving, and then he would coach them next year, over the course of the 48 hour lead up to their bowl game.

    Rhule’s got some stones, man…especially when he invited them to come by and see him while he’s still in town.

    No integrity whatsoever.

    I can’t imagine any grown man doing anything but tuning this guy out when he starts talking about being a good teammate and buying in to the team concept.

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