Matt Rhule’s status could hinge on offensive coordinator hire

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Panthers coach Matt Rhule is safe. Unless he isn’t.

Amid multiple reports that the second-year coach will get a third year, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that it’s not a done deal.

“I know it’s put out there that he’s safe,” Glazer said. “Not so fast. Matt Rhule has to hire a rock-star offensive coordinator for him to actually save his job.”

That may be easier said than done. Rock stars have options, and few will want to hitch their wagon to a sinking ship. Think of the pressure that will be on an offensive coordinator on whose shoulders the fate of the entire coaching staff rests.

It also becomes a potential stew of dysfunction for the Panthers in 2022, if Rhule hires a great offensive coordinator. If the team struggles, the rock-star O.C. becomes the potentially obvious in-season replacement for Rhule.

Here’s the reality. This one won’t be over until owner David Tepper makes a decision and announces it. Even then, Tepper could very well exercise now or later the ultimate billionaire’s prerogative — the ability to change his mind. More than once.

8 responses to “Matt Rhule’s status could hinge on offensive coordinator hire

  1. Matt Rhule needs to be fired period and the ball is in David Tepper’s court. It does not matter who or whom they hire as the Carolina Panthers are a train wreck and a sinking ship ala The Titanic. Rhule will sink and Tepper may go down with him along with a disgruntled fan base. It is what it is.

  2. Matt Rhule looks like a couple other college coaches that I remember during their first years in the NFL. Bill Walsh and Jimmy Johnson. Now they’re in Canton. Good thing they had smart owners. Now those owners are both in Canyon, too.

  3. What coach could win with the qbs he has had. Bb couldnt even win with cam. He could still be a terrible coach but he needs at least an average qb to really have a chance.

  4. How many meddling owners have ever had sustained success in the NFL? Tepper fits that category.

  5. Ryan Dubose says:
    January 9, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    What coach could win with the qbs he has had. Bb couldnt even win with cam. He could still be a terrible coach but he needs at least an average qb to really have a chance.
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    First the Belichick statement isn’t far. Brady barely got that squad to the playoffs, before the transactions and opt outs the following year. They were a 12-4 team in record only, not in play, they limped into the playoffs and knocked out in the first round. That was lowest amount of TD passed Brady had thrown in 13 years, lowest passing yards in a decade (playing a full season so not counting the suspension year, and injury year) worst completion percentage in six years, and after that you have to go back to 2004. The year Cam was there was that team but even less, Brady would have been better but even he wouldn’t have been able to take the 2020 Pats to the playoffs.

    And to answer the question: Andy Reid. Jim Harbaugh. John Harbaugh. Mike Tomlin. Any of those four would have had some sort of success with the QBs they have because they are competent football coaches.

    Blaming the QBs is a cop out. Matt Rhule picked Bridgewater, then used Bridgewater as his scapegoat. Teddy left, then Darnold came for Teddy, and then after that it was musical chairs at QB with the common denominator being Matt Rhule and the team looking inept.

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