Report: Pep Hamilton declines interview with Panthers

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Pep Hamilton has declined an interview with the Panthers for their offensive coordinator vacancy, Aaron Wilson of Sports Talk 790 reports.

Hamilton, the Texans’ passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, is expected to have other options this offseason. He could remain with the Texans depending on the head coaching hire, Wilson adds.

The Panthers’ offensive coordinator job could end up being only one season as head coach Matt Rhule will enter his third season on the hot seat. The Panthers went 5-12 this season after going 5-11 in 2020.

Rhule fired Joe Brady during the team’s bye week in December, and running backs coach Jeff Nixon took over offensive play-calling for the rest of the season.

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, Colts wide receivers coach Mike Groh, Colts running backs coach Scottie Montgomery, former Washington head coach Jay Gruden and Vikings offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak have interviewed with the Panthers. Wilson reports that former Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly also has talked to the Panthers.

Hamilton, 47, has a history of success with young quarterbacks. He was the Colts’ offensive coordinator from 2013-15 after also coaching Andrew Luck at Stanford. He also helped Justin Herbert win AP offensive rookie of the year in 2020 as the Chargers’ quarterbacks coach.

In 2021, Hamilton worked with third-round rookie Davis Mills, who completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,258 yards with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions over his last five starts. That was good for a 102.4 passer rating.

13 responses to “Report: Pep Hamilton declines interview with Panthers

  1. Everyone knows this job offer does not have nothing but a one year stint attached to it. I cannot blame him for saying no thanks.

  2. Hilarious. Who would want to work for that bum Rhule after the way he threw Joe Brady under the bus?

  3. If a team is offering you an out from the Texans and you say, “nah I’m good” … what does that say about the other team?

  4. You don’t leave one job unless you love the offer, and moving every five minutes isn’t fun, especially if you have a family. Pep’s a legit head coaching candidate, even if his name isn’t on the flavor of the month list. Houston hasn’t hired anyone, and they might be impressed with what they’ve seen out of Pep. I’d say he’s had an extended interview. Maybe, at the end of the process they decide nobody that was interested in the head coaching job was as impressive as Pep Hamilton. Plus, they know what they’re getting.

  5. Smart move by Pep. When Matt Rhule is fired a year from now, the entire staff will likely be fired too. Why put yourself in that position?

  6. Mills did a 180 when you compare his last few starts vs his first few starts. The Texans should do everything in their power to keep Hamilton!

  7. Matt Rhule getting all of the best candidates for OC. Gees, guy might as well already resign.

  8. Of course not, he’s lined up to be OC in Houston with our new HC. He wouldn’t go be an OC for a worse franchise with a worse QB situation and a HC that is likely on the hot seat.

  9. Matt Rhule will be fired and sooner than most people think. The Carolina Panthers are a train wreck and so is the so called Head Coach. Kudos to Pep Hamilton for being smart about the train wreck in Carolina.

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