REPORT: Carolina Panthers hiring Matt Rhule to be head coach
The Carolina Panthers are joining the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins as teams who are no longer searching for a new head coach. According to Ian Rapoport, Carolina is hiring Matt Rhule to be the team’s next head coach.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 7, 2020
The Panthers interviewed quite a few candidates already and most of them had some offensive experience. Ultimately, the Panthers decided to pull the trigger and hire Rhule from the college ranks.
Rhule interviewed with Carolina on Monday and was slated to visit with other teams as well. Among the other teams interested, the New York Giants scheduled an interview with Rhule that was expected to take place sometime this week.
But before he could even consider the Giants, the Panthers evidently gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Now, the Giants will have to set their sights on another head coach with Rhule no longer available.
Before joining the Panthers, Rhule’s previous experience in the NFL was with the Giants. However, his role was minimal as he was an assistant for the offensive line.
Following his time in New York, Rhule spent the past seven years as a head coach in college football. Most recently, Rhule is known for turning around the Baylor program in impressive fashion.
When Rhule took the job at Baylor, the team went 1-11 in his first year as the head coach. But in his last two seasons, the program went 18-9 and came close to making the college football playoffs in 2019.
Last year, Rhule nearly accepted the job to become the head coach of the New York Jets. Of course, the Jets chose to hire Adam Gase instead. Unlike the Jets, the Panthers didn’t seem content with allowing Rhule to walk away without an irrefutable offer.