Matt Rhule speaks out on decision to leave Baylor for Panthers
The Carolina Panthers have brought in former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to replace Ron Rivera. He has since reflected on his time back in central Texas and what ultimately spurred his decision to make the jump back into the NFL.
Rhule said during an appearance on ESPN AM1660 that he feels he has done all that he can to try and turn the program around and the time finally came for a change of scenery:
“I wasn’t sure when it was supposed to be, I wasn’t sure what I would do. I prayed on it, I thought about it, I talked to people about it. And in the end, I would’ve loved to have been here and coached these kids again. But they’re in good hands. they’ll win and they’ll continue to do things right off the files. I just felt like my work was done and it was time to go try to turn around another program.”
There is no question that Rhule managed to do just that during his short time at Baylor. The Bears went 1-11 in his first year as the head coach before managed to flip those numbers by finishing the 2019 regular season with an 11-1 record. Although they ultimately fell short in the Big 12 Championship game and the Sugar Bowl, it seems he had already done more than enough to prove himself at the collegiate level.
Matt Rhule does have some NFL experience as a member of Tom Coughlin’s coaching staff with the New York Giants back in 2012. He will now be tasked with leading another resurgence for a Panthers team that is coming off a 5-11 finish in the 2019 campaign.