i could immediately upgrade them. Send Cam packing.Sources: Baylor's Matt Rhule to be Panthers' next coach
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Baylor coach Matt Rhule will be the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers, multiple sources told ESPN on Tuesday.
The move was a bold one by owner David Tepper, who when previously explaining the job description didn't rule out hiring a college coach but made it clear he understood the "difficulty'' in moving from college to the NFL. Rhule spent only one year in the NFL, that in 2012 as an offensive line assistant for the New York Giants.
Rhule was scheduled to meet with the Giants on Tuesday, but canceled that after his interview with Tepper at his home in Waco, Texas, on Monday.
Rhule has a reputation for turning programs around. In his third season at Temple, the Owls went 10-2 during the regular season. A year later, he led the program to its first conference championship since 1967.
Baylor went 11-3 this past season, two years after going 1-11 in Rhule's first season for the Big 12 program.
Rhule, 44, will inherit a Carolina team that finished 5-11 this past season and has had three losing seasons in the past four years since going to the Super Bowl after the 2015 season.
He will replace Ron Rivera, who was fired with four games left in the 2019 season with the Panthers in a losing skid that would reach eight straight. Rivera, who took over the team in 2011, was the winningest coach in Carolina history, with a record of 76-63-1.
He was hired by the Washington Redskins last week.
This is the first time in team history the Panthers have hired a coach from the collegiate level. They appeared to be leaning toward a pro coach again before Tepper met with Rhule.
Carolina interviewed former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, who is headed to Dallas. The Panthers also interviewed Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and were scheduled to meet with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels Tuesday, interim coach Perry Fewell on Wednesday and Minnesota Vikings coach Kevin Stefanski on Thursday.
All except Fewell were offensive-minded -- as Tepper said he wanted.
One of Rhule's biggest decisions will be deciding the future of quarterback Cam Newton, who is rehabbing from Lisfranc surgery. There is no timetable on Newton's return and the 2015 NFL MVP is slated to become a free agent after the 2020 season.
Though Rhule was a linebacker at Penn State, he has become known for his offensive prowess. He's a big believer in the RPO -- run-pass option -- that is big in the NFL and something the Panthers have run the past two seasons with Norv and Scott Turner running the offense.
Rhule, initially known for smashmouth football, has jokingly called the RPO his "deal with the devil.''
Rhule ultimately fit Tepper's job description, "the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes.''
Everything's on the table except for the ownership, and the front office, and the coaching staff, and pretty much anyone other than the latest HOF player they're running out of town.Here's the Chuggers current mantra:
"When you're 5-11, everything's on the table.”
No, it is not. The ownership and their involvement is not on the table, and it's the broken table.
“The Spanni suck hard cheese...No D in San Diego....what? Jesus, Mary, Joseph they went to where?How much longer can this current group of incompetent boofs be in charge of football and still make billions? I wonder what Mary Pat thinks about that?