Carolina Panthers kept Matt Rhule as head coach
There were many within the media and across the fanbase that thought Matt Rhule should be removed as head coach of the Carolina Panthers this offseason. The former Baylor man was under increasing pressure throughout the campaign after the team completely capitulated, with his in-game adjustments and media comments coming for some significant criticism.
Rhule remained confident that David Tepper would keep him around when asked. It did take time, but the NFL’s richest owner came out in public support of his guy during some rare media availability before the 2022 NFL Draft.
According to Joe Person of The Athletic, Tepper is unhappy and embarrassed by the contract given to Rhule – a man with no pro experience in a position of power. This was also a deal that irked other owners and probably a big reason why the billionaire was unwilling to admit his mistake.
Carolina has kept Rhule out of the limelight this offseason, allowing general manager Scott Fitterer to take charge of most responsibilities in front of the cameras. An out of sight, out of mind approach designed to take some heat off.
The stakes could not be higher for Rhule in 2022. There are no more excuses, so it’s time to start winning football games or it might lead to some landmark changes next spring.
There is enough talent for Carolina to progress. But much will also depend on what improvements Rhule has also made to his coaching methods.