7 offensive-minded head coaching candidates the Panthers must target

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Carolina Panthers must consider Brian Johnson

There are plenty of admiring glances across the league toward the Philadelphia Eagles right now. The NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team is riding on the crest of a wave and looks primed for a strong postseason run, which is obviously going to attract attention to their coaches and whether they can make the step up to the prominent leadership position.

While there is every chance offensive coordinator Shane Steichen emerges as a leading candidate for the Carolina Panthers, those in positions of power could also take a look at Brian Johnson despite his lack of NFL play-calling experience.

Johnson is the team’s quarterbacks coach and is responsible for working wonders with Jalen Hurts over the last two years. He’s been an offensive coordinator at the college level, but as the Panthers found out to their cost, that doesn’t necessarily translate to a professional environment given how things played out with Joe Brady.

With that being said, this is a lively outsider that could gain interest. Especially if Hurts and the Eagles continue their sensational run of form throughout the campaign and into the playoffs.

At 35 years old, Johnson would be one of the league’s youngest head coaches. But team owner David Tepper is reportedly going to follow the trend of recent head coaching appointments league-wide, so it cannot be ruled out entirely.