5 lively outsiders for the Carolina Panthers head coaching job in 2023

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Pep Hamilton
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Who could emerge as lively outsiders for the vacant Carolina Panthers head coaching job in 2023?

With the dust finally settling on Matt Rhule’s era with the Carolina Panthers, the team is moving forward positively at long last. Interim head coach Steve Wilks is eager for the organization to make a welcome return to what made them so special during their glory years, playing a physical style of football with an exciting offense that’s been sorely missed.

Wilks has made a lasting impression so far as he looks to convince team owner David Tepper he’s worthy of a long-term commitment. But those in power will also be examining potential candidates from outside the franchise ahead of their landmark decision in 2023.

What conclusion Tepper and other influential figures make will shape the future of football in Carolina. Removing Rhule just three years into a lucrative seven-year deal worth $62 million obviously hurt the billionaire, so it’s important he learns from this grave mistake and relies on the likes of general manager Scott Fitterer to appoint the right guy.

The net will be cast far and wide, one suspects. With this in mind, here are five lively outsiders to become Carolina’s next head coach.

Lively Outsider No. 1

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(Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press via IMAGN Content Services) Duce Staley /

Carolina Panthers could target Duce Staley

Although it might be a season too soon for Duce Staley, there’s nothing to suggest he won’t get interview consideration from teams looking for a new head coach. His no-nonsense approach and growing experience in a coaching capacity make him a rising star in league circles, with his previous time as an NFL player immediately commanding respect in the locker room.

The current Detroit Lions assistant head coach is carving out a profitable path after hanging up his cleats. Things might not be going according to plan for the NFC North basement dwellers in 2022, but this does not detract from what a bright coaching future Staley has if he continues honing his craft.