Mount Rushmore of most hated figures in Carolina Panthers history

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Matt Rhule – Former Carolina Panthers HC

Matt Rhule’s time with the Carolina Panthers was a complete, unmitigated disaster. The head coach was given full roster control and a whopping $62 million contract to lead the franchise, but a series of flawed moves coupled with trying to run an NFL team like a college program proved to be his eventual demise.

Rhule threw everyone he could under the bus in order to save his own skin. Whether it was Teddy Bridgewater, Cam Newton, or Joe Brady – nobody was safe.

This became tiresome and turned Carolina into the league’s laughing-stock. The former Baylor man even compared himself to Jay-Z when trying to excuse his poor performance levels, with team owner David Tepper finally pulling the plug after their Week 5 loss against the San Francisco 49ers.

As expected, Rhule’s silver tongue got another opportunity quickly as head coach at Nebraska. But his media tirade piling lies, false narratives, and blame anywhere but himself on the Panthers’ failings under his leadership have enraged beat reporters and fans that were sick of the sight of him long before this.

Rhule is a walking contradiction. A man that holds no accountability whatsoever, even though the footage about how wrong his claims are can be easily found.

Not only is Rhule the worst head coach in Panthers’ history, but he has now evolved into one of – if not the most – hated figures. Even for him, that’s taken some doing.

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