Ranking the 6 shortlisted candidates for Panthers head coach in 2023

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Steve Wilks
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Steve Wilks /
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The Carolina Panthers have approached multiple candidates for their vacant head coaching position, but which one is the best?

Business is picking up for the Carolina Panthers in pursuit of finding their next head coach in 2023. This is one of the more coveted jobs around considering the roster talent, draft picks, and ability to create more than $40 million in cap space, but it will count for nothing if those in power cannot bring the right figurehead on board.

General manager Scott Fitterer stated during his recent media availability that it won’t be a long list of candidates. Whether that has something to do with the impact made by Steve Wilks is yet to be determined, but Carolina’s interview requests have a distinctly offensive feel to them apart from the interim.

This is in keeping with the current trend across the NFL and team owner David Tepper’s reported intentions. But the Panthers have to nail this appointment after Matt Rhule’s tenure with the organization blew up in their face.

On this topic, we examined and ranked the six shortlisted candidates for the Panthers’ next head coach in 2023.

Candidate No. 6

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(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Ken Dorsey and Cam Newton /

Carolina Panthers will target Ken Dorsey

Ken Dorsey fits the mold. He is a progressive young mind currently calling plays for the Buffalo Bills and also has a previous connection to the Carolina Panthers during his time as quarterbacks coach when Cam Newton was taking the NFL by storm.

Newton has been nothing but complimentary about Dorsey’s credentials. Front office figure Dan Morgan is also likely to bang the table hard for this from their time together in Buffalo.

This is an intriguing choice. But the offensive coordinator might need another year before assuming command of an NFL franchise.