4 major observations from the Carolina Panthers hiring Frank Reich
Carolina Panthers went with NFL experience
After David Tepper‘s gamble on a college coach bringing his success to the NFL failed abysmally, it’s evident a fresh change of approach was needed. No longer could the billionaire act on his first impression – it needed to be a collective effort to finally get the Carolina Panthers moving forward.
While the players and most fans wanted Steve Wilks, Tepper and other front-office figures were clearly not 100 percent convinced. But their intent to find someone with true NFL head coaching experience led them to Frank Reich.
Things didn’t end well with the Indianapolis Colts, which is a concern. However, there were many other factors in play that centered around a series of failed moves at the quarterback position following Andrew Luck’s shock retirement.
This is the safest move Tepper’s made since buying the Panthers from Jerry Richardson. Reich should command instant respect and have a concise coaching strategy to build on Wilks’ fine work throughout the 2022 campaign.
It might not work out, which would be a disaster. But there is enough evidence to suggest that Reich can put his previous experience to good use in pursuit of avoiding similar mistakes this time around.
After Rhule fluffed his lines time and time again, this was the only logical step.