3 reasons the Panthers can win NFC South after Tom Brady retirement

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Carolina Panthers have the best head coach

Even though he was fired by the Indianapolis Colts midway through the season, Frank Reich is a good football coach. He is very well respected, with owner Jim Irsay and his previous employer’s social media accounts showing him some love when the official announcement by the Carolina Panthers was confirmed.

Sometimes, teams want to move in a different direction. Unfortunately, Reich found himself out through no real fault of his own.

Let’s look at why Reich should be considered the best head coach in the division.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Todd Bowles, who just coached in his first playoff game a few weeks ago in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. For his career, he has 34 wins to 50 losses and has only one season where his team finished above .500 – his first season as New York Jets head coach in 2015.

Bowles also has the tall task of replacing Tom Brady, which we’ll discuss later.

Arthur Smith, the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, has yet to win more than seven games in a season. In his first two years, he is 14-20 and has finished bottom two in the NFC South during this span.

Smith could very well find himself on the hot seat this upcoming season if his team does not show improvement.

The New Orleans Saints head coach is Dennis Allen, who took over after Sean Payton retired in 2021. He has also never had a record above .500, and his best end-of-season finish was the previous campaign his team finished third in the South.

Allen’s team was also swept by the Panthers this season, including Matt Rhule’s lone win.

Reich has 40 wins in his career to 33 defeats and also secured a playoff victory in 2018. While not overly impressive, his offensive prowess gives him a leg up on a division filled with subpar coaching.

During his four years with the Colts, Reich never finished outside the top 16 in scoring offense, and only finished out the top 10 once. Something that should encourage Panthers fans ahead of an important offseason.