3 best moves from the Carolina Panthers 2023 offseason so far

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) David Tepper
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Carolina Panthers hired Ejiro Evero

Once Steve Wilks was overlooked for the head coaching gig, it became evident that Al Holcomb would follow him out of the door. He wasn’t without work for long after accepting a position with the Buffalo Bills, but the Carolina Panthers needed to find an elite defensive coordinator capable of taking this talented unit to different heights in 2023.

Fortune favored the Panthers when Ejiro Evero‘s head coaching interviews didn’t come with a formal offer. This was one year too soon for the blossoming coach, but Carolina acted swiftly to make him their next defensive coordinator when others were also in the mix.

Money is clearly no object for David Tepper, which helps. But the prospect of working with an outstanding young core and building his own defensive staff enticed Evero enough to join Frank Reich’s ambitious project.

This comes with a significant amount of intrigue. Evero runs a creative, interchangeable 3-4 scheme that relies heavily on generating pressure, which is something that could play to the strengths of Brian Burns, Derrick Brown, Frankie Luvu, and Jeremy Chinn thanks to their athleticism and natural instincts.

It might only be a short-term arrangement if Evero thrives in Carolina. However, this could be the most important coaching hire after Reich when push comes to shove.

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