4 major observations from Ejiro Evero’s first Carolina Panthers presser

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Ejiro Evero focused on the Carolina Panthers

One of the primary reasons why acquiring Ejiro Evero was such a major coup for the Carolina Panthers was the esteem in which he is held around the league. The progressive coach gained plenty of head coaching interest before owners – David Tepper included – went in different directions, but this experience is sure to serve him well in pursuit of a top job somewhere down the line.

When asked about the interviews and the potential of being a head coach as soon as next season, Evero was unwavering. His primary focus is clearly on getting the Panthers’ defense into the elite category and whatever comes after that will be dealt with at the time.

"“I’m not really worried about the next job. I’m worried about the job that’s present. Very fortunate that I had the opportunities I had these last couple of weeks and it was a great experience for me to interview for those jobs. But once that process is over, once I signed the papers to come to Carolina, none of that really matters anymore. It’s about building a winning program here and so that’s kinda how I view it.”"

This is the right mindset to have. Evero is a level-headed individual that is on the up, so he should be fully aware that making a huge impression with Carolina’s defense in 2023 will put him in a strong position to secure his long-awaited promotion when the next head coaching cycle begins.

What’s also important is that the Panthers make the most of Evero while they can. The staff must also groom his potential successor to ensure no momentum is lost when the defensive coordinator inevitably departs the franchise.