Carolina Panthers fire head coach Matt Rhule

The Carolina Panthers have dropped a bombshell disclosure within the NFL universe. After a disappointing start to the season with a 1-4 record.  

The Carolina Panthers have parted ways with Matt Rhule due to a disappointing start. The disclosure occurred less than 24 hours after the Panthers’ 37-15 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers. Rhule is the only head coach to be fired so far this season in the NFL. In two and a half years with the Panthers, he led the club to an 11-27 record.

In 2020, the Panthers signed Rhule to a seven-year, $62 million deal following his successful stints as head coach at Baylor and Temple, where he bolstered his reputation. In the NFL, though, the 47-year-old has had a far harder time leading a team that has had exactly one winning season since Super Bowl 50 in February 2016.

Following last season’s bottom-place NFC South finish, many Panthers supporters started asking for his dismissal due to his total 11-27 record with the club. This franchise couldn’t even manage to develop an adequate quarterback under Rhule.


It’s possible Rhule’s tenure might have gone in a different direction if the Panthers were aggressive and traded up to take Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert in 2020. Upon being asked about the incoming coach’s expected timeline for success, David Tepper, who purchased the team in 2018, responded:

“If the fans are expecting something to be miraculous next year, listen, it could happen. Maybe, you know, it’s that good, but you can’t count on that. There has to be a degree of patience to build sustained excellence.

“I’m going to say that again, sustained excellence. You say five years? Listen, you want to wait five years for sustained excellence? You think people will wait five years for sustained excellence? For 20 years of winning seasons? They better, if they want that.”


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