It isn’t difficult to surmise after yesterday’s press conference that Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper wants to get a good long look at college coaches and he wants to be among the first to do so. Firing Ron yesterday allows him to freely and openly make calls to college coaches and NFL assistants. Word would have quickly gotten back to Ron if Tepper started making phone calls. The right thing to do was to let him go and openly search for a new head coach.
What we can infer about a David Tepper head coach prospect;
– A coach open to analytics. This indicates a younger mindset and not old school go with your gut. (Ok Boomer)
– An offensive mind. Tepper has stated the trend currently is an offensive coach. Likely because the current NFL rules favor the offense so heavily.
One guy that fits this description perfectly is Baylor’s head coach Matt Rhule. Here is a brief rundown of his qualifications…
– Former college player
– 20 years coaching experience
– OL coach under Tom Coughlin
– Has been positions coach on both sides of the ball, including QB.
– Turned Baylor’s program around quickly from door mat to conference contender. Went from 1-11 to 11-1 in two years.
– All of this and is only 44 years old.
Pair Rhule with Scott Turner as OC and the Carolina Panthers could have a solid coaching staff ready to rebuild on day 1.