The Panthers new head coach is getting mixed reviews but what does this mean for Carolina next season?
The Panthers wasted no time in hiring Matt Rhule. Less than 24 hours after meeting with Rhule, David Tepper had a deal in place to make him the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers. This is the first time Carolina has hired a coach from the collegiate level and while he does have one year of NFL coaching experience (Giants O-Line coach). Rhule was not a guy many considered to be the Panthers’ first choice. Josh McDaniels and Eric Bienemy were reported to be Carolina’s top choices although they interviewed Mike McCarthy twice before he was hired by the Cowboys.
It’s been reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Rhule will receive a 7-year deal worth $60 million that could turn intto $70 million with incentives. Tepper made it clear he was willing to open up the wallet but these numbers rival John Gruden’s contract and likely makes Rhule one of the highest-paid head coaches in the NFL.
What Does This Mean For Cam?
With Rhule’s hire, many wonder what this means for Cam Newton going forward. Matt Rhule liked to spread things out at Baylor and a healthy Cam Newton would be a good fit, provided Rhule addresses the Panthers’ main need: Offensive Line. I could easily see the Panthers giving Cam a shot at getting healthy again this offseason and taking on the last year of Newton’s contract.
Only time will tell how this hire shakes out for the Panthers but Carolina fans are split on the decision to hire Rhule. What are your thoughts on the Panther’s new head coach?