The Carolina Panthers have made the decision to go with a new face in the hot seat as they seek a return to competitiveness in the NFC South. They have done so by giving Baylor coach Matt Rhule what is reported to be a seven year deal for upwards of $60 million, according to reports.
They were so interested in prising him away from the Bears that they paid $6 million to buy him out of his deal with the Big 12 school. Rhule took the Bears to a 10-3 season in 2019/20, with the only losses coming to Oklahoma (twice) and Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. He had been at the school since 2016 when the scandal with Art Briles went down. He’s not been involved in the NFL since 2012, when he was an offensive line coach with the New York Giants, so this could be viewed as a big step up by some. The 44-year old will now take over a team that finished 5-11 in 2019, as well as a team that has been under .500 for three of the last four seasons.