Panthers interested in interviewing Josh McDaniels

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Carolina Panthers have interviewed coaching free agent Mike McCarthy. They have interviewed him twice.

Yet, the Panthers may have their sights on another coach to lead their team, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Carolina is interested in interviewing New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels before Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams
Tom Brady speaks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels before Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams (Getty Images)

The Panthers are in need of a new head coach after Ron Rivera was fired following a 5-7 record. Perry Fewell — who is the interim head coach — is not expected to get the full-time job for the 2020 season.

McDaniels was once considered untouchable after the trick he pulled with the Indianapolis Colts. Now, apparently, enough time has past that he is being considered for a coaching opportunity once again.

He burned a bridge with the Colts. He was announced as their head coach, then had a change of heart before the 2018 season and returned to New England.

The belief around the league when this happened was that he would never get another head coaching opportunity unless it was with the Patriots when Bill Belichick.

The Panthers are also interested in interviewing Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule, who has prior experience in the NFL. Rhule is a hot name in NFL talks, like Kliff Kingsbury was last year before being hired by the Arizona Cardinals.

The 44-year-old Rhule is also expected to be a candidate to be interviewed by the New York Giants, who previously employed him, should they part ways with Pat Shurmur, who is on the hot seat. He was the Giants assistant offensive line coach in 2012.

As a college head coach, he is 47-42. He is responsible for rebuilding two programs — the Temple Owls and the Bears — into winning programs in a two four-year periods.

This past season, Rhule guided the Bears to an 11-2 mark — both losses to the Oklahoma Sooners. Baylor will compete against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2020 Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day.

The 43-year-old McDaniels has not faired well outside of New England. As a head coach in one plus seasons with the Denver Broncos, he went 11-17.

He was fired following 12 games in the 2010 season.

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