By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Jacksonville Jaguars got rid of their former college coach. The Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN, are retaining theirs for the 2022 season.
The Panthers plan to keep Matt Rhule for a third season. The 46-year-old is 10-22 through two seasons before their first-ever Week 18 game.
Panthers fans will not be happy with this news. One day after Christmas, fans were chanting “Fire Rhule,” before a 32-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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The Panthers will end their season on Sunday. The 5-11 team concludes their 2021 campaign with a road game at Raymond James Stadium against the Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida.
In the off-season, the Panthers will have to hire a new offensive coordinator. Rhule fired former offensive coordinator Joe Brady with five games remaining this season.
Before being hired by Rhule, Brady had never been an offensive coordinator at any level. He was a hot name in the coaching cycle during the 2019 season with the LSU Tigers, where he served as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Since Brady’s firing, the team has been using Jeff Nixon as interim offensive coordinator. He was a senior offensive assistant before the promotion.
Rhule has guided the to Panthers back-to-back 5-11 records. With a unique Week 18 being played during the 2021 season, the team will conclude with either a 5-12 record or a 6-12 mark.
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Outside of fixing the offensive coordinator role, the Panthers have a lot of question marks, especially at the quarterback position. Three quarterbacks were used this season.
All three of them have struggled.
The Panthers will need to improve in 2022 in all aspects of the game or Rhule will have a short leash entering the new season.
The Jaguars fired Urban Meyer after 13 games. The Panthers have given Rhule —who was previously a head coach at Temple and Baylor — 32 games so far.
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