Shop for Carolina Panthers gear at Fanatics.com

Panthers Owner David Tepper Says Matt Rhule Can Be the Next Chuck Noll

Matt Rhule will be introduced this week as the fifth full-time head coach in the short history of the Carolina Panthers.

Owner David Tepper, less than two years removed from taking control of the franchise, hopes Rhule will build something to last for decades, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

“I think Matt Rhule can come in here and build an organization for the next 30 or 40 years,” Tepper told the team website, hours after agreeing to terms with Rhule. “He can build it.”

Courted by Tepper’s Panthers as well as the New York Giants, Rhule, Baylor’s coach for the past three seasons, had his pick of coaching vacancies and the leverage to hand-pick his contract. The Panthers eventually offered a monster seven-year, $62 million deal with incentives, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, and Rhule accepted Tuesday.

The sizable offer reflected not only Rhule’s value as one of the hottest college candidates in recent memory but Tepper’s vision for and deep investment in the coach and the Panthers franchise. A former minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tepper invoked the legacy of one particular Steelers skipper as a standard by which to judge Rhule: Chuck Noll.

“He built a program that has lasted through three coaches,” Tepper said of the four-time Super Bowl-champion coach. “That’s what I hope Matt Rhule can do for us here. He’s a program builder.”

In addition to listing how impressive Rhule is as a “people manager,” a player developer and a “head coach,” Tepper pointed out that his connection with Rhule runs deeper than football.

“He dresses like (expletive) and sweats all over himself. He dresses like me, so I have to love the guy,” Tepper said with a laugh. “I was a short-order cook, he was a short-order cook. Nobody gave him anything, nobody game me anything.”

Carolina Lands Baylor’s Matt Rhule as Panthers’ New Head Coach

The Panthers have landed their man, as the team and Baylor head coach Matt Rhule have come to terms to take over as the Panthers top man.

Panthers team owner David Tepper spent Monday with Rhule and his family in Waco, Texas, and didn’t want to risk Rhule getting on a plane to go elsewhere, the NFL Network reported.

Yahoo Sports first reported that the two sides were finalizing an agreement. Many felt that Rhule would find his way to New York to be the coach of the Giants, who hired Patriots special teams/wide receivers coach Joe Judge Tuesday.

Prior to landing the job with Temple, Rhule served as an assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants during the 2012 season under Tom Coughlin.

Rhule replaces Ron Rivera, who was fired toward the end of the 2019 season and was replaced by defensive backs coach Perry Fewell in the interim.

Video: Panthers Wrap Up 2019 Season with Showdown with the Saints

The Saints are still looking for home field in the NFC, while the Panthers are looking to play the spoiler in Sunday’s NFC South battle.

Here’s a preview:

Video: Panthers Allow Two Punt Return TDs, Blown Out by Colts 38-6

The Panthers were beat up and down Sunday in Indy by the Colts, as they allowed a pair of punt returns for scores in a 38-6 setback.

Here’s the highlights:

NFL Week 16 Inactives – Panthers vs Colts

Here’s today’s inactives for the Panthers at Colts week 16 showdown.

Panthers: LB Shaq Thomson, LB Marquis Haynes, DT Woodrow Hamilton, OL Matt Kaskey, CB Corn Elder, DE Christian Miller, DB T.J. Green

Colts: CB Kenny Moore, DT Denico Autry, CB Quincy Wilson, QB Chad Kelly, OT Le’Raven Clark, WR Chad Williams, OG Jake Eldlrenkamp

Video: Panthers Playing for Pride Look to Take Down the Colts Sunday

Dreams of the postseason are gone for the Panthers, but the team wants to finish strong and will start that Sunday in a game on the road against the Colts.

Here’s the video:

Video: Panthers Fall Short in Home Loss to Seahawks 30-24 to Drop to 5-9

The Panthers couldn’t stop Russell Wilson who threw for 284 yards and two scores as the Hawks moved to 11-3 on the year with a 30-24 win over the Panthers.

Here’s the highlights:

Video: Panthers Look to Take Down the Seahawks in Week 15 Battle

Week 15 will see a battle between the Panthers and Seahawks as the Panthers look to improve to 6-8 on the season.

Here’s a preview:

Write For Us