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Matt Rhule pulled bizarre move during Panthers’ practice

Matt Rhule during a game

Aug 27, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule is on the hot seat entering the 2022 season, and one move he pulled in training camp Saturday might not endear him much to his players.

Ellis L. Williams of the Charlotte Observer shared a strange scene from Carolina’s morning practice Saturday in which Rhule actually called one of his players for taunting during a scrimmage. After wide receiver Rashard Higgins showed off his trademark red carpet celebration following a touchdown catch, Rhule stopped practice, flagged Higgins, and made the offense run as punishment.

On one hand, Rhule probably doesn’t want his players showing each other up, whether Higgins was doing so or not. Plus, with taunting a real emphasis in the NFL, the Panthers coach might want to send that message to his players before it actually costs them in a meaningful game.

On the other hand, this just makes Rhule look uptight and worried a bit too much about something this minor. For a guy who is the subject of buyer’s remorse on the part of owner David Tepper, that might not be a good look.


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