The Carolina Panthers used their first-round pick on SEC Defensive Player of the Year Derrick Brown, but new coach Matt Rhule apparently would have gone in a different direction.
Appearing Monday on WFNZ in Charlotte, The Athletic’s Joe Person reported that Rhule was “open and eager” to trade out of the No. 7 overall pick but was overruled by GM Marty Hurney. The team then drafted the Auburn defensive tackle Brown with the pick.
“[Rhule] wanted to add a couple more picks, maybe find a sweet spot in the teens somewhere,” said Person, per Rotoworld. “[But] Marty said Derrick Brown is our guy. We aren’t moving.”
Rhule was just hired as Panthers coach in January after three years as head coach at Baylor University. Hurney, meanwhile, has spent 14 total seasons as the general manager of the team and first joined their front office in 1998.
It is not that uncommon for draft picks to be non-unanimous, especially when there are newcomers involved in the decision-making process. However, it will be interesting to see just how much leeway the Panthers give to Rhule, who already has some new strategies that he would like to implement.
The Carolina Panthers continue to send mixed signals about Cam Newton’s future with the team.
On Tuesday, it was new coach Matt Rhule who said that he was “unbelievably excited” to get the opportunity to work with Newton despite rumors that the Panthers may still look to move on from the quarterback.
Newton is recovering from a Lisfranc injury that limited him to two games in 2019. The Panthers want to see him healthy before committing to him, but there are certainly indications that Carolina is leaning toward committing to the quarterback. Public comments like this from Rhule will only add to the belief that the Panthers will be sticking with their quarterback going forward.
Matt Rhule said recently that he would only leave Baylor for the perfect opportunity, and the Carolina Panthers helped create that for him by making him one of the highest-paid head coaches in the NFL. Now, they may have to answer to the rest of the league’s owners.
Rhule signed a seven-year, $60 million deal with the Panthers that could be worth up to $70 million if he meets incentives. As one NFL coach told Robert Klemko of The Washington Post, other owners around the league are angry with David Tepper for shelling out so much money.
Giants owner John Mara confirmed the team would not pay the kind of money Carolina did for a first-time head coach.
While there are a few coaches in the NFL who earn more than Rhule, they are accomplished and experienced ones like Bill Belichick and Sean Payton. Rhule has never been a head coach in the NFL, so other teams could be concerned that first-time coaches will now point to the deal Rhule got from Carolina and demand massive contracts.
The coaching market isn’t as straightforward as the free agent market, so Rhule’s deal could end up being the exception for a first-time coach. Still, the amount the Panthers committed to paying him is likely a source of frustration for both other team owners and black assistant coaches who feel they are not being given a fair shot at advancing in the league.
Anyone hoping for clarity on Cam Newton’s future with the Carolina Panthers in Matt Rhule’s introductory press conference came away disappointed on Wednesday.
While the new Carolina head coach praised Newton and seemed enthusiastic about the quarterback’s attitude, Rhule said he does not plan to make any major announcements about the long-term future of any player until meeting and speaking with owner David Tepper and GM Marty Hurney.
On the surface, Newton would seem to be an ideal fit to run Rhule’s offense, but one can understand the coach not wanting to box himself in with some sort of public pronouncement on day one of the job.
Last we heard, the Panthers were undecided on Newton. It made sense to hold off on any decisions until the new coach was in place.
Newton is due to make $18.6 million next season, and a decision is due by March.
Matt Rhule helped turn a Baylor football team that was one of the worst in the country into a top-10 program in just three short years, and they are now going to have to figure out a way to maintain that level of excellence without him. As expected, the school is grateful for the coach’s contributions.
After the Carolina Panthers officially announced on Tuesday that they have hired Rhule as their next head coach, Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades released a statement thanking Rhule for leading “one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history.”
“We are grateful to Matt Rhule for all that he has done for Baylor Football and for the University over the last three years,” Rhoades wrote. “Together, he and his staff have moved the program forward both on and off the field. While our hope was that Matt would be our coach for many years to come, we knew there was a possibility that the NFL would come calling.”
Rhoades added that Baylor has already begun searching for Rhule’s replacement and will not comment publicly on the process until their next head coach is in place.
Rhule said recently that he would only leave Baylor for the perfect opportunity, so he must think highly of the Panthers organization. They also signed him to an eye-popping contract, which likely made his decision a lot easier.
The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a deal to hire Matt Rhule as their next head coach, and it is easy to see why Rhule was persuaded to leave Baylor.
While Rhule’s decision likely had to do with a lot more than money, he is getting a monster contract from the Panthers. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the deal is worth $60 million over seven years and could go as high as $70 million with incentives.
That is a massive contract by any standard, but it is particularly eye-popping for a coach with no previous NFL head coaching experience. Bill Belichick is currently believed to be the highest-paid coach in the NFL with a salary of $12 million, with Pete Carroll close behind at $11 million. Rhule’s deal places him close to the $10 million Sean Payton makes with the New Orleans Saints and Jon Gruden earns with the Oakland Raiders.
Rhule said recently that he would only leave Baylor for the perfect job in a stable organization, and it sounds like he was open to accepting at least two NFL head coaching jobs. With the amount of money the Panthers are giving him, it’s hardly a surprise he is making the leap to the pros.
Baylor went 1-11 in Rhule’s first season as head coach but improved to 7-6 last year and 11-3 this season. He will need to lead that same type of rapid turnaround in Carolina to justify his salary.
Matt Rhule has generated a significant amount of interest on the NFL head coaching market over the past two seasons, and the Baylor coach has finally decided to make the leap from college to the pros.
Rhule has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers, Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports first reported.
The Panthers also had interest in New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media adds that team owner David Tepper was sold on Rhule after meeting with him and his family on Monday.
Rhule had been in consideration for the New York Giants job as well, and there were rumblings that he was their top target. He also drew interest from the Cleveland Browns but the interest was not mutual.
Rhule said recently that he would only leave Baylor for the perfect job and what he felt was a stable organization, so he obviously believes the Panthers can provide that. That is at least somewhat surprising given their uncertain situation at the quarterback position, but Rhule is likely thinking long term.
Baylor went 1-11 in Rhule’s first season, but they improved to 7-6 last year and 11-3 this season. They lost to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl after nearly sneaking into the College Football Playoff.
One team has been heavily linked to Baylor coach Matt Rhule, but he’s at least willing to sit for an interview with a second franchise.
Rhule will interview this week with the Carolina Panthers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, joining the New York Giants as a party where there appears to be mutual interest.
Rhule has been very picky about his openings, so this is good news for Carolina. He may ultimately prefer the opportunity with the Giants, but if he’s at least willing to talk to the Panthers, they presumably have a chance.
Rhule has gone 19-20 at Baylor, but he took a program that went 1-11 in his first season there to 11 wins in 2019. He’s highly regarded in NFL circles, and this isn’t his first chance to take a pro job.
The New York Giants are planning to interview several candidates for their vacant head coaching position, but there is one they may already prefer over all the others.
Matt Rhule is considered the favorite to be hired as the next head coach of the Giants, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. The Giants have reportedly been enamored with him since he worked for them as an assistant in 2012, and sources told Vacchiano that Rhule has “strong interest” in the job.
Rhule is currently preparing to coach Baylor in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia on Wednesday, so any conversation he has with the Giants will likely take place after that. There was some talk that head coaching candidates may be deterred by the Giants deciding to keep general manager Dave Gettleman, but Gettleman was a member of the team’s front office in 2012 when Rhule served on Tom Coughlin’s staff. Vacchiano reports that the idea of Rhule not wanting to work with Gettleman again is “ridiculous.”
Rhule, a New York native, said recently that he would only leave Baylor for the perfect NFL job. He has already taken himself out of the running for another NFL vacancy and turned down the New York Jets a year ago, but there are a number of reasons he may view the Giants job differently.
Matt Rhule said recently that he would only leave Baylor for an NFL job if the situation were perfect, and there is apparently at least one position that has his attention.
Rhule has been linked to the New York Giants head coaching job after they officially parted ways with Pat Shurmur, and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that he is “prominent” in the team’s search. The Giants also announced Monday that they are keeping general manager Dave Gettleman, and there is some belief that potential head coaching candidates will be deterred by that. However, Rhule is said to still be interested in the job.
Rhule was an assistant offensive line coach under Tom Coughlin with the Giants back in 2012, and Gettleman held the title of senior pro personnel analyst with the team at the time. There is a level of familiarity there, and that could be either a good or a bad thing.
Rhule turned down the New York Jets last offseason, so you have to wonder if he would consider the Giants job much better. We already know of at least one NFL head coaching job for which he does not want to be considered, and there could be others. The fact that he is willing to listen to the Giants is noteworthy.