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Tre Boston excited about Matt Rhule’s ‘it’ factor

Matt Rhule

The early reviews on new Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule seem to be very positive.

Safety Tre Boston has already been won over by the new coach, saying Rhule has won the team over and set himself up to be successful.

“I think this guy has an edge to him. I think he has a certain ‘it’ that coaches have to have,” Boston told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on the Rapsheet + Friends podcast, via Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “I’m excited to see him more in person with the guys, because right now, I think he started with a nice lead because he has a nice momentum going in between how he’s treated us, how he’s respected us, how he respects our time. That means a lot to professionals and men, adults, as well. So, I think Rhule has set himself up for success with his men. We trust him. We believe in him. And when we get together, it’s all about building chemistry and knowing that we are the Carolina Panthers and we’re gonna do what it takes to win ballgames around here.”

That’s a pretty ringing endorsement for a first-year head coach, especially when the players really haven’t met him in person yet. Still, Rhule does come with a pedigree. He’s been very successful at the college level, taking over Temple and Baylor at low points and turning them both into winners. That should serve him well in the jump up to the NFL level, as he’s shown he can handle adversity and win over players before.

If Boston is right, Rhule has won over his players. One question now is whether he’ll have the same level of trust from his front office, especially after what reportedly happened during the Panthers’ NFL Draft.

Matt Rhule raves about Teddy Bridgewater’s leadership

Teddy Bridgewater

The Carolina Panthers made a big splash in free agency by signing Teddy Bridgewater to be their quarterback, and their new head coach seems very happy with the move.

Matt Rhule, who is entering his first year as Carolina’s head coach, raved about Bridgewater’s leadership during an interview on “Around The NFL” Friday.

“The best players in the world bring out the best in their teammates and I can tell you, since free agency started, the amount of the guys that want to come and play with Teddy has nothing to do with me or anybody else,” Rhule said. “They want to be a part of what he’s doing ’cause he brings out the best in the people.”

Carolina signed Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million deal in March and believes he will be their next franchise quarterback.

The 27-year-old was originally drafted by Minnesota but suffered a devastating leg injury that caused him to miss all of the 2016 season. He spent the last two seasons with the Saints and excelled when he got opportunities to start last season. Bridgewater went 5-0 as a starter for New Orleans last year, passing for nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He will be replacing Cam Newton as the team’s franchise quarterback.

Panthers reportedly overruled new coach Matt Rhule about draft pick

Matt Rhule

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.

Matt Rhule ‘unbelievably excited’ to work with Cam Newton

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.

NFL owners reportedly angry over contract Panthers gave Matt Rhule

Matt Rhule

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.

Matt Rhule dodges questions about Cam Newton’s future with Panthers

Matt Rhule

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.

Baylor releases statement addressing Matt Rhule’s departure

Matt Rhule

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.

Details of Matt Rhule’s monster contract with Panthers revealed

Matt Rhule

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 hired as Panthers head coach

Matt Rhule

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.

Report: Matt Rhule to interview for Panthers head coach job

Matt Rhule

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.