Panthers head coach Matt Rhule’s Friday press conference was supposed to discuss the start of the team’s rookie minicamp, but he was also faced with a question that had nothing to do with class. draft this year.
A report on Thursday said the Panthers are considering former Saints head coach Sean Payton for the 2023 season if Rhule fails to improve in the 10-23 start to his NFL coaching career. . Rhule was asked about this report and said it was “probably not” something he would like to hear, but it is part of the job and team owner David Tepper told him to do not worry.
“As for this report, the first time I heard about it was that Dave called me and said he was coming out,” Rhule said. “They had called him, that there was nothing to do. I know Dave Tepper well enough to believe he wouldn’t be talking to another coach right now. He came to my house two and a half years ago and told me it was a five year rebuild. That’s what he told me. He then convinced me to come and be part of it and build it with him. We are not where we want to be. I don’t think it’s gonna take five years, I don’t want it to take five years, but those are the words he said to me.
Plans may change in the absence of progress toward goals, which makes the 2022 season seem important to Rhule’s chances of hitting that five-year mark in Carolina.