FRISCO, TEXAS – JANUARY 08: (L-R) Executive Vice President Stephen Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, Head … [+] coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talk with the media during a press conference at the Ford Center at The Star on January 08, 2020 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Barring an unexpected bombshell move, the NFL hiring-and-firing season is in the books as the Cleveland Browns finalized their deal with Minnesota Vikings’ offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski on Monday.
It was a strange coaching-change season. Five is a relatively small number of firings in the NFL and all five organizations made their decision rather swiftly. The regular season ended just two weeks ago and the search is over throughout the NFL.
To help you digest the all the coaching changes, we are going to look at the best and worst-case scenarios for all five coaches with their new teams:
Carolina Panthers, Matt Rhule
Best case: Rhule lives up to the $62 million, seven-year contract the Panthers gave him. Rhule was a hot candidate this coaching cycle because of his work at rebuilding college programs, at Temple and Baylor. If Rhule, who does have NFL assistant coaching experience, can use this model with success in Carolina, the Panthers should be a NFC contender in a couple of years.
Worst case: Rhule’s process is a better fit for the college ranks. His style as a head coach doesn’t translate to the NFL and the Panthers waste a ton of money.