With his team sporting a 1-4 record this season and an 11-27 mark in two-plus years under Matt Rhule, Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper fired his head coach on Monday. Rhule is the first NFL head coach to be fired this season.
The move wasn’t a surprise, given the two straight double-digit losing seasons Carolina endured under him, and the continued struggles exhibited this fall.
Rhule, whom Tepper hired in 2020, has another four seasons and $40 million remaining on his contract. However, with the Panthers coming off a listless performance against the 49ers on Sunday, Tepper apparently had seen enough. Now, defensive passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Steve Wilks takes over as interim head coach. The former Arizona Cardinals head coach will spend the next 12 weeks trying to turn the Panthers’ season around while also auditioning for the full-time head coaching job.
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Rhule in all likelihood will not be the only coach to lose his job this season. At least four other teams have coaches in precarious situations and seemingly in need of midseason turnarounds to save their jobs.
Here’s a rundown of those coaches and the state of their teams.
Ron Rivera, Washington Commanders
2022 record: 1-4.