Matt Rhule fired by the Carolina Panthers after 1-4 start

The Panthers have lost 11 of their last 12 games under Rhule, who ended his tenure 11-27 overall.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Head coach Matt Rhule was fired by the Carolina Panthers following Sunday’s 37-15 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the team announced.

San Francisco dominated Sunday’s competition at Bank of America Stadium, beating the Panthers 1-4 during the season. The game plays out as scripted for the rest of the season so far for Carolina, as attack struggles to move the ball against the 49ers’ stingy defence. Worse still, Baker Mayfield was seen in a pair of walking shoes after leaving the game in the fourth quarter after being once under a sack.

With the loss, Rhule’s overall record as the Panthers coach slid to 11-27. Sunday was also the 25th game in a row the Panthers have lost by dropping at least 17 points, falling 1-27 below Rhule in such games.

Rhule is owed more than $40 million by the Panthers, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, but some of his acquisitions are likely to be offset if Rhule takes another head coach job in college. or the NFL.

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“For me, it took a while to get here, but it’s passed the time for the Carolina Panthers to turn Matt Rhule into their head coach,” said Julian Council, host of Locked On Panthers. “Unfortunately, this is the handpicked coach that David Tepper wants here is Carolina. Matt Rhule just couldn’t coach a winning team.”

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Despite the 1-4 record, and one of the NFL’s heaviest fouls to date, many players came to Rhule’s defense on Sunday. Those players include outstanding defensive Brian Burns and rerun Christian McCaffrey.

In the end, Rhule’s inability to find the right midfielder sealed his fate. After going missing on Teddy Bridgewater in 2020, the Panthers took a risk and traded it for Sam Darnold. When Darnold faltered, the team traded for Mayfield at the end of the summer, who had played the worst football of his career since joining the Panthers.

“We’re fine in the dressing room when it comes to that,” Mayfield said of Rhule’s job security. “There’s a lot of play that we have to do. He can’t do it for us. I’m speaking from an offensive point of view.”

Mayfield confirmed after the game that he will receive an MRI of his left ankle. His status for this Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Rams remains unknown.

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