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Ex-Panthers coach Matt Rhule hopes for ‘another chance’

Oct 9, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule reacts in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Former Panthers coach Matt Rhule welcomes another chance to coach and knows a few changes he would implement should he get another spin at the wheel.

Rhule was fired after starting 1-4 after two-plus seasons and an 11-27 record in Carolina.

“It didn’t end the way I wanted it to. But I’m proud I never lost the locker room,” Rhule said Tuesday in an NFL Network interview. “I’m proud those guys fought and stood up for me til the very end. I hope I get another chance to coach. I’d do some things better football-wise.”

Rhule said he didn’t have strong enough relationships with players in his first two years in the NFL.

The Panthers are 3-8 and would currently have the second pick in the 2023 draft if the season ended Tuesday. Carolina plays the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but has yet to identify a starting quarterback — an issue that helped deck Rhule’s run as Panthers’ coach.

Rhule said the Panthers should take a long look at current interim head coach Steve Wilks.

“Steve Wilks deserves a chance to be a head coach in the (NFL). He’s a leader of men,” Rhule said. “And if this league needs 1 thing, if football needs 1 thing, we need diversity in our coaching hires. We need diversity in coaching searches. I think Steve’s done a really nice job.”

The Panthers owe Rhule $40 million as part of the contract he signed to leave Baylor and take over in Carolina.

–Field Level Media