Why Matt Rhule Will Be Fired
Matt Rhule is backed into a corner and there is no way out, he will be fired after the 2022 NFL season, and here’s why.
The Carolina Panthers have backed themselves into a corner. They are in the third year of Matt Rhule’s tenure, they suck, they do not have the answer at quarterback, and most importantly they are unable to get an answer at quarterback this offseason. It is brutal, it is absolute hell in the NFL, and Matt Rhule will be paying the price for it.
Rhule has had a rough time in the NFL. In his first year, he went 5-11, which is fair because the Panthers were absolute garbage. Then in the offseason, the Panthers went after Sam Darnold and gave up very valuable draft capital to get him. The Panthers started the season 3-0, and finished it 5-12 in 2021. That is inexcusable, that is pitiful, that is absolutely embarrassing.
The thing is, Carolina is tied to Sam Darnold and so is Matt Rhule’s coaching career. Sam Darnold was picked by the current Panthers’ regime to be their saviour, to be the guy who led them to the promise land, and he can’t. Sure, Matt Rhule signed a seven-year contract but how much of that is really guaranteed? David Tepper is impatient, he moved off of Teddy Bridgewater one year after signing him to a three-year deal. He wants greatness, and he is not afraid to make quick decisions to try and assume that greatness is achieved.
These, almost rash decision-making tendencies, do not work well for Matt Rhule’s career. Tepper expects results, and he expects them now. Rhule is running out of rope and with Sam Darnold being his chosen quarterback, that rope might as well be as good as gone.