In a step away from the “offensive gurus” segment of the Carolina Panthers’ head coaching search, the team has requested an interview with one of the most acclaimed young defensive minds in the league–Denver’s Ejiro Evero.
The 42-year-old was a bright spot in an otherwise nightmarish season for the Broncos, one that saw their rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett fired before settling into a 5-12 mark. Evero’s eighth-ranked total defense, however, kept the ponies from completely spiraling out–consistently putting the team in winnable positions that would’ve sufficed for any sort of competent offense.
Prior to his success in Denver, Evero worked in various roles with the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sam Francisco 49ers, and the Los Angeles Rams. In his role under head coach Sean McVay, he served as both the secondary coach and the passing game coordinator.
That Hollywood tenure likely gives Evero an edge in the head coach race. Any offensive experience under McVay grants you a certain credence within the league, as well as a unique understanding of creativity.
In Carolina, he would lock up an already ultra-talented defense and build it even further. His experience under McVay could also help him improve the offense and whoever is under center.
A hiring of Ejiro as head coach would signal a push against the narrative of an offensive mind and move towards, perhaps, the most unexpected choice. Maybe owner David Tepper and general manager Scott Fitterer will make the surprise hire to shock everyone and kick off an exciting 2023 season.