With his team off to a disappointing 0-2 start and hauling around the league’s longest active losing streak, how much will be too much for Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper to stomach? Well, we might have an answer.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Tepper does not plan to make a head coaching change any time soon. Instead, Tepper will look to remain patient with Matt Rhule.
“Sources informed of the Panthers’ thinking say no change is imminent for Rhule, with Panthers owner David Tepper planning to be patient rather than reactionary,” Rapoport writes. “But wins must come and improvement must be evident."
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Rhule, 47, coached at the collegiate level with Baylor and Temple before moving to the NFL.
“With the locker room still believing in Rhule, sources informed of the Panthers’ thinking say, and with the team’s fight and effort still clear on the field, it would take an epic collapse or a horribly embarrassing outcome to alter the course," Rapoport writes. "That is not to say things can’t happen this season that would change the team’s plan — just not right now.”
It’s safe to say Tepper was smitten by Rhule back in 2020, when he signed the college coach to a massive seven-year, $62 million contract. Although Rhule hadn’t even coached an NFL game to that point, the deal made him one of the highest-paid individuals at his position.
Since then, however, Rhule has led the Panthers to a disappointing 10-25 mark.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Will Panthers fire coach Matt Rhule? Carolina owner to remain patient