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Next Carolina Panthers Head Coach Odds: Tomlin's Name Among Rumors

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Next Carolina Panthers Head Coach Odds: Tomlin's Name Among Rumors

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Matt Rhule didn't make it through his third season as head coach of the Carolina Panthers, fired on the Monday following Week 5 after a humbling 37-15 home loss to the 49ers. 

Since then, Steve Wilks has held the interim coach role, and the team has gone 4-4, including 3-1 in its last three games. The Panthers are just one game behind the Buccaneers for first place in the NFC South. 

Does that mean the job is Wilks' in the long run? Not necessarily. Impatience is the NFL way, and a poor finish may doom Wilks, who is already at a disadvantage since he doesn't have the cache of some other names available. It's also possible the team has no intention of filling its coaching vacancy internally. 

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has taken a look at the Carolina job and the contenders to be the full-time head coach in 2023 in his hypothetical NFL betting market: 

Carolina Panthers Next Head Coach Odds

CoachOddsImplied Probability
Steve Wilks+30025.0%
Dan Quinn+45018.2%
Shane Steichen+55015.4%
Kellen Moore+55015.4%
Eric Bieniemy+60014.3%
Kliff Kingsbury+20004.8%
Nathaniel Hackett+20004.8%
Mike Tomlin+25003.9%
The Field+50016.7%

Odds above have been created by Bookies.com and do not reflect odds that may be available on legal betting apps.


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When the Panthers were 1-4 under Rhule, two of the four losses were by a FG or less. Still, he was tabbed an offensive mastermind when he was hired. It didn't work out that way.

Steve Wilks was the defensive pass game coordinator for Carolina, a unit that is, for the most part, still doing its part. Wilks had a one-year stint as head coach of the Cardinals (they went 3-13) and was part of the franchise as a defensive coach from 2012-17. He's been in charge the last two months and the team has rallied behind him. 

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Options In NFL Circles

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was head coach of the Falcons for six seasons, with one Super Bowl appearance. Dallas’ defense under Quinn ranks third in fewest points allowed and fifth in fewest yards. If he wants a lead gig again in 2023, he’ll likely get one, and there are considerable connections between him and the Carolina front office. 

Shane Steichen may not be a name casual fans are familiar with, but those in NFL circles are. He’s the mastermind behind the Philadelphia Eagles offense that is currently carving up defenses. Philly’s offensive coordinator was the OC for the Chargers for Justin Herbert’s opening seasons, too. For teams trying to figure out an offensive identity, Steichen is going to be at the top of a lot of offseason coaching lists. 


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The same can be said for Cowboys OC Kellen Moore, who has helped build Dallas into a perennial offensive powerhouse, regardless of who is in at QB. The Cowboys are averaging over 36 ppg since Dak Prescott returned from injury, further strengthening the resume of Moore. 

Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has been a finalist for what seems like every recent vacancy, only to come up short at the end. KC ranks No. 1 in yards and No. 2 in scoring; adding its OC could mean a more exciting brand of football, if Tepper wants a more prolific offense.

It sounds like Sean Payton wants back in the NFL, just one season after resigning his post as leader of the Saints. Payton wants warm weather, a team built to win and personnel control, but it sounds like he prefers to remain close to home - which is Los Angeles - or a stop in Dallas, Miami or back in New Orleans. 

There's also the rumor being floated that the Panthers may try to acquire Steelers longtime coach Mike Tomlin in a trade. Tepper has a connection to Tomlin as a former part-owner of the Steelers. It's highly unlikely Pittsburgh would be interested in moving on from Tomlin, but we can never say never in the NFL. 

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Panthers Turn To College Ranks Again?

The college ranks is where the Panthers found Rhule, and they could go that route again, though many of the top candidates of just a few months ago have already moved on to other gigs. And, well, the Rhule thing didn't exactly work out. 

The Field has more of a defensive bend. NFL defensive coordinators DeMeco Ryans (49ers), Raheem Morris (Rams) and Ejiero Evero (Broncos) will also get looks, but Carolina’s focus seems to be fixing the offense, with Quinn as a possible exception. The Panthers could also get a coach who has yet to be fired. If Kliff Kingsbury or Nathaniel Hackett become available, perhaps a second chance is awarded. 

About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been estabilshed as one of the nation's premier NFL and MLB handicappers, and his horse racing and PGA picks have produced major winners over the last 12 months.
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