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Next Carolina Panthers Head Coach Odds: Vrabel Enters The Fold

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Head coach Frank Reich was fired by the Carolina Panthers after just 11 games, the shortest of any non-interim NFL head coach in 45 years. The move didn't change anything for the Panthers, who went 1-5 with interim coach Chris Tabor and was blanked 9-0 in a fitting season finale. 

Reich was considered a QB guru, brought in to help nurture and develop No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young. Unfortunately, Young’s rookie season has been a disaster. He ranked 29th out of 30 eligible quarterbacks in QBR, managing just 11 TDs, with 10 INTs, in 16 games. 

All of this is magnified by what Carolina gave up in drafting Young last spring, moving from the No. 9 to No. 1 spot. The Panthers swapped first-round picks with Chicago. The Panthers also gave the Bears a first-round pick in 2024, a second-round pick in 2025, and WR D.J. Moore. That first-round pick going to Chicago will be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. 

Bookies.com veteran oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NFL contacts developed over 20 years covering the league to update his NFL futures odds on who’s leading the Panthers out of the tunnel in 2024.  You can also use North Carolina Betting apps in the Spring to bet on Panthers football games.

Carolina Panthers Next Head Coach Odds

CoachOddsImplied Probability
Ben Johnson (Lions OC)+40020.0%
Frank Smith (Dolphins OC)+45018.2%
Mike Vrabel (former Titans HC)+50016.7%
Ejiro Evero (Panthers DC)+50016.7%
Mike Macdonald (Ravens DC)+75011.8%
Todd Monken (Raqvens OC)+85010.5%
Bobby Slowik (Texans OC)+10009.1%
Dave Canales (Buccaneers OC)+12007.7%
The Field+10009.1%

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Panthers owner David Tepper has now fired his head coach in mid-season in consecutive years. Mike Rhule was shown the door of Bank of America Stadium last season after a 1-4 start. Tepper has churned through a half-dozen head coaches since buying the Panthers in 2018. 

They are Ron Rivera, Perry Fewell, Matt Rhule, Steve Wilks, Reich, and Tabor. Fewell, Wilks, and Tabor all carried the “interim” label. Tepper is worth an estimated $16 billion, so he can afford a seventh while paying several of that coach’s predecessors. 

But Tepper's lack of patience, the current state of the team's offense, its lack of a first-round draft pick, and its lack of a general manager - Scott Fitterer was fired on Black Monday - make Carolina the least-appealing of the head coaching positions open, or expected to be open. You can sign up with North Carolina sportsbook promo codes and bet against the Panthers in the Spring.

There are three general approaches an owner can take in finding a new head coach: A veteran leader, an up-and-coming coordinator or a blue-chip college coach. 

Since firing Ron Rivera in 2019, the Panthers have had two head coaches go down in flames. Matt Rhule was snatched from Baylor before going 11-27 in two-plus seasons in Charlotte. Reich was brought in after five seasons leading the Indianapolis Colts. 

There are several coordinators who appear poised to take that next career step, and few would be surprised if Panthers owner David Tepper looks that route this time around. 

Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson and Dolphins offensive coordinator Frank Smith lead the way. Offense-minded coaches are expected to lead the next wave, and Carolina has struggled mightily to field a competitive offense. 

Smith has emerged as a coach that some believe can get the most out of Young in his second season and beyond as QB. Certainly, that is a top-tier priority for Tepper and the Panthers. 

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Former Titans head coach Mike Vrabel could help change the culture of a Panthers team that has struggled to find consisency for most of the last decade. A team with an owner sick of making mid-season moves could look in Vrabel's direction over other, more-unknown, young guns. 

Panthers DC Ejiro Evero might get a consideration to step up, too. His unit ranked fourh in yards allowed, including No. 1 vs. the pass - not bad considering the holes the offense often put the defense in. 

Buccaneers OC Dave Canales has this year's Baker Mayfield-led offense churning out more yards and points than last year's Tom Brady-let unit. That's getting him interviews, including one scheduled in Carolina. Despite just one year's experience as a coordinator, Canales, 42, has received a request for a second interview from Carolina. 

Ravens DC, Mike Macdonald, 36, and Texans OC, Bobby Slowik, 36, have turned heads in their first seasons as coordinators. Would Carolina pull the trigger on coaches just getting their feet wet in such a position? They've already interviewed with Macdonald. 

They've also spoken already with Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken, 57, who has bounced between the college and pro ranks for decades. His first season as OC in Baltimore has been a success; the team ranks fourth in scoring and is No. 1 in rushing. 

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The Field includes Patriots legend Bill Belichick, who won't be in New England for 2024 but plans to coach somewhere. Adding Belichick offers immediate credibility, even if his no-nonsense approach and age (72 by next season) don’t mesh in some modern NFL circles. 

Successful defensive coordinators who have experience as head coaches, including Rams’, Raheem Morris and Dallas DC, Dan Quinn, who is currently guiding a Cowboys defense that ranks fifth in points and yards allowed, and previously guided the Falcons to the Super Bowl as a head coach, are certainly in The Field as well. 

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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 established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.