David Tepper’s Criteria for Next Panthers Head Coach


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The Carolina Panthers are looking for a new head coach after firing Frank Reich just 11 games into his tenure with the team. The decision to let Reich go was made in an effort to assist Bryce Young, the team’s No. 1 overall pick from last year’s draft, who has gotten off to a rough start to his NFL career. The Panthers owner, David Tepper, is looking for another “offensive-minded head coach” to help Young. The team’s interim head coach, Chris Tabor, will finish this season.

One person reportedly linked to the opening is Ben Johnson, the Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator who has helped another former top overall pick, Jared Goff, revive his career. Another potential hire is Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, who has kept the Eagles’ offense going in his first year in the spot. Former Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen, who is currently on the top broadcast team for Fox, has expressed interest in pursuing the job, despite his lack of coaching experience.

There are other uncertainties ahead for Carolina, as Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer has not received “any assurances that he will be retained,” according to ESPN. However, the team has intimated to some around the NFL that it would like to keep Fitterer.

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