Roman, Garrett Among Favorites To Become Carolina Panthers Next Head Coach

The Carolina Panthers have fired Ron Rivera. They did it early as they wanted to get the jump on the coaching search and now it’s begun. The question is who will they end up with? The Panthers have a generally attractive situation with what should be a quality offense and a defense that is typically respectable. However, it is a smaller market and they don’t always vie for the biggest names in the business. Let’s take a look at who is likely to end up as the Panthers head coach.

GREG ROMAN
CAROLINA PANTHERS NEXT COACH ODDS: +300

The former offensive coordinator for the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh and the current offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens has done a lot of good work for a sustained period of time. He’s helped with the development of Lamar Jackson, who is now the front runner to win the NFL’s MVP award, and he’s orchestrated the Ravens’ offense, which is No. 1 in the NFL in points per game and second in yards.

He is one of the NFL’s most respected and accomplished coordinators and has a career track record which ought to finally lead to a head coaching job. Roman is 47, so he has certainly paid his dues and bided his time. However, he’s not the sexiest name on the board. There are questions as to whether he’s one of those guys who is a good coordinator but not a great head coach. He’s never been a head coach at any point in his career.

JASON GARRETT
CAROLINA PANTHERS NEXT COACH ODDS: +550

The current Cowboys coach is likely to be fired. Given that he spent a long time in Dallas under a powerful owner, Jerry Jones, any job Garrett might take would be less stressful by comparison. A team in search of a coach might think that Garrett will be in a more comfortable situation where he faces less pressure and might coach even better than he did in Dallas.

Let’s remember that for all of Garrett’s many failures in Dallas, he did coach the Cowboys to the NFC’s No. 1 seed in the 2016 season and did win a playoff game. The Cowboys have won at least 10 games in three of the last six seasons and been to the playoffs in each of those years. He’s only finished with a record under .500 just once in his time in Dallas. Other coaches have been far bigger failures.

JOSH MCDANIELS
CAROLINA PANTHERS NEXT COACH ODDS: +800

The man whose attempted courtship of the Indianapolis Colts turned into a disaster and whose brief tenure with the Denver Broncos was a mess, has to prove to an NFL organization that he will run a clean, tight ship and allow other people in management to do their jobs. McDaniels has a reputation for trying to be dictatorial in his operations and a poor communicator. If he shows that he is willing to cooperate with others, his tenure as Tom Brady’s quarterback coach and offensive coordinator in New England gives him credentials many other coaches lack. He would have some good offensive parts to work with here with Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and possibly Cam Newton.

OTHER OPTIONS

Robert Saleh is one of the hot names out there but he would probably take the Dallas Cowboys’ job before this one. The San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator would have his pick of jobs and unfortunately, the Panthers probably wouldn’t come first.

Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons might be retained, but if he isn’t, he probably would not move to a division rival. As for Jim Harbaugh, he is not leaving Michigan as he has unfinished business to tend to at his alma mater.

PANTHERS HEAD COACH WEEK 1 2020

GREG ROMAN +300
JASON GARRETT +550
ROBERT SALEH +700
DAN QUINN +750
JIM HARBAUGH +750
JOSH MCDANIELS +800
DAVID SHAW +900
MIKE MCCARTHY +1200
URBAN MEYER +1200
JAY GRUDEN +1400
DOUG MARRONE +1600
MIKE LAFLEUR +1600
MARVIN LEWIS +1800
PAT SHURMUR +1800
DOUG PEDERSON +2000
BILL COWHER +2500

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