Matt Rhule’s future: What will David Tepper do as losses and boos mount?

There was no “What did you see on the tape that you didn’t see from the sidelines?” Softballs to break into Matt Rhule’s press conference Monday after losing 26 in his 37 games as NFL head coach.

The first two questions Rhule faced after the most recent loss – a 26-16 decision against an Arizona team that had lost to the Panthers six times in a row – concerned his job security. Several more followed in the same direction.

“I have great confidence in myself, our staff and our players. I think everyone here is on the same page,” Rhule said. “Our team will react. They always do.”

The Panthers’ response has typically been lukewarm at best: They’re 5-18 after a loss under Rhule, who was retired in 2020 after overseeing successful turnarounds at Temple and Baylor.

Rhule’s collegiate teams made their biggest leaps in his third season. But the Panthers (1-3) got themselves into an early season hole with poor quarterback play from Baker Mayfield and the NFL’s worst third-down offense, forcing the defense to stay on the field too long.

Sunday’s loss was the Panthers’ 10th in their last 11 games. Towards the end of the Cardinals game, the few fans who remained at Bank of America Stadium booed for most of the fourth quarter, with some chanting a few “Fire Matt Rhule!” chants.

Panthers owner David Tepper has Matt Rhule’s future: What will David Tepper do as losses and boos mount?

John Verrall

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