The country has been on lockdown for months. And while people have been ordered to stay at home and watch movies with their families, Matt Rhule has executed a perfect plan for the Carolina Panthers. A plan that will completely flip the organization, and will hopefully lead the Panthers deep into the playoffs in a few years. But we cannot get ahead of ourselves, but instead, look at what Rhule is planning.
Matt Rhule has flipped many college programs, including Temple and Baylor, but now might be his most impactful flip yet. His first head coaching job in the NFL was with a team that lost just about every star on their team. But nonetheless, Rhule came into Carolina, with a plan to turn the Panthers into contenders in a few years.
He wanted a fresh start, which likely explains the release of Panther veteran and legend, Cam Newton, after many years of battling injuries and not a truly healthy season since the Panthers magical 15-1 Super Bowl run in 2015-16. To replace the legends spot, he went out and signed, what he believed, the perfect QB for the Panthers.
Matt Rhule mainly focused on the offense during free agency, signing players like Robby Anderson, Seth DeValve, Teddy Bridgewater, Seth Roberts, and the XFL’s very own star, P.J. Walker. All that, along with locking up Christian McCaffrey through 2025, who seems to just get better and better every single year, and is debatably one of the best active running backs in the NFL. And with the offense looking decent, Rhule came into the draft focusing on the real problem… that Panther defense.
Because he made a splash in free agency on the offensive side, he could focus all his attention on the defensive side, leading to all 7 of the Panthers 2020 draft picks being on the defensive side of the ball. First, getting the best run-stopping defensive tackle in the entire draft, which they were likely set on since the Senior Bowl, then following that up with another great run stopper at defensive end, Yetur Gross-Matos. Jeremy Chinn, the safety who has been compared to Isaiah Simmons in some aspects, then an insanely quick Troy Pride at cornerback. Kenny Robinson, the safety that shined for his turnover ability, was also added to the team. And to end it all off, the defensive tackle out of Matt Rhule’s former team, Bravvion Roy, who is likely to become a rotational player, and your typical decent-upside player in the 7th round, Stanley Thomas-Oliver III.
Matt Rhule had a plan coming into Carolina, and a plan is one of the best things for an organization to have. I believe in a few years, we will be looking at Matt Rhule as one of the best active coaches in the NFL.