The NFL coaching carousel continues as the league approaches Super Bowl LVII, with one team making a key hiring that appears to be geared towards a more offense-based approach.
After a lengthy interview process that spanned nine different coaches, including interim head coach Steve Wilks and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, the Carolina Panthers have finally announced their decision to hire former Colts head coach Frank Reich for their vacant head coach position.
Panthers Owner David Tepper reportedly narrowed down the decision to be between Reich and Wilks, who was named as interim coach this past season after taking over for fired HC Matt Rhule, who started the season 1-4. Wilks, who was rumored to be favorited by the players, guided the Panthers to a 6-6 record under him.
Reich has ties to the Panthers franchise, as he was the starting quarterback for their first-ever game in 1995, per ESPN. In his career, he went to four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills, mostly serving in a backup role. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles when they won the Super Bowl in 2017.
Reich was fired by the Colts last season after they started 3-5-1 and he made the decision to bench starter Matt Ryan in favor of Sam Ehlinger. Reich started each season in Indianapolis with a new quarterback, beginning in 2019 when star QB Andrew Luck announced he was retiring.
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