After hiring a 30-year-old offensive coordinator from the college ranks, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule appears to be seeking experience for his offensive staff.
The Panthers interviewed former Giants HC Ben McAdoo and will meet with ex-Chargers HC Mike McCoy on Thursday, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports (on Twitter). These two have a combined six seasons’ worth of experience leading staffs.
Neither McAdoo nor McCoy coached this season. The Giants fired McAdoo late in the 2017 season, and the Cardinals canned McCoy midway through the ’18 slate. The Chargers, Broncos and Cards each fired McCoy from 2016-18. McAdoo, a former Packers quarterbacks coach, has not coached since his three-plus-year Giants tenure ended after the Eli Manning benching debacle in December 2017.
Should McCoy land a job with the Panthers, it would mark a reunion. He got his start as a coach in Carolina in 2000, working under George Seifert and staying aboard through most of the John Fox era. McCoy ended his Panthers tenure as quarterbacks coach, working in that capacity from 2004-08. This latest interview may well be for the same position.
Rhule brought in LSU wide receivers coach Joe Brady to be his offensive coordinator. While the wunderkind assistant played a key role in the national champions’ offensive explosion this past season, his highest NFL rank was as an offensive assistant with the Saints. Rhule has said he wants to bring in a mix of college and NFL assistants, and given the route he took with Brady, it would make sense to supplement him with experience.
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