Over the last decade it had been the Buccaneers spending the offseason assembling a new coaching staff most often in the NFC South.
Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith, Dirk Koetter and current head coach Bruce Arians have all been hired over the past 10 season in Tampa Bay, while the other three NFC South teams have had fairly stable coaching situations over that same period.
This year the Carolina Panthers were the only NFC South team to change coaches after firing long-time skipper Ron Rivera in early December following a miserable 5-7 start to 2019.
According to reports Carolina has found their new head ball coach, and he comes from the college ranks.
Panthers are giving former Baylor HC Matt Rhule a seven-year – seven year – deal worth $60 million that with incentives could be worth up to $70 million, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 7, 2020
The former Penn State linebacker and former Giants assistant has been a rebuilder over his last two stops, first taking Temple to a 10-2 record in his third season. Rhule was then hired to turn around a Baylor program that was that was struggling to bounce back following a sex scandal under former coach Art Briles. Baylor finished 1-11 in Rhule’s first season at Baylor but this past season finished the regular season at 11-1.
Rhule, who coached under Tom Coughlin in New York was rumored to be a candidate for the Giant opening, but New York reportedly has hired Patriots wide receivers coach Joe Judge.