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.

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.

 

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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SappAttack

Looks like a good dude. Good luck, but not too much good fortune!

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awwdembucs

Panthers really wanted him.

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Spitfire

Hope he’s just as good as most of the other College Coaches that try to be a Head Coach in the NFL. I’d Love to see the Panthers continue to crash and burn!

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Pete Wood

Well, looks like the South has found a new team to dwell in the basement.

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RayJayinTBay

As a Bucs fan, I like this hire. Name the last YOUNG college head coach that became a HC in the NFL that had success. Likes the RPO. Please keep Cam Newton now. Keep those kitties in the basement.

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DMIbucs98

😂😂😂😂

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DMIbucs98

To clarify. Just about wrote a full breakdown on his decision. Not worth. Whatever his specialty is I would’ve rather see him coach a position or if he’s above that be a Asst coach/coordinator first then move up. Just so many big college name coaches flame out. Hope this team will feast on his mistakes and kicc him bacc down to the college ranks as part of “life happenings” for choosing the panther.

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dotASC

Well said! 😉

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Gatordoc1

we’ll wait and see. Looks like they will be rebuilding a bit. Over/under on the remaining time in Carolina for Cam Newton?

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e

Chances are slim that he is better than Rivera.

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swashbuckler2002

Rhule was a good hire for the Panthers. I’m pretty bummed they got him.

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Go Bucs 72

With great leaders like Cam Newton and Gerald McCoy in that locker room I’m sure he’ll be fine. lol

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Pit of misery

What’s your deal with McCoy? Get over it hes gone dumb ass!

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BigSombrero

Gerald was only signed to a 1 year deal in Carolina, so the real question is, how many of you fellow Bucs fans want McCoy back?

If there are crickets regarding replies, I understand. LOL

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Spitfire

Hope he’s as good as most other College Coaches trying time make it in the NFL! I would Love for the Panthers to continue to struggle!

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1bucfanjeff

Yawn. We don’t have to worry about being last anymore.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Wonderful for the Panthers but what I really want to hear is the Bucs have found a new quarterback.

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fredster

Go Bucs72 now that was true and funny as hell! Lol.

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