Carolina Panthers part ways with head coach Matt Rhule

Christian McCaffrey and the Panthers will be under new leadership starting this weekend (Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers have fired head coach Matt Rhule, after the team fell to 1-4 with a 37-15 home loss to San Francisco on Sunday. Even though it was the Panthers’ fourth home game of the season, it appeared as if Bank of America Stadium had turned into “Levi’s Stadium East”, based on the amount of red in the stands. Rhule departs with an 11-27 record, good enough for a .289 winning percentage.

The 47-year-old Rhule had generally turned his college teams at Temple and Baylor around in his third season, but that bounce has not been seen in Charlotte.

According to the Panthers, Rhule will be replaced on an interim basis by defensive pass game coordinator/secondary coach Steve Wilks. The 53-year-old Wilks spent one year as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and six years on the Panthers’ staff from 2012-17.

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