Carolina Has Their Man

January 7th, 2020

New Bucs rival.

The Bucs will be facing a new face twice a year in the NFC South.

This morning, Stinking Panthers strongman David Tepper hired Baylor University coach Matt Rhule to guide Carolina in a rebuild program, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Joe’s all for this because, despite Rhule’s NFL background, he still made his bones as a college coach. Granted, he turned around two different moribund programs, but those programs were still college programs. The history of college coaches jumping to the NFL as a head coach and having success is bleak. For every Jimmy Johnson, there are a dozen Lane Kiffins.

(Yes, Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians — like Rhule, formerly at Temple — was once a college coach but he served years in the NFL as an assistant before taking a head coaching gig. That’s different.)

Know who else has success in college with an NFL background? Former Bucs commander Greg Schiano.

And a struggling Stinking Panthers team is always good for the Bucs.

41 Responses to “Carolina Has Their Man”

  1. Smashsquatch Says:

    NFC South is ripe for a changeover. Bucs back to the playoffs in 2020, just in time to make a run at the SB, which just so happens to be in Tampa next year. Hmmmm………..

  2. Lavonte 1of1 Says:

    Plus the fact they’re torn between two QB’s as well.

  3. Lavonte 1of1 Says:

    Just think if Brees retires? That could further change the balance in the NFCS

  4. Marine Buc Says:

    So I guess Jason Garrett will be heading to the NY Giants as their head coach.

  5. Joe Says:

    So I guess Jason Garrett will be heading to the NY Giants as their head coach.

    Whoa. He will get chewed up by the New York media.

  6. Mort Says:

    New York media is only a problem if you’re weak of mind.

  7. Rob F Says:

    Brees won’t retire. With the way QB’s never get touched these days, the good ones seem to be lasting longer. Probably 2 more seasons if I had to guess.

  8. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I’m not impressed, his teams numbers are skewed due to the fact he coached in the worst defensive conference in major college football. Lincoln Riley does the same thing at Oklahoma and gets shredded when he has to play the big boys from the other conferences.

  9. Siege the Bay Says:

    the saints are wounded right now, psychologically they cant get over the hump. time for them to fold. this has to be our year.

  10. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I hope the Bucs destroy Matt Rhule and send him back to CFB where he belongs!

  11. Marine Buc Says:

    @Joe – I agree. I was thinking maybe Urban Myer. But it’s being “reported” that Jason Garrett is the fallback option after Matt Rhule.

  12. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Trade respected/regarded Ron Rivera for this seemingly goof? Yes please.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Not terribly impressed…..but WTFDIK….

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    we’ll see how it goes….

    nothing is easy or “ripe for the taking” for the bucs….lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  15. UnderMeBucin’Hat Says:

    It’s McCoy’s fault.

  16. Swampbuc Says:

    I bet Gerald McCoy is ecstatic he picked the Panthers. LOL

  17. Matthew Fifer Says:

    And I just saw like 4 days ago that he denied any interest in coaching in the NFL and he was happy to stay at Baylor and continue building on what he had done there so far.

    Course, maybe he said that when there was speculation that the Browns were interested and no one wants to live in Cleveland. My wife who is from Ohio and loves her home state almost more than me is just embarrassed that Cleveland is in Ohio.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I like it. Hope he brings over some of his assistants who are used to college rules!

  19. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    The Panthers will win three to five games next year, beating us twice.

  20. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Ruhle will be a solid coach up there; he will be a run the ball play defense and have accountability and also have some of the RPO concepts that are in vogue in the NFL now. BUt his team will be strong defense run the ball

  21. Jerseybuc Says:

    Joe Judge to Giants. Giants certainly match to their own drum.

  22. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “Know who else has success in college with an NFL background? Former Bucs commander Greg Schiano.”

    I don’t think one game over .500 can be called a success.

    The Little General’s college career was made when Ray Rice reneged on his commitment to Syracuse so he could be closer to his Mom. Take those two highly successful seasons away and Schiano’s career numbers are abysmal.

    Although Greg did take Rutgers to the Yankee Pinstripe Bowl once.

    Notre Dame defeated Rutgers by a score of 29–16. Notre Dame’s championship was vacated on, due to an academic cheating scandal. Because of this the win will be taken away from Notre Dame record books.

    Those were the good old days.

  23. pick6 Says:

    good news for the bucs. we have gotten so used to being the team whose coaching inexperience is constantly exploited, it’ll be nice to have a guy learning on the job in our division. being head coach of a successful NFL team is so different than being in charge of a successful NCAA program.

  24. Owlykat Says:

    Georgia had no problem embarrassing Baylor in the Sugar Bowl! BA will have no problem whipping the Panthers next year.

  25. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I totally get why NFL teams tend to stray away from college coaches which is why I thought the Cowboys made the right decision with Mike McCarthy.

    College coaching is mostly about how good of a recruiter you are.

    Matt Rhule is a great college recruiter and that skill will barley matter in the NFL. No chance Matt Rhule will out smart Sean Payton, Bruce Arians and heck even Dirk Koetter with X’s and O’s in his first couple years in the NFL not gonna happen.

    Welcome to the NFC south cellier Panthers!

  26. Tbbucs3 Says:

    It gets pretty dark in there…….

  27. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Look at those eyes

    The eyes are the window to the soul

    Those eyes are saying

    Stop calling me Son of Charles Manson”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  28. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    >Looks like they chose that might me around for a while….Vern

  29. Anonymous Says:

    Arians 2nd best coach in the NFC south

  30. miken Says:

    Rhule is a great coach. They wont be good next year but by year 3 they will be really strong.

  31. Davenport Says:

    Damn … this guy has been a winner everywhere he’s been. Let’s hope that the college coach curse continues. Would have preferred they hire McDaniels or some other retread.

  32. Kobe Faker Says:

    “It is, It was and It will always be about the QB

    Tell me who Son of Charles Mansen’s QB is and Kobe Faker will tell you if he wins or not

    Cam is done”

    Kobe Faker

  33. firethecannons Says:

    and cam newton aint ever going back to what he was

  34. Craig Says:

    Kyle Allen will be tweaked a bit and be much better next year. He is a good fit for Rhule’s current program. If he comes up with a defensive coordinator, they will be better overall next year.

    I am not going to say great things about the Bucs for next year. I don’t trust Jameis to be ready to play, especially if he is franchised. I think his toxicity level will go up, not down, if that happens. There is a good possibility that the Bucs will be bottom feeders again.

  35. Pewter power Says:

    Hope they stick with cam, one less team drafting a quarterback before we are on the clock.

  36. Marine Buc Says:

    Well those “reports” were wrong. Lol. The NY Giants hire Joe Judge as head coach.

  37. Ship Thief Says:

    Now I just hope he wants to stick it out with Cam.

  38. Kord Says:

    This dude said he was staying at Baylor…then Tepper offered him 70 mill, I’d start jogging from Waco like Forrest gump

  39. Rodney Munch Says:

    “Know who else has success in college with an NFL background? Former Bucs commander Greg Schiano.”

    Uh Schiano was under .500 against D1 schools. Hardly what I’d call a college success.

    In any case he got over $10m a year?!? Remember when people mocked the Raiders for giving Gruden $10m a year and said how insane and stupid that was? Well at least Gruden had a track record of success at the NFL level.

    But I really know nothing about this guy – but I’m hoping he’s a complete bust who is fired in 3 years and they’re stuck paying for him $30m.

  40. Brandon Says:

    Dirk Koetter’s only head coaching experience was on college as well. And it showed.

  41. FortMyersDave Says:

    Rodney: I think Joe is inferring that Greg S actually got Rutgers to where they actually won a few irrelevant bowl games like the St Pete Bowl, the Papa John’s Bowl and the epic Pinstripe Bowl at Yankme Stadium in NYC. I guess that is something as Rutgers normally was and still is 3-8 by scrubbing with 1AA Colgate and perhaps edging a bottom feeder like UConn in Big East play before they became the doormat of the Big 10 and compete with Lovey in Champaign for the basement most years. To sum up, Joe was being ironic and pointed out that Schiano is decent at a bottom feeding NE football program which is why they probably hired him back. Heck he might even get Rutgers to whatever bowl takes the 8th place 6-6 or 5-7 Big 10 team to play an equally bad 7th place ACC Miami Cane team ….. LOL.