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Panthers hire Matt Rhule as their new head coach, Josh McDaniels sweepstakes down to Browns

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Update 1/7/2019: Panthers hire Matt Rhule as their new head coach, Josh McDaniels sweepstakes down to Browns

With the Giants hiring Patriots special teams and wide receivers coach Joe Judge as their new head coach, only the Browns remain as a candidate for McDaniels’ services.


Original story 1/7/2019: Panthers hire Matt Rhule as their new head coach, Josh McDaniels sweepstakes down to Giants and Browns

You can cross the Carolina Panthers off the list of potential head coaching opportunities for New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. As first reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports, the team is hiring former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to fill the shoes worn by Ron Rivera between 2011 and midway through the 2019 regular season. This move also means that only two teams remain in the McDaniels sweepstakes.

First, a New York Giants organization that also had an eye on Rhule but will now have to look elsewhere to find a successor for recently fired Pat Shurmur. McDaniels is one of five coaches still available that have been linked to the team, as compiled by Big Blue View’s Chris Pflum — a list that also includes Patriots special teams/wide receivers coach Joe Judge. McDaniels has an interview with the Giants scheduled for Wednesday.

The other team still in the race for his services is the Cleveland Browns. Five coaches are left on the Browns’ list of reported candidates to become the team’s 10th official head coach since its rebirth in 1999, according to Barry Shuck of Dawgs By Nature. McDaniels also has an interview lined up with the organization: the 43-year-old will talk with representatives from the club on Friday.