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The official Panthers head coach candidate list

How wide will the search be? What will the candidates look like? Follow along here to find out.

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It didn’t even take until Black Monday for news to start breaking about scheduled head coach interviews with the Carolina Panthers. The team has been in the market for a head coach since firing previous head coach Matt Rhule on October 10th, 2022.

The following is a list of candidates, in alphabetical order, confirmed by either the Panthers, Jay Glazer, or reliable reporters with scheduled or completed interviews for the Panthers head coach vacancy.

General manager Scott Fitterer said that this wasn't going to be a large group of candidates. Since he said that, seven additional names have been confirmed as interview requests. That brings the Panthers candidate list up to ten confirmed coaches.

Current Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is not currently on this list because he reached out multiple times to the Panthers and spoke via phone with Panthers owner David Tepper. He’ll be added when and if the team formally interviews him.


Ben Johnson - offensive coordinator, Detroit Lions

Jerod Mayo - linebackers coach, New England Patriots

DeMeco Ryans - defensive coordinator, San Francisco 49ers

Shane Steichen - offensive coordinator, Philadelphia Eagles


Ken Dorsey - offensive coordinator, Buffalo Bills

Jim Caldwell - former head coach, Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions

Ejiro Evero - defensive coordinator, Denver Broncos

Mike Kafka - offensive coordinator, New York Giants

Kellen Moore - offensive coordinator, Dallas Cowboys

Sean Payton - former head coach, New Orleans Saints

Frank Reich - former head coach, Indianapolis Colts

Steve Wilks - interim head coach, Carolina Panthers, former head coach, Arizona Cardinals