Jim Harbaugh Will Be The Next Carolina Panthers Coach
Jim Harbaugh will be the next Carolina Panthers head coach, according to the sports books.
Harbaugh, 55, is currently the head coach at Michigan. Unfortunately, after a loss to Ohio State last week, his future with the program past its bowl game is uncertain.
The Panthers, meanwhile, announced on Tuesday that they were firing Ron Rivera after nine seasons.
Odds to be the next Head Coach of the Panthers (BetOnline):
Jim Harbaugh +300
Jason Garrett +500
Josh McDaniels +550
Dan Quinn +600
Urban Meyer +600
Greg Roman +1200
Mike LaFleur +1200
Jay Gruden +1400
Doug Marrone +1600
Pat Shurmur +1800
Doug Pederson +2000
Bill Cowher +10000
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) December 3, 2019
BetOnline has Harbaugh as a +300 favorite to become the next head coach. Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys is in second place at +500.
Carolina made the big move following a disappointing 29-21 home defeat to the two-win Washington Redskins.
“I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team,” owner David Tepper said in a statement.
“I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community.
“I wish him the best.”
For now secondary coach Perry Fewell has been named interim head coach and offensive coordinator Norv Turner will move to special assistant to the head coach. Quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will work as offensive coordinator.
“We are going to take a comprehensive and thorough review of our football operation to make sure we are structured for long-term sustained success,” Tepper added.
“Our vision is to find the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes. We will consider a wide range of football executives to complement our current football staff.
“One change that we will implement is hiring an assistant general manager and vice president of football operations.
“We all must recognize that this is the first step in a process, but we are committed to building and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans.”
Over the course of his nine years with the Panthers Rivera put up a record of 76-63-1 in the regular season. Along the way he was a two-time NFL Coach of the Year and led Carolina to the Super Bowl in 2015.