Dave Canales‘ one-year run in Tampa Bay has earned him one other offseason transfer, this time to guide a training employees. The Panthers are nearing a deal to rent the Buccaneers OC as their new head coach, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
A report from earlier this week famous that Canales drew rave reviews from the Panthers’ entrance workplace throughout his first interview. A follow-up meeting was in place, and it has clearly gone effectively. Carolina was lengthy linked to pursuing a coach with an offensive background, and the group has certainly adopted via in that regard.
Nonetheless, the transfer comes as a shock given Canales’ lack of expertise relative to numerous different candidates. The 42-year-old’s time with the Buccaneers in 2023 marked his first time as a coordinator on the NFL degree. He got here to Tampa Bay after a prolonged tenure in Seattle, throughout which he overlapped with Dan Morgan. The latter was promoted to general manager earlier this week.
Canales wore numerous hats with the Seahawks, working with the group from 2010-22. He labored with the group’s quarterbacks for a lot of his time within the Emerald Metropolis, and his capability to show Geno Smith right into a Comeback Participant of the 12 months with a career-best efficiency in 2022 upped his inventory significantly. Taking over the Tampa OC posting, he set himself up for one more reclamation venture of kinds with Baker Mayfield.
The previous No. 1 choose outperformed expectations beneath Canales’ steering, throwing a career-high 28 landing passes and posting a 94.6 passer score, the second-highest mark of his profession. Mayfield is subsequently a candidate for a long-term Bucs settlement. If that materializes, nevertheless, Canales is not going to be in place to proceed working with him, as a substitute turning his consideration to a division rival.
Carolina was fascinated by Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson throughout final yr’s hiring cycle, and that remained the case in 2024. Johnson – who has received considerable interest from numerous different groups – was reported to be the Panthers’ top target. Johnson’s future stays unsure as Detroit prepares for the NFC title recreation this weekend, however one other potential touchdown spot for him has now been eradicated.
After all, a central motive within the Panthers’ continued pursuit of Johnson was his work with Lions QB Jared Goff. Growing 2023 first total choose Bryce Young would be the prime precedence for Canales after he endured a disappointing rookie marketing campaign. Younger’s struggles weren’t fully of his personal doing, however signficant strides can be required to justify Carolina’s acquisition of the No. 1 slot final spring. Main modifications alongside the O-line and within the skill-position room must also be anticipated, and people can now occur with a brand new GM and head coach in place.
Within the wake of Canales drawing severe curiosity from the Panthers, it was realized that Buccaneers QBs coach Thad Lewis was a chief candidate to take over as Tampa Bay’s OC. With the previous having agreed to Carolina’s HC gig, it will likely be fascinating to see if the latter does get tapped for the promotion. If not, the reigning NFC South winners might want to be a part of the competitors for out of doors additions on the coordinator spots.
Frank Reich entered final season with signficant expectations given his observe document and the employees he assembled. Solely 11 video games into the marketing campaign, nevertheless, Reich was let go, an indication of the repute for impatience that proprietor David Tepper has generated in recent times particularly. Tepper’s private involvement in numerous key personnel and roster choices has additionally led many to imagine prime HC candidates would keep away from Carolina. The group has nonetheless managed to seek out its subsequent coach sooner than numerous others.
As soon as the Canales deal turns into official, the 2024 cycle could have seen 5 hires made. The Falcons, Seahawks and Commanders nonetheless have vacancies on their staffs, and their searches will now proceed with one fewer candidate in the marketplace.