Panthers to hire Dave Canales as head coach: reports


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The Carolina Panthers have found their new head coach in Dave Canales, according to multiple reports.

Canales and the Panthers are finalizing a deal for Canales to become the franchise’s seventh head coach in its history and its third head coach in three years. He will replace Frank Reich, who was let go in the middle of the season after less than a year at the helm.

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Dave Canales vs Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales looks on against the Minnesota Vikings in the first half at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 10, 2023 in Minneapolis. (David Berding/Getty Images)

Canales has been in the NFL since 2010, all with the Seattle Seahawks until he became the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator before the start of the 2023 season.

In Seattle, he was an offensive quality control coach, assistant quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. He then helped the Buccaneers go from the 25th-scoring offense in the league to the 20th as the team won the NFC South with a 9-8 record.

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Dave Canales and Baker Mayfield

Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales, left, talks with quarterback Baker Mayfield, #6, before the preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 11, 2023 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Canales will now be in charge of trying to get Bryce Young to develop into the franchise-altering quarterback he is expected to become. The Panthers’ offense has also been in the bottom half of the league for the last three seasons.

As the Panthers went 2-15 last season, the offense was ranked 31st in points scored and 32nd in yards gained. Young had 2,877 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 16 games.

Bryce Young vs Titans

Bryce Young, #9 of the Carolina Panthers. looks on during the second half of the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on Nov. 26, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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Carolina will have an important offseason to try and focus on building for the future and surrounding their young quarterback with solid pieces.



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