Falcons, Panthers Name Head Coaches, Only 2 Openings Remain

Written by Robert J. Matthews

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The Carolina Panthers appointed offensive coordinator Dave Canales of Tampa Bay as their new head coach on Thursday.

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The Atlanta Falcons hired Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris later that day.

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These actions left the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Commanders as the only remaining head coaching vacancies.

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Canales, 42, joined Tampa Bay as offensive coordinator a year ago.

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He played a crucial role in Baker Mayfield's career turnaround, as he had been under the guidance of four different teams since 2021.

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Mayfield signed a one-year contract with Canales and spent his rookie year working for him. 

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Unexpectedly guiding the Buccaneers to the NFC South championship and a playoff victory, he is positioned to receive a monstrous contract this offseason.

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Before joining Tampa Bay, Canales was a member of the Seattle Seahawks for thirteen seasons.

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