Updated Head Coach search ⬇️— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 9, 2024
9 candidates have been requested for interviews. https://t.co/GmYw6oP7vu
Smith is among nine candidates that the Panthers requested for interviews, alongside the following coaches:
- Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson
- Houston Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik
- Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan
- Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn
- Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald
- Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris
- Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales
Smith started his NFL coaching career in 2010 with the New Orleans Saints, and remained with the team through 2014 as an assistant offensive line coach. In 2015, Smith joined the Chicago Bears as their tight ends coach, before moving to the Las Vegas Raiders in 2018. He had a brief stint with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2021, before finally being hired by the Dolphins in 2022, as their offensive coordinator. Through two seasons, Miami’s offense has been one of the best in the league under Smith.
Though the Panthers have expressed interest in Smith, since the Dolphins are a playoff team, there are certain rules they must follow before interviewing him. As per the NFL, coaches on teams playing Wild Card weekend cannot interview during the week of the game. If a team loses, the interview can take place anytime following the game. If a team wins, their coaches must be allowed to interview the week leading up to the divisional round games. The interview must take place in the city of the assistant’s team, and the team can decide which day they will allow their assistant coaches to interview for head coach positions. The first interview must take place during that divisional round week.
Either way, the Dolphins would not be allowed to block any potential interviews, as Smith is interviewing for a head coaching position.
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