Having overseen the career turnarounds of Geno Smith and Baker Mayfield over the past two seasons, Dave Canales is now headed to Charlotte work with 2023 No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young down.
Panthers are hiring Buccaneers’ offensive Dave Canales as their new head coach, per sources. Panthers have offered the job and Canales is taking it. “It will get done,” per source. pic.twitter.com/yddN1uEKyd— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 25, 2024
Former Seahawks executive and longtime Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan was just promoted to general manager, replacing the fired former Seahawks Vice president of football operations Scott Fitterer. Morgan and Canales were a part of Pete Carroll’s initial staff in 2010, with Morgan departing for the Buffalo Bills in 2018.
Canales has worn many hats during his time with the Seahawks. Originally brought over from Pete’s final USC team, Canales spent eight seasons as Seattle’s wide receivers coach. He moved to quarterbacks coach from 2018-2019, which coincided with two of Russell Wilson’s best statistical marks as a passer. From 2020-2021, Canales was the pass game coordinator, before moving back to quarterbacks coach for Geno Smith’s first season as Seattle’s starter. Canales was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his first offensive coordinator job, overseeing Baker Mayfield’s best statistical season of his career en route to a surprise Divisional Round appearance.
The Panthers were 2-15 last season and didn’t score a point over their final two games. It’ll be a hell of a task to rebuild this offense, but Canales seems up for the challenge. He is the first offensive assistant from Pete Carroll’s Seahawks staff to land an NFL head coaching role. Darrell Bevell had a couple of interim stints in recent seasons, but never a full-time position.
In case you’re wondering about the Buccaneers receiving draft compensation as a result of Canales’ departure, this is not applicable in Dave’s case. Canales is of Mexican descent and thus a minority head coach hire, but he was only with the Bucs for one season and not the minimum of two.
As I tweeted several times, NFL requires a coach to have spent two full seasons with the old team for them to get a comp pick for losing them.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 25, 2024
Congrats to Dave on his new job!
There are now only three teams left without a head coach, including the Seahawks.
Las Vegas Raiders - Antonio Pierce
Tennessee Titans - Brian Callahan
New England Patriots - Jerod Mayo
Los Angeles Chargers - Jim Harbaugh
Carolina Panthers - Dave Canales