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Things are a mess in Charlotte right now, and the season can’t end soon enough. The Panthers have April’s No. 1 overall pick in the bag, but issues abound, so decisions will have to be made to determine the proper direction of the franchise.
One man who will not have a hand in those decisions is current head coach John Fox, who fully expects to be fired to begin the necessary facelift once Carolina’s nightmarish season finally comes to a close.
From there, the manner in which Carolina chooses to right the wrongs depends on who they choose to replace Fox.
Arizona assistant head coach Russ Grimm has been mentioned, as has San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Both are solid candidates, but neither has any head-coaching experience.
Considering his options, the Carolina job would be a hard sell to Harbaugh.
The one upside is that the Panthers, should they draft a potential franchise quarterback first overall, could tug on Harbaugh’s heart strings and entice him with the prospect of developing such a player, especially if that player is Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.