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Panthers Rumors: Broncos DC Ejiro Evero Requested for HC Interview

Erin WalshJanuary 15, 2023

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 2: Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator Ejiro Evero gives a fan a high-five at Allegiant Stadium on October 2, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Denver Broncos will take on the home team Las Vegas Raiders during week four of the NFL season. (Photo by  RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers have requested to interview Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero for their vacant head coaching position, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Evero has already interviewed with the Broncos as an in-house candidate to replace Nathaniel Hackett, as well as with the Indianapolis Colts for their head coaching vacancy. He also has an interview scheduled for next week with the Houston Texans.

Evero is under contract with the Broncos in 2023, so the franchise can refuse to let him interview for any defensive coordinator opening. The franchise already blocked him from interviewing for the Atlanta Falcons DC position.

However, the Broncos can't prevent him from accepting a promotion elsewhere.

The 2022 season was Evero's first as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, and he did a solid job of leading the Denver defense when the offense wasn't capable of leading the team to victory.

His unit ranked seventh in the league in yards allowed per game, 12th in passing yards allowed per game and 10th in rushing yards per game. They also allowed 21.1 points per game, which ranked in the top half of the league.

The Panthers need a new head coach after firing Matt Rhule following a 1-4 start to the 2022 campaign. Rhule was hired ahead of the 2020 campaign and went 11-27 before being canned.

Defensive pass game coordinator and secondary coach Steve Wilks took over as interim head coach, helping keep the Panthers competitive with a 6-6 record. Ultimately, it was still a disappointing end to the season as Carolina finished 7-10 and missed the playoffs.

Aside from Evero, the Panthers have several other candidates for their vacant head coaching position, including former Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.