Panthers GM: Coaching search won’t include ‘large group’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It’s decision time for Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper. Over the next few weeks, Tepper will have to choose whether to remove the interim tag from Steve Wilks and make him the full-time coach, or to hire someone from outside the organization. General manager Scott Fitterer said Monday the Panthers will interview potential candidates beginning immediately, but said it “won’t be a large group.” Wilks is expected to interview with Tepper this week. Carolina’s players overwhelmingly voiced their support for Wilks returning as coach. Wilks went 6-6 after replacing the fired Matt Rhule. Tepper said during the season that Wilks would have to do an “incredible job” to be promoted.

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