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The Panthers beat reporter for The Athletic joined The Kyle Bailey Show on Monday to discuss the ongoing search for a Head Coach for the Carolina Panthers, and how Sean Payton may impact the search.

The conversation started with Joe looking at Sean Payton entering the mix for the Panthers coaching vacancy he thinks it could take this year’s first and a little bit more given the fact that the Saints are in the same division. Joe also said a trade for Sean Payton wouldn’t cripple the Panthers, but it would likely eliminate any chance of getting a QB in the draft. Joe also said that he doesn’t think Payton will be hired as the Panthers HC, but he notes that David Tepper is a wild card.

Another name that has gained traction is Lions OC Ben Johnson Joe said he has a good chance as it seems like David Tepper likes him and a guy like longtime DC Vic Fangio is someone the Panthers want to pair Ben Johnson or a Shane Steichen with, but that is very fluid given Sean Payton as well.

When it comes to Steve Wilks, Joe noted that he thinks he may have a shot as a wild card given what he did this year in pretty trying circumstances, but the number of offensive coaches they have interviewed shows where the Panthers might want to go with the next Head Coach.