Ejiro Evero could be available this season, but only if the next Carolina Panthers head coach decides to hire their own defensive coordinator. Matt LaFleur interviewed Evero for the job before hiring Joe Barry, a decision he likely lives to regret.
Ignore the Panthers' struggles this season. Their defense has done all they could, particularly against the pass.
Carolina limited Kirk Cousins to 139 passing yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, while NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate C.J. Stroud had 140 yards with no touchdowns against Evero's defense.
He did the same in Denver in 2022, leading the seventh-ranked defense despite the Broncos finishing 5-12.
"He's a great communicator, he's demanding, he holds guys accountable. I've just got a ton of respect for what he's been able to accomplish," said Packers head coach Matt LaFleur.
Evero would bring a similar scheme to Barry's, which could interest LaFleur. But Evero's results in Carolina and Denver are worlds apart from Barry's disappointing defenses in Green Bay.
LaFleur considered Evero for the job three years ago and should do the same if he becomes available. Carolina may retain Evero, even with a new head coach. But if the Panthers completely start over with their coaching staff, Evero would be an ideal replacement for Barry.