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Several NFL teams found their new head coaches in a wild 24 hours of hiring

Things move fast in the NFL.

Not even two weeks removed from the final weeks of the regular season, four of the five head coaching vacancies across the league have already been filled.

After disappointing seasons, the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, and Cleveland Browns all decided it was time for a change. All but the Browns have already found their man.

Some teams opted for proven NFL talent, while others looked to the world of college football for their future head coach.

Take a look below at where the coaching carousel stands heading into the 2020 offseason.

On Tuesday, the hot stove was burning, first with the Carolina Panthers announcing that Baylor's Matt Rhule would take the head coaching job along with a huge payday.

New Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule.
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Having already ousted Rivera during the final stretch of the regular season, the Carolina Panthers found their man in Baylor head coach Matt Rhule.

Rhule was something of a wild card entering this season's NFL job fair, having pulled off two impressive turnarounds over the past few years. After years as an assistant and coordinator with the Temple Owls, Rhule took over the top job in 2013, and in just four years, took the program from 2-11 to two straight 10-win seasons and a conference title in 2016.

From there, he took over at Baylor, who needed a hard reset after numerous players were involved in a sexual assault scandal that eventually cost coach Art Briles his job.

Rhule and the Bears went 1-11 in his first season, and two years later finished 11-3 on the year and came within just a few plays of taking down Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship to steal a spot in the College Football Playoff.

The Panthers are hoping Rhule can pull off a similar turnaround for the Panthers, and have committed fully to him as their coach of the future with a seven-year, $60 million deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

With a contract like that, Carolina will be looking for both stability and success. While some in the past have struggled to make the transition from college to NFL coaching, the Panthers seem to believe Rhule has got what it takes.

The Giants followed up soon after, announcing that Patriots special teams and wide receivers coach Joe Judge would be taking the top job.

New New York Giants head coach Joe Judge.
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Just minutes after the Panthers announced Rhule as their new head coach, the Giants came out with some news of their own, hiring Patriots wide receivers and special teams coach Joe Judge for the top job in New York.

Judge takes over for Pat Shurmur, who went 9-23 in two disappointing seasons leading the Giants before getting fired this year.

New York was reported as being high on Rhule as well, and Rhule went as far as calling the Giants to see if they wanted to match the Panthers offer. The team instead decided to go in another direction, and in turn, add another branch to the ever-growing coaching tree of Bill Belichick.

Judge is something of an unknown, having not held a head coaching gig at any level thus far in his career. Still, Judge comes with an impressive pedigree, having served under both Belichick and Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

The Cleveland Browns are the only team left to make their hire and have several meetings scheduled before their final decision.

The Cleveland Browns are the only team left looking for a coach.
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That leaves the Cleveland Browns, who as the last team in the league looking to fill the job, will not have to rush the decision for fear of being scooped by a competing team.

According to ESPN, the Browns have already interviewed Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

They are also meeting with Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz on Wednesday, and could have further meetings later in the week should they decide to look at a few more applicants.

The Browns have decided to move on from head coach Freddie Kitchens after just one season, having coached the team to a disappointing 6-10 record after an offseason that was full of promise.

Whoever winds up taking the job will benefit from one of the most talented groups of players that were in need of a head coach, but will also have to deal with the pressure of leading a team that hasn't held on to a coach for more than four seasons since rejoining the league in 1999.

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