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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Charlotte

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Charlotte, NC. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Charlotte's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Charlotte. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Charlotte, NC. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Charlotte,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Charlotte, NC, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Charlotte, NC.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

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Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

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Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

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Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Duke Energy asks people to reduce energy use on Christmas after ending temporary outages

Overwhelming demand for heat during the region’s arctic plunge forced Duke Energy to roll out controlled blackouts of 15 to 30 minutes across North Carolina Saturday on Christmas Eve.A number of surprised and angry customers took to social media to vent about the rare and surprise action.The Charlotte-based utility stopped the rolling outages at about ...

Overwhelming demand for heat during the region’s arctic plunge forced Duke Energy to roll out controlled blackouts of 15 to 30 minutes across North Carolina Saturday on Christmas Eve.

A number of surprised and angry customers took to social media to vent about the rare and surprise action.

The Charlotte-based utility stopped the rolling outages at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, spokesman Bill Norton said. Power came back up to about 10,000 customers at a time.

On Saturday afternoon, Duke Energy was asking customers to reduce energy use for the next 24 hours as extreme temperatures drove unusually high energy demand across the Carolinas.

At one point Saturday morning, about 100,000 customers had no power in the Charlotte region. By 7 a.m. Sunday, power had been restored to most of the area, with a Duke Energy outage map showing fewer than 1,000 customers without power in Mecklenburg County.

No decision has been made yet on whether Duke Energy will need to deploy controlled outages on Sunday, according to Norton.

“I don’t recall a situation in recent memory” that Duke Energy needed to implement controlled blackouts, Norton said.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Fire Department said it was dealing with a high volume of calls due to frozen pipes and water issues. It asked people to call 911 for emergencies only.

A number of factors led to the controlled outages.

Demand for energy in the face of very cold temperatures was higher than forecast, Norton said. Controlled outages were implemented as temperatures sat at 10 degrees Saturday, with wind chills of minus 4.

A few generating units also were experiencing problems around North Carolina, Norton said. And neighboring power companies had their own needs as well.

“The company is implementing load shedding steps that include interruptions in service,” Duke Energy said in a news release about the outages. “This is necessary to extend available power generation and help maintain operations until additional power is available. These outages are temporary and rotated among customers and will continue until additional electricity is available and normal operation of the power grid resume.”

At about 10:30 a.m., Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement, saying he had spoken with Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good Saturday “to offer assistance and to express urgency about the need to restore power quickly in this extreme cold while keeping customers accurately informed.”

The cold front has resulted in North Carolina seeing its coldest Christmas Eve since 1983, when some communities woke up to 8 degrees, forecasters say.

Temperatures at freezing or below are expected through Wednesday of this week, the National Weather Service reports.

The high on Christmas will be around 37 degrees. Meanwhile, night time lows in Charlotte will be 14 degrees on Christmas Eve, 18 on Christmas and 25 degrees on Monday, forecasters say.

Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress the “load shedding” is necessary to “maintain operations until additional power is available.”

News that Duke Energy was adopting controlled blackouts received immediate push back on social media, with many noting the weather was a threat to safety.

Others pointed out the power giant should have anticipated the shortage, given the cold front was forecast a week ago. More than just cold, the front was accompanied by dangerous wind chills and gusts strong enough to down trees and power lines.

“You did what? It’s 9 degrees outside and Christmas Eve. I pay my bill. This is disgusting,” one man posted on Twitter.

“Some communication that this was going to be happening would have been nice, especially after not having power all day yesterday either. ... It’s dropped 10 degrees inside in an hour,” a woman wrote.

“This shouldn’t be allowed. You’re leaving families freezing. I bet the CEOs power never gets cut in these ‘energy grid saving outages,” another commenter said.

In asking customers to conserve power, Duke Energy suggested that customers:

? Select the lowest comfortable thermostat setting and bump it down several degrees whenever possible.

? Avoid using large appliances with a three-pronged plug, such as dishwashers, ovens and dryers, during high-demand periods like early mornings.

? Shift non-essential activities like laundry to late evening hours when power demand is lower.

? Charge electric vehicles overnight.

? And if you have an electric water heater, limit the use of hot water as much as possible.

Charlotte Hornets at Utah Jazz odds, picks and predictions

The Charlotte Hornets (13-34) are out west to face the Utah Jazz (24-25) Monday at Vivint Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Hornets vs. Jazz odds, and make our expert ...

The Charlotte Hornets (13-34) are out west to face the Utah Jazz (24-25) Monday at Vivint Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Hornets vs. Jazz odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.

The Hornets narrowly defeated the Atlanta Hawks 122-118 Saturday, winning outright as 7.5-point road underdogs. Charlotte has strung together 2 wins in a row after losing 5 straight games from Jan. 8 – 16.

The Jazz fell 117-106 to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday and were unable to cover as 5-point favorites at home. Utah has still won 4 of its last 6 games despite the loss to Brooklyn.

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Jazz 121, Hornets 110

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I wouldn’t advise taking Utah (-330) to win straight up at the current odds as the risk outweighs the return you’ll receive if the Jazz win.

Assuming that Ball is going to miss Monday’s contest for the Hornets, JAZZ -7.5 (-110) is an intriguing wager. Utah has won 15 straight home games against Charlotte and the Hornets could struggle to score if Ball is ruled out.

The Jazz are also 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss.

UNDER 238.5 (-115) is where I’m leaning in this game. While the Jazz are 4th in offensive rating and 14th in pace, the Hornets are 29th in offensive rating and 10th in pace.

The Under has hit in 9 of the last 11 meetings between the Hornets and the Jazz in Utah and these teams have only gone Over this total twice in the last 10 meetings.

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Would the Seahawks consider a trade back scenario involving a 2024 first round pick?

With the fifth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks hold the highest selection since 2009 — when they drafted future assistant coach Aaron Curry fourth overall. That season, of course, precipitated the arrival of Pete Carroll and John Schneider. The team again picked in the top 10 in Carroll’s first season, choosing Russell Okung sixth overall. Now that the ...

With the fifth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks hold the highest selection since 2009 — when they drafted future assistant coach Aaron Curry fourth overall. That season, of course, precipitated the arrival of Pete Carroll and John Schneider. The team again picked in the top 10 in Carroll’s first season, choosing Russell Okung sixth overall. Now that the season is over (for the hawks, at least), the team is officially set to pick again at No. 20.

Due largely to the conclusion of the Denver Broncos season, Seattle is in an interesting spot; they may be out of reach of some of the top defensive prospects in the draft, like Jalen Carter or Will Anderson Jr. If this is the case, though, that may mean that at least one of the top 3 QB prospects will still be on the board. The organization seems to outwardly be committed to Geno Smith at the moment, and if they do reach an agreement with him, they could be the target of another organization’s trade up scenario. Dane Brugler of The Athletic suggested just this in his most recent mock draft, as he proposed a move by the Carolina Panthers to leapfrog the Las Vegas Raiders for C.J. Stroud. The full article is behind a paywall, but here is the scenario he laid out:

Projected trade: No. 5 for Nos. 9, 93 and a 2024 first-round pick”

He goes on to say that the Seahawks could sit at nine and select Tyree Wilson from Texas Tech. This scenario has some precedent; we saw a similar deal play out two years ago which has ended up being pretty impactful for all teams involved, mostly in mutually beneficial ways. Which scenario was this, exactly?

The Philadelphia Eagles were in a similar position in 2021 when they held the sixth overall pick; they subsequently reached an agreement with the Miami Dolphins, who moved up to select Jaylen Waddle. The Eagles would end up making a few more moves, and they ended up jumping back up to No. 10 to select DeVonta Smith (we aren’t going to get into that one here). Here is the detailed view of the initial trade:

Eagles received No. 12, 123, and a 2022 fifth-round pick (which would end up at No. 15);

Miami receives No.6 and 156

The 2022 pick ended up being No. 15. If you analyze this through the classic Jimmy Johnson trade value chart, the Eagles ended up “winning” this trade by a significant margin according to Glenn Erby of Eagles Wire. If we look at this with the Rich Hill model, the deal still favors the Eagles. If we score the future selection as if it were 32nd overall*, the Dolphins picks combined for a total of 555 points, compared to 457 points for the Eagles first and fifth round picks. If we apply the Rich Hill model to the Seattle/Carolina trade suggested above, we get the following:

Seahawks receive No. 9 (387 points), 93 (42), and a future first (184); 613 points

Panthers receive send No. 5 (468); net margin: -145 points

*Scoring future picks can be tricky, with Rich Hill originally suggesting that future picks essentially lose one round of value. However, first round picks offer certain upside — such as the fifth year option — which I think merits scoring a future first as if it were 32nd overall.

This trade seems a little uneven to me; Carolina would be sacrificing a significant amount of draft capital, especially relative to the Miami/Philly trade. In that scenario, the Dolphins gave up a net -98 points (equal to a late second round pick), whereas the Panthers would be down -145 points, or the equivalent of an early second round pick. This doesn’t look entirely out of the question, and it points to one of the issues with scoring draft trades: the static points assigned to each pick can’t always account for positional value. If a team like Carolina is really sold on C.J. Stroud and he is still on the board, Seattle’s pick may hold more relative value than the score assigned above.

This is an interesting scenario to explore from the perspective of the Seahawks’ organization; Pete Carroll and John Schneider earned a bit of a renewed vote of confidence following a season where they had what some are considering the best draft class of 2022.

Even with their recent success, a regression in 2023 could spell trouble for Pete and John; this season was a fun surprise, but with this comes heightened expectations for next year. How much will they want to trade for a future pick when they need impact players now? I think that this could lead to a higher likelihood of them simply staying put, or at least placing a premium on trades involving draft picks this year as opposed to future picks. But I could be wrong; a lot can and will change in the coming months as prospects face a mounting level of scrutiny. Regardless, I will be a bit surprised if we end up seeing the Seahawks go for a trade like the one proposed above or the Miami/Philadelphia deal.

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Sean Payton interviews: No second interview with Broncos scheduled yet, Panthers reportedly making strong push

Sean Payton is a popular man these days. The former New Orleans Saints head coach is mulling a return to the NFL in 2023, and clubs are starting to line up for his services. The leader in the clubhouse appears to be the Denver Broncos, alt...

Sean Payton is a popular man these days. The former New Orleans Saints head coach is mulling a return to the NFL in 2023, and clubs are starting to line up for his services. The leader in the clubhouse appears to be the Denver Broncos, although CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson reported Monday that no second interview has been scheduled with Payton just yet and that they have not zeroed in on anyone at this time.

That said, the Broncos have previously made their intentions of wooing Payton quite clear, but there are also three more teams in the mix: Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals Houston has interviewed him, and Payton, an NFL analyst for Fox Sports this season, told "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd last week that he was set to meet with Panthers owner David Tepper, which reportedly occurred on Friday.

Tepper has made his desire to land Payton crystal clear, saying he would give the coach "just about anything he wants" according to The Washington Post. However, the same report casted doubt on Payton's interest in Carolina. The top quarterbacks on the Panthers depth chart, Sam Darnold and PJ Walker, are both set to hit free agency this offseason, leaving Carolina with 2022 third-round pick, Matt Corral, as the only player at that position on the roster. Corral suffered a season-ending foot injury in the preseason. However, the Panthers do have the ninth overall pick in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft.

As of Jan. 17, teams have been in the clear to formally interview Payton. Informal discussions were permitted if granted by the Saints. Of course, whatever team ultimately strikes a deal with Payton for him to become its next head coach would then need to have a discussion with the Saints as it relates to compensation, since the franchise still holds his rights.

Payton recently revealed that he has had conversations with Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and that the trade compensation required to get him will be "a mid-to-late first-round pick."

According to The Advocate, Payton is seeking a contract that pays him $20 million to $25 million per year over a four-year period. Coaching salaries are not public, but it's believed that salary would make him among the highest-paid coaches in the league, and the Broncos' new ownership group could certainly afford that type of salary.

Before stepping down after last season, Payton had been in New Orleans since 2013. He is 152-89 as a head coach in the regular season and 9-8 in the playoffs, which includes a Super Bowl XLIV victory.

Among other contenders, Arizona is in the midst of a seismic shake-up after firing Kingsbury and seeing GM Steve Keim step down from his role due to health reasons. A veteran coach like Payton would be a welcome sight to an organization that is looking to contend sooner rather than later, especially after inking Kyler Murray to a massive contract extension just prior to the start of the season.

The Texans quickly requested permission to interview Payton for their head coaching job in the aftermath of firing Lovie Smith, per Fox Sports. Unlike Denver and Arizona and similarly to the Panthers, the Texans are a bit more of a blank page and have no franchise quarterback already established. However, the club does have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, so that destination could be attractive if Payton has his eyes on any of the top quarterback prospects.

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The New England Patriots are naming Bill O'Brien as their new offensive coordinator, per an ESPN report. O'Brien returns to the Patriots after a decade away from the team. He was employed as an offensive assistant, wide receivers coach, quarterbacks coach, and offensive coordinator with the Patriots from 2007 to 2011, working under head coach Bill Belichick.

When O'Brien was on staff from 2007-11, New England's offense led the league with 30.7 points per game and was second with 393.1 yards per game. O'Brien was in New England when Tom Brady was at quarterback -- and now will be tasked with grooming Mac Jones, as the former first-round pick heads into his third year as a starter.

The Patriots needed a stable offensive mind after head coach Bill Belichick went with former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as his primary play caller for the 2022 season. New England finished 26th in yards per game (314.6) and were 25th in points per possession (1.63) and 27th in yards per game (27.8). Jones took a step back in Year 2 as a result, finishing with a completion rate of 65.2% with 2,997 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and an 84.8 passer rating.

O'Brien spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Alabama, where the Crimson Tide finished tied for fourth in scoring offense -- averaging 40.8 points per game. In his first season as the primary play-caller at Alabama, O'Brien's offense averaged 39.9 points per game and 488.3 yards per game -- both top-10 in the country.

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O'Brien was head coach of the Houston Texans from 2014-20, where he went 52-48 and won four AFC South titles. He led the Texans to three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history and back-to-back AFC South division championships. He also served as Houston's general manager later in his tenure and was fired as both coach and general manager of the Texans after an 0-4 start to the 2020 season.

The former NFL head coach also led Penn State to a 15-9 record after the school faced unprecedented sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, showcasing his commitment to lead a program and parlaying that success into an NFL head coaching job.

O'Brien is finally back in the NFL, where it all started in New England. This time, he'll be tasked to revitalize the Patriots offense and help change the recent narrative of Belichick being on the decline.

4 potential destinations for Panthers LB Shaq Thompson in 2023

Where could veteran linebacker Shaq Thompson end up in 2023 with his Carolina Panthers future hanging in the balance?There are some important decisions looming for the Carolina Panthers. A new head coach comes before anything else, which will then lead to many player personnel matters before OTAs arrive.One of the most important situations centers on ...

Where could veteran linebacker Shaq Thompson end up in 2023 with his Carolina Panthers future hanging in the balance?

There are some important decisions looming for the Carolina Panthers. A new head coach comes before anything else, which will then lead to many player personnel matters before OTAs arrive.

One of the most important situations centers on Shaq Thompson. The veteran linebacker once again performed well en route to 135 tackles in 2022, but there are some critical financial factors making his future in Carolina look less certain than ever.

Releasing or trading Thompson comes with a cap saving of more than $13 million this spring. Although his presence on and off the field would be missed, the possibility cannot be ruled out when one examines the bigger picture.

A lot can and will happen in the coming weeks, but here are four places Thompson could be playing in 2023.

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Even though most smart analysts are predicting Shaq Thompson and the Carolina Panthers will go their separate ways, the prospect of him staying around cannot be dismissed. Those in power could extend the former first-round pick and move some money around that way, with a potential pay cut to remain on the team something else that might come to fruition.

Thompson’s salary-cap hit of $24.46 million won’t be taken through onto the 2023 bill fully. But the Panthers could explore some way to make this situation work for all parties.

Could the performances of various head coaching candidates during the playoff divisional round shorten the Carolina Panthers’ options?

The Carolina Panthers are currently chopping it up with Sean Payton about the possibility of becoming their next head coach. This would be a daring move considering the draft compensation demands of the New Orleans Saints, who also occupy a position within the NFC South and will likely drive a hard bargain if team owner David Tepper went in this direction.

Steve Wilks remains in strong contention, which is only right after the phenomenal turnaround accomplished by the interim head coach. Securing a 6-6 record after Matt Rhule’s firing was no mean feat, especially considering the Panthers traded both Christian McCaffrey and Robbie Anderson before the deadline.

A number of other bright offensive minds have also been interviewed with the Panthers in recent days. Most of whom were showcasing their capabilities during the NFL’s playoff divisional round this weekend.

However, it was a mixed bag. To put it mildly.

Carolina Panthers could shorten their head coaching candidates in the near future

Something that might end up shortening Carolina’s list of options when push comes to shove.

Let’s start with Mike Kafka, whose time as New York Giants offensive coordinator in 2022 is littered with encouraging progress. This wasn’t enough to shine again in the postseason, with the team falling flat on their face at the Philadephia Eagles during a game that turned into a demolition job.

Ken Dorsey didn’t fare much better as the Buffalo Bills crashed out in front of their home fans against the Cincinnati Bengals. The former quarterbacks’ coach in Carolina was found wanting and it’s evident quarterback Josh Allen has stagnated without Brian Daboll calling the shots.

Will this alter the Panthers’ thought process? Only time will tell.

There was also an audition for Kellen Moore versus the San Francisco 49ers’ vaunted defense. Something the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator couldn’t overcome as the team mustered just 12 points to send them packing.

This spoke more about DeMeco Ryans than anything else. But whether the Panthers sort another date out with the one-time linebacker after logistics prevented an earlier interview remains to be seen.

The only candidate to emerge from the divisional round with any credit was Shane Steichen. The Eagles decimated an improving Giants’ defense with minimal fuss thanks in no small part to their outstanding offensive game plan, which pulled them 28-0 clear early and saw out the contest in comfortable fashion.

Of course, it’s important to examine a candidate’s full body of work rather than just one game. However, these failings might not be ignored by Tepper as he looks to finally get the right man at the helm.

Much will depend on how the meeting goes with Payton, obviously. And the Panthers would be wise not to ignore Wilks’ impressive accomplishments in challenging circumstances once the Rhule era mercifully ended way ahead of time.

With important events such as the 2023 Senior Bowl fast approaching, Carolina must act fast to secure their guy. But in Steichen’s case, it’s another week before he can even interview in person if the Panthers have him high on their list of options.

Time is of the essence. This is why the longer it goes, the better chance Wilks has at securing the position – in theory.

Nothing can be ruled out when it comes to Tepper, who doesn’t have the best track record where football decisions are concerned. Whether the billionaire will be swayed one way or another by what occurred over the divisional round is debatable, but it cannot be ruled out entirely.

As always, fans must remain patient and hope for the right outcome.

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