Eric Taylor is a fictional character in the television series Friday Night Lights played by Kyle Chandler. He is introduced as the head coach of the Dillon High School football team, the Panthers. At the end of the first season he accepts a position as the quarterback coach at the fictional Texas Methodist University, where he had served as an assistant coach. He leaves TMU in the second season to return to Dillon and once again coach the Panthers. Following a conspiracy in season three Taylor is replaced as Panthers coach and instead offered the chance to start a new football program at East Dillon.