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Friday, February 2, 2007

Still no TEs coach

With the promotion of Dave Magazu to offensive line coach (a move rumored to mean the approach, and possibly the talent evaluation was to blame, moreso than the teaching or preparation), the Panthers still have yet to hire a tight ends coach. With various staffs being nearly complete, and coaching-search haven Senior Bowl over, it appears that rumors of the Panthers waiting for Colts offensive assistant Pete Metzelaars may be true.

Metzelaars can't interview until his season is over, which happens win or lose this weekend with the Super Bowl. As offensive quality control and assistant offensive line coach, which includes assisting the TEs and linemen in practice, breaking down tape of the offense, and helping scout the opponents' defensive front for personnel and tendency. Metzelaars has enough experience to become a full-fledged position coach, and has the obvious background in the NFL as a tight end to draw from as well.

New offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson has the same background, working with the line and tight ends after coming from an NFL players' background and having to volunteer to get into the coaching ranks, so it may be a very good fit if this is what happens. In the NFL, most position coaches aren't allowed to interview without permission (unless they're not under contract), but third-tier assistants (assistant position coaches, assistants to the head coach, offensive/defensive quality control, etc) are often granted that access for any open position that promotes them into a true position coach.
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