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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tolbert Hired as WRs coach

Carolina announced Tyke Tolbert as their new WRs coach this week. Tolbert, formerly of Buffalo, had been there for six years, hired by Mike Mularkey in 2004 and retained by Dick Jauron two years later.

Tolbert also spent a year in Arizona under Dave McGinness. He was involved in the development of Anquan Boldin, who was a rookie Pro Bowler.

In Buffalo, Tolbert helped push Lee Evans to the next level, leading the Bills most seasons and being explosive despite major quarterback issues. Jake Reed, as well, was solid most years there, having caught over 50 footballs in back to back years before being replaced by Terrell Owens.

On the downside, Roscoe Parrish had, at best, mediocre results as a wide receiver. The second round pick was essentially a special teams/return player - he never caught more than 35 balls.

Tolbert was a receiver with LSU before starting his college career at Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe, with one year stops at Florida and Auburn before coming to the NFL.

Tolbert was rumored to have left the Bills to go to LSU before the end of the 2009 season, which cast doubt on my evaluation of him when putting out names for the position. But, being an alum, and given the NFL's labor unrest, I could see a cozy position at a major power at home.

At any rate, what we get is a much younger (42) version of Williamson himself - maybe less gruff and more energetic, but certainly hard working. With hope, he can help fix one of the major problems of the 2009 season.
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