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Monday, January 31, 2011

Eric Washington for DL Coach; Pete Hoerner for TEs; Skipper Out

Jim Skipper was told he's not in the team's plans at RB coach, but those plans aren't certain to anyone else yet. Chances are, it'll be a younger coach, with around a decade's worth of college experience, and a guy we haven't heard about. The pro market is about tapped out, and the guys with experience are older than we likely want.


Eric Washington, 41, was named defensive line coach. It's the fourth hire on defense, after coordinator Sean McDermott, DBs coach (and outgoing DC) Ron Meeks, and the guy who'll now be Washington's assistant, Sam Mills III. Washington and Mills will be overseeing the defensive line.

Washington was DL coach with Chicago last year, and assistant DL coach the two years before that under now-coordinator Rod Marinelli. A former Grambling player, he learned under coach Eddie Robinson, spent four years at the high school level coaching, then had stops at Texas A&M, Ohio, and Northwestern.

"Eric brings youth and experience to our staff and is a good fit to work with our young defensive line," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "He has coached on all levels of football and we are pleased to have him on our staff."

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As I typed this, the story broke that Pete Hoener is now the TEs coach. Hoener was the 9ers TEs coach since 2005, has spent 25 years in the college ranks including having been OC, and has coached both TEs and OL in the NFL.


So what's left?

Carolina has a critical hire at LBs coach to complete the defense, though they may add an assistant DBs coach if the right guy is there.

They need a RBs coach for offense. They have two third-tier assistants already, so there's no telling whether they still have interest in hiring a third (Ricky Proehl). Proehl was rumored to be considered to be the special teams assistant as an added title to assistant WRs coach, and they traditionally do keep an assistant ST coach as well.

There's a continued hope they will hire LBs coach Dave McGinnis, since expected Titans hire Mike Munchak will have to rebuild the rest of the defense anyway. McGinnis was Ron Rivera's position coach, and a former coordinator and head coach.
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