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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dorsey joins Panthers Amid Controversy?

Ken Dorsey, who worked with Cam Newton at Chris Weinke's IMG Academy, is now an Advance Scout with Carolina.

Profootballtalk.com, as it often does with Carolina, attempted to drum up controversy, suggesting that Dorsey had directly worked with Newton as a Carolina employee in waiting. There seems to be no backing behind the rumor.

Nonetheless, Dorsey, the former Miami Hurricanes quarterback, joins Carolina at a very interesting time. As one of the winningest college quarterbacks of all time, Dorsey played under current Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski; that franchise - I mean, program - has come under heavy fire recently suggesting that a booster has given thousands upon thousands to UM players, which apparently could include Panther Jon Beason and possibly new Panther/Beason's 7th floor crew mate Greg Olsen.

This is essentially a non-story for Carolina - despite its heavy UM influence this year - in that nothing negative could come from the players or coaches here. That franchise seems somewhat screwed, but for Carolina's own benefit, it seems to have gotten some of that Miami swagger. Hopefully it comes without too much of the controversy.

As for Dorsey, he won't be working with Newton (at least, not now) - he's an advance scout, a pair of eyes on the next opponent. He'll work, with former Redskins TE Don Warren, under pro scouting director Mark Koncz. The pair both have a long history with the Coryell offense, with Warren winning three rings under that offense. Neither are coaches, neither will work with players. It's an interesting link, however, and it's rare that the Panthers talk much about their scouts.

Dorsey, of course, could be groomed to coach, and the IMG experience couldn't have hurt. Dorsey was also interested in high school coaching before being hired by Carolina, and had at one point taken on a job as a high school's offensive coordinator. So, the want is possibly there.

As a less interesting sidenote, Dorsey was with Chudzinski as a Brown in 2007; he competed with new Panther Derek Anderson for a job that year, with the pair losing to Charlie Frye in week 1; Frye was traded that next week, and Anderson went on to a Pro Bowl year.
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