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Friday, January 25, 2013

Al Holcomb: New LBs Coach

Carolina continues to go younger in coaching by picking up Giants defensive assistant Al Holcomb.

Holcomb was available from an existing staff by being a third-tier assistant - by not being a full position coach, he's more or less allowed to move if he wants.

As a defensive assistant, Holcomb had worked with the LBs and handled some of the processing of gameplans, and running the scout teams.  A 2007 graduate of the NFL's minority internship program (he served with the Jets), Holcomb went from being a grad assistant at Temple to spending a decade in Division II football, coaching LBs and ST for Bloomsburg, then defensive coordinator for Kutztown in 2004-05. He was then with Lafayette in Division 1 FCS as DL coach before picking up with the Giants.

Likely with a recommendation from new Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, Holcomb fills the last official spot on the coaching staff.  The team will (hopefully) also fill some other spots - having lost three third-tier assistants of their own.  One was to promotion (Ricky Proehl), and two to the Browns as position coaches (Scott Turner as WRs coach, Bobby Babich as LBs coach).  Add in the promotion from assistant for Richard Rodgers, and that's four third level coaches that are missing.   Hopefully the team fills those roles well.
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