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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OC Update; McCoy

It appears that Mike McCoy, somehow, has finagled the Chargers job. In
a way I like it - I can't begrudge him for what I'd consider an
undeserved promotion. I think it's very interesting that they've hired
yet another Coryell coach, and hope he doesn't poach anyone from here -
ideally I'd even prefer he doesn't keep John Pagano, but it would appear
that some of the existing Chargers coaches would be wanted by McCoy, and
would make sense to keep longtime Chargers assistants like Hal Hunter,
Charlie Joyner, or Ollie Wilson. I would expect a fight for John
Ramsdell by both McCoy and the Browns, and if there's room for him, I'd
hope he considers Carolina, too.

Hue Jackson was recently mentioned as a potential OC candidate for the
Bengals, which might be a better opportunity for him. It brings up
another potential candidate in Ken Zampese, the longtime QBs coach
(ranging from Bob Bratkowski to Gruden's tenure) who interviewed here in
Carolina for the OC job in 2007. Chances are, the team would allow him
to interview if Jackson leapfrogs Zampese for the job (which would be
realistic). Zampese would also likely hire Bratkowski as WRs coach,
which might be an interesting fit.

Both Jackson and Pat Shurmur interviewed yesterday (Monday). It was
rumored that Shurmur, a West Coast Offense coach, was told his system
would have to undergo major changes to fit here - which isn't
unrealistic. It sounds as if they would prefer Shurmur to run the
Coryell system in place, and that he's not familiar with that. That
leads me to assume that they'd prefer to hire Shurmur as a QBs coach
under Mike Shula rather than make Shurmur an OC. Hopefully, Jackson is
a preferred option to either.
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