The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person, who was the main (and potentially
only) source of info on the QBs coach position being eliminated,
suggests in today's paper that the job may be open, but doesn't expand.
So far, there aren't any real candidates, so I'm still uneasy on this
Carolina should definitely have a legitimate QBs coach. Former Rivera
associate Pat Shurmur is now OC in Philly (it's interesting how many
potential position coach candidates here, are becoming coordinators
again elsewhere), and I can't find anyone who'd really fit from Mike
Shula's past that would also be available. Frank Reich would've been
interesting, but he's in San Diego.
Which leaves John Ramsdell, a Chargers assistant that might find
himself in a tug of war between Carolina and Cleveland, if he doesn't
just outright go to Cleveland. Ramsdell was my initial favorite for the
Carolina OC job if allowed to go - he wasn't, but Rob Chudzinski had no
contract (wisely) and jumped instead. No rumors on Ramsdell or any
other QBs coaches. The team also should be in the market for an
offensive assistant of some sort - it lost two (Scott Turner to the
Browns as WRs coach, Ricky Proehl to the upgrade to WR coach) and should
hire at least one.
The LBs coach job continues to have a ton of nibbles, however. Mark
Duffner (Jacksonville) interviewed, as did Billy Davis (former Dom
Capers OLB coach here, 1995-98; former AZ/SF DC). Brian VanGorder
(Auburn DC, former ATL DC, and Georgia LBs coach who developed a few of
Carolina's draft picks there) will this week. Bob Babich, never a
formal candidate, had an association with Rivera but is now the DC in
Jacksonville (over Duffner, who opted to stay).