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Monday, March 31, 2014

Lance Taylor Gone - John Ramsdell In?

Carolina's not always incredible about how it announces assistants moving in and out.  For instance, Ricky Proehl moved from consultant to assistant WRs coach through the 2012 offseason - not that big a deal.  They never really mentioned assistant Bobby Babich as an assistant until he left for Cleveland.  They threw Passing Defense Coordinator on Steve Wilks' title after announcing him as a position coach.

So, I didn't know Assistant WRs coach Lance Taylor had left for Stanford (RBs coach).  Saw it on Ricky Proehl's twitter.  Figuring maybe they hired a new assistant, I looked at the roster of coaches, saw a new assistant strength coach I didn't notice, says he's been here since last year.  That's fairly boring.

But John Ramsdell?  That's massive.  There's no announcement whatsoever.

Ramsdell was a fixture on the Dick Vermiel/Mike Martz/Al Saunders offenses for the Rams (no relation [sorry]).  He was on the Norv Turner/Rob Chudzinski led Chargers.  He was, honestly, my first choice for OC here. Chudzinski was available, because he didn't have a contract.  I don't know if Rivera would've preferred one over the other.

Ramsdell provided the position coaching for Kurt Warner and Phillip Rivers when both hit it big.  He's not solely responsible, but it helps.  Ramsdell provides a veteran assistant on the passing game side to counter some of the heavy hitting pro experience in the running game at OL and RB coaching; he'll have to have a positive impact on the passing game, not unlike the bizarre addition of ace ST coach Bruce DeHaven helped Carolina's special teams.

That said, consider that Ramsdell was a part of the Greatest Show on Turf and yet under Turner, he and Chudzinski didn't have much say in making the Chargers a longball offense.  My suggestion that Ramsdell will help, should make the team better at what it wants to do, control the ball.

He's now on the team site, with no info behind it (so, no link there).  He brings a wealth of knowledge with quarterbacks and our system.  I'm excited for this move, if they ever get around to showing it.
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