Panthers hire OL coach Ray Brown

49ers assistant coach Ray Brown accepts a job with the Carolina Panthers. He may have been the odd man out on Jim Harbaugh's staff.

When San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh met with beat writers last week, he said that Ray Brown would remain on the coaching staff and work with offensive tackles and tight ends. Apparently, that arrangement didn't suit Brown.

The Carolina Panthers hired Brown this week to be the team's assistant offensive line coach, the same job he held with the 49ers under former coach Mike Singletary.

It's likely Brown felt he was the odd man out on Harbaugh's staff. Harbaugh already has two offensive line coaches, holdover Mike Solari and new addition Tim Drevno, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman will be the team's primary tight ends coach. Brown was granted permission to speak with the Panthers by Harbaugh.

In Carolina, Brown will assist OL coach John Matsko, who was hired last week. Brown played 20 years in the NFL, including a stint with the 49ers.

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