According to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer, head coach Ron Rivera has decided to make a switch on his coaching staff after a lackluster performance by the special teams in 2014. Richard Rodgers, who was the special teams coordinator last year has been reassigned. The team has decided to stay in house though for his replacement, promoting Rodgers’ assistant Bruce DeHaven.
This is a move that shouldn’t come as a complete shock as the Panthers special teams struggled for a majority of the season. The low point of the season though may have come in Week 13 when the Minnesota Vikings were able to block two punts. Both times the punts were returned for touchdowns and was one of the big deciding factors in the game.
The Panthers replaced Rodgers with a coach who has numerous years of experience, 26 years to be exact, coaching special teams. The majority of DeHaven’s career was spent with the Buffalo Bills from 1987 to 1999 and in a return gig in 2010 as a member of Chan Gailey’s coaching staff. He was let go, along with the rest of the coaching staff, in 2012 when Gailey was fired.
In between those two stints with %%MATCH_5%%, DeHaven coached for the 49ers, Cowboys and Seahawks. According to Person, it is still unclear what Rodgers’ new position will be.