The Search Continues

The Panthers got a two-day visit from Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, as their search for a new head coach appears to be nearing its' conclusion. Sources indicated prior to Lewis' visit that he'd really have to blow the Panthers away to unseat Giants' defensive coordinator John Fox as the top candidate.

In fact, Fox left Senior Bowl practice on Wednesday night to head back to Charlotte for, what is being termed, a second interview. It's now expected the club's decision will be made by Thursday evening or Friday.

When Lewis arrived in Charlotte, he acknowledge to reporters present that he is playing catch-up due to the Ravens playoff success.

"Part of the problem used to be success," Lewis said. "he group of guys I've coached have been at the top of the NFL over the last three years in every catagory. So there's nobody that's been comparable to what they've done."

Lewis also sees the Panthers' situation similar to what he's been through in Baltimore, "they've grown from the ground up, very similar to what the process will be here."

Interestingly, Lewis revealed that he nearly joined the Panthers' staff three years ago, as former Panthers coach George Seifert offered him the defensive coordinator position. Lewis says that Seifert and Brian Billick both offered him the same job on the same day, and he went with the Ravens'.

This time, though, it doesn't appear that the offer is coming, as Fox was very impressive during his first interview with the club, and has, apparently, left everyone else trying to play catch-up.


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