The Panthers' Pulse - 1-18

Inside news and notes on the Carolina Panthers. Today's focus, the search for a new offensive coordinator intensifies.

We brought the info about Jeff Davidson yesterday, and upon further review, I don't see how a guy who did worse than a guy that was fired mid-season should be a candidate for the Panthers' Offensive Coordinator position. Speaking of which, Stan Olsen wrote a note about that today on

"The source said the team is expected to make a decision on the position as early as Tuesday." -- Stan Olsen, - Click here, long URL

Tuesday is just as good as any, I suppose. That would mean they are fairly confident in who they want to select, which means it's probably one of the internal guys (Skipper or McCoy), Zampese or Davidson, which we can't confirm the Panthers actually have interviewed yet.

Will a new outside OC like Zampese want to bring in a new QB that fits his mold? You bet. Will the Panthers select a first-day QB in the upcoming draft? Probably not.... but Brady Quinn is dropping down the boards lately.

Today's Headlines -

Bengals' Zampese talking to Panthers (The Cincinnati Post)
Jan 18, 2007
The Bengals have already lost one offensive assistant coach to another team this offseason, and a se..

Panthers headed in a new direction (The State)
Jan 18, 2007
CHARLOTTE — Offensive coordinator Dan Henning and two other assistants took the fall for the Carol..

Kaduk: Last year's disappointment lingers (Northwest Herald)
Jan 18, 2007
LAKE FOREST – There might come a time this week when a Bears player actually starts to believe thi..

Zampese talking to Panthers (Dayton Daily News)
Jan 18, 2007
CINCINNATI — Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese is in Charlotte, N.C., interviewing for the C

More on Ken Zampese:

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More on Ken Zampese, QB Coach of the Bengals (In Town Today) --

"Zampese has been quarterbacks coach for the Bengals for the past four seasons. Because of his work first with veteran Jon Kitna and then his role in developing Carson Palmer into a Pro Bowl player, Zampese is considered one of the top candidates for open coordinator positions around the league." -- MARK CURNUTTE, - CLICK HERE

More on Jeff Davidson

More on Jeff Davidson, Assistant Head Coach of the Browns --

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"Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson took over the play calling. While his calls showed a little more strategy, in my opinion, many of the problems remained like an inability to score touchdowns in the red zone. Some very conservative calls made many believe he had no faith in Charlie Frye. Once Derek Anderson got some playing time, it seemed like either the calls were less conservative, or perhaps Anderson was opting to be a little more aggressive with his available options than Frye had been. But, in the end, the Browns offense was miserable following a 31-28 overtime win against Kansas City, and those games came with Anderson playing three and Frye playing one." -- Excerpt from --


They can start by getting in the same playbook and sticking with it. The Browns are going on their sixth offensive coordinator in eight years."

"Crennel depended on Maurice Carthon, who never before had called plays. That failed. Crennel hesitated to fire Carthon, and Savage refused to press the issue until midseason. Then the Browns put Jeff Davidson in a rather impossible position of trying to change the offense when they rarely practiced more than once or twice a week in pads.

It's unclear whether Davidson is the right guy. He had no chance. Nor did he perform much better than Carthon, although the offense did seem a bit more organized. It just wasn't productive. Nor could Davidson keep some of the young players - especially wide receiver Braylon Edwards - from looking as if they had little interest in being coached." -- Terry Pluto, Akron Beacon Journal


" Davidson, conversely, never called plays until he took over for Maurice Carthon on the fly for the seventh game last season. Over the next 10 games, the Browns actually averaged fewer points on offense per game than under the maligned Carthon." -- Tony Grossi, Plain Dealer Reporter  

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