"Tim's experience as both a player and coach in the NFL provide him with a sound knowledge of the defensive backfield," said Panthers head coach John Fox. "Our staff is familiar with him, and we think he will make a strong contribution to our defense."
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Great move by the panthers, bringing in a guy who's had success elsewhere as a defensive coordinator. Mike Trgovac needs to step it up in '07, or he might just be replaced by Lewis in '08. Lewis produced results while with Pittsburgh and New York. Let's hope he produces results at least with the Panthers' secondary.
Yasinskas thinks McCoy will be the OC
"it would be a mild surprise if quarterbacks coach Mike McCoy isn't promoted. McCoy is the golden boy on this staff, and several teams tried to talk to him about offensive coordinator jobs in recent weeks," Pat noted in his blog today.
Yasinskas also goes on to note that John Fox and McCoy share the same agent.
While McCoy would be a new face, he's gone on record as saying that he wouldn't change anything if he were calling the plays instead of Dan Henning. If that is the case, then why was Henning fired? His plays were ineffective and predictable. The players were growing tired of it, and so were the fans. A new direction offensively is needed, and someone who's been a part of a successful one should lead the way. Do we really want the inexperienced understudy of the guy who just got run out of town leading the charge? If so, what has been accomplished by firing Henning? I'd rather have Henning than McCoy, and that is saying a lot.
The Panthers are going to have to make some moves before free agency begins in March. They are currently $3.1 million over the projected cap. They could probably free up enough to move under the cap by restructuring Julius Peppers and a few other high-priced veterans, but will need more to sign some free agents. There could be some necessary but tough cuts coming up in the next few weeks.
ESPN reports that Scotty O is on the outs with the Fish
Reports state that Scott O'Brien, former special teams and assistant head coach of the Panthers isn't safe now that Saban is gone. He was brought in to be Saban's inside front office guy, and isn't well liked. Could he re-emerge with the Panthers? Probably not.
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