Senior Bowl Notes:
Interesting news coming out of the Senior Bowl. According to multiple sources, the Panthers spent an extended period speaking with Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn. If you bought the scuttle-butt a few weeks ago about the Panthers looking to replace Delhomme, then this is more fuel for your fire. John Fox and Notre Dame Head Coach Charlie Weiss are good friends, and the Panthers hosted the Notre Dame staff last spring to participate in a sort of meeting of the minds between the two clubs.
The Panthers drafted DeShaun Foster in '02 after he came highly recomended by UCLA's Kelly Skipper, Panthers RB coach Jim Skipper's son. The Panthers passed on Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts, Brian Westbrook and Chester Taylor in that draft. This could be a similar situation, with the Panthers having personal ties with someone who knows a potential draftee.
It's been a theory of mine that if the Panthers select an OC from outside of the team that said new OC will bring in his own "guy" to challenge or learn behind Delhomme in '07 and perhaps replace him in '08. If McCoy or Skipper get the gig, look for the Panthers to put off getting a new QB to challenge Delhomme until at least next year.
The Panthers didn't stop with Quinn.Scout.com officials at the Senior Bowl have confirmed that Panthers officials spoke with CB A.J. Davis of NC State, Linebacker H.B. Blades from Pittsburgh and Demon Deacon Safety Josh Gattis.
On the Coaching Front:
"Panthers coach John Fox is believed to have completed outside and in-house interviews and is expected to let candidates know by Tuesday."
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