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Panthers hired Ken Dorsey as QBs coach.
We don't normally post position coach hires, but it's notable because Dorsey helped train Cam Newton in the run up to the 2011 draft. Apparently approving of his work, the Panthers hired him as a scout later that year. Dorsey is replacing Mike Shula, who was promoted to offensive coordinator after Rob Chudzinski left for Cleveland. A former Miami Hurricanes standout, Dorsey played under Chudzinski at both "The U" and with the Browns. Just 31, he has no previous coaching experience. Tue, Jan 22, 2013 09:37:00 PM

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Panthers promoted QBs coach Mike Shula to offensive coordinator.

Don's son has a spotty track record as offensive overseer, but this hire wasn't about his track record and past league rankings as a coordinator. It's all about continuity. Tabbed over Hue Jackson and Pat Shurmur, Shula will keep the basic elements of outgoing OC Rob Chudzinski's offense in place, boding well for face-of-the-franchise Cam Newton. Shula also has an obvious relationship with head coach Ron Rivera, whose history with new GM Dave Gettleman is minimal. For the sake of the coaching staff, at least, the Shula promotion makes sense.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 04:18:00 PM

The three finalists for the Panthers' offensive coordinator position are QBs coach Mike Shula, ex-Browns coach Pat Shurmur, and Bengals assistant Hue Jackson.

The Panthers reportedly want to run an offense similar to the one used by Rob Chudzinski the past two years, combining a vertical passing attack with a zone-read package to highlight Cam Newton's running ability. While elevating Shula would make for the most seamless transition, Jackson has a more impressive track record.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 03:02:00 PM

The Panthers interviewed incumbent quarterbacks coach Mike Shula for their offensive-coordinator vacancy Wednesday.

Per beat writer Joe Person, the Panthers want to keep running the same style of offense they were using under former OC Rob Chudzinski. That would make Shula, the son of legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula, the favorite. The only other known candidates right now are West Coast guru Pat Shurmur and power-running Hue Jackson.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 09:03:00 AM

Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur is interviewing for the Panthers' offensive-coordinator vacancy on Monday.

As is Bengals DBs coach Hue Jackson. Carolina's interest in Shurmur was first reported on Friday. The conservative Shurmur would be a supremely uninspiring hire for Cam Newton's prospects both in real life and fantasy, and a major downgrade from Rob Chudzinski. Jackson is the far more compelling candidate, though his iconoclastic reputation could hurt him.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 02:55:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers are expected to consider Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Mularkey as offensive coordinator candidates.

Whisenhunt was fired by the Cardinals on "Black Monday," while Mularkey was relieved of his head-coaching duties by the Jaguars this past week. Both coaches are still hoping for a head coach opportunity. They join Cincinnati's Hue Jackson and ex-Browns head coach Pat Shurmur as known candidates for Carolina's OC gig.
Sun, Jan 13, 2013 09:43:00 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that Bengals assistant Hue Jackson will interview for the Panthers' offensive coordinator job on Monday.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has been told otherwise and says Jackson is "likely to stay with the Bengals" because he could take over the offense should OC Jay Gruden get a head-coaching job. We really like the prospects of Cam Newton paired up with Jackson in Carolina. Two other candidates for the job are incumbent QBs coach David Shula and ex-Browns head coach Pat Shurmur.
Sat, Jan 12, 2013 03:37:00 PM

According to the Charlotte Observer, ex-Browns coach Pat Shurmur is also a candidate for the Panthers' offensive coordinator vacancy.

Rob Chudzinski was pried away from Carolina late Thursday, so replacements are coming to light today. Shurmur has generated little buzz since his Cleveland ouster, even for assistant jobs. He never even appeared to be on Andy Reid's radar as a Chiefs coordinator candidate. Shurmur does have extensive history with Ron Rivera, as they coached together for five years in Philly.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 03:21:00 PM

The Panthers have requested permission to interview Bengals assistant Hue Jackson for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Jackson is also on the Jets' radar. The Panthers' job, of course, will be far more attractive because they have so much more talent in place. It could also be a steppingstone toward another head-coaching opportunity. Jackson's offense is fairly similar to outgoing Carolina OC Rob Chudzinski's with a power run game and vertical pass attack. We'd like that hire for the Panthers.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 03:00:00 PM

Panthers QBs coach Mike Shula is a candidate to be promoted to offensive coordinator following Rob Chudzinski's exit to Cleveland.

One local columnist is pushing hard for Shula to get the job, but he would be an uninspired choice. In his only prior stint as an NFL offensive boss, Shula finished in the bottom-five offenses twice from 1996-1999 with the Bucs.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 08:55:00 AM

Panthers hired Giants senior pro personnel analyst Dave Gettleman for their general manager position.

Gettleman beat out fellow Giants personnel man Marc Ross and Panthers interim GM Brandon Beane, among others, for the job. He spent the past 15 years with the Giants, and has been in the league since 1986. Already 61, it's possible the Panthers hired Gettleman with the intention of having him groom Beane, whom they remain high on. Regardless of its parameters, Carolina's new front-office setup should be a vast improvement on the final few years of Marty Hurney's reign as GM.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 05:06:00 PM

Montreal Alouettes GM Jim Popp is expected to interview for the Panthers' general manager vacancy.

Owner Jerry Richardson has shown a tendency toward hiring people from the Carolinas, and Popp has local ties. The long-time CFL executive has an impressive track record, with four Grey Cup titles. Over 19 years, each of his teams has made the playoffs. Popp is one of five or six candidates for the position in Carolina.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 09:54:00 AM

The Panthers and Browns have requested to interview Vikings assistant GM George Paton for their general manager vacancies.

Paton (pronounced Payton) is in his sixth season with the Vikings and first as assistant GM to Rick Spielman. Paton was scheduled to interview for the Rams' GM gig last offseason before taking his name out of the hat and accepting the promotion in Minnesota. Other candidates in Carolina are interim GM Brandon Beane, Giants college scouting director Marc Ross, Giants senior pro personnel analyst Dave Gettleman, and Titans VP of player personnel Lake Dawson.
Sat, Jan 5, 2013 02:26:00 PM

The Panthers will interview Titans VP of player personnel Lake Dawson as a candidate for their general manager vacancy.

Consultant Ernie Accorsi has already scheduled interviews with Giants' director of college scouting Marc Ross and senior pro personnel analyst Dave Gettleman. Interim GM Brandon Beane is also expected to interview. The Panthers are reportedly looking for "an up-and-coming GM with a strong scouting background" as opposed to a "retread."
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 08:52:00 AM

Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross has reportedly lined up interviews with the Panthers, Jets, Jaguars, and Chargers.

Giants GM Jerry Reese referred to Ross as "the hot prospect" for GM jobs, and that certainly appears to be the case now. A finalist in Chicago last year, Ross is viewed as a good communicator and evaluator with "an executive skill set," as one Giants official told NFL Network's Albert Breer. Ross has been considered an early favorite in Carolina.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 02:20:00 PM

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3Joe Webb
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
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GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Mike Tolbert
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Philly Brown
WR31Philly Brown
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
K1Graham Gano