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Panthers will not retain ST coach Crossman

Danny Crossman, the Panthers’ [incompetent] Special Teams coach will not be retained for the 2010 season, Panthers’ beat writer Darin Gantt reports.

Gantt:

In part because of the money committed to DE Julius Peppers, Crossman had another difficult year, with the Panthers ranking 31st in kickoff return average, 30th in kickoff return average allowed and 29th in punt return average allowed.

Crossman has been the ST coach of the Panthers since 2004, and the Panthers coincidentally [or not] have had one of the worst ST units in the league since his hiring. [They averaged 19 yards per kickoff return in 2009, which is one of the worst ST performances in franchise history. You know something is wrong when your team’s kickoff returns would have had better results if they never returned a kick and just took a knee every time — it was that horrible.]

All I can say is: it’s about freaking time. Crossman definitely put the “special” in special teams (and I don’t mean that in a good way). Hopefully they will hire someone who has an idea of how special teams is supposed to work, because it was definitely one of the major weaknesses of the 2004-2009 teams.

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