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A few (albeit late) Panthers updates

22 January 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve been busy as of late, but I wanted to get these few tidbits of news out there in the blogosphere (as if they’re not out there in other places).

I know this is old news, but J-Stew announced on his Twitter account that he was having surgery on his injured left foot on Wednesday. Hopefully this will help him finally get over the nagging foot injury that kept him out of practice most of the season. Even though he missed practice at least once a week during the regular season, he never missed a single game, and managed to lead the team in rushing with 1133 yards.*

Also, the Panthers have found a replacement for recently retired WR coach Richard Williamson. Williamson had been with the Panthers for the entire 15 years of the team’s existence, but decided to retire at the end of this season. He will be replaced by former Bills WR coach Tyke Tolbert. Tolbert is, at least according to John Fox, a well respected position coach around the league and should be a good fit in Charlotte.

Fox, on the hiring of Tolbert:

“Tyke’s experience both as a player and coach provide him with a sound knowledge of the wide receiver position … He is a highly regarded coach and we think he will make strong contribution to our offense.”

Can Tolbert be the guy who finally brings Dwayne Jarrett to the promised land? Tolbert is known for being the man who coached Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin during his monstrous rookie season, so I have a positive outlook on the impact he can have on the Panthers’ receiving corps.**

Perhaps Tolbert’s influence on the Panthers’ receivers can convince Boldin that he should play in Carolina as well? Wouldn’t that be sweet to have Smitty on one side and Boldin on the other? Add in the domination of the run game and a decent quarterback (cough, Matt Moore, cough) and you have an offense that would be almost unstoppable.

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* – Keep in mind that D-Will missed the last two games of the season with an injured ankle, which helped Stewart lead the team in rushing.

** – Maybe he can turn Dwayne Jarrett and Kenny Moore into the next Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin — you never know.

Panthers will not retain ST coach Crossman

14 January 2010 Leave a comment

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.