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Panthers punt special teams coach

Ted Daisher of the Eagles wasn’t the only special teams coach to get treated in an unspecial way on Thursday.  Danny Crossman of the Panthers also got to take the long walk to the parking lot, cardboard box full of picture frames, comic books, and Power Bars bouncing off his legs.

The Panthers announced today that Crossman has been fired. 

Crossman has a year left on his deal.  But since he’s not being paid $6.5 million in 2010, the team apparently was willing to pay him not to work.

Crossman has been with the Panthers since 2003, coach John Fox’s second year on the job.

The Panthers struggled this year on special teams, finishing 30th in kickoff coverage, 29th in punt coverage, 30th on kickoff returns, and 17th on punt returns.

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15 Responses to “Panthers punt special teams coach”
  1. RIP__21 says: Jan 14, 2010 4:10 PM

    Those are ugly numbers. He deserved that pinkslip.

  2. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 14, 2010 4:14 PM

    “Crossman has a year left on his deal. But since he’s not being back $6.5 million in 2010, the team apparently was willing to pay him not to work.”
    What does this even mean? Can you take a vacation sir? You are slipping.

  3. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Jan 14, 2010 4:15 PM

    “But since he’s not being back $6.5 million in 2010 …”
    Uh, what exactly is this sentence fragment supposed to mean?
    And considering that the Painters finished 30th in KO coverage and returns, “willing to pay him not to work” seems to be a distinction with no difference.

  4. leatherneck says: Jan 14, 2010 4:17 PM

    Grammar checker anyone?

  5. mustbechris says: Jan 14, 2010 4:20 PM

    maybe the panthers read PFT and heard daisher got fired.
    i’d fire him anyway with those numbers, though.

  6. Firest0rm says: Jan 14, 2010 4:24 PM

    There is no way he is owed 6.5 million. That is more than Fox’s Salary for next season… He was an assistant special teams coach from 2003-2004. In 2005, he took over as special teams coach.

  7. mooremi9 says: Jan 14, 2010 4:28 PM

    Speaking of special, I took a poopy and it had the pen cap i swallowed by accident at work the other day.
    Now that is special

  8. mooremi9 says: Jan 14, 2010 4:28 PM

    Speaking of special, I took a poopy and it had the pen cap i swallowed by accident at work the other day.
    Now that is special

  9. Davidvt77 says: Jan 14, 2010 4:31 PM

    “Crossman has a year left on his deal. But since he’s not being back $6.5 million in 2010, the team apparently was willing to pay him not to work.”
    What does this mean Florio?
    Not being “paid” 6.5 mil?? Is this a reference to Fox’s salary? What happened to less typos in 2010?

  10. the26hawk says: Jan 14, 2010 4:34 PM

    “Crossman has a year left on his deal. But since he’s not being back $6.5 million in 2010, the team apparently was willing to pay him not to work.”
    What does this mean, Mikey?
    6.5 million rarely gets used in connection with a ST coach.
    I know it’s a run-on sentence, but what is the deal here?

  11. Nicbsbll2 says: Jan 14, 2010 4:36 PM

    He needed to be fired 5 years ago..

  12. oldboy26 says: Jan 14, 2010 5:02 PM

    He was referencing Panthers not willing to pay Fox 6.5 million to sit at home or coach another team next year but willing to pay this guys salary to take a hike. i really think most of the people that bash florio are of special needs themselves…

  13. ochostinko says: Jan 14, 2010 5:18 PM

    …. Where was the reference to the Rooney Rule?

  14. sportjd says: Jan 14, 2010 5:19 PM

    With great kickers like Jason Baker and John Kasey he needed better numbers than that.

  15. Cornerdenizen says: Jan 14, 2010 5:42 PM

    Danny Crossman of the Panthers also got to take the long walk to the parking lot, cardboard box full of picture frames, comic books, and Power Bars bouncing off his legs.
    ———————————–
    Man, that’s some great stuff. People losing their jobs is always good for a laugh.
    I wish I was one of the cool kids….

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