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Panthers hire Ken Dorsey as advance scout

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The Panthers have hired former NFL and University of Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey to be an advance scout, which will entail Dorsey attending the games of the team’s next opponent and reporting back on what he sees.  On the surface, it isn’t that big of a story.

Given that Dorsey previously worked for the IMG Madden Football Academy, which worked with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after the draft and during the lockout, the decision to give Dorsey a job could be interpreted as a reward for Dorsey’s efforts to school Newton in the playbook of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, whose relationship with Dorsey dates back to their mutual time at Miami.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells us that move was in the works before Newton chose IMG to help him get ready for his first NFL season.  We’re also told that Newton picked IMG via a connection other than Dorsey’s link to the Panthers.  Moreover, even though media reports have painted Dorsey as being directly involved in the tutelage of Newton, we’re told that former Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke took the lead, and that Dorsey assumed a lower profile, with Dorsey having only limited contact with Newton.

Still, despite the fact that the Panthers disclosed the situation to the NFL after Newton began working with IMG, there’s bound to be suspicion regarding the connection.  For now, it appears that any suspicion that Dorsey was working as a double agent and/or that he’s being repaid for helping the Panthers get Newton ready is unfounded.

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14 Responses to “Panthers hire Ken Dorsey as advance scout”
  1. childerolandwp says: Aug 15, 2011 3:04 PM

    If you don’t have any evidence that there was an under-the-table deal between Dorsey and the Panthers, why are you even bringing it up? It’s conjectural, not factual and lends itself more to starting a rumor than identifying and writing about it.

  2. trbowman says: Aug 15, 2011 3:16 PM

    Ken Dorsey > Derek Anderson

  3. descendency says: Aug 15, 2011 3:20 PM

    I guess they want him as a scout because he knows all about talent… I mean he basically played on an NFL team at The U.

  4. bbk1000 says: Aug 15, 2011 3:37 PM

    Those who can’t teach????

  5. breeshasasprole says: Aug 15, 2011 3:54 PM


  6. rambo08 says: Aug 15, 2011 4:02 PM

    Amazing to think that The U won a national championship with Ken Dorsey at QB.

  7. contract says: Aug 15, 2011 5:14 PM

    “Amazing to think that The U won a national championship with Ken Dorsey at QB.”

    Should have won 2.

  8. trbowman says: Aug 15, 2011 5:22 PM


    Why? Dorsey was a damn good college player.

  9. deepseabreeze says: Aug 15, 2011 5:22 PM

    hey, maybe he can find the next ken dorsey

  10. screamingsheep69 says: Aug 15, 2011 5:52 PM

    Sounds like a mystery Scooby Doo.

  11. realfootballfan says: Aug 15, 2011 6:03 PM

    I would think his relationship with the OC, Coach Chud, would be more instrumental in him landing in the front office there, don’t you think?

  12. nfltruths says: Aug 15, 2011 6:31 PM

    worked as a double agent to help get newton?? What did they have to recruit him? They had the first pick, they liked, so they took him. What were their other options? Claussen, locker or Gabbert? I don’t get why we should care about this subject. Find better things to talk about

  13. opie333 says: Aug 15, 2011 9:19 PM

    That’s great For Dorsey! He sure was fun to watch in college! He was one one the last great QB’s from the Miami dynasty! In the 90’s it didn’t matter if loved the U or hated the U, you still turned the TV on when they played!

  14. MichaelEdits says: Aug 15, 2011 10:32 PM

    Seriously, when I read about how hard it is for Harbaugh in San Francisco to choose a starter, I was going to comment on how it’s because neither guy is competent and he wishes he had Ken Dorsey back. But I’m happier that the Panthers have him because I am very much a Carolina homer. We didn’t even have a team when I was growing up. If Snyder had owned the Redskins back then I might’ve killed myself.

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