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Panthers reach out to former RB coach Jim Skipper

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As he tries to rebuild an offensive staff in a make-or-break season, Panthers coach Ron Rivera is looking back into team history for help.

Rivera fired running backs coach John Settle and wide receivers coach Fred Graves, then lost offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to Cleveland.

Now, a league source tells PFT Rivera recently put in a call to former Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper, who was fired by the Titans this offseason.

Skipper was the Panthers assistant head coach/running backs coach from 2002-2010 under John Fox, but didn’t follow him to Denver, leading to his two-year stint with the Titans.

When Skipper was in Charlotte, the Panthers emphasized running the ball, and Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams each topped the 1,100-yard mark in 2009.

With the Panthers closing in on a coordinator hire (they’re reportedly down quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, Hue Jackson or Pat Shurmur), adding Skipper back would lend some ballast to a side of the ball they’re rebuilding around quarterback Cam Newton.

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7 Responses to “Panthers reach out to former RB coach Jim Skipper”
  1. harbor6261 says: Jan 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    This would be a great move!

  2. jawnyblaze says: Jan 18, 2013 2:43 PM

    Nice, bring Skipper home! Our RBs haven’t been the same since he left (partially because of Chud’s play calling)

  3. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 18, 2013 3:38 PM

    As a Titans fan, I can tell you that Jim Skipper’s recent firing was a lame decision. He wasn’t the problem with the Titans’ running game. The problems were Tennessee’s patchwork O-line and Chris Johnson’s Randy Moss impersonation–motivated when he wants to be. (In the same way Moss could’ve gone down as the best receiver in NFL history if he’d applied himself, CJ could’ve been the best back ever.)

  4. wfederal says: Jan 18, 2013 3:45 PM

    Yes! Hire Hue Jackson and Skipper! Kill two birds with one stone. First, we would get two coaches that would be a great fit with the organization. And second, the NFL can quit complaining about this “diversity” garbage! Let’s do it!

  5. powermanmike1 says: Jan 19, 2013 12:16 AM

    This would be a great hire. The Panthers always had very good running backs under Skipper.

  6. chazatlas says: Jan 19, 2013 7:18 AM

    They pass on Hue Jackson for friggin Mike Shula? So he can continue Chud’s failed offense? Obviously Jerry Richardson hired 61 year old GM Gettlemen so he could be as cheap and stubborn as himself. They will pass on Skipper and hire Jerry’s niece son’s Pee-Wee coach to be the RB coach.

  7. jgedgar70 says: Jan 19, 2013 12:06 PM

    I like this idea. DeAngelo and Stewart did well with Skipper as RB coach. Would be nice to have him back.

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