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Panthers hire veteran assistant Bruce DeHaven

Bruce DeHaven AP

The Panthers didn’t hire an experienced special teams coach, but they may now have the league’s most experienced assistant to the assistant.

After promoting assistant special teams coach-turned interim Richard Rodgers to the full gig (after he replaced the fired Brian Murphy midseason), the Panthers responded by getting NFL veteran Bruce DeHaven as their assistant special teams coach. The team announced the move this morning.

Rodgers was a college teammate of Panthers coach Ron Rivera who had never worked in the NFL before getting the entry-level gig, but DeHaven comes to the Panthers with 26 years of NFL experience under his belt, having worked for the Bills (twice), 49ers, Cowboys and Seahawks, along with jobs in college and the USFL.

The Panthers also hired former Jets assistant Lance Taylor as their assistant wide receivers coach, where he’ll work with promoted assistant Ricky Proehl.

The Panthers elected to go young with several staff hires this offseason, offering some of their candidates only a one-year contract, in a make-or-break year for Rivera.

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3 Responses to “Panthers hire veteran assistant Bruce DeHaven”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 5, 2013 12:08 PM

    Looks like they found Bruce in his retirement community in Fort Lauderdale. Now he’ll have to load Betty and the dogs back into the motor home and head north again.

  2. baller2 says: Feb 5, 2013 12:59 PM

    DeHaven was in buffalo and our special teams was our bright spot. We fire DeHaven and Marrone brings in a guy whose unit was 30th in the league, Rivera promotes a guy with no experience and hires DeHaven as the assistant. Makes no sense whatsoever.

  3. 0dark30 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:09 PM

    Rivera also drafted a guy (DJ Campbell) just because he went to high school with his nieces.

    Agreed ‘makes no sense whatsover’ for 31 other teams, but this is standard operating procedure around Charlotte and with Jerry Richardson. Any non-delusional fan is kind of used to it now.

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