The issue is “Settle”d: We recently brought you the news that popular running backs coach Jim Skipper would most likely not be returning to the Carolina Panthers. Friday, the Panthers took away any question about this by hiring John Settle, 45, as the new running backs coach.
For 20 years, Settle held the record as the all time leading rusher for Appalachian State. While he is now in second place in that statistic, he is still a few yards ahead of Armanti Edwards. He was an undrafted running back with the Atlanta Falcons for four years, including one Pro Bowl year, and spent two more years with the Washington Redskins. In that Pro Bowl year of 1988, he became the first undrafted running back to surpass 1000 yards in a season.
He has three years of experience in the NFL as an offensive assistant coach, but has spent the last four years as the running backs coach for Wisconsin.