According to a report that first surfaced on Pro Football Talk, the Carolina Panthers have hired former Miami Hurricane and NFL quarterback, Ken Dorsey as an advanced scout in the organization.
The move does not come as a major surprise as Dorsey’s career at Miami overlapped Carolina Offensive Coordinator, Rob Chudzinski’s tenure at the school. Dorsey played two seasons under Chudzinski when he served as the Hurricane’s Offensive Coordinator. Dorsey had two very successful seasons under Chudzinski and finished 3rd in the Heisman voting in 2001 and 5th in 2002.
Though Dorsey lacked the ideal physical attributes to play at the NFL level, he had great success for the Hurricanes as he threw for over 9,500 yards and 86 touchdowns in his four year career. Dorsey won Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 on top of winning the Maxwell Award in 2001.
Dorsey’s slow release and average arm strength hurt him at the NFL level, however, it has been obvious since his time at Miami that he had a very high football IQ. In fact I always looked at Dorsey as one who would be a much better coach than a professional quarterback.
Beyond Dorsey’s previous relationship with Rob Chudzinski, one should recall that Dorsey tutored Carolina’s rookie signal caller, Cam Newton prior to the combine and after the 2011 NFL Draft. Newton worked extensively with Dorsey, as well as former Carolina quarterback Chris Weinke, at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Though some may say the move is suspicious and has already led to thoughts that the Panthers may have conspired to give Dorsey a job if he worked with Newton and taught him the logistics and verbiage of the Panthers’ offensive scheme, logical wisdom would say the Panthers were probably impressed by Dorsey’s work with Newton and saw that the former quarterback could be an asset for the organization.
According to reports, the Panthers have also hired former Washington Redskin tight-end, Don Warren as a scout as well.