The Panthers made another good hire here.
The Carolina Panthers have a new wide receivers coach. Jim Hostler has been named to the position. He takes the place of Lance Taylor who assumed the role from 2017 to 2018.
If there is one thing Hostler possesses, it is experience. He has been coaching in the National Football League since 2000. He most recently held the position of offense and passing game coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. He has also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs as an assistant coach and assumed the same role with the New Orleans Saints Baltimore Ravens New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. He has won a Super Bowl, doing so with the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
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in addition to experience, another thing he has going for him is his familiarity with some members of the Panthers. He coached under Norv Turner for the San Francisco 49ers in 2006. He also coached Torrey Smith as a member of the Ravens coaching staff from 2011-2013. Right off the bat, I like that he is familiar with members of the Panthers. He knows how they operate, and in particular with Norv Turner, having familiarity with the way he operates as a coach will be important.
Working with wide receivers such as T.Y Hilton and Sammy Watkins, he certainly has been around the block. At first glance, I like this higher. He may not be the most noticeable name, but Carolina does not need noticeable names. They need guys who can coach and have experience in the ever-changing National Football League. Hostler checks both of those boxes. Much like some of the other coaches the Panthers have brought in, he has pedigree as well. That certainly goes a long way when assuming a new position.
He certainly will have a lot to work with in Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore. Add in a veteran like Devin Funchess and he has quite a cast there. That is assuming the Michigan product comes back. It remains to be seen what will happen in free agency. Even still, he inherits a unit with a lot of potential and a lot of opportunity for growth and further development. In particular, Hostler has worked with some of the best in the game as mentioned, so hopefully he can pass some of his knowledge to these wide receivers. If that happens, that could be a bad proposition for the rest of the National Football League.
The Carolina Panthers made a great hire on Friday. They filled their need for a wide receivers coach and managed to land a guy who has tremendous experience and can take these wideouts to the next level. That is all you can ask for.