Carolina Panthers: The architects of a new defense

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Defensive coordinator, Phil Snow

Phil Snow’s most recent endeavor was a three-year stint as the Baylor Bears’ defensive coordinator. In his last season the Baylor defense held opponents to an average of less than twenty points per game including an impressive double overtime performance against Texas Tech and triple overtime performance against TCU.

Altogether he brings thirty-six years of college coaching experience and four years of NFL coaching experience.

Fit with the panthers

I couldn’t find anything about Phil Snow’s middle name, but if I were to guess it’s probably “experience”. The Panthers are welcoming a man fresh out of a college coaching career who understands millennials and gen-y’s alike which is good considering that covers the demographic of the current roster.

Last year the defense was headed by a guy who spent a majority of his career as a line coach. Snow has experience as a defensive backs coach, but he spent a vast majority of his career as a defensive coordinator.

For a team that just lost the most cerebral member of their entire defense the Panthers should consider it a godsend that a guy like Phil Snow takes command. It also helps that he’s worked with coach Rhule before.

Snow’s accomplishments as defensive coordinator include bowl game victories, national rankings for his defensive units, and (most importantly) the amelioration of an entire college football program. The next objective on his list will be to fill the Lombardi-sized trophy case that Tepper bought for the Panthers.