Carolina Panthers make sensible coaching hires for young staff

(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) Jason Simmons
(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) Jason Simmons /

The Carolina Panthers continue to build their coaching staff.

The Carolina Panthers are continuing to build their coaching staff and Friday, some new additions to the staff were announced. Pat Meyer was announced as offensive line coach and Jason Simmons was announced as the defensive backs coach.

Both of these coaches have recent NFL experience. Meyer has been the offensive line coach and run game coordinator for the Chargers the past three seasons. This Carolina Panthers offensive line is going to need a lot of work. Whether it be coaching, more acquisitions, or just more time to gel with each other, the offensive line did not play well last season. They are going to need to figure out something as they look to perform better in pass protection.

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Simmons was the defensive backs coach for the Green Bay Packers in 2019. Prior to his new role with the Panthers, he had been with the Packers organization for the last nine seasons.  In particular, Simmons’ coaching background is even more extensive. He has also served the roles of special teams coach, as well as  defensive and special teams assistant.

There is certainly a ton of NFL experience with these two hires.

These are not moves that are going to make headlines, but they do sure up  coaching vacancies for Carolina. In particular, they are two coaches who have recent experience in the National Football League. Especially on a staff that doesn’t have a ton of NFL experience, this is certainly a welcome dynamic.

I’m particularly interested to see what Simmons can do with the defensive backs. This is a rebuilding group that still has key players such as Donte Jackson. Simmons  has several players to work with, and hopefully, the secondary can continue to get better. Especially in a passing league, the Carolina Panthers need the position group to play well.

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It’s nice to see that the coaching staff is beginning to take shape. I am curious as to how they will fit under the direction of Rhule. With the Panthers hiring of Joe Brady, I’m certainly not going to question any of the staff moves. They certainly have a plan on how they want to run things. Now, it is up to them to execute it. I am certainly optimistic about the job that these two coaches can do in particular. They know what it takes to win in this league, and they also know what it takes to compete at a high level.