Should the Carolina Panthers consider Ken Dorsey as head coach?
By Ricky Raines
Ken Dorsey’s QB development could help Carolina Panthers
Ken Dorsey isn’t a stranger to the Carolina Panthers family. That familial sentiment holds tremendous weight for this franchise, not only from an organizational standpoint but for the fans as well. He served as a pro scout for the team in 2011 before ultimately being hired to assume the quarterbacks’ coach position in 2013.
Just like his collegiate playing career, he was able to find success and exceed expectations rather quickly, playing an integral role in Cam Newton’s development into becoming NFL MVP and reaching a Super Bowl.
Newton gave a ringing endorsement in 2018 at the time of Dorsey’s hiring as the assistant director of athletics for the University of Florida International. Another testament to the esteem in which he is held.
"“He is an extremely hard and efficient worker. My challenge was also to beat him to work. He made my life as easy as possible. He’ll bring a newness and spark to FIU. Not only is he a hard worker, but he has a vibrant killer instinct. He’s a known proven winner over the years.”"
I know there are Newton detractors, even to this day, because he donned perhaps too flavorful of garb for their comfort. But you cannot deny his athletic acumen and what the No. 1 overall selection in 2011 meant to the franchise.
For his return to the NFL, Dorsey was hired by former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott to serve as quarterbacks coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2019. He’s brought Josh Allen’s game on considerably, who is widely considered one of the top five players in the league.
Buffalo’s scouting department deserves flowers for their diligence on Allen. But Dorsey’s fingerprints are all over this success story, too.