Tag:Brian Murphy
Posted on: January 18, 2011 12:31 am

Panthers round out main coaching staff

Posted by Will Brinson

The Panthers started their coaching staff overhaul on Monday when they hired Sean McDermott as defensive coordinator, and a few short hours later, locked up their main coaching positions by hiring Rob Chudzinksi, the former San Diego tight ends coach.

That's according to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer, who actually cited the father of Jim Gruden (father of Jay, another candidate for the OC gig), who said his son was out of the running on Monday.

"Chud" has been the coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Hurricanes, and he's done a decent job working with tight ends in his day -- Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow and Antonio Gates all played for him. He was also running the offense for Cleveland in 2007, the last time the Browns weren't totally terrible.

Additionally, the Panthers added Brian Murphy, the Vikings special teams coach, for the same position in Charlotte after it became clear that Leslie Frazier wouldn't retain him.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 6:02 pm

Vikings don't retain Bevell, Murphy

D. Bevell (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

Vikings new head coach Leslie Frazier has, as expected, told offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and special teams coach Brian Murphy that they will not be back with the club in 2011. Frazier publicly confirmed this news on Minnesota radio station ESPN 1500.

Frazier gave some empty coach-speak in relaying the news. "One of the things I'm trying to do with all of our coaches, whether you're on the offensive side, defensive side or special teams is just look at everything with an eye towards winning a championship in Minnesota," he said.

Bevell’s value in Minnesota diminished with the closing of the Brett Favre era (the two had a good relationship; Bevell was often Favre’s go-to guy on staff during the Brad Childress drama). Most of the offensive coaching staff is being turned over. After being named head coach, Frazier almost immediately let go of quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, offensive line coach Pat Morris and assistant offensive line coach Jim Hueber.

Frazier is a defensive coach, so whoever he brings in as offensive coordinator will have considerable power. A name that has been floating around is former Broncos head coach and former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Frazier interviewed McDaniels late last week but declined to discuss it.

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