Tag:Carolina Panthers
Posted on: July 5, 2010 2:46 pm

Minter looking to future coaching jobs

Former Panthers safety Mike Minter wants to coach at the college level, and he’s willing to pay his dues – and wait another two years – before he possibly gets an opportunity.

Darin Gantt of the Rock Herald Sun has Minter’s story. Right now, Minter is preparing for next season as the head coach of First Assembly Christian in Concord, N.C., but in the meantime, he’s eyeing the head coaching job for the first-ever UNC-Charlotte team that will begin play in 2013. The school will hire for the job next year, and school officials say they’ve promised Minter an interview.

From Gantt’s story:

When that day comes, he’s going to be ready.

“I’ve been in my lab, working on that formula,” he said.

Minter has talked to dozens of coaches, and leaned heavily on his former Nebraska coach, Tom Osborne, for advice. He’s also traveled across the South checking out other recent start-ups, such as Campbell, Georgia State and Coastal Carolina.

“I’ve talked to a lot of coaches about what you have to do, how you have to attack it,” Minter said. “Starting from scratch is a unique deal, and there are a lot of things that come up that you might not expect.”

Minter spent his entire career in Carolina and started all 126 games he played from 1999-2006.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 30, 2010 9:44 pm

Panthers GM Hurney staying put

Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette says that Panthers GM Marty Hurney is staying with the team. Hurney’s contract was set to expire today.

Reed writes:

Although Hurney’s contract was technically set to expire in June – hypothetically on Wednesday -- and it still remains unclear whether or not he’s actually signed an extension since the Panthers (don’t) announce that information, he was never a threat to leave. And he's still employed by the Panthers. 

According to team spokesman Charlie Dayton, Hurney is on vacation this week, along with most of the team’s coaching staff and the majority of the team’s employees. Most are on vacation through next week and won't return to work until mid-July to begin preparations for the start of training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. Players report on July 28.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 24, 2010 9:48 pm

Steve Smith to radio station: Whoops

Panthers WR Steve Smith, he of the recently-broken arm that occurred during a game of flag football, went on a radio station in Charlotte today, and the Observer has some of the highlights.

No. 1: he says he made a mistake.

“In hindsight, I wouldn't do it again. I was having fun. I love football with a passion. Playing flag football at the Y was a way to take away all the other stuff – the money, the contract. I was having a good time. But it was a mistake. I wish I could take it back."

Outside football, Smith told the radio station, he’s just a regular dude. He mows his own grass. He runs around with his kids in the backyard. He could cut off his finger when he’s mowing. He could pull a hamstring when he’s playing tag. Hey man, life happens.

It's a good point really. Jason Shirley of the Bengals has been walking around all offseason with a boot on his leg because he freakishly tore his Achilles while playing basketball. Athletes can't just confine themselves to rooms made of rubber and chicken feathers when they're not on the practice field.

As for what comes next, Smith said, "Some people are taking it like it will be a distraction. A lot of guys who play a lot of different sports do different things in their free time. Playing flag football at the time, it didn't seem like I would re-break my arm. But it happened, so I've got to deal with it. For my teammates and the organization, it sucks, and I have to do rehab and all that stuff. I just put my team and myself in a bad situation by playing. That was not my intention or what I thought the outcome would be."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 1:11 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 1:38 pm

Panthers' Steve Smith Has Surgery on Broken Arm

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith underwent surgery Sunday night on a broken arm suffered over the weekend. Smith injured his arm while playing defensive back in a flag football game at his annual youth camp. John Fox doesn’t expect Smith to miss any regular season action.

Last season, Smith missed the Panthers final game with a broken bone in the same arm (though in a different spot). The 31-year-old is Carolina’s only source of experience and speed on the outside. No. 2 and 3 receivers, Dwayne Jarrett and Brandon LaFell, are both callow possession targets. Third-round rookie Armanti Edwards is a speed demon, but the Appalachian State quarterback is just now learning to play wide receiver.

Even if Smith is healthy for Week 1, the offense will likely have gone all of training camp and the preseason without its most electrifying receiver. That could have a substantial impact on the chemistry of the passing game.

--Andy Benoit

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UPDATE: Darrin Grant of The Charlotte Observer offers more details on how Smith broke his arm and says that Smith could be back at some point during training camp.

UPDATE 2: Pro Football Talk has more on this: it sounds like Steve Smith may not have been entirely honest with the Panthers about this injury.

Category: NFL
Posted on: June 19, 2010 9:45 pm

Panthers Making Foolish Mistake with Jon Beason

A story that has flown under the radar is the position change of Panthers linebacker Jon Beason. The best 4-3 middle linebacker in football could be moving to the weak side to fill the void left created by Thomas Davis’s injury (Davis is out for a second-straight year after tearing his ACL again).

Recall that Beason was drafted out of Miami to play weakside linebacker; he only moved inside because of injuries to Dan Morgan. But since taking over at Mike, he’s become nothing short of a superstar. Beason’s football IQ and sideline-to-sideline speed are fantastic. He’s also adroit in coverage and a fierce hitter. It’s odd to see a top echelon player get relocated.

But Carolina wants to get third-year pro Dan Connor in the starting lineup. The Panthers don’t believe Connor has enough speed to play in space on the weak side and, for whatever reason, they don’t seem inclined to move James Anderson out of the strongside spot. Anderson, however, is a tad undersized and not ideal for lining up over the tight end.

Thus, Connor will man the middle, relegating Beason to the weak side. The weakside ‘backer is a prominent run-defender in Ron Meeks’s Cover 2 scheme, but not as prominent as the Mike (regardless of what Carolina says). Instead of forcing Connor into the lineup (by the way, he was very average as a spot starter last season), the Panthers should consider replacing Davis with former Bear Jamar Williams. They’de compromising strength for speed there, but at least they wouldn’t be reshuffling the strongest part of their D.

--Andy Benoit

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