Jim Skipper will not be retained by Panthers - Update

Despite attempts on his end to remain RB coach it appears in the end the Carolina Panthers weren't really interesting in retaining the long time coach. It remains to be seen who Rivera and co. have pegged to mold their running backs, but it's unmistakable that in his time in Carolina coach Skipper did great things with the likes of Stephen Davis, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

While I don't want to read into this too much, I think it is safe to assume that the overall vision of the running backs that we have become accustomed to no longer really applies to the direction of the Carolina Panthers. On paper there's no real reason not to bring Skipper back unless there is someone that Rivera/Chudzinski already has pegged, so one must imagine that a change of focus could be occurring. The one area that Skipper lacked was moulding his running backs into good receivers; they were serviceable catching out of the backfield, but faltered when it came to catching downfield. 

It remains to be see what this change will mean for DeAngelo Williams who clearly has a deep respect and admiration for his former coach and whether this will perhaps impact his willingness to stay with the Carolina Panthers. Time will tell, and as soon as there is information you'll find it on CSR.

Update after the jump...

I've added an update via NFL.com that concerned me regarding this quote from Skipper:

"They both (Rivera and Chudzinski) told me they knew the players liked me, and that meant something. But then they kept talking about going through the process, and I knew I wasn't getting the job," Skipper said, adding that they spent most of the meeting "picking my brain" about personnel.

We already guessed his interview was more courtesy than anything else but it doesn't convey a lot of class to use it simply as an opportunity to 'pick his brain' knowing that he was not going to get the job. The job is still open so its not like they have already found a more qualified candidate. 

Am I reading too much into this?

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