Fred Graves, who coached Panthers wide receiver
Steve Smith in college, has been named wide receivers coach. Pete Hoener, who recently coached San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis to a record-setting season, has been hired to coach the tight ends.
"We are very pleased to have Fred and Pete join our staff," Rivera said. "They bring an extensive coaching background and have developed a number of young receivers in the NFL. They are both highly regarded and will make a strong contribution to our offense."
They also hired Eric Washington to coach the defensive line...more discussion after the jump.
Hat Tip to Alex Helms and Jake Humphrey for being the first to break the news on CSR!
I don't know much about these guys but here's a couple excerpts from Panthers.com:
Hoener, 56, spent the last six seasons as tight ends coach for the 49ers. In 2009, Davis caught 13 touchdown passes for the 49ers, tying the NFL record for touchdowns by a tight end in a season. He also tied for the NFL lead in receiving touchdowns, the first tight end to accomplish that in the Super Bowl era.
It looks like they are giving a lot of credit to him for Vernon Davis' emergence. Seems I recall 49er fans lamenting how long it was taking for Davis to make an impact (but I'm not trying to be negative or anything).
Turning to DL coach Eric Washington I find it assuming who his recent pupil was, he of the Bears:
Washington, 41, helped the 2010 Bears rank fourth in the NFL in scoring defense (17.9 points per game) and ninth in total defense (314.3 yards per game). They also ranked No. 2 in rushing defense (90.1 yards per game).
It was Washington's first year as defensive line coach following two seasons as an assistant line coach. Before his time with the Bears, Washington coached Northwestern's defensive line from 2004-07 and spent three seasons at Ohio University in the same capacity prior to that.
"Eric brings youth and experience to our staff and is a good fit to work with our young defensive line," Rivera said. "He has coached on all levels of football, and we are pleased to have him on our staff."
Oh...and I heard he comes with a key endorsement:
Washington's 41, and has three years NFL experience. But former Panthers Julius Peppers is said to have vouched for his work, and that says something (speaking of cats who don't trust many people).
Rivera has definitely assembled a young staff. So what are your thoughts on these latest hires?