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Panthers Head Coach Search Capsules: Four Candidates Emerge

These are the only names I've heard so far.  I'm sure a few more may come into play.  This is my short little analysis and history of these guys and what I think.  My preliminary rankings have Ron Rivera as my favorite, and Perry Fewell tying Greg Manusky and Rob Ryan for the runner-up spot.  What do y'all think?

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Perry Fewell, and his claims to fame: 

1.  Born in Gastonia, NC

2.  Defensive Backs coach from 1998-2005 through tenures with the Jaguars, Rams, and Bears (in that order).

3.  Defensive Coordinator for the Buffalo Bills 

2006 - #18 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #7)

2007 - #31 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #16)

2008 - #14 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #18)

2009 - #19 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #8)

4.  Interim Head Coach for the Buffalo Bills from 2009-2010.

5.  Defensive Coordinator for the New York Giants

2010 - #7 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #18)

 

My thoughts on Fewell:

The one plus is he was born in Carolina, if that is even considered a plus for a head coaching position.  His defenses have been in the middle of the pack in comparison to the rest of the league.  In terms of coaching, Fewell didn't have a fantastic supporting cast, as Buffalo has been very inconsistent.  By far, Fewells' best defense came this year with the New York Giants.  I would suppose this may reflect slightly off the defensive talent in NY as opposed to Buffalo.  Based off of his history and resume, I am not really excited about Perry Fewell.

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Ron Rivera, and his claims to fame:

1.  Defensive Quality Coach - Chicago Bears from 1997-1998.

2.  Linebackers Coach - Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003.

3.  Defensive Coordinator - Chicago Bears

2004 - #21 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #20)

2005 - #2 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #3)

2006 -  #5 Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #7)

4.  Linebackers Coach - San Diego Chargers in 2007

5.  Defensive Coordinator - San Diego Chargers 

2008 - #25 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #18)

2009 - #16 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #8)

2010 - #1 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #18)

My thoughts on Rivera:  

If Carolina is truly seeking a defensive-minded coach, I think Rivera is one of the better options.  He has progressively taken defenses' in disarray and brought them up to being some of the top units in the league.  He has plenty of experience and had the Chargers running the top defensive unit in the league this season(minus the man that use to be Shawn Merriman).  If we do go defense for a head coach, I am in full support of Ron Rivera.

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Greg Manusky, and his claims to fame:

1.  Linebackers Coach - Washington Redskins in 2001

2.  Linebackers Coach - San Diego Chargers from 2002 to 2006

3.  Defensive Coordinator - San Francisco 49ers

2007 - #25 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #16)

2008 - #13 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #18)

2009 -  #15 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #8)

2010 - #13 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #18)

 

My thoughts on Manusky:  

Manusky hasn't been terrible in San Francisco, but he hasn't been spectacular.  His units have been fairly average in comparison to the rest of the league.  One thing I can say for Manusky is he has been consistent.  His history as a coach only goes back to the year of 2000.  I like the idea of a guy with a stronger and more experienced resume.  Although Fewell got a 2-year head start in coaching I still might feel safer with Manusky.  

 

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Rob Ryan, and his claims to fame:

1.  Defensive Backs Coach - Arizona Cardinals from 1994-1995

2.  Linebacker Coach - New England Patriots from 2000-2003

3.  Defensive Coordinator - Oakland Raiders 

2004 - #30 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #20)

2005 - #27 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #3)

2006 - #3 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #7)

2007 - #22 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #16)

2008 - #27 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #18)

4.  Defensive Coordinator - Cleveland Browns

2009 - #31 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #8)

2010 - #22 in Overall Defense in the NFL.  (Carolina was #18)

 

My thoughts on Ryan:

Rob doesn't have quite the success as his twin, Rex.  You could give Rob the benefit of the doubt for being on less talented Oakland and Cleveland teams.  Rex had the likes of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Baltimore Ravens.  Hardly a "rough" job.   Ryan's history is rather lackluster with one breakout season in 2006.  And my bottom line:  He is from Cleveland.  I'm not excited about Rob Ryan.

Who would y'all go with?

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